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Gary Moody – (3/2/1955 – 9/15/2018)
On Saturday, September 15th, 2018, Gary Mark Moody passed away at the age of 63 after a brief illness. Gary was born in 1955 in Houston, Texas to Don and Beverly (Combs) Moody. He was active in Boy Scouts and enjoyed a talent for drawing and other creative activities. He was also a pursuer of fun with an uncontrollable propensity for mischief. He was a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation – named Nunni Waki, Chikashshanompa’ for ‘Little Flying Fish’ – and served as a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy. In 1975, Gary married the love of his life, Kathleen Coombes Moody, who preceded him in death in 2009. Together, they raised two daughters, Heather and Lauren. He received a degree in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma and his interest in technology led to a career in tech service firms including the last 20+ years with Oracle Corporation as a Senior Technical Account Manager providing support and solutions for corporate and governme…well, we’d tell you, but then we’d have to kill you.
Gary is preceded in death by his father, Donald Moody and survived by his mother, Beverly Moody and sisters, Michele Moody Collie and Monica Moody Anderson along with various nieces and nephews. He is survived by his daughter Heather, her husband, Isaac Hall and their children, Eli and River; and daughter Lauren, and her husband, Vince Dito. His two grandchildren will miss their “G”, as Gary was known to them. Gary is also survived by his fiancé, Heather Rose McChesney and her sons, Max and Jack McChesney.
Services for Gary will be held at 1pm on Saturday, September 29th at First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City with a reception to follow. For flowers, please contact New Leaf Florist at (405) 842-2444. Alternatively, Gary was a supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, and donations in lieu of flowers are always welcome.
Kevin Thomas says
Gary was a great Mentor and coworker .. but a better friend.
He will be sorely missed.
Frank Pettinato says
I worked very closely with Gary and will miss him very much. He was a friend and easy to talk to and he shared with me his love of many things including his family, music and of course scotch.
Blessings and prayers to his family at this time.
Chad Milbeck says
Gary was a great guy and was always up for a challenge when working on accounts with him over the past 8 yrs.
Prayers to his Family during this difficult time. He was a great man and a good friend…
Mike and Mary Luckenbaugh says
Gary was a wonderful friend, co-worker and upstanding man. He was an unbelievable Husband, Father and Grandfather and fiancé. His love of his family and friends always showed in our conversations along with his hertiage as an American Indian. He was a very proud man and his caring and love showed in everything he did.
His laughter will always ring in our ears.
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
Gary A. Wilson says
This man left all he touched better. He was consistently a good friend, always ready to help. He was a valued partner in our work and had a gift for both wisdom and encouragement. He and I, given the chance to start a phone conversation would often wander off to unplanned topics that somehow always inspired me to be a better worker, leader, husband, Christian, friend or even just a person. I was thankful to discover that he was 29 days older than me, because I have often told others about Gary Moody and referred to him as one of the guys I want to be like when I grow up. He will be sorely missed. To his family and fiancé, I am particularly sorry for your loss. The hole he leaves is huge. RIP marine, and very – very well done sir.
Jim Landry says
I worked with Gary on a number of technical issues with customers as well as participated in conference calls with him. He was always nice and extremely helpful. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. RIP Gary.
Arden Romanillos says
Our thoughts and prayers to Gary’s family. Gary was a great person and was always well liked by everyone. I personally had many fun phone conversations with Gary about any subject that came to mind. He was always very positive and full of life. He will be missed. Rest In Peace my friend.
Chris Gait says
Gary was a fine man, a shipmate, though we served in different times and places, and a model of kindness for all. He will be sorely missed.
Gabriel Takusi says
Gary worked with me over at MSC Navy yard for two years. One thing was clear, he aimed for the best at all times in every task. I am sure Gary will also aim to be the best in his final resting place and I wish you and your family the very best. RIP
Richard Martinez says
While Gary reported to me for half his career, I never viewed Gary as such, but as a partner, teammate and a close friend. He will be truly miss, my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Lee Steinberg says
When we lose someone we love, we gain an angel who provides us strength and guidance as we cope with extreme grief and sadness. Gary was always a source of inspiration and knowledge. As a mentor, he often referred to me as Grasshopper, and I admired him as Master Po. Gary will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by the tracks he left with those he touched.
Deepest condolences and prayers.
Paul Conner (Customer/Friend at CBP) says
To Gary’s family and friends,
This was very sad and unexpected news to me.
Gary was man’s man and it was my distinct honor to know him.
The world is indeed a lessor place without him and I will miss the occasional calls we had to discuss both work and life in general. His Christian Faith and positive outlook on life in tough situations will stay with me for years to come.
God Bless and God speed Gary, and thank you for our time together.
Jeff Austin says
Gary was the best of friends, he was always a joy to talk with, he always tried to make me feel good about the things in my life, I think that he did that with everybody. Gary was a very special friend, one that only comes around once in a lifetime. Gary knew how to enjoy life, very outgoing, could talk to anybody about most anything,the amount of knowledge that he had was truly amazing. I will miss our long talks, his firm hand shake, his smile and laugh, and just the knowledge that he was a true friend, one I always knew I could have complete trust in. Thank you GARY for the time you shared with me throughout our lives. I will truly miss you!
George and Angela Hoelz says
Gary was a great friend and co-worker, but more importantly an outstanding human being. His selfless acts of kindness were an inspiration to all who knew him and touched the lives of many. His gregarious nature and overall approach to life will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Rest in peace buddy!
Alan Tharp says
I’d known Gary for just about my whole 20+ years I’ve been at Oracle. He was always quick to give credit and thanks to those who deserved it. I don’t think he always knew that many times it was he who deserved the thanks and credit. To customers and co-workers alike, he knew when to be tough and knew when to give a pat on the back. He was the kind of guy that if you hadn’t talked to him in a while, when you did get the change to speak with him, he made it feel like you had last spoken with him the day before.
The last email Gary sent to me was a few weeks before he passed. I had sent him my R-rated thoughts about cancer, including some R-rated graphics, in an email when I found out about his diagnosis. In his email reply he said:
“Your email cheered me up better than any before it!…thank you SO much for taking the time to compose and send it, sir! It is sincerely appreciated!…The various graphics you included made me laugh…the first time in several weeks! Thanks, Bud!”
I’m not sure I ever got an email from Gary that didn’t have “sir” or “bud” in it. Makes me smile. It also brings a smile to my face knowing that the last things I “said” to Gary cheered him up and made him laugh.
After my first wife died 20 years ago, I came across an article in Rolling Stone magazine where a reader had posted his feelings upon the death of a friend. It seemed to cover the range of emotions that I, and I’m sure many others, felt during that time. So, I cut out the article and I’ve had it in my wallet ever since. I’ve shared it with a few others over the years as they’ve dealt with the loss of a friend or family member. To me, it’s a simple message that says it all.
“Be Angry. Cry. Scream. Curse God. Deny. Accept. Pray. The pain becomes more tolerable. Recover. Survive. Love the memories.”