Each Oklahoma tornado victim had a story

BY RON JACKSON Modified: February 14, 2009 at 7:22 am •  Published: February 14, 2009
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nna, a Rapid City, S.D., native, was known for being generous to a fault and regularly cared for the homeless and needy. At the time of her death, Donna served as a “mother figure” for two adult roommates she housed. Both roommates are hospitalized at Mercy Memorial Health Center in Ardmore.

“A wonderful lady – always smiling,” Sparks said. “She was just a fabulous woman.”

Funeral Services: Monday at 6 p.m. at Griffin-Hillcrest Funeral Home Chapel in Ardmore

Gary Vaughn Boyd Jr.

Age: 39

Residence: Jones

Occupation: Truck driver

Story: Boyd never liked stationary jobs, his stepfather Bob McCord said. He liked moving.

So driving a truck was what he did.

Boyd was driving the same route he had taken for two years, delivering USA Today between Dallas and Oklahoma City. Tuesday night, he was on I-35 in Ardmore when the tornado swooped down.

“It came on him so suddenly he was not able to do anything,” McCord said. “The truck was tossed around.”

It's unknown if he had stopped or was trying to pull over, but he died of a head injury, McCord said.

Boyd graduated from high school at Moss, said McCord, who lives in Lamar.

“He was a good kid. He loved sports, playing pool and he had a good driving record,” McCord said.

Boyd lived in Jones with his father and a sister, McCord said.

Funeral Services: Held Friday, in Holdenville.

Molly Cheryl Hutchinson

Age: 53

Residence: Lone Grove

Occupation: Assistant convenience store manager

Story: Molly was the proud mother of a son — Michael Duggan of Tennessee — and two beloved grandchildren, said her mother, Bobby Richardson of Ardmore. Molly always provided a smile for friends and strangers alike, and never let chronic pain from an automobile accident prevent her from a joyous life. She often spent days off eating lunch with her mother or visiting with elders at her mother's senior citizen's complex. Molly worked the graveyard shift at a truck stop along Interstate 35 in Springer, where she was well-known and liked by regular customers.

Molly was sleeping Tuesday before her midnight shift when her husband, Emmett, awoke her with news of a tornado warning. “That's when everything just blew up,” Richardson said. “And that's all he'll tell me ... You know she always dreamed of being a nurse. I think that's why she loved coming here. She just loved seniors, and taking care of people.”

Funeral Services: Today at 2 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Ardmore

Timothy David Nevill

Age: 36

Residence: Lone Grove

Occupation: U.S. Postal carrier

Story: Tim dreamed of one day farming his family's small acreage in Lone Grove, and was looking forward to clearing the land Wednesday morning. Family members said Tim loved to work with his hands and was a master at raising beautiful roses. He loved animals, often sheltered strays, and even domesticated a pig that would follow him around the property like a dog. Nevill enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001 and was later honorably discharged after an injury. He was living in a trailer home Tuesday with his mother and father — Mary and Earnest Nevill. When Earnest was blown through the door by the high winds, Tim ran down the hall to call 911. That was the last anyone saw him alive. “I kept yelling his name, but he never answered,” Mary Nevill said. “Tim was a good father and a hard worker,” said Mark Nevill, Tim's brother.

Funeral Services: Graveside today at 2 p.m. Overbrook Cemetery in McAlester.

Contributing: Staff writers Nolan Clay and Robert Medley and The Associated Press

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HENRY ASKS FOR FEDERAL AID

Gov. Brad Henry is asking federal authorities to provide individual financial assistance for residents in three counties where tornadoes caused extensive damage. The request is for Carter, Logan and Oklahoma counties. More counties can be added if individual assistance is approved.

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