Plane crash victims' families speak for the first time

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Friday night started out as a normal weekend for Glyn Johnson, his girlfriend Tabitha Dolbares and their son Nelson. Glyn was heading out on business to fly a skydiving group, and his family was going to tag along.

"Glyn was going to leave that night, and they [Tabitha and Nelson Dolbares] were going to drive yesterday morning. But it was a four hour drive, so Nelson said he didn't want to take that long ride. And he wanted to go with Glyn, so Tabby said 'OK, we'll go with Glyn.'"

Only a few hours later, Johnson's single engine Cessna 182 crashed into rural Livingston Parish, Louisiana. Now the family's Gautier home is empty, and their relatives are trying to cope.

"They all say, 'One day at a time,' but this is getting to be too much. It really is," said Sean Cheevers, Tabitha Dolbares' stepfather.

Sadly, Tabitha's mother, Yvonne Cheevers, has already endured something like this before.  Tabitha is her second child to die in the past ten years.

"I feel like God's taking my kids away from me, one at a time," she said, tears welling in her eyes. "And now my little grandson."

In Ocean Springs, Jerry Lee and Andrea Johnson are feeling similar grief about their son Glyn.

"Always in the back of your mind when you've got somebody that you know does this kind of thing, you always have that in the back of your mind and just hope that it never happens," Andrea said.

Memories of the three offer some comfort, and they take solace in knowing Glyn, Tabitha and Nelson were doing what they loved in their final moments.

"They were just bonded together," said Johnson. "Tabitha loved to go flying with him. Nelson loved to go flying with him. They were always with him when he was doing his skydiving."

Investigators are still looking into the cause of the crash. Autopsies will be performed Monday, and no funeral arrangements have been made yet.