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Services for Derrell D. Plummer will be
held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2011,
at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau
with The Rev. Jim Cook officiating. Burial
will be at Oakland Cemetery under the
direction of Evans and Miller Funeral
Home. The family will receive visitors from
6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Derrell died Sunday, July 17, at St.
Francis Hospital in Tulsa, seven days following the death
of his wife, Ophelia.
The son of Edd and Elsie (Young) Plummer, Derrell
was born Sept. 30, 1923, in Oliver, Ark. The family
moved to Poteau where Derrell attended school and gradu-
ated from Poteau High School. Several years ago he was
inducted into the Poteau Football Hall of Fame. In high
school he met the love of his life, Ophelia Latta, and they
married Nov. 7, 1942. This November would have marked
their 69th wedding anniversary.
Derrell served in the U.S. Navy for three years during
World War II. After he left the service, Derrell and Ophelia
moved to Durant to continue his education. He received
his Bachelorâ€™s Degree from Southeastern State College,
Durant, and his Masters and Doctorate at Oklahoma State
University, Stillwater. Derrell was a member of the OSU
Alumni Association and Masonic Lodge 23 in Hilton.
Derrell worked in education in Smithville, Talihina, two
years teaching for an oil company in Venezula, Duncan,
Fox and 30 years with Vocational Rehabilitation in
Derrell was preceded in death by his wife; daughter,
Connie Sue; his parents; and his sister, Dorothy Jean
He is survived by his brother, Bob Plummer and wife,
Wanda, of Claremore; sister-in-law, Jean Shaw of
LaFayette, Colo.; numerous nephews, nieces, and dear
friends, O.L. and Joyce Childs and Leon and Barbara
Pallbearers will be Brian Plummer, Bruce Plummer,
Jim Price, Leon Blake, Lee Curtis and Garry Skinner.
Honorary pallbearers will be O.L. Childs and Lewis
Online messages may be left at evansandmillerfuneral-
Arrangements under the direction of Evans and Miller