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July 2022 Obituaries 

John Delman (Johnny) Cannedy

God welcomed a farmer to heaven today.  He also welcomed a devoted and faithful husband, loving and steady father, son, brother and family member.  As anyone who entered his den would have known, Johnny was an avid sportsman. Among the many deer, elk, antelope, pheasants, and yes, bears, were pictures and remembrances from the many hunting trips he had taken over his lifetime.  The bonds of friendship and love of the outdoors were things Johnny enjoyed sharing.  Whether he was hunting pheasant in Kansas, antelope in Colorado, bear in Alaska or having coffee with you at the Cogar Quick Stop, you knew you were Johnny’s friend.  He developed many friendships during the time he worked at Western Electric (now Lucent) that he kept during retirement.  He was very proud of the 41 years he worked there.  Johnny deeply loved his family as well.  He enjoyed family gatherings and events and often playfully teased his loved ones.  He enjoyed people and never met a stranger.  Johnny enjoyed farming his land and spent countless seasons nurturing and harvesting the land he loved.  In his final days, he was asking to go back to the farm.

John Delman Cannedy was born to parents John and Pearl Cannedy, whose home was south of Cogar, OK, on June 28, 1939 and was welcomed into heaven on July 23, 2022 in Yukon, OK.  He was 83 years old.  Johnny was raised on the family farm and attended Verden High School.  This is where he met the love of his life, Bettie Bruce.  They were married on April 20, 1963 and had two daughters, Kari (Gifford) and Nancy (Shedeck).  Johnny was a resident of Yukon for over 50 years.  Johnny was predeceased by his parents, brothers Cleatus and Jerrold, sister Gracie Johnston, and countless friends who he missed deeply.  He is survived by his wife, Bettie, daughters Kari and Nancy, his granddaughters Sotheby and Fynnegan Shedeck, his sister Ella Ridle, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Viewing will be from 9:00am to 7:00pm on July 27 at McRay Funeral Home in Chickasha, OK.  A funeral service to honor Johnny’s life will be held at the First Baptist Church in Verden, OK at 2:00pm on Thursday, July 28, 2022.  Burial will follow at the Memory Lane Cemetery in Anadarko, OK.



Russell Ellis Foster

Russell Ellis Foster, age 80, departed this life July 20, 2022.  Russell was born Sept. 9, 1941, in Alex, Oklahoma to Tom and Mabel Foster. 

He is survived by his wife, Lois Foster, daughter Cindy and husband Robin Russell, daughter Kristy Terry, and daughter Kathy and husband Robert Davis, 18 grandchildren Ryan and Mandy Russell, Sam and Ashley Rayburn, Rusty and Jan Russell, Riley and Stephanie Russell, Skyla and Tosin Olatunde, Kadie and Matt Lamberth, Madison and Carl Thomas, Mackenzie and Sean Gordon, and Foster and Bri Davis; 21 great grandchildren: Carter, Ty, Cade, Canon, Hunter, Brylee, Hallee, Lane, Bentley, Holt, Brittyn, Kynder, Lincoln, Cameron, Esther, Beckett, Hawkins, Chloe, Bo, Eden and one on the way and many other family and friends. 

His celebration of life will be held at Lindsay First Baptist Church in Lindsay, Oklahoma, Tuesday, July 26th at 5:00 PM. Internment will follow at the Alex Cemetery. 

Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.



Shelley Jean Henderson

Funeral service for Shelley Jean Henderson will be held at 1:00pm, Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Bible Baptist Church.  Richard Prather will officiate.

Shelley Jean Henderson, age 62, went peacefully into the arms of Jesus and her husband Mark on July 10, 2022.

Shelley was born on February 28, 1960, in Borger, TX, to Clyde & Shirley Howard. She lived in Texas through her early elementary years until 3rd grade when her family moved to Oklahoma, eventually residing in Pocasset when she was in 5th grade. It was in high school at Amber Pocasset that she met her husband, Mark Henderson. The two were married on September 28, 1979, and brought two daughters into this world, Ashlie & Meagan. They operated a hay and trucking business together that Shelley carried on after Mark’s passing in 2014.

