January 23, 1923 - May 21, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Ellis Fergason "Cot" Deal passed away on May 21, 2013. Born on January 23, 1923 in Arapaho, Oklahoma to Roy Bryan and Ruth Fergason Deal, he was the third of their four children. Cot was preceded in death by his grandson, Peter Lee Deal. He is survived by his wife of seventy years, Kathryn Jane McDonald Deal; son, Randolph Elliott and wife Amy; daughter, Elyse; son, Donald Bryan; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and his sister, Ruthela Deal Kline. Cot Deal was twice manager of the Oklahoma City 89ers and was a player or coach for eight different major league teams during a professional baseball career that spanned fifty years. Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2013, at Rose Hill Burial Park in Oklahoma City. The family would like to sincerely thank Autumn Bridge Hospice, and especially Rob Wilson, R.N. for his tender care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Autumn Bridge Hospice.
Published in Oklahoman on May 23, 2013.