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McRay Funeral Home
 July 2020 Obituaries 

Daren Ray Cook

Daren Ray Cook was born on June 23, 1958 to Juanita (Cochran) and James Cook.  He was born and raised in Chickasha, OK where he graduated from Chickasha High School in 1976.  He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and was Baptized at the age of 6 at First Baptist Church in Pocasset, OK.  He was called home on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at his home in rural Chickasha.
Services for Daren will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 10:30 AM at Bible Baptist Church in Chickasha with services entrusted to McRay’s Funeral Home.  There will be a visitation on Sunday, August 2, 2020 from 2 pm to 7pm.  The family requests that everyone wear masks and practice social distancing during these times.

Daren began working at Chickasha’s J & W Grill washing dishes at the age of 12.  He worked his way up through the business becoming a partial owner at age 19.  At the age of 23, he bought the restaurant outright.  While operating the grill, he supported and sponsored numerous teams and organizations as a great benefactor of the Chickasha area.

Daren was preceded in death by his brother Gary Blake, as well as his grandparents Lee and Ella Cook and Henry and Maggie Cochran.  He is survived by his parents James and Juanita Cook of Chickasha; son Dustin and wife Nicole Cook and their children Chloe, Lily, Hudson and Ella of Blanchard, OK; daughter DesiRae and husband Ray Priddy of Ardmore, OK.  He is also survived by sister Susan and Allan Bogle; brother Brett and Janet; as well as brother Tim and Jackie; niece Maddie; and nephews Trevor, Cody, and Braden all of Chickasha.

Pallbearers are Trevor Bogle, Cody Bogle, Braden Cook, Ray Priddy, Ronnie Eaton, and Glen Thompson.

Interment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery.


Owita Willis

Owita L. Willis was born north of Verden on August 19, 1929 to George and Ola (Stamps) Perdue.  She went to be with the Lord on July 28, 2020 at her home in Verden surrounded by family.

Owita grew up in the Chickasha Lake area and graduated from Verden High School in 1947.  She married Orval Willis on January 17, 1947.  They established their home north of Verden where they raised their 2 children.  They moved from the farm to Verden in 1968.  Owita was a homemaker until she went to work for Ralph Johnson Plumbing in Chickasha. She went on to work for her brother, Cecil, at Perdue Housing where she was a bookkeeper and drew house plans.  In 1976, Orval and Owita started their own home construction/remodeling company, Courtesy Builders in Verden. She also obtained her real estate license. Courtesy Builders was a family-oriented business and a second home to her grandchildren and their friends.  Many kids were welcomed and fed at Courtesy Builders over the years. While they were building homes, they continued to farm and raise cattle.

Owita loved and was very proud of her family and extended family.  She loved supporting and attending the sporting events and activities of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Owita was always willing to help anyone in need.  She was a member of Verden First Baptist Church.

Many of Owita’s talents included: seamstress, quilting, embroidery, crochet, ceramics, installing formica, and problem solver.

Owita was preceded in death by her parents: George and Ola Perdue, Husband: Orval Willis, Son: Allen Ray Willis, Daughter-in-law: Samantha Willis, Brothers: Connie Perdue, Willie Perdue, R.D. Perdue, and Cecil Perdue and Sisters Charlestine Sarratt and Mary Anderson.

Owita is survived by her daughter and son in-law: Nancy Heavin and husband Steve of Verden, Granddaughters: Christy Edelen and husband Jay of Arapaho, Angela Wallem and husband Joe of Bakersfield, CA, and Andrea Roberts and husband Jay of Chickasha, Grandsons: Waylon Heavin and wife Marilee of Verden, Allen Willis Jr. and wife Jenica of Bakersfield, CA, Adam Willis of Bakersfield, CA, and Austin Willis and wife Tammie of Stuttgart, Germany, Brothers: Dave Perdue and wife Merlyn of Ponca City, Glen Perdue and wife Gaynell of Monument, CO, Sisters-in-law: Peggy Perdue of McKinney, TX and Nelda Ross of Chickasha, 18 Great-Grandchildren, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Services will be at Verden First  Baptist Church on Saturday, August 1st at 10am.  The family requests that all attendees wear masks during the service.  Interment will immediately follow at the Verden Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.

Special thanks to Glenhaven Assisted Living, Lifeline Home Health and Hospice, Physician Housecalls, and to all of the private caregivers who provided loving care to Owita.


