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Services for Phillip Wayne Roddy, 77, of Ada are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel in Ada. David Gray will officiate. Burial will follow at Swan Hill Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Criswell Funeral Home.
Mr. Roddy passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017, at a Shawnee Hospital. He was born Oct. 18, 1939, in Atoka to Arnim K. and Jewel Phillips Roddy. He graduated from Ada High School. He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and human resources from East Central University and a master's degree in psychology and vocational rehabilitation counseling from Oklahoma State University.
Early in his adult life, Mr. Roddy worked for the U.S. Postal Service and owned or co-owned several businesses in Oklahoma and Texas. Later in life, Mr. Roddy accepted a position with the Texas Department of Rehabilitation Services as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. After retiring from this job, Mr. Roddy began his own business as a vocational rehabilitation specialist and advocate and represented hundreds of disabled persons across the United States in successful efforts to improve the quality of life for his clients.
Mr. Roddy is survived by and will be greatly missed by two daughters, Dianne Bingamon and her husband, Dobber, and Carolyn Roddy, all of Ada.
He is also survived by a sister, Geneva Johnson of Ada; his nieces, Nikki Rupe and her husband, Jerry, and their family of Dallas, Kaye Ely and her husband, Steve, and their family of Ada and Leisa Austin of Palm Desert, California; a nephew, Richy Johnson and his wife, Kathy, and their family of Ada; a brother-in-law, the Rev. Fred Huff and his wife, Carla, and their family of Onalaska, Texas; and many other loving relatives, in-laws and friends.
Mr. Roddy was preceded in death by his father, Arnim Roddy, at a very young age; his mother, Jewel Roddy Bunyard; a stepfather, Jack Bunyard; a brother-in-law, JR Johnson; and other loving relatives and in-laws.
Pallbearers will be Richy Johnson, Dobber Bingamon, Steve Ely, Chad Palmer, Jerry Rupe and Brandon Moore. Honorary Pallbearers will be Charles Roberts and Earl Bingamon.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Trinity Baptist Church in Ada or to Livingston First Church of the Nazarene in Livingston, Texas.
Published on March 21, 2017
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