Connie Newton Ramsey
Connie Newton Ramsey, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and basketball coach, passed from this life on May 2, 2019, at 85 years of age.
He graduated from Depew High School in 1951, then traveled to Edmond where he received his Bachelor’s degree from Central State University in 1955. He would later receive his Master’s degree from the University of Tulsa.
Coaching girl’s high school basketball at his alma mater, Depew, was not something he necessarily set out to do, but when the opportunity came to change from the boy’s game to the girls 6 on 6 game, he was all in. Success came early and often as his 1964 team went 29-0 before dropping a three point loss in the first round of the state tournament. It didn’t take long to get back to the big house and go the distance as his 1969 team won the Class B State Championship.
While he reached the pinnacle that one time, a very emotional and memorable return to the state tournament came while coaching at Inola in 1975 with his oldest daughter Terry, a future all-stater, on the team. It ended that year in a heartbreaking close opening round defeat and would be the final trip to the big Arena.
Two years later he would focus on administrative responsibilities becoming the Superintendent at Latta High School. He returned to the coaching sideline on a couple of occasions, returning to Depew as coach and High School Principal and moving to Maud a couple of years later as Superintendent and Coach. He coached many All-State games and was named the Oklahoma Coach for the Oklahoma vs Texas All Star Game in 1976. After more than 300 wins, he was elected to the Oklahoma Girls High School Basketball Hall of Fame
Growing up as a youngster it was obvious, he had a great talent for basketball and softball as he starred on his high school team. He could throw a softball as well as any pitcher around and continued to do so into his early adult life. He loved to travel with his beautiful wife and visit relatives or just drive and take in the countryside.
Focusing on his grandchildren and great grandchildren was one of his great pastimes after retiring from education. He enjoyed following his former high school basketball teams and attended as many athletic events as possible.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Beverly, now residing in Seminole; four children, Terry McKee and husband Greg, of Cordell, Connie Stephen Ramsey and wife Laurie, of Sapulpa, Kevin Ramsey and wife Teresa, of Broken Arrow, and Tracy Lucas, of Seminole; grandchildren Lindsey Armitage and husband Brad(OKC), Lauren Tallon and husband Zack(OKC), Logan Mayes and husband Kendall(OKC), Nicklaus Ramsey(Tulsa), Kyler Ramsey(Sapulpa), Whitney Drucker and husband David(Las Vegas, NV) Mitchell Ramsey(Tulsa), Max and wife Alicia Ramsey(Broken Arrow), Jordan and husband Tanner Robinson(Holdenville), and Baylee Lucas and Tyler O’Daniel(Maud); great grandchildren Eli, Evyn and Emmy Tallon, Willow Armitage, Fallon and Sutton Ramsey, Parker Ramsey, Piper and Parker Robinson.
He was the youngest of nine brothers and sisters, all whom had preceded him in passing. Wilburn, Gus, John, Edith, Amy, Belle, Leon and Don.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the old gym in Depew (of which he helped build) next to the high school. Visitation will be Saturday evening from 5-7p.m. at Hutchins Maples Matherly Funeral Home in Bristow. Condolences can be sent to www.hutchinsmaplesfuneralhome.com.