Life Story of
Willie C. Oliver
Willie C. Oliver, 84, was born on August 31, 1936 in Greenville, FL to the late Booker T. and Rosa Oliver. He was their third child and was preceded in death by brothers, Tommie Lee Oliver and Floyd Oliver.
Willie attended Greenville Training School and later became an entrepreneur and subcontractor as he was a talented tradesman and Master Brick Mason. He was the owner of M & WC Construction and was a subcontractor for many years. He was not afraid of hard work. He answered the call to ministry at Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church under the direction of Pastor R. L. White and worked diligently as a Preacher of the Gospel for many years. He later attended college in Divinity and earned an Associate Degree. Reading and studying the Bible became a true passion in his later years and his final church home was Calvary Grove Baptist Church in Scottsdale, GA led by Pastor Kenneth Morris.
Willie had a cheerful personality, enjoyed a great conversation, was an avid dog lover, and loved soul food like macaroni and cheese and mullet fish. During this final year, he often talked about a sermon he desired to preach, “I’m Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired”. His children believe he preached that sermon during this most difficult and turbulent year. Ultimately, his health continued to digress and on Saturday, May 8, the Lord called him home to an eternal rest.
Willie was proceeded in death by a daughter, Connetta Maria Oliver Albert of Jacksonville, FL and will greatly be missed by his wife, Renee Lynn Oliver of Decatur, GA; daughters,
Angela Patton (Sean) of Peachtree Corners, GA, Cleo Lodge (Kenneth) of McDonough, GA; Rosemary Murry (Michael) of Jacksonville, FL; Willie Verness Thorton-Hoskins (Louis- dearly departed) of Jacksonville, FL; Felicia Kiser (Nate) of Jacksonville, FL; Sparkers Harden of Jacksonville, FL; and a son, Deon Whitlock (Tonya) of Newnan, GA; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and close friends. His memory will live on forever in our hearts.
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