ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC - The wife of a man who was killed after a tree-cutting accident said, her husband “loved climbing trees.”

Brian “Keith” Wilmoth, 31, from Wilkes County, died Wednesday after a tree he was cutting fell on him after it hit power lines.

His wife, Karla said, “I don’t know what we’ll do, I don’t know” as the couple has three young children together.

She said, “He loved our kids equally. All three.”

Family and friends gathered Wednesday night at Charity Hill Baptist Church to remember Keith.

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Pastor Brian Cardwell said, “It’s overwhelming you know to find out that it was actually real, it was actually him. The church is in shock.”

Karla said she’s leaning on her faith, “I’ve had an overwhelming amount of grace surrounding me. God has given me that today.”

Wilmoth works for the Asplundh Tree Expert Company and was working in the area of Dover Church and Mountain Ridge Church Roads.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office said the tree was resting on power lines and launched upward hitting him after it was cut.

Parts of western North Carolina suffered significant damage Monday from strong storms.

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