Obituary for Laviece Mae Gwin Chambliss Oliver

From the Mt. Olive Tribune - Written by Mary Gwin Oliver Cox


Graveside services held for Mrs. Oliver


          Graveside services for Mrs. Laviece C. Oliver, who died Friday [May 23, 1980] at Wayne Memorial Hospital, were held Sunday at Maplewood Cemetery. She was a long-time resident of Mount Olive. For the past 12 years she has lived with her daughter, Mary Gwin Cox and son-in-law, Zach D. Cox, on Jurney Street.


          Mrs. Oliver was born Laviece Gwin Chambliss in Mexico, Mo. in 1895. Her father was a Baptist minster. As a child she lived in Wadesboro, Wilson, and Asheville. She graduated from Meredith College in 1915 with honors in mathematics and English. Her first teaching job was in Mount Olive. At this time she met James Francis Oliver, Jr. They were married in 1919.


          Mr. and Mrs. Oliver lived in the Philippines Islands for 10 years where she resumed her teaching career and Oliver was in business. They returned to Mount Olive in 1929. When World War II broke out, the Olivers moved to Cherry Point Marine Air Station. He was in Civil Service and Mrs. Oliver taught school.


          The Olivers returned to Mount Olive in 1951 where Oliver died. Mrs. Oliver began teaching again at Faison High School in 1952 and later at North Duplin High School. She retired from teaching in 1967.


          Wherever she lived Mrs. Oliver was active in church and community life. In Mount Olive she was a member of the First Baptist Church and taught the Truett Bible Class. She was also a member of the Carolina Patriots, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Twentieth Century Club. Her hobbies were playing duplicate bridge and needle work.


          Mrs. Oliver had five children two of whom are deceased. James F. Oliver III died in 1939 and Clive C. Oliver in 1928. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Mary Gwin Cox of Mount Olive and Mrs. Laviece Oliver Mooney of Morehead City; a son, Thomas Oliver of Marietta, Ga; and 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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