Rev. Dr. James Oliver

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Reverend Doctor James Ralph Oliver, Sr., 77, died on Friday, October 6, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM on Monday, October 9, 2017 at Northwoods United Methodist Church.
He was born in Fairmont, NC the son of James Crawford Oliver and Thelma Garris Oliver. He graduated from Fairmont High School and earned Bachelor Degrees in History and Divinity from Duke University, and a Doctorate of ministry from Drew University.
He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty three years, Judy Mitchell Oliver and his children; son James R. Oliver, Jr. and wife Kathy of Camden, NC, daughter Suzanne Oliver Moye and husband Rob of Greenville, son Steve Mitchell Oliver of Jacksonville, NC, and daughter Hannah Oliver Floyd and husband Thomas of Jacksonville, NC, as well as four grandchildren; Colleen, Wyatt, Shane and William. He is also survived by his younger brother Larry Oliver of Myrtle Beach, SC and was preceded in death by his brother Wayne Oliver.
After graduating from Divinity School, he was a United Methodist Minister in the North Carolina Conference for forty three years. He served approximately eleven United Methodist Churches throughout Eastern North Carolina.
The family would like to thank all those who remembered him in prayer and to thank the caregivers who tended him so faithfully at both Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Premier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
The family will receive friends Monday afternoon, prior to the service, from 3:00 until 4:00 PM at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Northwoods United Methodist Church Trustees, 1528 Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville, NC 28540 or to Onslow County Caregivers, Inc., PO Box 7304, Jacksonville, NC 28540 (Hospice House).