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Dr. William Wilberforce Plummer, Jr. of Monticello, Ky. passed from this life August 10, 2016 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center in Somerset, Ky.
He was born September 5, 1922 in Detroit, Mich.
He was the son of the late Dr. William Plummer, Sr. and Beauty
Boulware Plummer.
He had one sister Carolyn (John) Anderson. She preceded him in death
as did his wife of many years Callie Daniels Plummer.
He is survived by his son—William (Connie) Plummer III a West Point
Graduate and retired law enforcement officer who lives in Vail, Ariz.
Also surviving are his grandchildren—William V. Plummer and Andrea
Plummer Lynch with great-grandchildren—Jayden, Landon, Andrew and
Charlie; a step-granddaughter—Kristina Lecher; nephews—Eric (Heather)
Anderson and Audrian Rucker and a special niece—Carol (Darren)
Gutherie who now provides a forever home for his much loved Yorkshire
terrier, Max.
Dr. Plummer spent his early years in Detroit, Mich. After graduating
from Detroit's Northern High School he attended West Virginia State
College. There, he joined the Army's Specialized Training Program.
He was enrolled in Meharry Medical College's Dental School in
Nashville, Tenn. and completed his training at Meharry in 1947.
He married in 1948 and he and his wife Callie lived in Detroit for a
short time as he was called to active duty and stationed in Panama.
After moving to the Grand Rapids in 1949, Dr. Plummer joined the Air
Force Reserve.
He retired from the Air Force years later having achieved the rank
of Lieutenant Colonel.
When Dr. Plummer moved to Grand Rapids he was encouraged to take on
active roles in his community. The Grand Rapids Press newspaper
included many articles about him as he was involved in many
community, social, governmental, cultural and religious activities.
He became and was recognized as a news maker.
A press article chronicled some of his many achievements including
his chairmanship of the City's Board of Housing Appeals, service in
Citizens for Representative Government, West Michigan Chapter of the
American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, and president of
the Grand Rapids chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People.)
He received many awards and recognitions including the Muste Peace
and Justice Award, appointment to the State of Michigan Public Health
Advisory Council and member of the Board of Directors of Opera Grand
Rapids.
Dr. Plummer was a member of the United Church of Christ. He served
for a time as Chairman of the Board of Michigan Conference and on the
National Board for Homeland Ministries.
As a member of the church's National Council for Christians Social
Action he was part of an interdenominational team sent to South
Africa to learn about U.S. Corporations responses to apartheid.
For many years, Dr. Plummer traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti
volunteering in support of the work of the Foundation Pedonligue De
Haiti's health services.
With all his activities he continued to have a successful private
dental practice and participate actively in his professional dental
organizations. His many works at home and elsewhere and his sincere
love and support for those he served lead to the establishment in
1983 of the W.W. Plummer Humanitarian Award.
To date this award has be given to 34 individuals/groups.
The Giants Awards Committee of Grand Rapids Community College which
gives the award "recognize the exceptional contributions shaping the
quality of life in metropolitan Grand Rapids."
In 1987 Dr. Plummer was again recognized by the Giants Awards
Committee as he was chosen as the recipient of the Giant Among Giants
Award.
He spent his retirement years in Grand Rapids winding down from his
very active life. He moved to Kentucky in 2002 to share a quiet life
with his friend of many years, Eva Coffey.
He was thankful for his friends who made the trip to Kentucky to
visit with him and those who called and wrote letters. He made
friends in Monticello and settled into life in the country. He was,
and he remains, a Giant Among Giants. He will be missed.
Dr. Plummer chose cremation. Southern Oaks Funeral Home carried out
the arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be made by donating to Hospice of Lake
Cumberland or a charity of one's choice.
A memorial service will be held at a future date by the Plummer
Family.
Published on September 7, 2016
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