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 Ollie James “O.J.” Landrum

Ollie James “O.J.” Landrum

Noctor, Breathitt County, Kentucky, USA
Death 9 Nov 1979 (aged 67)
Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Lost Creek, Breathitt County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 10606128 · View Source
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Ollie James was the son of Albert Sidney Landrum and Laura (Back) Landrum, the second of eight children. Albert Sidney was the son of Reuben Samuel Landrum.

Usually called O.J., he was also nicknamed "Beanpole" and sometimes called "Jolly Ollie." In the U.S. Army, 1944-1946, he was a Military Police dog handler; he served in the Asiatic-Pacific theatres and helped transport POW's by ship around the world. O.J.'s brothers Robert, Albert, and Roland also served in the Army during World War II. Roland, the youngest, was killed in action in France and later reburied in the Landrum family cemetery on Highway 30 near Noctor, Ky. (O.J. has a memorial marker in that cemetery but is not buried there - called a cenotaph).

O.J. married Blanche Haddix, daughter of Arthur and Maude (Noble) Haddix of Lost Creek, on February 10, 1944, in Salyersville, Ky. (They eloped shortly before he left for the Army.) They were avid square dancers in their courting days, and they enjoyed the hobby again in later years. When pressed, O.J. could pick a fair tune on a guitar, and he occasionally played the "Jew's harp" - a small musical instrument of ancient origins which is played by holding against the teeth or lips and plucking with the fingers.

O.J. and Blanche lived in Jackson, Winchester, and Lexington, Ky. He worked as a linotype operator for the Jackson Times and the Lexington Herald-Leader. He was an excellent gardener, an enthusiastic Rook player, and an ardent UK basketball fan.

O.J. and Blanche had four children: James Alan, Judith Kay, Mona Gail, and Stuart Craig. A much-loved and still-missed husband and father, his extended family included dozens of loving nieces, nephews, and in-laws (including brother-in-laws Floyd Freeman, Vergil Haddix, and son-in-law Allan Proctor.

O.J. died of sudden, acute myelogenous leukemia. (This illness has been linked to exposure to benzene, a chemical commonly used in the printing trade). Funeral services were held at the Palmer Memorial Church at Noctor, Ky. Blanche's spot is waiting beside him at the W.W. Haddix Cemetery on Highway 15 at Lost Creek, Ky.

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Gravesite Details Same person as Find A Grave Memorial # 66349420 - body buried in WW Haddix Cemetery; marker only in Landrum Family Cemetery
  • Created by: MonaGail
  • Added: 12 Mar 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10606128
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ollie James “O.J.” Landrum (8 Jul 1912–9 Nov 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10606128, citing W.W. Haddix Cemetery, Lost Creek, Breathitt County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by MonaGail (contributor 46782241) .