BY JOSH SHAFFER
NASHVILLE, N.C. -- If you saw Ricky Webb, chances are he was riding his gray mustang Diamond, enjoying retirement beneath a white cowboy hat.
He kept seven horses on his 10 acres in Nash County - three more mustangs, a Paint Horse, an Arabian, an Appaloosa cross - and nothing kept him from feeding them every morning at 9.
Not even Hurricane Irene.
(Photo of Ricky Webb Courtesy of the Webb Family)
Webb's wife Patty heard the tree snap, and she found her husband of 40 years out in their yard, his body still warm, struck by an oak branch in the middle of his a favorite chore.
Before Irene even made landfall in North Carolina, it took its first life - a well-loved, easy-going, 63-year-old cowboy who wouldn't want anybody to make a fuss.
"He had one philosophy in life," said his son Weston, 35. "Never stress over anything. And he didn't. The man never got his blood pressure up. The man survived skin cancer. I had 35 years to enjoy him."
This hurricane, the fiercest to strike the state in nearly a decade, killed in unusual fashion.
Only one of the state's six fatalities happened on the coast.
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