Funeral services for James Rutland “J.R.” Oliver, Jr. 76. will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. at the Ashburn First Baptist Church with burial to follow in Harmony Cemetery. Mr. Oliver died Monday surrounded by his loving family and his nurse, Melanie McIntosh at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Oliver was born in Turner County, GA and was the son of the late James R. Oliver, Sr. and Laura Whiddon Oliver. He served in the Georgia National Guard for eight years. He was a member of the Inaha Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Treasurer. He was a member of the South Georgia Beagle Club. He was a retired Route Supervisor for Lance, Inc. and former owner and operator of J.R.’s Gulf Service and County Line Country Store.
Mr. Oliver is survived by his wife, Benita McDonald Oliver, Sycamore, GA; his children, Eve (Rick) Pope, Cairo GA, Karen (Thomas G.) Spooner, Sylvester, GA, and Gary (Melissa) Oliver, Rebecca, GA. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Zachary Kennedy, Warner Robins, GA, Alex Kennedy, Tifton, GA, Michael Pope and Kayla Pope both of Cairo, GA., Tyler James “T.J.” Oliver and Illa Faith Oliver both of Rebecca, GA; Three Great Grandchildren, Allie and Cohen Kennedy, both of Warner Robins, GA and Kendall Kennedy of Tifton. He is also survived by his sisters, Laverne Hobby, Sylvester, Ga. and Levita (Norris) Barnes, Savannah, GA.
Flowers will be accepted or for those who wish, please make donations to Southern Care Hospice, 412 1st St., S.E., Moultrie, GA 31768 or Inaha Baptist Church, % Rachel Montfort, 1540 Searcy Rd., Sycamore, GA 31790
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00-2:30 P.M. at the Ashburn First Baptist Church.