Funeral services for Mr. Willie Clay “Shorty” Oliver will be 1:00 P.M. Friday, March 23, 2018, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Burns officiating. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation Thursday 4-8 PM and Friday after 11 A.M. at Ligon & Bobo.
Mr. Oliver, age 88 of Lebanon passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Quality Care.
Born May 27, 1929, in Macon County, he is the son of the late Marlin and Mazie Gann Oliver. He was a lifelong carpenter and was a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church. In 1952, Mr. Oliver along with his sister Edna Earl Edwards and her husband J. H., and his brother, Roy Oliver, with Ralph Sloan and others were the original dancers of the Tennessee Travelers on the Grand Ole Opry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of sixty six years, Doris Tomlinson Oliver; two sisters, Ella Mae Scruggs and Evelle Baskerville; three brothers, Marlin Oliver Jr., James Lee Oliver and Roy Bennett Oliver; and an infant sister.
He is survived by two sons, Clayton E. Oliver and Eddie D. Oliver; two sisters, Idelle Loftis and Edna Earl Edwards; brother, Billy Oliver; and several nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers: Grand Ole Opry Square Dancers, Mike Singleton, Mark Fain, and Eddie Testamand.
Active pallbearers: Ronnie Taylor, Robert Loftis, Jerry Scruggs, Mike Oliver, Don Cornwell, and Tony Tomlinson.
LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615)444-2142 www.ligonbobo.com