by Steven B. Guy
Consider this an appeal to your collective memories!
As part of the events of Twister Days in Morris this coming April 26th, a remembrance ceremony will be held to honor those who lost their lives in the storm.
As of this writing, we know of Eight definite fatalities–
John Harmon, 65
Travis Little, 7
Janet Little, 36
Dewey McCullough, 43
Lois Simpson, 63
Donna Johnson Thomason, 27
Ermine Wright, 76
George Mann, 79
However, other sources on the internet cite a higher number–eight, or in the case of the Morris Oklahoma entry on Wikipedia, nine.
Organizers of the ceremony want to be as accurate as possible. If you know of anyone else, other than those listed above, who lost their lives in the Morris tornado of 1984, please contact the Morris News. Thanks!
by Steven B. Guy
Morris, Oklahoma – An 18-year-old from Morris was killed when a truck he was riding in crossed the center line into oncoming traffic in Okmulgee County, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol collision report says.
Clayton L. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.
About 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the 2002 Ford Ranger was westbound on Gun Club Road near the Oklahoma 52 intersection when it entered the path of a van, the report says.
Troopers said the driver, Ryan C. Smith, 18, of Henryetta, was partially ejected and pinned under truck for approximately 30 minutes. Smith was admitted to a hospital in critical condition with head, trunk internal, trunk external and arm and leg injuries.
A second passenger in the truck, Alexander P. Workman, 18, of Morris, is said to be stable with trunk internal injuries.
The driver of the van, Stephen R. Carter, 55, of Holdenville, was admitted to a Tulsa hospital with trunk internal injuries. He is said to be stable, according to the report.
The cause of the crash and the condition of the drivers is still under investigation, the report says.