VELMA — At the Ardmore Veterans Center of Ardmore, Noah Elza Pollard, 91, passed this life peacefully on Saturday, September 21, 2013, to a land with plenty of cattle to tend, lush grasses and rain aplenty, where he will meet up with the love of his life, soul mate and helpmate of 64 years, Ojuania Whaley Pollard, who went before him on October 10, 2005. He was born on August 11, 1922, to Noah Edward and Rovilla Allen Pollard, being delivered by his grandmother, Vina Parlee Pollard at their home, where he was raised along with his nine siblings, which also was the same home where he and Ojuania raised their two sons.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 28, 2013, at the Velma Church of Christ, Velma, with his nephew, Dean Whaley officiating. Burial will follow at the Old Velma Cemetery under the direction of the Don Grantham Funeral Home of Duncan.
The family will receive friends prior to the services from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church in Velma and also from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 27th at the funeral home in Duncan.
As a young man he went to school at Velma until World War II, being drafted during his senior year. He participated in basketball and track. He was proud of his 4-H Club accomplishments and won a trip to Washington D.C. his junior year from showing and judging livestock and crops. He later encouraged his sons to be involved in 4-H and FFA in addition to sports.
Noah loved life and he loved being around people. He would go out of his way to make everyone feel good. He especially loved his sons and grandchildren, and even though they thought he worked them unmercifully (he did), he taught them how to laugh and enjoy everything they did, and love life as well. They had his unconditional support in all their activities.
He was an active hunter and dog trainer, and loved to hunt with his sons, grandsons, his brother, Joe and many friends. He always kept hunting trips and camps, fun as well as entertaining.
Noah was a lifelong member of the Velma Community and a Farmer/Rancher his entire life until moving to the Ardmore Veterans Center in 2009.
He is survived by two sisters, Ruby Roberts and Velma Ketchum; his two sons, Elza Ray Pollard and his wife, Kathy of Dalhart, Texas, and Luke Pollard and his wife, Lisa of Ardmore; six grandchildren, Shannon Pollard, Turner Pollard and his wife, Sarah, Brent Pollard and his wife, Christi, Jason Pollard and his wife, Jennifer, Chase Pollard and Callie Huddleston and Braden Pollard and his wife, Renee; and nine great-grandchildren, Bree, Jase, Trent, Trey, Payton, Kaitlyn, Trae, Jenna and Reese; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his brothers, Samuel and Joseph; his sisters, Revilla Faye, Daisy, Ruth, Effie and Viola.
Pallbearers serving will be his grandchildren and adult great-grandchildren, Brent Pollard, Shannon Pollard, Jason Pollard, Turner Pollard, Chase Pollard, Braden Pollard, Trent Pollard and Kaitlyn Pollard.
Honorary pallbearers will be his neighbors, Lloyd Ely, Mark Ely, Tex Parks, Bill Cobb and Donna Hendrix.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Noah's name in lieu of flowers, please send to: Velma-Alma Scholarship Fund, c/o Sandy Pogue, Velma-Alma High School, Velma, OK 73491 or VA Fountain of Knowledge Scholarship Fund, c/o Sandy Pogue, Rt. 4 Box 101A, Duncan, OK 73533.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at: www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.