Frank Hobbie and his three children were asleep when an EF3 tornado hit the Hide-A-Way Mobile Home Park just after midnight Sunday.
“There wasn’t enough warning,” said his stepmother, Shelly Hobbie. “The sirens never went off in that area.”
The tornado demolished much of the mobile home park and killed six people including Frank, 27, and his daughters, Faith, 7, and Kelly, 4. Frank’s son, Ty Coolie, 2, was injured but is expected to survive.
Shelly Hobbie said her stepson was a devoted single father.
“He was a very well-rounded young man,” she said. “He had his priorities. His family came first, no matter what.”
Frank Hobbie worked for H&P Drilling, of Tulsa. He collected broken down vehicles like some people take in stray animals, Shelly Hobbie said.
“He had Camaros and pickups,” she said. “The girls helped daddy work on his cars.”
The family also enjoyed the outdoors.
“They loved to go swimming at the lake,” Shelly Hobbie said. “They went fishing a lot.”
The Hobbie family, which includes Frank’s father and three sisters, is devastated, Shelly Hobbie said. The fact that Faith and Kelly were taken so young amplifies the tragedy, which hasn’t fully sunk in, she said.
Ty was flown to Lubbock after the tornado but is expected to recover, Shelly Hobbie said.
“It will just be a long process for him,” she said. “He’s got a cast from his chest at his rib cage down. He’s not understanding why he can’t be held.”
Shelly Hobbie said her grandson also doesn’t understand that his father and two sisters are gone, and she’s not sure how to explain that to a 2-year-old.
As Ty grows up, family members will do their best to let him know how much his father and sisters loved him.
“Frank definitely was a good dad, and he wanted to do right by his kids,” Shelly Hobbie said.