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 — were found within 20 minutes lying dead in a field of debris. Stephen McCord, the Fambroughs’ son-in-law, made the gruesome discovery amid a maze of popping and flashing power lines, and then frantically began searching for his sister-in-law. Miraculously, neighbors found Kaylee alive. She landed some 300 feet from where her trailer home once stood at 61 Peach Road, with only minor cuts and bruises. "That girl is lucky to be alive,” Stephen McCord said.
‘Can’t ask why’Families of the eight tornado victims have all been left to ponder the fate of the tragic event. They have done so while grieving, in shock, and shouldered with the burden of planning their loved ones’ burials. Nearly all admit the reality has yet to penetrate the numbness. And peace of mind remains elusive. Melva Morgan of Healdton can’t help but think about her grandson’s final act before being killed. Trevor William Kelii Morgan called his grandmother to see if she was safe. "I told him my cellar door was open, and that I was fine,” recalled Morgan, 83. "If I hadn’t, he would’ve been here with me. Why? Why Lord? Why Lord?” Morgan caught herself from speaking further. Finally, she broke the silence by somberly adding, "But we can’t ask why.” Trevor Morgan was 30. He was the youngest of the eight victims. Mary and Earnest Nevill mourned the loss of their son, Tim, from their hospital beds at Mercy Memorial Health Center in Ardmore. Earnest could barely speak about his son’s death. He was choked by grief. All three family members were in their trailer home when the storm descended on them in a sea of blackness. Violent winds sucked Earnest through the front door, prompting Tim to run down the hall to call 911. Suddenly, everything went black. The trailer then exploded. That was the last time anyone saw Tim alive. "I kept yelling his name, but he never answered,” Mary Nevill tearfully moaned. Tim Nevill, 36, dreamed of farming his family’s 10-acre lot, and had planned to clear the land the next morning. "He never got to fulfill his dream,” said Mark Nevill, Tim’s 39-year-old brother. "What do I want people to remember him for? He was a good father and a hard worker.” Gary Vaughn Boyd Jr., meanwhile, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Jones resident was driving through Carter County when the tornado smashed into his truck. "It came on him so suddenly he was not able to do anything,” said Bob McCord, Boyd’s stepfather. "The truck was tossed around.”
‘She’s not out there’Bobby Richardson wages a war in her mind. Haunting thoughts clash hourly with cherished memories of her beloved daughter, Molly Hutchinson, who was found buried beneath her trailer. Hutchinson’s husband, Emmett, lovingly protects his mother-in-law from further information. "He won’t even let me go out there where their home was,” said Richardson, 70, of Ardmore. "No point in going, though. She’s not out there.” Molly Hutchinson instead remains in her mother’s heart and soul as the "little girl” who overcame severe hearing loss as a child to live a joyous life. "I can still see our little girl,” Richardson said. "We used to go down to the Platt National Park in Sulphur every summer. I can still see her on the inner tube and sitting on the falls. "That’s what I see.” For those who knew Donna Lee McGarvey, there is little to regret other than a shortened life. McGarvey, affectionately known as "Granny,” made the most of her time on earth. McGarvey often cared for the homeless and the needy — acts of kindness that made her a saint in the eyes of those who crossed her path. "What a wonderful lady — always smiling,” recalled Steve Sparks, a friend from Ardmore. "She was a fabulous woman. Everyone called her ‘Granny’ even though she wasn’t that old. She was just loved by everyone.” Gail and Vince Fambrough left behind their teenage daughter, Kaylee, and four children from previous marriages. They were buried Saturday — a day that would have marked their 15th wedding anniversary. "They didn’t care about worldly possessions and stuff,” said Danna McCord, Gail’s oldest daughter and an Ardmore resident. "That wasn’t important to them.” The Fambrough’s instead cherished family and friends, and often loved hosting their grandchildren on overnight visits.
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