Lone Grove Tornadoes
On February 10, 2009 three tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma. One touched down in Lone Grove, claiming eight lives.
Bob Mashore stands in his new Lone Grove home recently. The house he and his wife, Cherrille, shared for 30 years, which stands only a few yards away, was heavily damaged by the Feb. 10 tornado. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Lone Grove rebuilds after deadly storm

News | Updated: Sat, Sep 5, 2009

LONE GROVE — Bob Mashore drives twice daily from Ardmore to Lone Grove to faithfully water his wife Cherrille’s hibiscus plants outside what used to be the couple’s home.

Storm of paperwork plagues survivor, 13

News | Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2009

ARDMORE — Kaylee Fambrough doesn’t have to fall into a deep sleep to experience the greatest nightmare of her young life. The teenager doesn’t even need to close her eyes.

Lone Grove families honor those lost to storm

News | Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

LONE GROVE — Thirteen-year-old Kaylee Fambrough squeezed her mother’s hand in the bathroom of their home Tuesday until a tornado snatched her mom from her grasp and this life.

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Lone Grove articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

  • Reporting from Lone Grove

    David Morris | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2009

    We sent Tanner Herriott to Lone Grove earlier this morning.

  • In brief: Lone Grove homeowners to obtain aid

    Updated: Thu, Oct 15, 2009

    LONE GROVE Homeowners to obtain aid Residents of Lone Grove, a town devastated by a deadly tornado in February, will get help to build storm shelters. Lone Grove City Manager Marianne Elfert said half of a $600,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will go to the town’s residents,...

  • Officials agree to Lone Grove tornado cleanup

    The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Apr 5, 2009

    LONE GROVE, Okla. (AP) — Local, state and federal officials have reached an agreement that is expected to speed up the process of recovery from a deadly tornado that ravaged this small south-central Oklahoma town in February. Carter County commissioners and Lone Grove City Manager Marianne...

  • Storm of paperwork plagues Lone Grove tornado survivor Kaylee Fambrough, 13

    BY RON JACKSON | Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2009

    ARDMORE — Kaylee Fambrough doesn’t have to fall into a deep sleep to experience the greatest nightmare of her young life. The teenager doesn’t even need to close her eyes. Grisly images of her dead parents — Gail and Vincent Fambrough — in the aftermath of the Feb....

  • Weather Channel to broadcast from Picher, Oklahoma

    By Penny Soldan | Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2009

    Storm tracker Jim Cantore was once told that people feel safer when The Weather Channel is in town. So the folks in Picher can take comfort in knowing that Cantore and a crew from The Weather Channel (66 on Cox Cable, 214 on Dish Network, 362 on DirecTV) will be in town Thursday and Friday....

  • Crews help Lone Grove cope

    BY ANN KELLEY | Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2009

    LONE GROVE — More than 500 volunteers are expected to converge on Lone Grove this weekend to help with a massive effort to clean up miles of debris from the Feb. 10 tornado. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. today at the Assembly of God in Lone Grove, 15657 U.S. 70. More volunteers are...

  • Aid site set in Lone Grove

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2009

    Aid site set in Lone Grove LONE GROVE — State and federal authorities are opening a center Saturday in Lone Grove to help residents affected by last week’s tornado. The center will help victims register for relief, fill out loan applications and provide details and contacts for...

  • Disaster center opens Saturday in Lone Grove

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2009

    State and federal authorities are opening a disaster recovery center Saturday in Lone Grove to help residents who were affected by the tornado that struck Carter County last week, according to an Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management news release. The center will help storm victims...

  • Warnings came in varied forms for Lone Grove

    By Bryan Painter | Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2009

    LONE GROVE — Wes Pack, a student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, was at a restaurant Tuesday night in Oklahoma City with his girlfriend Ashley Johnson. She looked at a television and noticed Carter County had a tornado warning. Pack saw the path was aimed at his...

  • Lone Grove tornado victim: Gary Vaughn Boyd Jr.

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

    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...

  • Lone Grove tornado victim: Molly Cheryl Hutchinson

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

    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...

  • Lone Grove tornado victim: Timothy David Nevill

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

    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...

  • Lone Grove tornado victim: Trevor William Kelii Morgan

    Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2009

    Age: 30 Residence: Lone Grove Occupation: Fork lift driver Story: Born in Hawaii, Trevor was given the Hawaiian name of Kelii. He lived most of his life in Oklahoma and worked as a forklift driver at the Dollar General Store distribution plant in Ardmore. Trevor graduated in 1996 from Lone...

  • Lone Grove tornado victim: Donna Lee McGarvey

    Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

    Age: 54 Residence: Lone Grove Occupation: Retired from pharmaceutical company Story: Everyone called her “Granny” despite her relatively young age, said her friend Steve Sparks of Ardmore. Donna, a Rapid City, S.D., native, was known for being generous to a fault and regularly cared for...

  • Lone Grove tornado victim: William Clinton Wheat Sr.

    Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

    Age: 78 Residence: Lone Grove Occupation: Retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant and tire factory worker Story: Retired from the military in 1970 after 22 years, including tours in Vietnam, Korea, and Germany. “Bill” worked another 22 years for the Uniroyal tire factory in Ardmore. He...

  • Lone Grove families honor those lost to storm

    By RON JACKSON | Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

    LONE GROVE — Thirteen-year-old Kaylee Fambrough squeezed her mother’s hand in the bathroom of their home Tuesday until a tornado snatched her mom from her grasp and this life. Fambrough’s parents – Susan "Gail” and William "Vincent” Fambrough —...

  • Lone Grove check sent by nature’s own air mail

    By SUSAN HYLTON - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

    BROKEN ARROW — A personal check with a Lone Grove address was discovered about 150 miles away in Broken Arrow, and experts believe the lightweight item was delivered by last week’s tornado. To solve the mystery of traveling lightweight debris, the National Weather Service in Tulsa...

  • Federal officials OK assistance in Oklahoma storms

    BY MICHAEL MCNUTT | Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

    Federal officials approved disaster assistance for people in three Oklahoma counties devastated by last week’s deadly tornadoes, the governor’s office said Sunday evening. The approval for individual assistance is for people in Carter, Logan and Oklahoma counties, the governor’s...

  • Lone Grove: The Victims

    Updated: Sun, Feb 15, 2009

    THE VICTIMS Susan Gail Fambrough Age: 54 Residence: Lone Grove Occupation: Homemaker Story: "Gail” was known as a caring, independent woman who spent 15 years lovingly raising dogs. She adored her three daughters and five grandchildren and liked to entertain. A trust fund has been...

  • Oklahoma officials aim to get federal assistance

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sat, Feb 14, 2009

    LONE GROVE — While individual assistance for tornado victims now rests with the federal government, state and local officials in Lone Grove are documenting damage and expenses to help get federal aid for the city, county and other public entities. Gov. Brad Henry asked President Barack...

  • Owner of the Echo Canyon Resort and Spa outside Sulphur suspects debris is from tornado

    By Bryan Painter | Updated: Sat, Feb 14, 2009

    SULPHUR — Joe Van Horn thought the crashing noise he heard about 8 p.m. Tuesday was a car accident. Try tornado debris falling from the sky. Joe and his wife, Carol Van Horn, own and operate Echo Canyon Resort and Spa on 27 acres near Sulphur. He was working in the office at the...

  • Each Oklahoma tornado victim had a story

    BY RON JACKSON | Updated: Sat, Feb 14, 2009

    Living in today's 24-hour news cycle, where disaster strikes and lives are lost daily, human nature dictates that it's sometimes easier to view the victims in terms of statistics. But for those who knew them, the eight souls lost Tuesday night when a deadly tornado struck the Lone Grove/Ardmore...

  • Damage estimates from the Feb. 10, 2009 tornadoes

    Updated: Sat, Feb 14, 2009

    County says damage to cost $10M There is no damage estimate on the Carter County tornado that ripped through Lone Grove and the Majestic Hills subdivision north of Ardmore, but Oklahoma County officials estimate that two tornadoes in the metro caused more than $10 million in damage to commercial...

  • Lone Grove church drives relief effort

    BY JOHNNY JOHNSON | Updated: Sat, Feb 14, 2009

    LONE GROVE — In times of disaster, local churches are generally one of the first points of assistance, a place where clothing and other items can get to people in need. But structural damage at the Assembly of God in Lone Grove has complicated matters, outreach minister Teri Beane said....

  • Lone Grove families share memories of loved ones

    BY RON JACKSON - Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Feb 13, 2009

    LONE GROVE — The roll call of tornado fatalities is short — eight souls now forever bonded by a moment in time. One by one their names were released to The Oklahoman on Thursday through various sources until the portrait was complete. Together, they are collection of Oklahomans who will be...



The victims


Eight Oklahomans lost their lives when a tornado blitzed Lone Grove the night of Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2009. Each of the victims had individual passions and quirks that made them unique. Each had a family that loved them and now misses them dearly. And each of them had a story.



Susan "Gail” and William "Vincent” Fambrough

News | Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

Thirteen-year-old Kaylee Fambrough squeezed her mother’s hand in the bathroom of their home Tuesday until a tornado snatched her mom from her grasp and this life.

Gary Vaughn Boyd Jr.

Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

Boyd never liked stationary jobs, his stepfather Bob McCord said.

Molly Cheryl Hutchinson

Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

Molly was the proud mother of a son — Michael Duggan of Tennessee — and two beloved grandchildren.

Timothy David Nevill

Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

Tim dreamed of one day farming his family's small acreage in Lone Grove.

William Clinton Wheat Sr.

Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

Retired from the military in 1970 after 22 years, including tours in Vietnam, Korea, and Germany.

Donna Lee McGarvey

Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

Everyone called her “Granny” despite her relatively young age, said her friend Steve Sparks of Ardmore.

Trevor William Kelii Morgan

Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2009

Born in Hawaii, Trevor was given the Hawaiian name of Kelii.

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