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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.

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Published in Oklahoman on May 23, 2013.
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June 7, 2014
I was a therapist for Mr Deal. I just happened to see the baseball he signed for my daughter and son today and I looked him up and saw he had passed. He was a great man.
Heather Williams
June 30, 2013
He was very beloved in Puerto Rico. One of the best players to see action in our league. May he rest in peace.
Jorge Colon-Delgado
May 30, 2013
I never met Cot in person, but for over 10 years we were email buddies. Occasionally I would call Cot just to say hey. He was such a classy person, very upbeat, and always positive. Very sorry to read of Cot's passing and he will be missed by all. My sincere condolences to the Deal family. Bruce Doull, Coventry, RI
May 27, 2013
I was very sorry to hear of Cot's passing. I got to know him several years ago and enjoyed the baseball stories he shared with me by phone or e-mail. I hope he enjoyed the baseball stuff I sent his way. He was so proud of Katie and his "kids", and my thoughts and prayers go out to each of you now. God bless.
Tim Enos
May 26, 2013
Special Friends
Sometimes people come into your life; you feel you have known forever.
Then in an instance they are gone leaving an impression that leaves you never.
You feel blessed to have known them, for they have giving you a new outlook on life.
Sometimes God sends you a special friend to help you with life's pain and strife.
Then when life's journey is over on earth, you recognize them up above.
When you reach the gates of heaven, you will feel their comforting love.
It's a mystery to us as we think and wonder but, God has such a special plan.
Yes, he knows what is needed to unite us in heaven, forever once again.

By: Ruth Schreiber 5/26/2013
Dedicated: To Cot Deal for being such an inspiration to my husband before he died in 2007 and for being one of our special friends in life's journey.
Ruth Schreiber
May 25, 2013
A kinder gentleman I never met. Cot was a true baseball man. I worked for a Rochester (N.Y.) newspaper in the '70s and quickly learned of his enormous legend in that town. I later met him covering a few MLB teams, and am blessed to have done so.
Ray Buck
May 23, 2013
Don and Rachel, I have been thinking of you two since I heard about your Dad and Rachel your GrandDad's death. Know that you are both in my thoughts and prayers. I didn't know Mr. Deal but I know you two and you are both very special people that he had influence over so he must have been special also. I love you and I am here anytime you need me.
Patty Gail Patten,
May 23, 2013
Super nice man!!! In the summer of 2005 I called Mr.Deal to ask him if I could come over, and talk baseball, and get my Baseball Players of the 1950's autographed. He was delighted! It was fun to hear the baseball stories he told. I am sad to hear of his death. He is with the Lord now!
Bill Masters
May 23, 2013
Katie and Family, the Randolph's (Ellis, Liz, Deb, John S.) are sincerely saddened by this loss, and are terribly dissapointed that all of us cannot make it physically to the service. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. What a wonderful person he was and an inspirational life he led... great memories for all of our family.
John Scott Randolph
May 23, 2013
I remember "Cot" when he managed the Indianapolis Indians in 1961. They won the American Association that year. I was a big fan and owned 1 shares of Indians Stock. Community owned at that time.
Denis Harris
May 23, 2013
Katie & family
So sorry to hear of your loss. May God give you peace knowing Cot is in Gods hands for eternity.
Frances Fergason Herring
May 22, 2013
Katie wish i could be there but can't so hope you are ok and know we are thinking aboutyou and the whole family

max and jo mcdonald
max &jo mcdonald
May 22, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Becky Simpkins
May 22, 2013
Dear Katie, Randy, Elyse, and Donnie, it was my great good fortune to know Cot for over fifty years. He was a family man, a baseball man, and, most importantly, a man of God. He bridged all faiths, races, and languages. Please know of my prayers and my sympathy.

Pat Doyle
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