GHS graduate was pursuing college degree

January 23, 2013

Granbury High School graduate Andrew Scott Washington Almand was just getting started in his adult life when he died in a one-vehicle accident on Jan. 13 on Interstate 30 near Simms, about 30 miles west of Texarkana.

Andrew, 20, a student at Arkansas State University at Beebe, was on his way back there with his girlfriend from Dallas, according to Andrew’s mother, Suzanne Parkins of Bellingham, Wash.

Andrew’s father, Scott Almond, is a Granbury resident, with Andrew’s 17-year-old brother Justin, who is a junior at GHS. Parkins lives with Andrew’s stepfather and her 12-year-old son Austin Grimes in Bellingham.

“Everyone loved him,” Parkins said on Friday afternoon while in the Granbury area. “He was a character. He was helpful to everyone. He was wise beyond his age.”

Parkins said that Almand was enrolled at Granbury High from December of 2009 through his graduation in 2010. Andrew was majoring in kinesiology and sports fitness at Arkansas State-Beebe. He enjoyed participating in mixed martial arts, and had even won a recent MMA fight held in Hot Springs, Ark, she said.

Parkins said that Andrew’s girlfriend was driving a Jeep Wrangler with him as her passenger when she fell asleep. She woke up, over-corrected and the Jeep rolled three times, Parkins said.

“He was thrown out and died on impact,” Parkins said.

Andrew had unbuckled his seatbelt so he could sleep during that part of the trip. Parkins added that she hopes the tragedy will serve as a warning to others to always stay buckled up for safety.

She noted that Andrew’s girlfriend, a student at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., received medical treatment and was released.

A memorial service for Andrew was held Thursday afternoon at Parkway Hills Baptist Church in Plano.

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