William Gordon Spangler

Funeral service for William Gordon Spangler, age 102, of Chickasha, OK will be held at 10:30am, Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Epworth United Methodist Church.  Rev. Scott Keneda will officiate.  The church encourages all attendees to wear a face mask.  The funeral will be live-streamed on YouTube at Chickasha UMC.

William Gordon Spangler was born to William Oliver and Margaret Anna Simpson Spangler on March 27, 1918 in Pocasset, OK.  He left this life on July 9, 2020 in Chickasha, OK.  

William attended school at the Arcadia School through the 8th grade. He attended high school in Minco, where he graduated.  After graduation the National Guard unit he was in while in high school was mobilized for a year and he went to Ft. Sill and then to Abilene, TX.  While there, he married Pauline Anderson.  The war broke out when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and he was sent to Africa, Sicily, Anzio, Italy, France and then Germany, from which he came home.  During his time abroad he had 511 combat days.  He received the Presidential Unit Citation for action at Salerno, Italy, 13 September 1943; French Troix De Guerre Award 21 June 1945, for campaigns in Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe.  After returning home he worked for the Rock Island Railroad for a time and then went to work for the National Guard which took him to the Korean Conflict.  He had 429 combat days in the Korean Conflict and received a Presidential Citation for combat operations in Korea.  He came home from the Korean Combat Operations on points.  All this combat was with the 45th Division, which was from Oklahoma.  He received the National Guardsman of the Year award from the Governor in 1972.  He retired after 40 years and began raising cattle, finally settling on Longhorns, on his ranch southeast of Chickasha where he lived for many years.  He and his wife were charter members of the Swinging Chicks Square Dance Club.  He received a 50 year certificate and pin from the National Square Dance Association for his contribution and devotion to square dancing.

He was preceded in death by his wife Pauline Spangler, his parents, son-in-law John Snow, granddaughter Stacy Keller.

He is survived by his daughter Gordona Snow; daughter Mandy Keller and husband Richard; grandchildren Gordon Travis Snow and wife Brandy, Sarah Hoffman and husband Jay; and great-grandchildren Carson Snow, Lexi Snow, Nora Snow and John Ronald Hoffman.

Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.  Interment will be in the Friendship Cemetery.


Terry Atwell

Funeral services for Terry Atwell, age 72, of Ninnekah, Oklahoma will be at 10:30am, Wednesday July 8, 2020 at Ninnekah First Baptist Church.  Pastor Kim Hayes will officiate. 

Terry passed away quietly at his home in Ninnekah, Oklahoma on July 5, 2020 with family at his side.  Terry was born on October 30, 1947 in Weslaco, Texas to Euless Atwell and Marjorie McDonald Herring.  He later moved to Coquille, Oregon with his family, then back to Oklahoma, settling in Duncan.  Terry graduated from Duncan High School in 1965. After graduation he attended college in Lawton and worked for A & P Grocery.  In August, 1967 Terry was drafted into the US Army and was sent to Fort Polk, Louisiana for Basic and AIT Training.  After completion of his training, he was sent to Viet Nam on January 16, 1968 where he served until February 14, 1969.  He returned to the US and was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia until his discharge in October, 1969.  In Viet Nam he spent his time on the front lines as a combat infantryman.  He was awarded the Purple Heart for his service, also the Merit of Honor badge and small bore rifle badge.  After discharge and returning to Chickasha he went to work for Tinker Air Force Base, retiring in December 2002.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Melvin Atwell, Leroy Atwell and Charles Atwell.

Terry married Charlotta Dean Atwell on December 23, 1967 and from this union came two children, Jeffrey Michael and Tamara Kay.

He is survived by his wife Charlotta Atwell of Ninnekah, Oklahoma; son Jeffrey of Hurst, Texas; daughter Tamara Atwell of Chickasha, Oklahoma; grandchildren Gabrielle Atwell and fiancé Dalton Shepard; Michael Atwell and fiancé Krystal Wood; Skyla Seyler and husband Johnny of Ninnekah; Kaysi Connolly and husband George of Yukon; Jacob Fisher of Chickasha; great-grandchildren Jett Seyler; Kayzlee Seyler; Rylan Seyler; Maddox and Julien Mejia with Rhett on his way in November.  He is also survived by many other family, cousins and dear friends.

Interment will be in the Ninnekah Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.


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

Email: mcrayfh@aol.com

Fax:  405-224-1584

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