Lee R. Olive, 87, of Ardmore, Okla., passed away Monday, September 10, 2012, in Marietta, Okla. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, September 14, 2012, at The Chapel in Griffin-Hillcrest Funeral Home, Ardmore, with Pastor Roy Fountain officiating. Burial will be at McAlister Cemetery.
Mr. Olive was born on April 6, 1925, in Yale, Okla., to Lonnie and Leota Isaacs Olive. He and Wilma Jean Forson were married October 18, 1952. She preceded him in death in 2007.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Donna Sue Hendrix; his parents; brothers and sisters, R.A. Olive, Roy Olive, Ike Olive, Louis Olive, Ruia Morgan, Eunie Mae Hilbert and Merle Vogle.
Mr. Olive first started working for Burlington, Santa Fe Railroad, then went to work in the oil fields for Big Chief. Then he went to work for the Refinery when it was Bell, working through many changes. He was best known while working there as "Lee Pony". He retired in 1986 from Valero as chief operator.
In his spare time, he was a farmer and loved the outdoors. He was always willing to help people fix whatever needed fixing. He was an avid OU and Rangers Baseball fan. Lee was a longtime member of Mary Niblack Baptist Church and recently in attendance at Faith Southern Baptist Church. He will be remembered as a good family man, a loving father and husband.
He is survived by two sons, Bobby Olive and wife, Cyndia and Donald Olive and wife, Sherri, all of Ardmore; four grandchildren, Crystal Bayanay and husband, Mehmet, Houston, Texas, Jason Olive and wife, Bridgit, Davis, Okla., Regina Murphy, Ark., and Garrett Olive, Oklahoma City, Okla.; and three great-grandchildren, Yasemin Bayanay, Adem Bayanay, and Ethem Bayanay, Houston, Texas.
Bearers will be Jason Olive, Garrett Olive, Mehmet Bayanay, Andy Jay, Tim Williams and Brett Jones.
Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, September 13, 2012, at Griffin-Hillcrest Funeral Home.