Lucille Fleming Oliver, age 101, died Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Mitchell Manor in McAlester, Okla.
Lucille was born Nov. 18, 1913 at White Marsh. She graduated from Botetourt High School, attended Fredericksburg State Teachers College, now Mary Washington University, where she received her teaching certificate. She later received her Bachelor of Science Degree from East Central College, Ada, Okla.
On April 14, 1933 she married Fred Oliver, the love of her life. They lived in Gloucester where Lucille taught school at Achilles until 1943 when her husband was transferred to the U.S. Naval Ammunitions Depot in McAlester. She taught school including music at Pittsburg and Kiowa High Schools. During the Korean War, she and Fred lived at Midway Islands while he served in the U.S. Navy.
After Lucille returned to McAlester, she taught in both elementary and high school retiring in 1972. She was a member of the Fortnightly Music Club and spent much of her time reading the Bible and searching for the scriptural origins of many beloved hymns. Lucille was a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church and was baptized in 1924. In McAlester, she and Fred joined First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and for many years was active in many church activities, including filling in as church organist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Jennings Oliver, and parents, James Olin and Edith Elnora Oliver Fleming.
She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Lydia Rilee, Ruby Ann Abbott, Virginia Oliver and Evelyn Oliver, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family expresses sincere gratitude to Lucille’s wonderful friends, Jerry and Lorna Pool and Faye Durant who had cared for her for over 15 years as though she was their own mother.
Funeral service for Lucille will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Beech Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Robbins and the Rev. Clarence Hilling conducting. Interment will follow in the church cemetery next to her beloved Fred. The family will greet friends following the service in the church social hall.
In memory of Lucille, gifts may be given to Beech Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 100, White Marsh, Va. 23183.
Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point.
Family and friends may share condolences and memories at www.hoggfh.com.