|Birth: ||Oct. 13, 1919|
|Death: ||May 18, 2009|
Lloyd Dewitt Plyler
Arrangements By: Coffey~Murray Funeral Home
May 19, 2009
Lloyd Dewitt Plyler, 89, a longtime resident of Durant, Oklahoma and Sherman, Texas, passed away on May 18, 2009 at Texoma Medical Center. He was born on October 13, 1919 near Sims, Arkansas, the son of A.D. and Stella Plyler.
Lloyd traveled with his family as a baby by wagon and mule to Durant, Oklahoma. He graduated from Durant High School and married Helen Larue Kimbrough in 1940 and was father to three sons. He began a long and varied carrier at the age of eight. He began working with his dad A.D.; including working and managing saw mills, cotton gins and thrashing oats. He and his dad A.D. built a lot of houses in the area.
Lloyd and his father worked on the Denison Dam, the railroad bridge and the Roosevelt Bridge on Lake Texoma as form carpenters.
He served in the Army Air Corp and attended college at Washington State University and studying maintenance and rebuilding of aircraft engines, including working on B-29 bombers.
In 1946, Lloyd returned to Durant where he worked with his dad as a carpenter building and repairing houses. He built and operated an automotive repair garage. His spare time was spent building boats, including a houseboat, an all metal boat called the Flying Saucer and a flat-bottom boat with an aircraft engine. At 90 m.p.h. it was the fastest boat on the lake and was featured in a magazine publication.
Lloyd had a passion for baseball and formed and managed sandlot baseball teams in the early 1950s.
Lloyd, his dad and several others built the first little league and pony league parks in Durant. He later started and built the American Legion Baseball program in Durant into a major contender for years, hosted state playoffs, organized tournaments and otherwise put Durant, Oklahoma on the map concerning American Legion Baseball.
Lloyd was honored when the city changed the park name to Lloyd Plyler Park. In 1960 he organized Lloyd Plyler Construction Company of Sherman, Texas and Durant, Oklahoma and was soon building major projects nationwide. He was well known for his ability to construct projects at a record pace and within budget. Lloyd was still going to work on his 89th birthday.
He is preceded in death by his Wife, Helen Plyler: parents and son Ron Plyler.
Mr. Plyler is survived by his Son, Mike Plyler, Son, Jerry Kim Plyler, Brother, Art Plyler, Sister, Mildred Eddins, Sister, Janice Maxwell, Grandsons David Plyler, Chris Plyler, Richard Plyler, Brant Plyler. Granddaughters, Kimberly Floyd and Aimee Turner and 14 Great-grandkids.
Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Plyler Construction.
Memorials may be made to little league baseball programs of your choice.
Graveside services will be Friday, May 22, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. at the Highland Cemetery in Durant, Oklahoma. Coffey~Murray Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Condolences may be made at www.coffeymurray.com
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Arthur DeWitt Plyler (1898 - 1990)
Stella Mae Gray Plyler (1903 - 1967)
Helen Larue Kimbrough Plyler (1922 - 1983)
Ronald David Plyler (1943 - 2002)*
Lloyd Dewitt Plyler (1919 - 2009)
Helen Marie Plyler Hodges (1922 - 2006)*
Huey Houston Plyler (1924 - 1989)*
Claude Herman Plyler (1926 - 2008)*
Theresa Mae Plyler Cato (1928 - 2008)*
Cecil Elbert Plyler (1933 - 1999)*
Maintained by: John Cato
Originally Created by: Jackie M. Isham, Sr.
Record added: May 19, 2009
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