Harnett Co. woman dies after being hit by lightning

A 56-year-old Harnett County woman died April 12 after being struck by lightning the same day an Angier man was struck and killed in Cary.

Friends of Frankie Roberts said she got up early April 9 to walk her two mixed-breed dogs, Bowden and CiCi.

While outside, all three were hit by lightning.

Her husband found them in the front yard and called 911.

“It’s just a tragedy. That you don’t expect something like that to happen,” said friend Mona Rabin. “Every time I’d come to work, I would see Frankie either getting ready to go to work, coming home, starting to take her dogs out for a walk.”

Rabin knew Roberts for eight years as they were friends and neighbors in Harnett County’s Anderson Creek Club community.

“She’s going to be truly missed by a lot of people,” Rabin said.

Roberts’ dogs died from the strike. Emergency crews were able to revive Roberts before taking her to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. She died at the hospital April 12.

“It’s going to take a little while for all this to sink in and really understand that this actually did happen,” Rabin said.

Roberts leaves behind her husband, five children and eight grandchildren. She graduated from Terry Sanford High School  and attended Fayetteville Technical Community College before working for a Dex Media for more than 30 years.

Roberts’ memorial will be at 11 a.m. April 16 at the Rogers and Breece Funeral Home in Fayetteville.

Roberts’ family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. April 15 at the funeral home.

Roberts was struck the same day Steven Bryan was struck and killed while in the parking lot of Crossroads Plaza in Cary.

The 28-year-old was in the parking lot in front of the Michaels around 9 p.m. when he was hit.

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