Dr. Philip Barr Davis
Dr. Philip Barr Davis was born on Jan. 9, 1926 in Harrisonville, Mo. to Philip Scott & Grace (Barr) Davis. He attended Harrisonville High School in Missouri, graduating in May 1943. Phil joined the Navy in April 1944. He attended boot camp at Farragutt, Idaho and ordinance school in Memphis, Tenn. He was assigned to the first jet plane squadron, stationed at the US Naval base in San Diego. Phil later served with a reconnaissance squadron on Guam before being honorably discharged in July 1946. After World War II, Phil attended Oklahoma A & M (now OSU), graduating in three years with a degree in agriculture. During this time, he met and married Madalyn Marie Lackey, to whom he was happily married for 64 years. After Phil graduated in 1950, Phil and Madlyn moved to Grove, where Phil taught vocational agriculture for six years, while completing his master’s degree from Oklahoma A & M. In 1956, Phil accepted an assistantship at Michigan State University, where he supervised student teachers while completing the coursework for his PhD. From Michigan, Phil and Madalyn moved to Oregon, where Phil began an assistant professorship in the Department of Agricultural Education at Oregon State while completing his PhD dissertation. In 1959 he officially became Dr. Philip Davis, and shortly thereafter was awarded a full professorship. Phil retired from Oregon State in 1974, but not before he was awarded an Honorary American Farmer degree at the Future Farmers of America National Convention. Phil and Madalyn moved from Oregon to Oklahoma to establish the PM Ranch in Hitchita, Okla. Phil operated the ranch for over 40 years, raising, buying and selling cattle. During this time Phil served as a trustee of the Hitchita-Lackey Cemetery, was a charter member of the local rural fire department, served as inspector for the local voting precinct, was President of the McIntosh County Retired Teacher Association and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Checotah, singing in the choir and serving on numerous committees. Madalyn passed in 2011 and Phil moved to Checotah. Two years later he travelled to Harrisonville, Mo. to attend his 70th high school reunion. As a result, he reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Jean Hunt, and they rekindled their romance. Phil and Jean were married on Jean’s birthday in 2014, but sadly she passed away a few short months later. Phil will be remembered for his strong faith in God and his enduring commitment to the community. He exemplified the idea of service to others through the dedication of his time, talents and treasure. His legacy as an educator endures through several scholarships which will be established in his name for deserving students in Oklahoma and Oregon. Predeceased: Parents: Philip Scott Davis and Grace Barr Davis 1st Wife: Madalyn Lackey Davis 2nd Wife: Jean Hunt Davis Sister: Betty Ruth Davis McClain Brother: Joseph N Davis Survivors: Carol Davis of Nevada, Mo. Todd Davis of Nevada, Mo. Scott McClain (Barbara) of Nevada, Mo. Debbie Grizzle (Joe) of Webb City, Mo. Ginny Cline (Steve) of Miami, Okla. Jill Covell (Verne) of Nevada, Mo. Lynne Seaman (Tim) of London, England Judy Shoemaker (Michael Poston) of Irvine, Calif. Suzie Bogle (Tony) of Tulsa, Okla. Carl Shoemaker (Kate) of Glens Falls, N.Y. Alexander Seaman (Anna) of London, England Numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews Services celebrating the life of Phil were held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 at Checotah First United Methodist Church with Reverend Jim Jones officiating. Military Honors were rendered by the United States Navy Funeral Honor Guard. Burial was in Lackey Cemetery in Hitchita, Okla. under the personal direction of John Garrett. You may share online condolences with Phil’s family at www.garrettfamilyfuneralhome.com.The family of Dr. Philip Barr Davis entrusted his care, services and burial to John & Kim Garrett and the dedicated staff of Garrett Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service 311 SW 2nd Checotah, OK 74426 (918) 473-2244.