'Boe' Hollis may have been born in Tilly Township, Greer County, Oklahoma to Jewel Edna Hollis, who was an unmarried, 16 year-old living with her parents and many siblings on the Hollis farm in Tilly Township per the 1920 Federal census. His given names makes his full name highly unusual, if not unique. His record is sparse and only Family Search has a record confirming his middle name Boedale. Much like "a boy named Sue" he preferred either 'Boe' or 'Dell' rather than his given names.
Boe may have been institutionalized or abandoned as his mother married and was enumerated in the 1930 census with her husband and two daughters, but without her son. He may have been raised by one of her many siblings or he may have remained with his grandparents, in which case he may have been enumerated with their family, but that record is as yet undiscovered. Neither is there a record of his education or graduation from a public school system and it was likely he was either home schooled or un-schooled as what he was good at ... horseback riding and cattle ranching ... was learned "on the job".
Boe was 18 when Pearl Harbor was attacked and it seems unusual there is no record of his registration for the draft, not to mention military service. He may have been disqualified from service due to physical limitations, although the photographic record shows no evidence of such. His police record describes him as a white male, 6'2" tall, 200 pounds with dark hair and eyes. His daughter claims that he served in the Army, but was discharged for medical reasons and received VA benefits, but that claim needs to be verified.
Boe's first marriage was in December 1942 when he was 19 and there is anecdotal evidence his marriage did not survive, although no divorce decree has been discovered. Fortunately, there were no children and Boe left Texas to work for an eastern cattle dealer in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. His identity and employment with the S. B. Davis Cattle Company has been confirmed by his second ex-wife and their daughter from a home movie taken in the late-1940's.
Boe returned to Texas and was a rodeo champion, winning a silver buckle in 1956. He married his second wife in 1961 and they were divorced in 1975, but he had a son and a daughter while they were married. There is little in the public record of Boe's life in the two decades following his second divorce until his death in 1996. Unfortunately, he accumulated a number of criminal convictions and all for the same reason ... driving while intoxicated, which may have contributed to his early demise at age 73.
No certificate of death, obituary, interment or headstone has been discovered, which seems highly unusual for such a recent demise (1996). Although he had been divorced for at least twenty years, he is survived by his second ex-wife and their two children, plus grandchildren so it seems unlikely that his passing went unnoticed. The Social Security Death Index records his last residence in Amarillo.
That's about it, but there must be more! Please help me learn more about Boe Hollis by reviewing his profile on Ancestry at the above URL and share what you know and especially what I don't know. I would welcome your replies and would be happy to call you to discuss what you know or you are welcome to call me at 302/521-5300. Regards,
P.S. Yes, there is a potential personal connection, which I would be happy to discuss, but let's get the facts first.