Philip Ray Davidson, 75, of McAlester, died Sunday, Sept. 10 2017, at his home.
Philip was born on March 5, 1942, to Charles and Mary Davidson at their home in Bache.
He was preceded in death by both parents; brothers, Riley, J.B., and George Davidson; sisters, Sylvia Levens, Alberta Morrison and Dorma Mayo; five nieces and one great-nephew.
He is survived by his brother, Charles (Bill) Davidson, of San Jose, California; sisters-in-law, Anita Davidson, Ruth Davidson and Betty Davidson, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews, and his four dogs.
Philip grew up on the family ranch in Dow and graduated from McAlester High School in 1960. He attended Oklahoma State University for three years, studying engineering, but left before completing his degree.
He moved to San Jose, California, to work in his brother's engineering and construction business. The 1960s in California proved to be the perfect place for the free-spirited Phil to explore and experiment with life.
He returned to the family ranch in the 1970s, where he became well known for his farming talents. He eventually moved to Haileyville and was known in the area as Phil Freely, a nickname given to him because of his free spirit.
Philip moved to McAlester around 2008, where, for the first time, he experienced satellite television. His eccentric lifestyle prior to moving to McAlester lacked the vast assortment of channels provided with satellite. Philip became hooked on the History Channel, Discovery and Classic Movies.
Philip loved animals, especially his dogs, and he loved collecting rocks and debating politics. Considered a genius, Philip lived his life uniquely and void of materialism.
Philip was grateful to his sister-in-law, Betty Davidson, for opening her home to him and the care she gave him. And for the generosity of his big brother, Bill, for buying him a house and a car in his later years and making sure he was financially secure.
Funeral services will be held at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home in McAlester on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Bache Red Oak Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Leon Levens, David Levens, James Davidson, Curtis Davidson, Jeff Davidson and Steven Downs.
Honorary pallbearer will be Billy Green.
Published on September 13, 2017