Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Nick Oliver III

Nick Oliver, 72, of Ridgeland, died Thursday, September 29, 2011, in an automobile accident near Carthage, Ms along with Sue Vowell Oliver, his former wife, of Louisville, MS.

Services will be held for both Nick and Sue on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at 10am at the Scotland Baptist Church near Winona, Ms. Nick will be buried near his family in Scotland Cemetery, and a procession will follow afterward to the Mount Zion Cemetery in Choctaw County, Ms, for the burial of Sue near her family.

There will be a joint visitation on Tuesday evening, October 4, from 5 to 8pm at the Oliver Funeral Home in Winona, MS.

Nick was a native of Vaiden, MS, and a graduate of Vaiden High School. He earned a BA in Engineering from Mississippi State University where he met and married Sue Vowell from Choctaw County. Nick was awarded the MBA from Delta State University while raising three children and working full time at Baxter Laboraties. He was a charter member of St. Luke Methodist Church in Cleveland, MS, retired from Mississippi Vocational Rehabilitation Services and was active in the Scotland Baptist Church of Winona, MS.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents, Randolph Oliver and Eura Dell Rogers Oliver; daughter, Elise Oliver McDaniel; and granddaughter, Annabella Oliver Kollatz.

Nick is survived by his daughter Amie Oliver Kollatz of Richmond, VA; son, Mark Saxon Oliver of Fremont, CA; two grandsons, Justin Farr of Canton, Ms and Luke Oliver of Fremont, CA; three granddaughters, Lauren and Kristen McDaniel of Navarre, FL, and Nina Zhou Oliver of Fremont, CA; three great grandchildren; brother Bobby Oliver and his wife, Shirley, of Winona, MS. and their children Walter and Ruth Marie.

Nick's friends and extended family will remember him as a genuine southern character. He was a teller of (mostly true) tall tales who loved epic westerns, the MSU Bulldogs and his ornery cat, Buster.