OBA mourns passing of Dudley Goolsby, Jr.

Dudley Goolsby, Jr., board president of the Oklahoma Bondsman Association (OBA), passed away on Sunday, Oct. 1.

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the passing of Mr. Goolsby,” said Raymond Merrill, vice president of OBA. “He was a true pioneer for the Oklahoma bail bond industry, an exceptional leader for our association and an incredible friend and colleague. We send our sincerest condolences and prayers to his friends and family. He will be greatly missed by us all.”

Goolsby dedicated his career to advancing the standards of the bail bond industry in Oklahoma and served as a tireless advocate for OBA’s high ethical standards, policies and endeavors. In 1986, Goolsby began his career as a licensed bail bondsman, serving the residents and courts of Oklahoma City. In 1989, Goolsby assisted in the incorporation of OBA, which would later become the governing educational entity for bondsmen across the state. His work resulted in the unification of bond laws as well as the requirement of 10 hours of education per year to retain licensure in Oklahoma. Goolsby’s dedication to furthering bondsmen education positioned Oklahoma as one of only three states with such requirements.

Goolsby furthered his commitment to the bail industry by becoming actively involved in the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS), who recognized him as the Bail Agent of the Year in 1996. He served as the PBUS president from 2004 to 2005 and has held leadership positions on various professional councils and boards throughout his career. In 2011, he was inducted to the PBUS Hall of Fame for his leadership in the bail industry nationally and in Oklahoma.

Goolsby also served in numerous roles within the community, including multiple years as a member and chairman of the board for McCurtain County Emergency Medical Services, a member of the Idabel Lions Club and on the board of directors for the Idabel Country Club. He is survived by his wife and multiple children and grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, October 28 at 2 p.m. at the Myriad Gardens, Dean McGee Building, Terrace Room. The street address is 301 West Reno. The Terrace Room is located on the lower level of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory.