Oliver Ora Dabney

Oliver Ora Dabney, son of Ora Oliver and Mary Frances Terrill Dabney, was born May 14, 1922, in Raymondville, Mo., and departed this life December 30, 2008, in Lebanon, Mo., at the age of 86 years.

Oliver entered the United States Army on January 5, 1943, and was honorably discharged on January 17, 1946. He was a courageous soldier and loyal to his country and our freedom. Although he didn’t talk much about his time spent in the service, his dedication was proven in knowing that he was also a part of the Civilian Conservation Corps known as the CCC Camp in the late 1930’s.

On November 23, 1955, he was united in marriage with Nettie Lucille Woolsey and to this union was born five children. Nettie preceded him in death in 1991.

In the early 60’s Oliver started Advance Terrazo Company, which placed the Hollywood stars on the strip in Hollywood, Calif. When returning to the Lebanon area, Oliver began working for Appleby Boats as a truck driver, and remained with them for more then twenty years. He was respected by his co-workers and consistently worked toward greater success for the company.

In his free time, Oliver was an avid beekeeper and enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing with friends. However, his most treasured moments were those spent with his loving family.

He is survived by one son, John and his wife Cheryl of Lebanon; three daughters, Judy Dabney of Houston, Mo., Joyce Dabney of Richland, Mo., and Jean Miller and her husband Dave of Cleveland, Okla.; three brothers, Albert Dabney of Edgar Springs, Mo., Emerson Dabney of Topeka, Kan., and Bill Dabney of Carbondale, Kan.; one sister, Bonnie Robinson of Edgar Springs, Mo.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Oliver was also preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Alice, who died at birth.

A wonderful father, loving grandfather, cherished brother, loyal friend with a kind heart and gentle spirit. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all whose lives he touched.

Services were 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at Shadel’s Colonial Chapel in Lebanon, Mo., with Pastor Allen Reeves officiating. Escorts were Larry Robinson, Tom Robinson, Steve Dabney, Josh Auberry, Jeff Woolsey and Chuck Woolsey. Honorary escorts were Mike Woolsey, Brent Black and Ron Robinson.

Burial was in Allen Cemetery.

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