Among the losses in Grady, McClain counties, memorial to son

BY JENNIFER GRISWOLD Modified: April 11, 2009 at 12:21 am •  Published: April 11, 2009
DIBBLE — Jerry and Tammy England found a decorative vase amid the rubble of their burnt log cabin Friday.

Wiping the soot and ashes from its surface, Tammy England found hope in the words encircling the top.

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. Isaiah 40:31.

"We need a little renewing of our strength today,” she said.

The Englands were among several families in Grady and McClain counties who spent the day cleaning up after a fire swept across the rural area eight miles north of Lindsay Thursday.

At its peak, the line of wildfires stretched six miles, according to local fire officials. It burned about 8,000 acres.

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the blaze, said Dibble Police Chief James Goins. At least 18 structures, many of them houses, were destroyed by the fire, he said.

The Englands built their cabin retreat about 14 years ago to memorialize their son, Cory, who died suddenly from a brain aneurism when he was 17.

Cory always loved to have sleepovers, so the family thought it would be a fun way for people to remember him.

Over the years, the cabin, which slept about 20 people, was used for church retreats, weddings and family gatherings.


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