Parker County Today September 2016 - Page 37

Joe Bob Plumlee Proprietor, Brazos Bail Bonds Dream Job: Master-Sergeant, U.S. Army PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Continued on page 44 SEPTEMBER 2016 As a teenaged boy growing up in Weatherford, Plumlee “Was Born To Run,” as the song says. He loved fast cars and slow cops. “I loved to drag-race around the streets of Weatherford,” Plumlee said. “I loved to run with my friends.” Plumlee’s brother-in-law was a mastersergeant, which inspired Plumlee to pursue a military career. He came from humble beginnings with wonderful parents who were of limited means.  “At 17, I joined the Army so that my parents could be dependents and could get an allotment,” Plumlee said. “All I could think of was getting medical benefits for them. I made rank in the military really fast. I really wanted to make military my career, a life-long career.” Plumlee was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. “I enjoyed the Army,” Plumlee said. “While I was stationed in Europe I traveled to 11 different countries.” In time, Plumlee was assigned to Fort Wolters, in Mineral Wells.  “I started running around with my friends again,” he said. “The Vietnam war was in full swing.” Plumlee was not anxious to land in Vietnam, mostly because of how much his parents relied on him. The Army was offering an early release program. “You qualified for it if you were going into law enforcement,” Plumlee said. “I went to work for Sheriff John Young. I was assigned to the jail. I was making $375 a month.” One night a man came in that would change Plumlee’s life, although he doesn’t recall the man’s name. “I looked up and saw a guy come into the jail wearing a sharkskin suit and alligator shoes. He was a bail bondsman. He handled the bond for a guy. He made $500 in about 10 minutes. I knew then that I wanted to be a bail bondsman.” Suddenly, Plumlee had found a new dream job. He immediately began to pursue that dream. He got into the business and loved it, although he rarely wears alligator shoes.  That was more than 40 years ago. Does he still like it? “Of yeah!” Plumlee said. “It’s something new every day and the politics I’m involved with, makes it interesting every day.”  35