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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Jack Wayne McGahey

  • Jack Wayne McGahey, 77, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 8, 2012. He was born to Earl and Bonnie (Shurley) McGahey on July 23, 1935, near McMillan, Okla., in Carter County. Funeral Services for Jack are scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Alton Fannin officiating. Interment will...
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  • Jack Wayne McGahey, 77, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 8, 2012. He was born to Earl and Bonnie (Shurley) McGahey on July 23, 1935, near McMillan, Okla., in Carter County. Funeral Services for Jack are scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Alton Fannin officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at a visitation Monday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Craddock Funeral Home.
    Jack graduated from Ardmore High School in 1955. Before graduating high school, he went to work at the Daily Ardmoreite and worked there for more than 15 years. He began as a newspaper delivery boy and moved up the ladder to circulation manager. Jack was a passionate baseball player, and through baseball he began his friendship with many members of the Bluejays Baseball Team. This group was more than a team and the friendships which began in the 1950s are still thriving to this day. He married Leva Joy Dodgion in Gainesville, Texas, on January 20, 1961.
    Jack's career as a automobile salesman started at the Ford and Buick dealerships in Ardmore. He decided to begin his own used car dealership in 1974. This business prospered for over 27 years and what began as a small lot of just a few cars evolved into two separate lots in Ardmore.
    His keen business sense told him to branch out with other products to sell when the oil business fell on hard times in the 1980s. In addition to automobiles, Jack branched out as an owner of several successful business ventures. His success in this career led to leadership in various associations including: Used Motor Vehicles and Parts Commission for 13 years, and was President of the Oklahoma Independent Automobile Dealers Association.
    Jack enjoyed watching all sports and loved being a part of his grandchildren's lives. His storytelling and sense of humor provided many great memories. He never met a stranger, and was called a friend by the numerous acquaintances in his personal and business life.
    Jack was a strong Christian, model father and grandfather through his life. Survivors include wife, Leva Joy of the home; daughter, Debra McCarthick and son-in-law, Carl of Ardmore; son, Mark McGahey and daughter-in-law, Suzanne of Keller, Texas. Jack had five grandchildren, Dillon and Austin McCarthick, Emma and Zoey McGahey and Samantha Fields. He is also survived by sister, Norma.
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