Bobby Pollock, age 94, was born to Elvest "Ike" and Iona Mae Cummings Pollock on July 23, 1923, southwest of Duncan, OK. His Lord and Savior opened the Pearly Gates of Heaven to welcome him home on Aug. 26, 2017.
Services will be under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home Wednesday Aug. 30, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, Duncan. The family will visit with friends at Grantham's on Tuesday, Aug. 29 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Bobby grew up in the Empire community and graduated from Empire High School in 1941. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and inducted on Feb. 18, 1943.
He married Bessie Lorene Roberson on June 25, 1944. After training Bobby was sent overseas to the Central European Theatre of Operations. He served as tank commander in the 739th Tank Battalion. He and Bessie had many friends in the 739th and met every year for a reunion.
When WWII came to a victorious end in 1945, Bobby and others received orders to remain in Nuremberg to serve as witnesses in the War Crimes trials. He returned to American soil in January, 1946. Bobby and Bessie were blessed with two children, Dale born in 1947 and Anita born in 1948.
After being discharged Bobby worked in the oil field until he was called back into service during the Korean War 1950-51, serving at Fort Sill as an instructor.
Following his final military service Bobby worked in the oil field as a mechanic, becoming Shop Foreman at Hopeman Equipment Co. In 1977 Bobby, Bessie and Dale opened Pollock Engine Service where he worked tirelessly until the age of 88, retiring in 2011.
Bobby began his Public Service in 1975 after being elected to the Duncan City Council. After serving as City Councilman he was elected Mayor of Duncan serving until 1985. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church since 1955, Gideon's International Bible Association and Duncan Lions Club.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, his devoted wife Bessie and his brother Donald.
Survivors include a sister, Melba Franks of Duncan; children, Dale and Colleen Pollock of Duncan, Anita and Bob Kinyon of Jennings, OK; 5 Grandchildren, Charley and Sheri Pollock, Shannon and Jeff Archer, Allison and Nick Ferguson, Kayla and Kraig Shorter, Derek and Lindsay DeWolf; and 12 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Charley Pollock, Cody Pollock, Jeff Archer, Derek DeWolf, Nick Ferguson and Kraig Shorter.
Honorary bearers are Jimmy Rochell, Christian Archer, Joe Harper and Ronnie Woodall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Gideon's International, The American Red Cross or the charity of your choice.
The Pollock Family extends sincere gratitude and great appreciation to Dr. Hurst, the staff at Ashbrook Village Assisted Living and Aspire Home Health and Hospice for their tender loving care.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.
Published on August 28, 2017