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Antique mall owner dies after being hit by truck

August 26, 2003|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - The owner of the Fayetteville Antique & Craft Mall was killed Monday afternoon when he stepped into the path of a tractor-trailer in front of his business on Lincoln Way East in Guilford Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Laverne L. "Sonny" Dymond Jr., 65, of 205 Pine Drive, was pronounced dead at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital following the 3:13 p.m. accident at 3653 Lincoln Way East, state police said.

Police said Dymond walked into the center turn lane of the road and stepped into the westbound lane. A 1988 Freightliner driven by Ward Preston Clark, 50, of Martinsburg, W.Va., attempted to swerve to avoid Dymond, but struck him with the right front portion of the tractor.

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Dymond was taken by Fayetteville ambulance to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:35 p.m., according to Franklin County Chief Deputy Coroner Ted Reed.

Dymond died of multiple blunt-force trauma, Reed said. No autopsy was planned, he said.

Clark was uninjured, police said.

The father of two and grandfather of five, Dymond owned Dymond Enterprises, according to his mother Mabel H. Dymond.

The popular antique mall has buildings on both sides of the highway.

The company also owns Dymond's Concrete Products Inc. and Dymond's Heating Oil, all of Fayetteville, according to Mabel Dymond.

"I'm sure everybody liked him. He was likable to everyone," she said.

"I think he was a great guy," said his brother John Dymond, who owns Dymond Insurance Agency, Dymond Realty and Dymond's Flowers and Fine Gifts. "He was a good family man. He was a good hard worker."

In addition to his other business enterprises, John Dymond said his brother had developed a software package for flea markets that was sold across the country. "He was very good with computers," he said.

"He was a hands-on kind of guy" who was always willing to help others, John Dymond said.

He said his brother and wife Nancy have two children, David and Tracy, who help run the family businesses.

"He had a stroke a couple of months ago," John Dymond said. "I think it was a little more severe than he thought."

Evelyn Weller, who has rented a booth at the antique mall for three years, remembered Dymond as a likable and helpful landlord. At the end of each month, when checks were distributed to the vendors, she said he would often include a note with suggestions.

"If he thought it was something that would help everybody, he would suggest this or suggest that," Weller said.

"He was not only a boss, he was my best friend," said Geraldine Andrews, who has worked as a clerk, cashier and building manager at the mall for 14 years.

"He was wonderful. The whole family was wonderful," she said.

"He was always there for everybody," Andrews said.

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