OH, THE (smiling & laughing) HUMANITY !
And here is Michael Carillo:
"He was a happy man, always wearing a smile
THE OKLAHOMA CITY MEMORIAL: https://oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/people/
BAYLEE ALMON : "Baylee Almon, who celebrated her first birthday the day before the terrorist bomb took her life, is described by family members as having a loving, heart-filled smile
OLETA CRISTINE BIDDY: “Oleta Christine Biddy always had a smile on her face
, said her sister-in-law, Doris Jennings"
DANIELLE BELL : “Danielle Bell, 15 months, liked the outdoors and birds. And she liked to smile
. “She was just like an angel from God,” said her mother, Deniece Bell, 28. “She always had a smile on her face
, and she would do whatever she could to bring one to yours.
OLEN BURL BLOOMER [???] "He was an “average man” who enjoyed telling jokes and laughing
, said daughter Maureen Bloomer."
PEACHLYN BRADLEY : "Bradley’s great-grandmother, Mary Hill, said the girl “was the laugh of everything
No smiles in the next tribute - but I just had burst out in coarse laughter myself - reading what the tribute writers came up with for this one :
GABREON DESHAWN LEE BRUCE: "Three-month-old Gabreon DeShawn Lee Bruce was a “lovable” baby, said his great-grandmother, Mary Hill. The family enjoyed holding him
, and Hill said she had held the baby exactly one week
before the April 19 bombing."
I mean ya know, WHAT does one write in a tribute for a three-month-old baby? 'Hey, let's just write that the family enjoyed HOLDING
RONA LINN KUEHNER-CHAFEY : “She was a person who really liked her job. I never saw her without a smile
ANTONIO ANSARA COOPER JR. : ” The 6-month-old was a happy baby who never cried and loved to laugh
, said his father, Antonio Cooper Sr. “He’d make himself laugh
by playing with his toys,” the father said."
HARLEY RICHARD COTTINGHAM: "To friends and co-workers, he was a “positive person … who was always happy
and who was able to raise the spirits of co-workers when they were down."
AARON & ELIJAH COVERDALE: "Brothers Aaron Coverdale, 5, and Elijah Coverdale, 2, were well-loved by their relatives. After the bombing, their father, Keith Coverdale, walked the streets holding photos of his smiling
children, asking if anyone had seen them."
JACI RAE COYNE: "Her father said Jaci also liked to have her picture taken, and she would hug everyone she met. “She was an extremely happy baby, full of laughter
,” he said."
No smiles or laughter in this next tribute : however, the crassness of its 'substance' - and its absurd brevity - are quite tragicomical...
"Sgt. Benjamin L. Davis, 29, was a good kid, a U.S. Marine comrade said. “He was always motivated. Even when he answered the telephone,”
a Marine at an Oklahoma City recruiting substation said." [NOTE: Yup, this is the FULL tribute for Benjamin L. Davis! - check it out for yourself!]
DIANA LYNN DAY [what's in a name?
] : “Probably everybody would tell you that she just always had a smile on her face
,” Thomas said of Day, 38."
KEVIN “LEE” GOTTSHALL II: "Whether he was pulling down his curtains, running over his puppy with his walker or spitting green beans at his mother, all he had to do was smile
and his parents’ hearts would melt. He was curious and enjoyed seeing new people and things, and he was always happy and laughing
CHERYL E. HAMMONS: "She was a pleasant person who smiled
and joked a lot but could also be serious, said her sister, Donnia Banks."
Yup - don't be fooled by that smile, folks - the lady could also be serious!
RONALD VERNON HARDING, SR.: “While visiting my sister at a nursing home I dozed off to sleep,” she said. “When I woke up, Ron was standing over me smiling
CHRISTI YOLANDA JENKINS: “Christi was hardworking, diligent and always smiling
. That describes her best,” Baldridge said.
NORMA JEAN JOHNSON: "At quarter-horse shows, Norma Jean Johnson was known for the smile on her face
and her willingness to help all exhibitors."
BLAKE RYAN KENNEDY: "He was always happy. He was always smiling
. He was the perfect child, Steve Kennedy said."
LAKESHA RICHARDSON LEVY: "Levy always had a joke to tell and brought smiles
to everyone’s faces, Johnson said. "
DOMINIQUE RAVAE (JOHNSON)-LONDON : "Everyone was crazy about Dominique. He was just my baby. He had you laughing
No smiles in the next tribute - but the sheer silliness of the below sentence is rather hilarious...
LINDA G. MCKINNEY: “She was outgoing and friendly and never met anyone she didn’t like
." - [her grieving husband is quoted as saying]
KATHRYN ELIZABETH RIDLEY: "Kathryn Ridley, 24, was always smiling
and loved to laugh
. The sound of her laughter
is what the family will miss most, Jacqueline Ridley said."
CHRISTY ROSAS: "Christy “always made people happy,” said her husband."
Another one being remembered - for how she answered the telephone...
LEORA LEE SELLS: "Sells, a legal secretary for Housing and Urban Development, also was known for her friendliness when answering the telephone."
And another - most bizzarre - 'telephone-answering' tribute...
VIRGINIA M. THOMPSON: “Logic would tell you she would be answering the phone at her desk at 9:02,” Phil said." [Note: 9:02 would be the time of the explosion]
DAVID JACK WALKER: "The environmental specialist with Housing and Urban Development was “a funny man with a big heart,” his wife said. “He laughed
all the time.”
MICHAEL D. WEAVER: "Weaver’s laughter
, dry sense of humor and role of the “straight man” will always be remembered by his family."