On August 27, Robert knew the remnants of Hurricane Harvey meant the forecast for Houston was messy and even called Virginia, his wife of 27 years, to let her know.
“I told her, ‘Something’s going on here. Pray for me,'” Robert remembered.
Virginia did what she always does on Sundays: she headed up to New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Possumneck to teach Sunday school. That Sunday, the lessons called for extra prayers.
“I was already praying for Texas anyway, but I really didn’t know he was going to be caught up in it,” she said. “I always pray for him. When he leaves, when he’s not here, every time I get on my knees, I pray for him. I pray for all the truck drivers.”
While she was getting settled in church, Robert was getting into trouble on the frontage road of the North Sam Houston Tollway near Hardy Toll Road. As the rain poured down, the water just kept rising. Before Robert knew it, his truck was stuck in water deep enough to fill his cab.
“The water hit me,” he said. Robert, who had dropped his phone in the water, set his attention on finding it, distracting him from the life-threatening situation in which he’d found himself.