Funeral services for Everett William “Bollie” Pletcher will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Davis with Reverends James Densman and Fred Greening officiating. Interment will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Ardmore.


Funeral services for Everett William “Bollie” Pletcher will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Davis with Reverends James Densman and Fred Greening officiating. Interment will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Ardmore.

 

Bollie was born on Aug. 21, 1918, in Choctaw County, Okla., to Ammon C. and Maud (Riley) Pletcher Sr. He died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, in Sulphur at the age of 92 years and 6 months.

 

Bollie and Lola Mae Brown were married on Aug. 24, 1940. She preceded him in death in June of 1991. On Jan. 17, 1992, Bollie and Iva Nell (Hefley) Ruggs were married in Marietta.

 

Bollie was a hard working business man who found God and his family to be the two most important things in his life. Throughout his life he worked in various types of businesses and jobs, giving him his title, “A jack of all trades”. His most enjoyable trade was operating heavy equipment, especially the dozer. His claim to fame was being the first dozer operator to work above the Arctic-Circle. Bollie was proud to be a part of civilian operators that built the first military base on Thule, Greenland in the 1950s. It remains the United States Air Forces’ Northern most base located just 947 miles from the North Pole.

 

He was designated a “Blue Nose” award for his service.

 

Bollie envisioned and built the Deer Creek Lodge in Davis. He built it for the sole purpose of creating a place for his family, as well as, many other families, to come together and reunite. He found great happiness in watching families gather and fellowship together.

 

In his spare time, Bollie enjoyed traveling in his “bus”, fishing with Iva Nell and being with his family. He had a special, individual love for each of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bollie was a member of the Springer Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, as well as a co-founder of the Oklahoma Mission Development and a district manager for the National Motor Club.

 

He is survived by his loving wife, Iva Nell; daughter, Bonnie Jean Smith and husband, Bill of Howe, Texas; two sons, Jerry Pletcher and wife, Diane of Davis and Don Pletcher and wife, Joyce of Ardmore; two stepsons, Rick Ruggs of Crescent and David Ruggs of Victoria, Texas;  seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 16 step-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; as well as, two sisters, Reda Pearl (Qupie) Taylor of Ardmore and Marie Underwood of Del City.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola Mae; infant daughter, Bonnie Sue; one sister, Norma Brown; and five brothers, Bruce, Bub, Bryce, A.C. Jr., and Buck Pletcher.

 

Serving as pallbearers will be Calvin Pender, Gary Thompson, John Pittman, Charles Brady, Casey and Jason Smith. Honorary bearers will be Paul Jones, Sam Powell, Larry Smith, Woodrow Potts, Eric Hayes, Cliff Swartzbaugh, Beaux Fulton, Jim Pittman, Cliff Sewell, Kevin Carter, Cody Parrott, Edd Wise and David Wilson.

 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 4 to 6 p.m.

 

Services are entrusted to Hale’s Funeral Home of Davis.