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Profiles of Life: Randy Smith

Profiles of Life: Randy Smith
by Bryan Painter Published: June 1, 2013

Randy Smith would ask sometimes, but it didn't matter.

His parents, Terry and Darlene Smith, knew that he'd be coming over each Sunday to eat with them.

They loved that. But part of those Sunday memories make them laugh.

“A lot of times he would call and ask what she was having,” Terry said of Darlene's meals. “It really didn't matter because he was coming over.”

And though anything she cooked was great, her son liked chicken-fried steak and loved pork chops.

But the meal was only part of it.

Randy's son Dylan, who lives with his mother, would also often join them. They'd eat, talk and laugh. When finished, the dishes could wait because there was another routine on these Sunday afternoons.

Terry would go in the den and watch sports on television.

Randy and his mom would head to the living room to watch a movie or two.

Sometimes, they'd sit through the same movie twice, as was the case with “The Fighting Temptations” with Cuba Gooding Jr.

Randy also liked “The School of Rock.”

“That's because he played the guitar,” Darlene said.

While his trade was that of an electrician, his interests including playing video games with Dylan and riding his motorcycle.

Randy Smith, 39, who was living in Moore at the time of the tornado on May 20, is survived by his parents; his son, Dylan Beard Smith; his sister, Melissa Smith; his brother, Brandon Smith; his sister, Amy Catlege, and her partner, Misti Catlege; and his nephew, Ryder Catlege.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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