MOORE — 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.
“The tornado has only changed where I live right now,” Dylan said.
But he still plans to go to Oklahoma City Community College, then to Oklahoma Christian University for a bachelor's in his interest.
And that is?
“Game design,” he said. “After I realized they were teaching it at school, I was like, ‘I'm going to do that.' So that's been my plans from very early on.”
And games have been a part of his education from “early on,” he said.
Dylan learned how to read from a game called “The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time.”
You have to read through the game to see what's going on, he explained.
“I didn't know how to read, so I just grabbed my mom,” he said.
Kala would read it to him and Dylan caught on.
The interest for games never wavered.
And although he lived with his mom, Dylan and his father liked to play games together.
About four years ago, they played a game called “Oblivion,” in “The Elder Scrolls” series.
“That game is so long,” Dylan said. “It's a single-player game, but we just sat next to each other and rolled through it for a good month before everything was found in the game.
“We went through the game together.”
They played several games after that together, but in Dylan's memories of his father, that game four years back and his interests in games will not end.
Randy Smith 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.