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Lone Grove families honor those lost to storm

By RON JACKSON Modified: February 16, 2009 at 12:33 pm •  Published: February 15, 2009
uot;What do I want people to remember him for? He was a good father and a hard worker.”

Gary Vaughn Boyd Jr., meanwhile, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Jones resident was driving through Carter County when the tornado smashed into his truck.

"It came on him so suddenly he was not able to do anything,” said Bob McCord, Boyd’s stepfather. "The truck was tossed around.”

‘She’s not out there’
Bobby Richardson wages a war in her mind.

Haunting thoughts clash hourly with cherished memories of her beloved daughter, Molly Hutchinson, who was found buried beneath her trailer.

Hutchinson’s husband, Emmett, lovingly protects his mother-in-law from further information.

"He won’t even let me go out there where their home was,” said Richardson, 70, of Ardmore. "No point in going, though. She’s not out there.”

Molly Hutchinson instead remains in her mother’s heart and soul as the "little girl” who overcame severe hearing loss as a child to live a joyous life.

"I can still see our little girl,” Richardson said. "We used to go down to the Platt National Park in Sulphur every summer. I can still see her on the inner tube and sitting on the falls.

"That’s what I see.”

For those who knew Donna Lee McGarvey, there is little to regret other than a shortened life.

McGarvey, affectionately known as "Granny,” made the most of her time on earth.

McGarvey often cared for the homeless and the needy — acts of kindness that made her a saint in the eyes of those who crossed her path.

"What a wonderful lady — always smiling,” recalled Steve Sparks, a friend from Ardmore. "She was a fabulous woman. Everyone called her ‘Granny’ even though she wasn’t that old. She was just loved by everyone.”

Gail and Vince Fambrough left behind their teenage daughter, Kaylee, and four children from previous marriages.

They were buried Saturday — a day that would have marked their 15th wedding anniversary.

"They didn’t care about worldly possessions and stuff,” said Danna McCord, Gail’s oldest daughter and an Ardmore resident. "That wasn’t important to them.”

The Fambrough’s instead cherished family and friends, and often loved hosting their grandchildren on overnight visits. has disabled the comments for this article.