Barney ‘Ralph’ Day

Barney “Ralph” Day, 95, of Pampa passed away, September 15, 2020 in Pampa.

Celebration of Life services will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, September 18, 2020 at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel with Chaplain Ken Branum of High Plains Senior Care Hospice, officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors. The service will be livestreamed at https://www.carmichael-whatley.com/page/live-streaming.

Out of respect for the family, please ensure you wear a mask and socially distance.

Ralph was born on November 14, 1924 in Newcastle to Barney and Beta Day. He grew up and attended school in Odessa. After high school, Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during WWII. After his discharge from the Navy he returned to Odessa. He loved the cowboy way of life and was an active calf roper and loved competing at various rodeos and built his own rodeo arena named the Double Days Arena in Pampa.

Ralph would travel and live in various Texas cities but eventually came to Pampa and that is where he met the love of his life, Iris Stockton and they later married on August 29, 1952 in Pampa. He worked for more than 34 years as a PBX installer and technician for Southwestern Bell. He was an active man who was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, the Amarillo Gun Club, the Pampa Boat & Ski Club, the Pampa Roping Club and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Pampa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by two brothers, Bill Day and Cotton Day.

His survivors include his wife, Iris Day of the home; two daughters, Angela Knapp Eggers and husband Vincent of Amarillo, Anita Ford and husband Ed of Lake Worth, FL; other daughters include Patty McCorcle of Odessa, and Vada Pendergrass of Midland; one son, Matt Day of Monahans; two granddaughters, Mandy Persick and husband David of Grosse Tete, LA; Shelby Massey and husband Joel of Granbury, and two grandsons, Philip Knapp and wife Ashley of Amarillo, and Eric Ford of Lake Worth, FL; six great-grandchildren, Jack Massey, Ellis Massey, Carter Knapp, Benjamin Knapp, Benjamin Persick, Henry Persick, and one on the way; and other extended family and many friends. He also had a beautiful relationship with his caregivers, Melissa Cottrell, Jessica Reed and several other loving sitters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Pampa Senior Citizens Center P.O. Box 475 Pampa, TX 79066-0475.

 

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