Otis “Ray” Whipkey, 59, of Salina, died January 20, 2013 at his home in Salina.
Graveside services are at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan 29, at Ross-Mayes Cemetery in Salina, with Minister Eric Banner officiating. A reception for family and friends will follow at the American Legion in Salina.
Whipkey was born in Spartanburg, S.C. to Charles “Otis” and Pauline Mossier Whipkey on March 11, 1953. He graduated from high school in 1971 in Leedy. He married Tina Collins on September 9, 1990 in Salina. He worked as a welder for many years and was most recently employed at Pelco in Claremore. He was a brilliant musician, he played bass guitar and was a vocalist for the local band Phat-Phly with his wife Tina and friends; Dustin Shook and Terry Delk for several years, starting in the late 1990’s.
Whipkey is preceded in death by his wife; Tina Kay Collins Whipkey, his parents; Otis and Pauline Whipkey, and his sister and brother-in-law; Marlene Whipkey Tillman and Robert Tillman.
He is survived by his son Chris and wife Beth of Oologah; daughter Heather and husband Larry Barry of Salina and daughter Tasha Teague of Pryor, sister Barbara and husband Charlie Dryden of Pryor, sister Diane and husband Joe Deardurff of Gurnee, Illinois, six grandchildren; Jordan, Cherish, Tawney, Cassie, Trevor and Brendan, along with a number of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Memorials may be given in lieu of flowers to The Ray Whipkey Memorial Fund at the Red Crown Credit Union PO Box 910 Pryor, OK 74362.