Oliver Gene “Son” Drummond, 87, of Keota passed away on June 1, 2018, on his 62nd wedding anniversary at his home in Keota.
The life of this remarkable man began on March 29, 1931. He attended Keota School for one year, then attended school at Cartersville.
He left to become a conductor of a lumber train between Feather Falls and Oroville, Calif., however, after witnessing a train accident, he decided to join the Army.
He was one of 41 men selected to participate in Project Iceworm, the top secret classified project to build mobile nuclear sites under the Greenland icecap known as Camp Century. He served three tours in Vietnam, resulting in being awarded the Army Commendation Medal 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal 1st Oak Leaf Cluster and others by the Army. Additionally, he was awarded by the Republic of Vietnam the Gallantry Cross with Palm, the Armor Badge and the Campaign Medal. He retired as Command Sergeant Major of Fort Sill. He began the next chapter of his life living on John Deere Hill outside of Keota, where he enjoyed restoring bicycles and donating them to children.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Ursula Drummond; his children, Cissy Hobbs, Dagmar Cole, Elouise Bacon, Harold Drummond and Leonard Drummond; one brother, Louis Ray Drummond.
Oliver Gene “Son” Drummond, was preceded in death by his parents, Tilda and Ernest Drummond as well as his brothers and sisters, Eunice Drummond Green, Ralph Dale Drummonds, Dan Drummonds, Levi Drummonds, Betty Louise Drummonds Price, Mary Drummonds Fuller, Jennette Drummonds Davis, Geneva Drummonds Williams, Earnest Drummond Junior and Caril Drummond.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Unity Baptist Church in Keota with the Rev. Scott Welch presiding. Viewing was Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mallory Chapel in Keota.
Services are under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Stigler.