SIKESTON-- Eugene C. Oliver, 94, died Sept. 16, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
He was born Sept. 1, 1914, in Princeton, Ky., son of the late Dora E. (Kappler) Oliver and Cullen H. Oliver. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in the Seabees in Guam during World War II. He was a union carpenter construction foreman and a member of Eastside Church of the Nazarene.
On Sept. 29, 1940, in Corning, Ark., he married Ruby L. Crawford; she survives of the home in Sikeston.
Other survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Beverly Oliver of Benton and Gerald and Lee Oliver of Sikeston; two daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Lonnie Hodges and Sherry and Ronnie Lambert all of Sikeston; three grandsons and spouses, Matthew and Joanne Hodges of Bertrand, and Michael and Mary Oliver and Andrew Oliver all of Sikeston; three granddaughters, Julie Hodges, Kellie Lambert and Kathryn Oliver all of Sikeston; five great-grandsons, Austin Henson, Tanner Henson, Steven Holman and Nicholas Beard all of Sikeston, and Chase Hodges of Bertrand; and three great-granddaughters, Charlee Oliver, Anastasia Oliver, and Annie Elizabeth Oliver all of Sikeston.
He was preceded in death by one son, Cullen Eugene Oliver; six brothers, Henry Lee Oliver, Lee Oliver, Caleb Oliver, Percey Oliver, Emory Oliver and O.M. "Red" Oliver; four sisters, Birdie Chaney, Ida Wallace, Mary Oliver and Frances Clark; and one daughter-in-law, Marjorie Oliver.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ponder Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Brian Blankenship, pastor of Eastside Church of the Nazarene, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston with full military rites.