Jackson County community rallies around family after tragic loss - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Jackson County community rallies around family after tragic loss

Jackson County_A Jackson County town is conducting its own "Extreme Home Makeover."  But, Ty Pennington and crew aren't there - this is courtesy of the residents of Blair.  Just over a week ago Blair resident Billie Scott passed away, leaving behind a wife and three children.  Now, the community has come together to help in their time of need.  The makeover will be a big surprise for the Scott family.  They're at a livestock show this week, but they're coming home tonight. 

Terry Huetter's brother-in-law, Billie Scott, passed away suddenly last week.  The Blair School Maintenance Supervisor was the town "fix-it man," and his sudden death was a shock to the whole community.  "He used to do everything for everybody else, but never had time to do anything here, so we just all came together, the community, and just came together and said, let's fix this," says Huetter.

Neighbor Teri Anderson and dozens of other volunteers have been working for the past 72-hours, sawing, hammering, and vacuuming, to get the Scott home ready for when the Scott family gets home from a school trip in Oklahoma City.

What started out as a little help with the laundry has turned into a communitywide effort.  "Unbeknownst to them, as soon as they left, we emptied out their house, and we have completely repainted and remodeled the whole house," says Huetter.  "Blair's small, it snowballed, and here we are to a complete home renovation."

The group has installed new flooring, painted the walls, added new furniture and kitchen appliances - all to show the family how much they care about their loss.  "We just want to let them know that we are here for them, pretty much, and that we're going to help them through this," says Huetter.  "I knew this would be something Billie would do, so I just feel like I'm giving back to him." 

All of the materials used to makeover the home are from donations, and everyone says it's just what Billie would have done.  The residents of Blair want to help the family even more.  If you would like to donate to the Scott family, contact the First State Bank in Altus.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

    For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 5:46 AM EDT2018-04-24 09:46:09 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:31 AM EDT2018-04-24 12:31:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. For the first time, Facebook is making public, on Tuesday, April 24, its detailed gu...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. For the first time, Facebook is making public, on Tuesday, April 24, its detailed gu...

    For the first time, Facebook spells out how it decides whether to delete your posts.

    For the first time, Facebook spells out how it decides whether to delete your posts.

  • Motive elusive after van driver kills 10 on Toronto sidewalk

    Motive elusive after van driver kills 10 on Toronto sidewalk

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:25:49 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:29 AM EDT2018-04-24 12:29:28 GMT
    (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). Officials carry a body into a vehicle after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. The rented van jumped onto the crowded sidewalk Monday, killing and i...(Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). Officials carry a body into a vehicle after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. The rented van jumped onto the crowded sidewalk Monday, killing and i...

    Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what...

    Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what many said seemed a deliberate attack.

  • 77th Army Band and Cameron University's Concert Band perform together

    77th Army Band and Cameron University's Concert Band perform together

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:23 AM EDT2018-04-24 12:23:45 GMT
    (Source Cameron University Music Program)(Source Cameron University Music Program)

    Cameron University's Concert Band will unite with the 77th Army Band for a concert Tuesday, April 24th.

    Cameron University's Concert Band will unite with the 77th Army Band for a concert Tuesday, April 24th.

Powered by Frankly