Phillip Ray “Red” Murrell, 84, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, following an illness with heart disease.

Phillip Ray “Red” Murrell, 84, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, following an illness with heart disease. Phillip was born February 23, 1933, and raised in Linneus, Missouri. After high school he attended the University of Missouri and while a freshman, he enlisted in the Army at 19. He was a basketball player in high school and at Moberly Missouri Junior College and then Drake University in Des Moines Iowa. He still holds eight records at Drake, where he was the first player in the school’s history to have his number (33) retired. Later he worked for Phillips 66 and played on their team (Oilers), an AAU team. He was active in various volunteer jobs following retirement. His marriage to Mary Kay (Hamilton), from 1961 to 1983, gifted the couple with two sons. Phillip was survived by two sons, Steven Ray and wife Dana of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Phillip Alan of Tulsa, Oklahoma,and a brother-in-law, Ray Hamilton, Tulsa. He was preceded in death by parents, Eva Pearl (Bailey) and Harry D. Murrell and siblings, Robert, Naomi and Patricia.