2016 Reunion

The 2016 Reunion is June 25, 2016.  An email will be sent to everyone on the list.  We will mail postcards to those for whom we don’t have an email address. Come out and see what’s new at the Chisholm Trail Museum.  There is a form on the event page to collect information about attendees so we will have an idea of how much food we need.

It’s a little late but pictures from last year’s reunion have been posted in the right sidebar. Thanks to Bob Nunn for sending them.

A few other changes were made to accommodate mobile devices since some of the older photos don’t handle change well.  Pictures from 2013, 2014 and 2015 are on the home page.  2008 – 2012 can be seen by clicking on “Reunion Pictures” on the main menu.  The years are shown in the drop down menu in reverse order.

This website is proudly sponsored by Plano Promos and RKC Promotional Products.

Ralph Keith – Division Vice President

We are saddened to report the passing of Ralph Keith on April 28, 2016.  Mr. Keith worked for TG&Y for over 25 years before retiring in 1985.  His obituary was in the Oklahoman on May 21, 2016. Our condolences to his family.

Phyllis Collings – MIS/Help Desk

Phillis Collings

Our condolences to Phyllis’ family.  Phyllis passed on August 5, 2015.  You can read her obituary at Swearingen’s website (the photo is also from their site) I wanted to add some information since there wasn’t much in the obituary about Phyllis’ time at TG&Y.

I didn’t hear about her passing until today. The following notes are my (Roberta) comments as I remember her.

Phyllis was the orginal POS (Point of Sale) Trainer.  Her dear friend Sharon Graves who was a great artist, drew a vision of the original POS manual.  I ran across a copy of it in an old file some time back. She trained the first stores in the OKC area.  I met her when she was doing a train the trainer class at Store 1047.  Shortly afterward, based on her recommendation I was transferred to the home office and worked with Phyllis as second level support to the Help Desk.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, my entire career in IT and related services originated from something Phyllis saw in me during that week of training.  She was always patient when answering my endless questions. We tested new releases in both the POS and Layaway systems working closely with the programming staff.


Irwin C. Fowler

He was one of the originals. He was a Buyer and VP. He retired in 1971. His photos of Oklahoma graced the waiting area of the executive offices for several years. He joined TG&Y after managing S.H. Kress stores in Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
Others I remember who worked with him were Pat Henderson, Buck Buchanan, and Ammon Killian.

This information was provided by Mr. Fowler’s daughter.  Mr. Fowler passed in 1985.