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Obituary notices

Percy Harvey passed away last Saturday (January 26, 2008).

The funeral will be on Friday, February 1 at 11:00 a.m. and viewing on Wednesday the 30th at:

Mercer Adams Funeral Home
3925 N. Asbury Ave.
Bethany, OK 73008
( www.mercer-adams.com )

 

Percy A. Harvey
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PERCY A. HARVEY departed this life January 26, 2008. P. A. `Pretty Amazing` Harvey was born in Arkansas September 15, 1908 to Fletcher W. Harvey and Annie Menifee Harvey. With an always positive attitude and a great sense of humor, he lived a long, active and happy life surrounded by his friends. A life long sports enthusiast, Percy played semi-pro baseball and basketball in his youth. At 65 his wife gave him a ping-pong table for Christmas and he found a new sports love. Percy was the oldest competitor in the Sooner State games and took home a medal every year he participated. He was also a Senior Olympic Table Tennis Gold Medalist 1991 - 1996. His god-daughter `angel daughter` `china doll`, Rong Lillieroos, was both coach and family motivating him through the competitions to the Winnerís Ring and bringing him great happiness in his later life. Percyís very special friends and care givers for many years were Tony Murphy, Suzanne Crews, and Wally Collins. Percy was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Darleen Short Harvey; his brothers, Bascomb Harvey, O. Q. Harvey and Fletcher Harvey, Jr.; and his sisters, Ruby James Harvey and Mary Katherine Larimer. He is survived by his god-daughter, Rong Lillieroos and husband Christian Lillieroos; his sister, Wilmina Bybee; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and even more friends. Percy, you have touched our lives. We will love you and miss you forever!!! Services will be at Mercer-Adams Chapel, 3925 N. Asbury, Bethany, Oklahoma on Friday, February 1, 2008 at 11:00 A.M.. Viewing will be Wednesday and Thursday, January 28 and 29, 2008.

 

http://www.mercer-adams.com/home2.asp?ObituaryID=69643922&fhid=6662&topic=10&level=2

 

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Ronald Vincent Shirley    
Ronald Vincent Shirley, a friend who touched the lives of many, died Thursday, March 1, 2007 after a full life of 62 years.
Always quiet and charming, he entranced children as well as adults with his remarkable sense of humor. Many knew him and loved him deeply.
He coached young people in table tennis, basketball, math, and skills to build their lives.
This private, gentle man brought magic wherever he went.
He excelled academically in electrical engineering at Oklahoma State University, graduating as one of the top ten University seniors.
In athletics, table tennis became his sport, and he was a champion at OSU.
Ron was a System Engineer for IBM early in his business career, but owning small businesses was his life's work. Among these was Copy Fast Printing, which he started and ran for several years.
He became a national distributor for table tennis equipment from Sweden and Japan and acted as executive director for national table tennis tournaments in Oklahoma City and Houston.
Through his businesses and hobbies, he built life-long friendships.
Through Ron's coaching and leadership, he became mentor and friend to many.

He is survived by friends and family, including his older brother, Jim Shirley; and younger sister, Kathy Walters, brother-in-law George Walters; sister-in-law Elaine Shirley; nephews Steve Shirley and David Shirley; and nieces Christine Sinatra and Laura Walters; great-nephew Nicholas Shirley; and great-nieces Saige Shirley and Adeline Sinatra. He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Shirley, and his mother, Katherine Shirley. To remember Ron, memorial gifts may be made to charities of your choice that serve children and animals. A graveside service celebrating Ron's loving life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at Rose Hill Burial Park, 6001 NW Grand Blvd in Oklahoma City. SMITH & KERNKE 1401 NW 23rd ST.

Published in The Oklahoman on 3/4/2007.

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The following is from an email from Allen Stout dated 3-22-07

I just found out about Ronís passing. We were very good friends in college at OSU. His roommate and I were playing a game of ping pong which evolved into a wrestling match where I separated my shoulder. Ron took me to OKC the next day to McBrideís Bone and Joint hospital where I had an operation. In 1968, I joined the Marine Corps OCS in Quantico. Later in my training, I was found to be not physically qualified after re-injuring my shoulder.

Ron tried to teach me how to play ping pong but he was way out of my league. We live in Cordell Hall which is the building just West of the stadium. Table tennis was played in the basement. I often wonder what would have happened to me if I hadnít played that game of ping pong.

Ron was President of the Men's Residence Hall Association back in those days and he had a lot of influence with Student Government. He brought a lot of recognition to the independent students at OSU. I could go on but no need. Obviously everyone who knew him was aware of how special he was.

 


 

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The following is from an email from Jim Short on 4-16-08


I met Ron when I was about 13 years old. He was far kinder to me than I deserved since I came from an
unsettled home and occasionally took out my frustrations at the club where he was the president
and coach.

I would talk to him periodically over the years, and one time even performed a magic show for one of his
young relatives. Ron was always kind, funny and soft-spoken. He helped me during a time in my life
when I really needed help. I don't think I ever sufficiently thanked him for that.

When I read of his death on the OKC Table Tennis site it blindsided me. I only wish I had let him know what
he had done for me.

Regards, Jim Short

 

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The following is from an email from Tuan Pham dated 11-12-09

Ron Shirley was a father figure to me, second only to my real father. He took me under his wing when I was 9, sponsoring me in table tennis and giving me the financial support I needed to have a more successful table tennis career. But 24 years after that first meeting, the only thing that still resonates with me is what a great guy he was. He was soft-spoken, easy-going, and cracked corny jokes, which worked most of the time. He was so kind and went out of his way to make us kids happy, once driving us from a tournament in Miami to Orlando just so we can go to Disney World, most likely on his own dime. Ron really hyped up his successor at Stiga to us, but I knew it wouldn't be the same, and it wasn't. The last time I spoke to him was to invite him to my wedding, which I knew he probably wouldn't be able to make because of the distance. He did inform me of his hospital visits, but I never knew the severity of them. I'm so sad to know that he's gone, and that I never got a chance to say goodbye. I'll miss you, Ron. Thank you for shaping my life in the ways only you can.

Tuan Pham