MICKEY BOWLES (77)
Mickey S. Bowles (77) passed away on April 19 at the age of 60. Mickey majored in business management at Oklahoma Christian, where he met his wife Patti (Cobb 77), an elementary education major. They married in 1977.
Mickey worked 14 years with Halliburton and eight years with its successor company, Florida Progress Corporation, where his various roles included plant manager, general manager of the Quick Car Unit, and vice president of materials/procurement.
For the last eight years, Mickey worked for MLS (United Hydraulics, LLC) as executive vice president. He had been a member of Altamesa Church of Christ since 1968, serving as a deacon, elder, and in various financial administrative roles.
Mickey is survived by Patti; their daughters and their husbands, Whitney L. Carroll (08) and Courtney R. Meyer (09); two grandchildren; his mother, Bea Bowles; and brother, Larry P. Bowles.
AMY (SCHAEFER 05) CARNAGEY
Amy (Schaefer 05) Carnagey passed away May 4 after an inspiring battle with cancer. She was 33.
Growing up, Amy was very involved with her church youth group and went on mission trips to South Dakota, St. Louis, and Mexico. She and her husband Luke Carnagey (03) met at OC and married on May 15, 2004. Amy worked at Stonebridge Eye Care as a Certified Paraoptometric (CPO) until their daughter Autumn was born and she became a full-time mom. Three years later, their daughter Cailyn arrived and completed their family.
Amy was a devoted follower of God her entire life, but she may have made her most meaningful impact in the way she lived, loved, and worshipped during her 16-month battle with appendiceal cancer. If there is one thing Amy would want you to know, it was the guiding principle in her fight with cancer, “God is good!”
Joe deSteiguer, an OC student and son of OC president and first lady John and Darla deSteiguer, passed away on April 16 at the age of 22.
An overflow crowd filled OC’s Hardeman Auditorium for the memorial service to remember Joe, who grew up in Tahlequah and Edmond, attended Edmond Memorial High School and OC, and was part of the Memorial Road Church of Christ family.
During his time at OC, he participated in two summer mission trips to Australia, earning the nickname “boomerang child” when he returned there in 2014. Joe was known for his big smile, deep thinking, fervent writing, and creativity. He was deeply loyal to his friends and family. Joe was nonjudgmental, caring, kind, and genuine, and those traits endeared him to so many people on the OC campus and beyond. He truly connected with people of all ages and from all walks of life.
The family desires to honor Joe by sending memorial gifts to funds established in his name at Oklahoma Christian University (Attn: Advancement / P.O. Box 11000 / Oklahoma City, OK 73136 / www.oc.edu/rememberingjoe) or Burnt Cabin Christian Camp (P.O. Box 97 / Tahlequah, OK 74465 / www.burntcabinchristiancamp.com).
DR. BEN HUTCHINSON
Former dean and professor Dr. Ben Hutchinson passed away on December 30.
Ben worked at Oklahoma Christian from 1998 to 2004, serving as dean of OC’s College of Science and Engineering and as a professor of chemistry. During his time at OC, the university launched its computer engineering program, opened an advanced anatomy lab, and strengthened its commitment to overseas medical mission opportunities for students.
Ben and his wife Nancy, who taught English at OC, also served as sponsors of the 2003 European Studies trip. After his time at Oklahoma Christian, Ben was the dean of Lipscomb’s College of Natural and Applied Sciences from 2004 to 2009. He then became a faculty member in Lipscomb’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and served in that role until his passing.
KATRINA (FORREST 78) MAY
Katrina (Forrest 78) May passed away February 26 at the age of 58. Katrina, who had recently retired as principal of Crestmont Elementary School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was hailed as an icon in the school system there.
Katrina worked for the Tuscaloosa County School System for 26 years. In the decade she served as principal, Crestmont was named a Lighthouse School through the Leader in Me program, an achievement only 91 schools in the world have earned. Lighthouse status involved the school’s students and faculty fully integrating “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey into nearly everything they did on a daily basis.
Katrina earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Oklahoma Christian, then went on to receive graduate degrees from Austin Peay State University and the University of Alabama. She was a member at Central Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa.
We mourn the passing of Joyce McBride, who passed away April 16. Joyce was a beloved Christian teacher and wife of longtime professor and administrator Dr. Bailey McBride (54).
All three of their children graduated from OC and met their spouses here. Melissa (82) is married to OC trustee Phil Roe (82), Lynette (86) is married to Patrick Brown (86), and Mike (91) is married to Karen (Cloud 87). Three of the McBrides’ grandchildren, Jennifer (07), Luke (08), and Kailey (13), also attended OC.
Joyce earned her bachelor’s degree at Lipscomb University, double-majoring in elementary education and home economics. After she and Bailey moved to Oklahoma, she was an indispensable leader at Memorial Road Church of Christ. Her pre-kindergarten class became a revered institution; many adults first learned the 23rd Psalm as children in her Bible class. Joyce’s authentic Southern charms comforted many a homesick student, guided newlyweds, and encouraged young parents.
Phil Watson passed away March 1 at the age of 81. Phil came to Oklahoma Christian in 1961 to teach speech and debate, and later became vice president for development.
On September 11, 1963, Phil’s wife Jackie and daughter Angie lost their lives along with Oklahoma Christian students Karen Hetrick, Janice Novak, Sharon Stewart, and Jerry Wheeler when a train hit their vehicle as they traveled back from Wednesday services.
In 1967, Phil became the full-time minister for Edmond Church of Christ, and served as an Oklahoma state senator from 1972 to 1987, when he became director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. He then worked with the Rural Development Cooperative in the U.S. Department of Agriculture until his retirement in 1998.
Phil is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary; daughter Mary Rebecca (Becky) Walderbach and husband Scott of Edmond; daughter Phylis Frye and husband Jonathan of Houston; and four grandsons. Phil and Mary were heavily involved in mission efforts in Zambia, Africa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Zambia Mission Schools in Phil’s honor.
Beverly Wynn Whiddon passed away on February 13, just two days after her 80th birthday. Beverly spent 23 years as a department secretary at Oklahoma Christian and was an active member of Edmond Church of Christ for the past 40 years.
She is survived by her husband of almost 62 years, Robert Eugene Whiddon, and her five children: Jan Lee Ramirez and her husband Gonzalo; Robert Eugene Whiddon, Jr., and his wife Debbie; James Dwight Whiddon and his wife Gay; Jill Ann Sanders and her husband Craig; and Jack Thomas Whiddon and his wife Renee. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Her funeral service was held at Edmond Church of Christ.
COL. PEN WOODS
Decorated World War II veteran and longtime OC staff member Col. Pendleton Woods passed away December 1. He was 90 years old.
Woods’ military service is legendary. In 1944, part of his squadron was captured behind German lines.
After five months as a prisoner of war, Woods and his fellow soldiers escaped on April 20, 1945, walking some 125 miles over the next five days to reach American lines.
Woods later served as the 45th Infantry Division’s public information officer during the Korean War. He remained in the Oklahoma National Guard until he retired as a colonel in 1983, with 41 years active and reserve service.
Woods began an oral history program at Oklahoma Christian in 1969, collecting almost 3,000 oral interviews of interviewees with first-hand knowledge of Oklahoma history. He also led OC’s American Citizenship Center and spearheaded OC’s Southwest Youth Leadership Conference for high school students.
A winner of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Woods helped secure a gift of trees from the Tree Bank Foundation and the Apache Foundation that helps beautify OC’s campus, including the new Boker-Wedel Eagle Trail.
He is a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame.
View more stories from the Summer 2015 issue of Vision magazine.