Shelley loved spending time with her family, most notably in these latest years her 5 grandsons. If you visit her home you will see play toys all over and a yard adorned with everything from a play-set to a zip line and ropes course. She loved tending to her yard, taking care of her animals, and having late night sweets with her mom, Shirley. Shelley loved people well all the days of her life, and is known by all as a woman with the kindest soul and most loving heart. She touched many lives with her positive spirit and genuine attentiveness to everyone who crossed her path.

Shelley is survived by her daughters, Ashlie & Meagan, 2 sons in love - Cody White & Casey Howard, 7 grandchildren - Morgan, Kaylee, Ryker, Jax, Rigston, Reddick, and Sawyer, her mother - Shirley Howard, mother-in-love - Wilma Henderson Odom, and numerous other cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, an uncle, sisters-in-love, and one brother-in-love. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mark, and dad, Clyde.

Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery.  Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.



Doris Virginia Petitt

On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, Doris Virginia (Paxton) Petitt, loving wife and mother of three children, passed away at age 79.

Doris was born on June 10, 1943 in Kansas City, Mo to John Mulick and Dorothy (Walker) Mulick. After moving from Kansas City to El Reno, Oklahoma as a teenager, she met Terry Ray Petitt at Falls Creek camp. The two became good friends and later started dating. At Christmas, 1960, she and Terry announced their engagement. Doris then graduated from El Reno Highschool in the spring of 1961, and married Terry on August 11, 1961 in El Reno, Ok. From this union, they raised three children, daughters Theresa Rae (Petitt) Garner, Traci Dawn (Petitt) Poe, and son Bryce David Petitt.

Doris had a passion for her Lord and Savior, as well as a love for people. Her greatest joy was spreading the Gospel and spending time bringing others closer to God.  Always quick to volunteer at Bible Baptist Church, Doris continued to enjoy services and bible studies until unable to physically attend. Doris was a skillful seamstress, baker, and homemaker. Many days, and nights, were filled with love, laughter, and delicious aromas as Doris showed her love through cooking for her family and friends.

Doris is preceded in death by her father, John Mulick, mother Dorothy (Walker) Paxton, sister Marianna Korn, and brother Roy Mulick. She is survived by her husband Terry Petitt, daughter and son-in-law Theresa and Terry Wayne Garner and their children Ethan Garner, Zachary and Kaylan Garner, Seth Garner, and Hannah Garner; daughter and son-in-law Traci and Rob Poe, and their children Carter and Meredith Poe, Olivia Poe, Nicholas Hubbell, Walker Poe, and Emma and Andrew Roy; and son and daughter-in-law Bryce and Jessica Petitt, and their children Logan Petitt, Hayden and Bethany Petitt, and Kaelan Petitt; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Casket Bearers for Doris are her grandsons, Hayden, Zachary, Ethan, Carter, Nicholas, Seth, and Walker.

Graveside services will be at 9am Monday 11 July 2022 at El Reno Cemetery, 1300 E. Elm St., El Reno, OK.

Memorial services will be at 11am Monday 11 July 2022 at Bible Baptist Church, 226 S. 29th St. Chickasha, Ok.

Memorial Contribution wishes can be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation / Cancer.



Jami Hackney

Jami D’Ann Hackney was born on September 11, 1959, to Barney Hackney, Jr. and to Peggy Jo (Potts) Hackney in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  She passed away unexpectedly in her sleep on June 27, 2022, at her home in Chickasha, OK, at the age of 62. 

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at the USAO Alumni Chapel at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma campus at 11:00 am with Rev. Sheri T. Dickerson officiating.   

Jami graduated from Chickasha High School in 1977.  After graduation, she was accepted into Oklahoma Baptist University where she attended from the fall of 1977 to December of 1980.  Upon leaving OBU, Jami worked for First National Bank and Trust Company of Oklahoma City, and in 1981, she enlisted in the United States Army Reserves.  A rare leg disease prohibited her from finishing her training.  She later moved to Arizona and from there to California, where she loved being by the ocean.  In 1992, she moved back to Oklahoma and worked as a bookkeeper for McBride’s Construction Company in Edmond.  In July of that year, Jami met the woman who would become her wife, Tonnia L. Anderson, and she relocated to New Haven, Connecticut, to start a new life and pursue her dreams.   

