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.

Wanda Jean Garvin

Sandra Walls also reported that Wanda “Jeannie” Garvin passed on June 7, 2015.  She worked at headquarters: answered phones as well as at the front desk.  The obituary didn’t mention TG&Y so I didn’t post here.

Gilford Roat Obituary

 Sandra Walls provided the following information about the passing of Gilford Roat on June 13, 2015.  The partial text has been shown below for when the link no longer works.

Posted by TG&Y Reunion on Friday, June 19, 2015

“Butch” RoatJuly 21, 1943 – May 29, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Gilford Eugene “Butch” Roat went to be with the Lord on May 29, 2015 at the age of 71.  Butch worked for TG&Y Co. Stores for 17 years, Bob Howard Auto Mall, and Mercedes Benz of Oklahoma City. His smile and outgoing personality will be missed by all.

Published in The Oklahoman on June 11, 2015 – See more at: