Profiles of Life: Randy Smith

Family of Moore tornado victim Randy Smith shares memories of video games, pork chop dinners.
by Bryan Painter Published: June 2, 2013
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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 Beard Smith, who lives with his mother, would also often join them. They'd eat, talk and laugh. When finished, the dishes could wait. 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.

While Randy's trade was that of an electrician, his interests included riding his motorcycle.

But also important to him was playing video games with Dylan.

While a May 20 tornado claimed the life of Dylan's father, who was 39 and living in Moore, the interest in games the son got from his dad continues on.

“It took my house,” Dylan said, “but nothing really important, except my dad was lost.”

The recent graduate of Southmoore High School said that even amid the material things that were lost, the storm did not take away his interests and the dreams that go with them.

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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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