|Daily Oklahoman, The
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
July 4. 1979, p36
Pioneer of "Chicken in the Rough', Beverly Osborne, Dies at 82
He was a restaurant pioneer, a colorful
character, a generous well-like man.
Oklahoma City's business community reacted with
those accolades Tuesday to the death of nationally known
restaurateur Beverly Osborne.
The 82 year old Osborne, was killed Tuesday when
he was struck by a dump truck while supervising work at a
landfill site near his him in the 5600 block of N. Beverly
Services have been set for 10am Friday at St.
Lukes United Methodist Church with burial in Memorial Park
Cemetery, directed by Guardian Midtown funeral home.
Osborne climbed to national fame during the
19050s as he franchised more than 100 restaurants across the
nation serving his "Chicken in the Rough" recipe. At one time he
owned six Beverly restaurants in the Oklahoma City area.
Osborne retired from the food service business
last year when he sold his remaining two Oklahoma City
restaurants to longtime business partner Randy Shaw.
"It was a great loss," Joe Dodson, local
cafeteria owner and board member of the National Restaurant
Association, said of Osborne's death.
If he had carried on with his Chicken in the
Rough he would have been the Colonel Sanders of today," said
Dodson called Osborne one of the pioneers of the
food service business in Oklahoma.
He said Osborne was a former board member of the
National Restaurant Association and a longtime member of
Oklahoma Restaurant Association.
Walter Cherry, associate director of the Oklahoma
association called Osborne, "an aggressive, optimistic man. A
real showman in the industry, but extremely well-like in the
Paul Strasbaugh, executive vice-president of
Oklahoma City Chamber opf Commerce, spoke on behalf of the
chamber saying, " We regret deeply Mr. Osborne's death. Oklahoma
City has lost one of its more colorful characters in the
Osborne was also known in the community as a
philanthropist. He gave away thousands of dollars over the years
to needy young people, ministerial students and displaced
persons. As a member of St. Lukes United Methodist Church,
Osborne spent every Tuesday for 30 years visiting hospitalized
church members. He was sometimes known to stand on a downtown
street corner on Christmas Day and give away silver dollars to
passers-by. The money that led to Osbornes philanthropy was
earned in an almost story book career in which he worked his way
from a barefoot shoeshine boy to a millionaire.
He first came to Oklahoma City in 1921 from
his native Marlow, where he and his first wife Rubye established
the first restaurant that would grow into his nationwide chicken
He began his restaurant career when he purchased
a small confectionary in Comanche before coming to Oklahoma
During the Depress years of the 1930s the
Osborne's owned several small restaurants but oppressive
economic conditions forced them to sell out one by one.
Osborne's sucess didn't begin to grown until the
1950's when he conceived the idea of Check in the Rough during a
trip to California.
Osborne is survived by his second wife, Neva; two
brothers, Ray, Oklahoma City, Jim, Larned, Kan; two sisters,
Bertha Roberts, Sun City, Calif. and Marie Shockwiler, Sapulpa
and several nieces and nephews.
His first wife Rubeye died in 1977.
Memorial may be made to World Neighbors, Inc.
Daily Oklahoman, The
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
November 14, 2002
Neva L. Flanery Harris Osborne died peacefully in her sleep and was carried on angel's wings to be with the Lord on November 10, 2002 one week after celebrating her 90th birthday with family. Neva was born in Hennessey, OK to Louisa Jane and Andrew B. Flanery as one of a set of triplets on October 1, 1912. Neva performed and toured with the Kathryn Duffy studio from age 12 until the late 1930's at which time she met and married her first love, William McKinley Harris, a local attorney and oil & gas man. Neva was blessed to find another love in the fall of her life, Beverly Osborne, of Beverly's Chicken in the Rough.
Neva was preceded in death by her parents, 11 brothers and sisters and her niece, Opal Eaves, who faithfully took care of her.
Neva is survived by nieces Virginia Laxson, Catherine Wolf Kirk, Ann Finley, Nina Flanery and nephews Cecil Flanery, Kenneth Flanery and Mike Flanery. Neva is also survived by numerous great and great great nieces and nephews whom she treasured. Neva was a faithful member of the Beacon Class at St. Luke's Methodist Church for many years and was also a friend to Oklahoma City University. She owned and ran Checkerboard Properties and Harris Oil & Gas for many years. Her greatest joy came from visits with her loving family.
Services will be Thursday 11-14-02 at 2 pm at St. Luke's Methodist Church in the chapel.
Guardian North Funeral Home.
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