Philip Neal Caskey


Philip Neal Caskey of Athens, Georgia, died at his home on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at the age of 77. He was born on June 11, 1941, in Ponca City, Oklahoma, to Raymond Lee and Edna Anna Caskey (nee Sutherland).
He attended public schools in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and was a member of the 1959 graduating class of Stillwater High School. After graduation he served 6 months active duty at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and eight years of active reserve in the U.S. Army. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May, 1965, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics.
He served in the inaugural group of Missionary Journeymen with the Southern Baptist Convention from 1965-1967 in Dagupan City, Philippines. He was the Director of Religious Activities at Dallas Baptist University while attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received a Masters of Divinity Degree.
On May 19, 1979, he married Marcia May Jowers of Atlanta, Georgia. Their son, Nathanael Andrew, was born in 1991.
He returned to Oklahoma State University where he received a Masters Degree in Natural Science Education in 1980. He was employed as a Middle School Science teacher in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he taught from 1980-1988. He was Stillwater Teacher of the Year in 1986 and also runner-up for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. He then taught one year in Gainesville, Georgia, before moving to Athens, Georgia, where he taught fifth and sixth grade science from 1989 to 2009. He was Athens Teacher of the Year in 1999.
He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Athens, Georgia, where he served as deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and choir member. He was also active with the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, a leader for Boy Scout Troop 1111 of Athens, served on the Board of Directors for Athens Area Habitat for Humanity, was President of the Athens Area Retired Educators Association, and served on the Athens planning committee for the Athens MLK Day of Service events for many years. He also volunteered regularly with Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, and the Athens Emergency Food Bank. He was named Athens Volunteer of the Year in 2016. He was a charter member of University Heights Baptist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
He is survived by his wife, Marcia, of the home, his son, Nathan, of Chicago, Illinois, his sister, Ann, and her husband, Ben Eakin, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, as well as nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Don Caskey.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, Athens, Georgia, on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at 2:00 P.M. with Dr. Paul Baxley officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to: the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, P.O. Box 581, Athens GA 30603; or to Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, % Action Ministries, 465 North Lumpkin St, Athens GA 30601; or to First Baptist Church Athens, Capital Campaign, P. O. Box 8107, Athens GA 30603.
Athens Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
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