Jami was a brilliant woman who loved learning. She had always wanted to finish her undergraduate degree, and was accepted into Southern Connecticut State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree Magna Cum Laude in the spring of 1996, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Race & Ethnic Relations.  During her senior year, Jami received the highest undergraduate student award from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at SCSU.  

In the fall of 1996, she was accepted into the Master’s Program for Sociology at the University of Oklahoma.  She finished the program, except for her MS Thesis when she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  Though she wasn’t able to complete her MS degree due to health issues, this setback opened the door for her true calling as a psychotherapist.  In 1999, she was accepted into the Master’s program for the Department of Human Relations with an emphasis in counseling.  She graduated with honors in 2001, and upon completing clinical supervision, she became a Licensed Professional Counselor.  

Jami excelled as a therapist.  She was extremely knowledgeable and gifted. She also fundamentally cared about the well-being of others.  Even as a teenager, she had a gift for working with people to help them see their own beauty and self-worth.  Over the years, she sub-contracted at various mental health agencies.  But one of her proudest moments was when she was able to open Rainbow Counseling Services in 2018 in downtown Chickasha.  Her ability to help her clients filled her heart with meaning and joy in spite of the health challenges she struggled with on a day-to-day basis.

Jami is survived by her wife, Dr. Tonnia L. Anderson of the home in Chickasha, Oklahoma; her aunts, Joyce (Hackney) Moore of Lindsey, Oklahoma, Gladys Trammell of Harrah, Oklahoma; her uncles Travis Hackney and Joe Hackney of Blanchard, Oklahoma, and Frank Potts of Bray, Oklahoma; her nieces, Amanda Hackney of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Sara Bruno of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, and Megan Hackney of Seminole, Oklahoma.  A host of cousins exist, including Deanie Hackney of Purcell, Oklahoma, who helped reconnect Jami with her brother, and Marci Davenport  of Purcell, Oklahoma, whose mother Wilma Harmon helped Jami and Tonnia care for Jami’s brother Mark as he battled cancer.

Jami was preceded in death by her:  brother, Mark D. Hackney; mother, Peggy Jo Crutcher; and father, Barney Hackney, Jr.

Jami left the imprint of love on all of those she touched.  Jami truly lived a meaningful life filled will love, compassion, and generosity.  She will be missed dearly, but the beacon of light and love that glowed fiercely within her will remain forever.



Alicia Anne Spencer

Alicia Anne Spencer, 71, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, died Sunday, June 26, 2022 at Norman Regional Hospital.  She is survived by her ex-husband Roger Spencer, whom she married April 16, 1971.  They welcomed twin sons, Jason Tate and Justin Leorne Spencer in 1974.  They were each the greatest loves of her life.  Alicia was an equally proud grandmother, blessed with three beloved grandchildren: Dustin Spencer, Dusty Spencer and Molly Spencer.  She is also survived by two sisters, Terry Sue (Susie) Prince of Phoenix, Arizona and Judy Calhoun of Bloomington, Indiana as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.  Alicia was preceded in death by her parents BG and Peggy Calhoun, siblings Catheryn Jennings, Barbara Plumb and Jeffy Curtis Calhoun.

Alicia was born December 30, 1950, in Coleman, Texas.  Alicia was a professional accountant and bookkeeper for many local businesses and owned a bookkeeping and tax service in Rush Springs for many years.  Alicia was crafty, whether that be at arranging flowers, decorating for Christmas–her favorite holiday–or devastating her opponents at Hand-and-foot.  She was a lively and ornery card player, a country chef who could make practically anything taste good, and a tough, no-nonsense Okie who worked hard every day of her life.  But it was her role as mother and grandmother that brought her the most joy and to which she devoted her life.

A memorial service was held at 10:30am on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at Bible Baptist Church in Chickasha.  Cremation arrangements were with 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

Fax:  405-224-1584

Email: mcrayfh@aol.com

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