Five Years After the Tornado, Eagle Project Honors Fallen Father

Though it fulfilled his last major Eagle Scout requirement, for Noah Tittle it fulfilled something much more personal. It helped him honor his father on this most important day.

Tittle family shortly before the April 2014 tornado.

On April 27, 2014, an EF4 tornado struck the Tittle home in Paron before continuing up through Mayflower and Vilonia. Among the 16 people who lost their lives in this terrible storm were Noah’s father, Rob, and two of his sisters, Tori and Rebekah. Noah survived along with his mother Kerry and six siblings. Suddenly a single mother with seven surviving children, Kerry Tittle knew that she was going to need some help. One of the key ways she knew she was going to need help was in finding good male role-models for her three boys, Noah, Asa (4), and Joshua (8 months). So, though they had quit a year earlier, Kerry signed Noah back up for Webelos. A few months later, Arrow of Light in hand, Noah crossed over into Troop 99 and began the Trail to Eagle.

“I cannot begin to express my appreciation to the adults in Troop 99 who have mentored my son over these past five years. No matter how much time I spend with him working in the yard or building something, I can never provide the kind of male influence that a young man needs. To see him grow from the boy who joined Cub Scouts to the young man and leader that he has become is something that I know only God could do. But He has used Scouts as a big part of doing it.” Noah, 14, has served as Patrol Leader for the Roadrunner patrol, attended National Youth Leadership Training in 2018, and in December was elected Senior Patrol Leader of his troop.

Scouts work to remove fencing

So, when Noah and a group of scouts and volunteers joined with The Nature Conservancy on March 23, 2019 at the Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area, it was about more than just continuing the development of this beautiful new area. The bulk of the project was removing a significant amount of fencing that the previous owner had used for horses, allowing the Nature Conservancy to apply a controlled burn to remove underbrush, promote wildlife growth and also allow them to further develop the trail system for visitors.

Noah Tittle and friends build memorial bench

But the second part of the project was building a bench for visitors to be able to rest from their hike or just sit quietly and enjoy the natural beauty. Though both portions of the project were important, this piece was more significant to Noah because it was dedicated in memory of his father and two sisters. “The bench is actually the five year anniversary kind of healing for our family,” said Noah’s mother Kerry. “They have given us permission to go out there and plant some flowers and do some simple landscape.” In addition, a small plate will be added honoring his father, Rob, and sisters Tori and Rebekah.

Joshua Tittle testing the new bench

Noah’s two younger brothers, Asa and Joshua, are now involved in Cub Scouts. Asa is a Bear and Joshua is one of Pack 99’s first Lion Cubs. They both look forward to the day when they also can begin their Trail to Eagle.

Noah hopes to be a role model himself for his younger brothers and other scouts in the years to come, maybe even becoming a Scoutmaster some day also, passing along the legacy that he has been given.