McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Death Notices

April 15, 2014

Mackey Ren Ely

Mackey Ren Ely, 71, of Bethany, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Galveston, Texas.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ashland Cemetery Chapel with Jerl Joslin officiating. Burial will be at Ashland Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1098 of McAlester. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of McAlester.

Born Sept. 2, 1942, in Ashland, he was the son of F.L. and June Loretta (Eden) Ely. He grew up in Ashland and graduated from high school there in 1960.

He served in the United States Marines and was active during the Viet Nam war. After his honorable discharge he moved to Oklahoma City where he had lived his adult life. He enjoyed traveling to wherever he could find relatives to visit with. Some of his favorite places were the ocean coasts, including Texas, California and Hawaii. He also enjoyed horse racing and cars.

Survivors include one daughter, Kimberly June Walden and her children, Cassie Renn Hack and April Nicole Walden; his mother, June Loretta McCormick; his stepfather, J.R. Bernardy and his wife, Caroline.

Also, two brothers and one sister, Bobby Francis Bernardy, Daniel Wayne Bernardy, and Mary Ellen Bernardy and her partner, Jeff Buchan; stepdaughters, Rhonda Gayle Ely, and Donna Marie Pitcher and her children, Johnnie and Jason Pitcher.

And, a half-sister, Pam Sutcliffe; an uncle, Pete Eden and his wife, Wilma; two aunts, Betty Dennis and LaGatha Hop, and three nieces and two nephews, Laura Bernardy, Leah Bernardy, Daniel Bernardy, Katie Bernardy and Kevin Bernardy.

He was preceded in death by  his father and grandparents, Chester and Ruby Ely.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

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