Boyd Haynes and his wife, Doris Haynes, were spending one last night in the Oklahoma City home they had shared for 45 years when it was firebombed Wednesday morn
“They were inseparable,” the son, Terry Haynes, said. “It has to have been 40 years since they have not spent a night together.”
Both died of smoke inhalation, the state medical examiner's office reported Thursday. He was 87 and she was 86.
Their son said his parents were scheduled to move into the Meadow Lake Retirement Center, an assisted living facility, at 10 a.m. Wednesday. They were asleep in their home at 7608 S Miller Blvd. at the time of the fire.
A neighbor, Tristan Ryan Owen, 15, was arrested Wednesday on complaints of murder and arson. He denied starting the fire but admitted to playing with firebombs in the area, police said.
A man who identified himself as Owen's grandfather, but declined to give his name, said the boy lives with him and his wife. Police have identified the grandfather as Bob Owen.
“We love our grandson. We hope this turns out to be a mistake for him,” he said. “We're real sorry about the tragedy that happened to the two elderly people.”
Spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard said the medical examiner ruled their deaths homicides on Thursday.
Pair married in 1943
Terry Haynes said his parents met at a track meet in Oklahoma and were married in March 1943.
Boyd Haynes, a World War II Army veteran, worked as a salesman for many years before he found a job with B&B Hearing Aid Services in Oklahoma City, Terry Haynes said. Soon after, Doris Haynes joined him at the company. Eventually, the couple bought the business.
Terry Haynes said some of his most fond memories of his parents include family golf tournaments. He said the winners would receive a trophy with their names on it and get to keep it until the next tournament.
He said he would usually team up with his mother to compete against his father and older brother, Danny, 62, who died four years ago of cancer.
“My mother and I won seven times. My father and brother won six times, (and) we tied one year,” he said. “We absolutely had a ball.”
Terry Haynes said he lived nearby his parents and received a telephone call from a neighbor Wednesday morning before rushing to the house.
“We got in the car and got there,” he said. “Smoke was billowing out of the north side of the house and garage.”
His parents were pronounced dead at the scene.
Doris Haynes suffered from spinal stenosis and was using a walker. Even then it was difficult for her to leave the house, Terry Haynes said.
He said his father was mobile until recently when he came down with severe bursitis of the knee,
“There's not a way in the world either of them could have gotten out of that house,” he said.
Before the fire, Doris Haynes' health continued to give her problems. Terry Haynes said he tried to talk to his mother about an
“My mother was one of the most kind, gentlest person that God ever put on earth,” he said. “My father was a true patriarch of the family. If anybody in the family or a friend needed moral or financial support, he was there.”
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Southern Baptist Church.
They are survived by six grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
There's not a way in the world either of them could have gotten out of that house.”