Shirley Arthur Way
McAlester News Capital
February 8, 2010
Submitted by: Carol Spear Rice
He was the son of Harry and Mary May Doades Way. He married Faydallia Louise Mosby in February 1938 in Washington, and moved to Crane, Ind., where he began his career with the United States Naval Ammunition Depot in Crane. In 1942, he was transferred to McAlester where, as a budget analyst, he was involved in the development of the United States Naval Ammunition Depot, located near Savanna. After the opening of the base, he established the Credit Union of the USNAD and worked until being transferred to the U.S. Naval Department in Washington, D.C. in 1959. In the early 1960's, with the formation of the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), he was transferred to Houston, where he did budget analysis for NASA and the Apollo Space Program. Upon retirement, they moved to Huntsville, Texas, where they ranched until returning to McAlester in 1989 where he spent the remainder of his life. He was a member of the First (Grand Avenue) United Methodist Church where he assisted with the church finances, a member of the Toastmasters Club, McAlester Rotary Club and was a 32 degree Masonic member, having recently received his 50 year pin. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Bill Harris, of Edmond; a son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Janet Way, of Big Cabin; four grandchildren and spouses, Col. (Ret.) John and Carole Stizza, Ashburn, Va., Cindi and Jack Polo, Peachtree City, Ga., Lee and Derrick Lenz, Oletha, Kan., and Stephanie and Clint Hise, of Pryor, and seven great-grandchildren, Johnny Stizza and Colleen Stizza, Kelly Polo and Jake Polo, Caleb Way and Natalie Vaughn and Cooper David Lenz. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Mary Way; his wife, Fay Way, on Aug. 2, 2009; two brothers and six sisters. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Bishop Chapel of Memories with Dr. Charles Neff officiating. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service of McAlester.
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