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John Lee Oliver, Jr

May 22, 1931 — January 2, 2024


John Lee Oliver, Jr


   John Lee Oliver, Jr, a remarkable man known for his Christian faith, desire to always do right, dedication to his family, quick wit, and passion for golf, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. His beloved family surrounded him at his residence in Jackson, TN. 

   Born on May 22, 1931, in Farmington, IL, John was the son of John Lee and Mona Oliver. John Jr. displayed an unwavering commitment to hard work and service from a young age.

   John's commitment to serving his country extended beyond his civilian life. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was recognized for his bravery and selflessness as a Korean War Veteran.

   After serving in the military, John began working at Consumer’s Energy in Royal Oak, Michigan.  It was there he met Inda, his beautiful bride of sixty-five years.  He retired from Consumer’s after forty years of dedicated work.

   Beyond his professional achievements, John had a zest for life that was infectious to everyone who knew him. Renowned for his dry humor and mischievous nature, he delighted in joking with those around him. His quick wit and playful banter brought joy into the lives of many.

   But perhaps one of John's greatest passions was golf. An avid golfer who truly lived for the sport, he spent countless hours perfecting his swing on the greens. John's dedication paid off as he achieved a remarkable feat - he could shoot his age! Come rain or shine, he could never resist hitting the links. Even during winter months when snow covered the fairways, he ingeniously used orange or yellow balls to ensure visibility amid the frosty landscape. Equipped with a heater for his golf cart, John braved the cold to indulge in his beloved sport.

   As we bid farewell to our cherished friend, family member, and golf enthusiast, we find solace in the memories he leaves behind. John's legacy of humor, mischief, and commitment to serving others will forever be etched in our hearts.

   SERVICES: Funeral services for John will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2024. Visitation will take place from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Concordia Lutheran Church located at 637 Wallace Rd, Jackson, TN, 38301. Following the visitation, a funeral service will begin at 12:00 PM. Burial will follow at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads.

   John is survived by his loving wife, Inda Oliver; his daughters Susan Walker (Ricky) and Lisa Jackson (Greg); three grandchildren, Jonathon Preshern (Kaley), Ethan Maniscalco (Nancy), and Jacob Maniscalco, and two great-grandchildren, Ansley Hoit and Raylee Ellis. Their love and support brought immense joy to John's life.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Jack Preshern.

   With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to a remarkable individual who made an indelible mark on our lives. As God was the anchor in John’s life, he was the family’s anchor.  Though he may no longer walk among us, John Lee Oliver Jr.'s spirit will forever inspire us to approach life with laughter, mischief, dedication, and love. Until we see him again, may his soul rest in eternal peace.  

  The family has requested that memorial contributions be directed to Apell Recovery Center, 331 N. Highland Ave., Jackson, TN 38301

    Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W University Parkway, Jackson, TN 38305 731.668.1111, Facebook/ Arrington Funeral Directors


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Past Services


Thursday, January 4, 2024

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Concordia Lutheran Church

637 Wallace Rd, Jackson, TN 38301

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Funeral Service

Thursday, January 4, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Concordia Lutheran Church

637 Wallace Rd, Jackson, TN 38305

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