James “Wilbur” Hollis, 90, Pryor, died Saturday, Jan. 26, in Claremore. He was born on Feb. 13, 1922, in Gatesville, Wagoner County, near Porter. Hollis graduated from Pryor High School in 1940. He faithfully served his country in the United States Navy as a surveyor in the Seabees. After leaving the service, he married Wanda Gene Hughes on Aug. 19, 1946, in Columbus, Kan., at the home of a Baptist minister. They had celebrated 66 years together at her passing in 2012. Hollis owned and operated several service stations. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, and playing golf. He especially enjoyed sports and playing American Legion baseball and basketball. He continued to follow sports all his life. He played pool and enjoyed going to horse races. He loved his children and grandchildren, always enjoying the time spent with them. He loved his dog, Dandy. Hollis was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pryor. He was baptized there in 1939.
Funeral services for Hollis are Monday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. in the Shipman’s Funeral Chapel with Dr. Mike Cox officiating. Interment will follow in the Graham Memorial Cemetery with Derrall Bell, Lynn Parks, Mike Bradshaw, Chris Brassell, Brett Batson and Pat Green serving as casket bearers. To leave a personal message to his family visit www.shipmans
funeralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.
He is survived by daughters, Sharol and husband, Jim Batson of Tulsa, and Kellye Hollis of Dallas, Texas; sister, Helen Bradshaw of Lewisville, Texas; three grandchildren, Jayme and Chris Brassell, Brett and Kim Batson and Lindsey and Pat Green; six grandchildren, Griffin, Macy, Murphy, Isley, Fennin and Teddy; many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Gene Hollis and his son, Jimmy Hollis.