April 16, 2013

Harly Day

— Funeral service for Harly Murl Day, 89, of Chickasha, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday April 15, 2013 at the First Baptist Church.  Graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Monday, at the

Resthaven Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City.

Harly Murl Day passed from this life into the loving arms of his Father on April 9, 2013.  He was born April 27, 1923, in Ada, born one of twin sons to Jessie L. Day and Lillian Anna (Long) Day. Harly grew up in Ada and was educated in the Ada Public Schools.  After graduating from Ada High School in 1941, he enrolled with an athletic scholarship at East Central State College in Ada.  He participated in football and basketball his freshman year, 1941-42. In November of his sophomore year, he withdrew to join the U.S. Navy and World War II.  He played on the NATTC South Base Navy Sky Jackets and was honored to play with the National AAU Team. After 40 months and the conclusion of the war, he accepted and enrolled on a basketball scholarship to the University of Oklahoma.  

While at the University, he played on a “Big 6” championship and on the National Runner-up “Sooner” teams in 1947 in Madison Square Garden. While in the Navy, he met and dated his future wife, Janice Koons.  After his discharge from the Navy and completing his first year at the University, he and Janice were married May 30, 1947.  Upon graduation with a BS degree in  P.E., he got his Master’s degree in School Administration in 1952.  He was employed by the Norman School District as a  teacher-coach.  After his first year he was employed by the Chickasha School District as a teacher, head basketball, head  baseball and assistant football coach.  In basketball his “Chicks” won two State Championships and one runner-up.  After nine years as a teacher-coach, he was selected as Chickasha High School Principal where he served for nineteen years. He resigned at the end of the 1976-77 school year to accept a position in the Accreditation department of the Oklahoma State Department of Education.  He served as Assistant Director of the accreditation section for three years and then six years as Director.  While in this position  he served a dual role as Assistant State North Central Director for area vocational schools.  He retired in April, 1986.  On May 1st of 1986 he accepted the role as Assistant Student Service Director  at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.  He served in the  capacity for 24 years thus completing over 50 years in the schools of our state.

He was a long time member of the First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and as an adult Sunday school director.  He sang in two church choirs, the seniors “Joy Choir” and the adult choir, and for many years was the director for the “Triple L” seniors organization.  Harly was also a Gideon for many years.  Music and athletics played a great role in his life. In his early years he and his twin brother played string instruments and both sang in the mixed chorus for three years in the Ada High School.  He was a charter member of the S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A (Barbershopper) Chapter in Chickasha and sang in a quartet “The Ramblin Notes” for thirty-two years.

He was a long time member of the Kiwanis Club for 50 years, the Grady County Retired Teachers Association, a charter member of Grady County TRIAD and a member of the “SALT” council (seniors and law enforcement together)  In 1993 he was inducted into the Grady County Administrators ‘Hall of Fame’ and in 1999 was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association ‘Hall of Fame’. He was selected for all-state honors in basketball in 1940 and 1941 and was honored in 1975 as a member of the Jim Thorpe all decade team for the 1940’s.  

In May of 2000, a street in the area of the high school was dedicated in his honor – Harly Day Drive.  He was inducted into the Chickasha High School Hall of Fame in 2002.  In 2008 he was the first inducted into the Chickasha High School  Coaches Hall of Fame.  Recently he was notified that his name would be on the basketball floor of the CHS Activity Center.

Harly was preceded in death by his parents and a brother:  J.L. Day

Survivors  include his wife:  Janice Day of the home; two sons: Brian M. Day and Lance C. Day; three grandchildren: Lori Owens, Erik Day and wife Sabrina, Zach Day; twin brother:  Hardy Day and 12 great-grandchildren

Interment will be in the Resthaven Memory Gardens Cemetery in Oklahoma City, under the direction of Sevier Funeral  Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112-6506; the First Baptist Church of Chickasha or to your favorite charity.


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