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McRay Funeral Home
 September 2017 Obituaries 

Carl R. Phelps

Service for Carl R. Phelps, age 65 of Chickasha, will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at the Southern Oaks Church of Christ.  

Carl grew up in Carnegie through the 7th grade where he rode in many rodeos doing square dance on horseback and playday events.  He finished junior high and high school in Moore, Oklahoma where he was co-captain of a State Semi-finalist basketball team in the Big House.  He attended Christian College of the Southwest in Mesquite, TX for 1 year on a basketball scholarship after which he received his baccalaureate degree from Oklahoma State University and then his masters degree from OU.  While attending OU, he was the 1st Coach of Okie Spokesmen (a wheelchair basketball team).  In 1977, he married the love of his life, Janice Jennings, to whom he was married for 40 years.  Coaching was a passion and his favorite was coaching his daughters Jennifer and Cara in softball and basketball.  He was Superintendent of Schools in Paoli, Purcell, and Chickasha and was selected in 1985 as one of the Top 100 Up and Coming School Superintendents in North America.  In 1988, he developed Christian Care Retirement Village which he owned and operated for 16 and a half years.  Working side by side with his wife Janice, he was named Oklahoma’s Nursing Home Administrator of the Year in 2001.  In 1985, with Janice’s grandpa and Carl’s best friend, he started a coffee club that is now 32 years old and running. In 1993 he co-founded one of the most successful Investment Clubs in the world which is now 24 years old and received a #1 ranking in the world in 2006.  It always received the highest rank in Oklahoma for 10 years or so until the competition ceased.  Carl was a referee and co-founded the Chickasha Officials Association which he coordinated and presided over for its first 10 years until ALS prevented him from continuing.  The highlight of his referee career was officiating in the All-State game at Tulsa in 2016.  In 2011 Carl and Janice started the Phelps Pharm where they had lived since 1993.  With nearly 100 farm animals that he loved, they hosted countless church groups, school groups, friend groups and family groups on their most fun Pharm.  Carl and Janice traveled to all 50 states with Jennifer and Cara.  They entertained in one nursing home in all 77 counties of Oklahoma from August to October 2005. They also visited most of the world as well, going to countries in 5 of 7 continents. While on his journey with ALS, he proudly served as a beta tester for VisuALS Technology Solutions.

Carl was a member of the Southern Oaks Church of Christ where he was faithful to attend all services and served where he could.

He was preceded in death by his mother Geraldine Phelps, father Robert K. Phelps, sister Phyllis Cutrer, and sister-in-law Margaret Ann Berry.

He is survived by his loving wife Janice Phelps; Daughter and Son-in-law Jennifer and Steve Driskill and their children Emma and Drake; Daughter and Son-in-law Cara and Brian Gerdes and their children Drue and Arden; brothers-in-law Cliff Cutrer and Joe Berry; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Richard and Issy Jennings; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Steve and Patti Hesser; 5 nephews, 3 nieces, and many other family members that he dearly loved.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tipton Children’s Home, VisuALS Technology Solutions, or the Carl and Janice Jennings Phelps Scholarship at OSU.

Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home. 


Sidney S. Cook

Funeral service for Sidney S. Cook, age 91 of Chickasha, Oklahoma, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2017 in the Epworth United Methodist Church.  Rev. Scott Keneda will officiate.

Sidney was born to Lee and Ella Auttonberry Cook on January 6, 1926 in the Ninnekah area.  He passed away on August 29, 2017 in Oklahoma City.

Sidney graduated from Meridian High School and served his country during World War II.  He was a member of the Methodist Church for more than 60 years with 50+ years at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Chickasha.  He was associated with the Virgin Lumber Building and Supply Company of Chickasha for 32 years; as truck driver, then clerk, General Manager and part owner.  He especially enjoyed the many customers he met during those years.

After selling his interest in the business, he spent many happy hours working with the Festival of Light, Grady County Historical Society, various church committees and projects.  He enjoyed working with stained glass, making many beautiful crosses and other items which were mostly given away to friends and relatives.  He loved being with his family and spoiling his grand and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two brothers and one granddaughter.

Survivors include his loving wife Lois of 72 years, daughter Carol Cooper and husband Charles, son Phillip Cook and wife Dorris, three grandchildren; Brandi Harry and husband Chris, Cory Cook and wife Candace, Cami Post and husband Danny and six great grandchildren; Hayden and Hudson Harry, Landen and Sydney Cook, Asher and Adelynn Post.

Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery.  Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Johnny Wayne “Buddy” Mahan

Graveside service for Johnny Wayne “Buddy” Mahan, age 74 of Chickasha, will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, September 1, 2017, in the Haskell City Cemetery in Haskell, Oklahoma.

Buddy was born in Coal Hill, Arkansas on November 11, 1942.  He was the middle child of Johnny Wesley Mahan and Virginia 'Blossom' Hardgrave.  He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his grandparents known as 'Mom and Pop'. The family had several places they called home due to Buddy's father being a gospel preacher.  He attended and graduated high school in Haskell, Oklahoma where he met the love of his life, Emma Catherine (KK) Barnett.  He went to college at OCC (Oklahoma Christian) in Edmond, OK  but could not stay away from his love, so he came home and they were married on July 14, 1961.  They had 3 sons they raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  They very lovingly provided a Christian home and education to the boys.  Buddy enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors.  He worked for the U.S. Postal service until he  retired  to take care of his ailing wife. After her death in 2005 he moved to Chickasha, Oklahoma.  He was an active member of Southern Oaks Church of Christ.  He battled  cancer with dignity and strength as he continued living a Christian life.  He was an example to all around him.

Survivors include  3 sons and their families: Son DeWayne Mahan and wife Liz of Chickasha, OK, and grand children Corey Mahan of Penrith Australia and Hannah Mahan of Duncan, OK; Son Brian Mahan and wife Mandy of Longview Texas, grand daughter Whittney Williams of Longview, Tx, and great grand children Emma Carol Williams of Longview Tx, Kimberly Mahan of Shreveport, LA and Daniel Mahan of Maud, Tx; Son Michael Mahan and wife Karen and their children of Muskogee, OK; Brother Butch Mahan and wife  Ginny of Alma, Arkansas; Sister Layne  Downs of Barling, Arkansas; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Ross Hospice for the compassionate, professional care they gave to Buddy and the family.

Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ross Hospice.

McRay Funeral Home
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 806, Chickasha, OK  73023
Location:  110 S. 8th Street, Chickasha, OK  73018 
Corner of 8th & Chickasha Ave. Near Downtown
Phone: 405-224-4141


Fax:  405-224-1584

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