H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel

4550 Peachtree Road Ne, Atlanta, GA


Olivia Ann Tift

September 27, 1942January 12, 2020

Olivia Ann Bentley Tift, of Dothan, Alabama, died peacefully at home, on January 12, 2020, at the age of 77.

Ann was born in Dothan, Alabama, to Oliver and Regina Bentley, on September 27, 1942. She was a graduate of Auburn University, and worked for a number of years, in real estate. In her free time, she earned her captain’s license, and had a passion for sailboats.

Ann and her husband, of 31 years, Tommy Tift, loved taking out their sailboat, “Caroline”, and spending time at their vacation home, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. She also enjoyed evenings at the symphony with her childhood friends, from Dothan.

Ann is survived by; her husband, Thomas Willingham Tift, Jr., her son, Matthew Bentley Warrick, and three step-children, Thomas Willingham Tift, III, Richard Hardwick Tift, and Caroline Tift Harrison and husband, Lowndes. She also leaves behind six grandchildren; McKenna Lauren Warrick, Andrew Grayson Warrick, Austin Tift Northenor, George Lowndes Harrison, IV, Claire Hardwick Harrison, Catherine Tift Harrison.

Visitation will take place at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, located at 2715 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, at 1:00pm, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The memorial service will be held, at the Church, immediately following visitation, at 2:00pm. A family graveside service, will be held, in Tifton, the following day.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, at 34 Washington St, Suite 310, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 or Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, 12 Executive Park Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Susan Christy, Joe Jenkins, and Sam Dentham, for their compassionate treatment and care of Ann, during her final days.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020


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Branham Whatley

January 16, 2020

Olivia Ann was always such a caring and giving person. She
put others first and would see to others needs before hers. I don’t think that I have ever heard anyone criticize her. Being around her would make you feel better because she was positive and up beat. I know her heart was good because her actions were helpful and kind, regardless of the inconvenience it may have caused her to perform them. I am glad to have known her and hope that I can Be more thoughtful and caring toward others because of her examples. Caring for her husband was probably her greatest feat of all.
Branham Whatley

Jessica Peterson

January 14, 2020

I've had the pleasure of working for the Tift's for half a decade, but it seems like so much longer. Mrs. Tift always seemed to glow, when you saw her. I know she will be dearly missed by her family, as well as those of us, at the office.

Lynda Lindsey Bennett

January 14, 2020

My grandmother was a George. Olivia Ann, Betty and I used to play together at George Family Reunions, when she was growing up in Dothan, AL. and I lived in Early Co. GA. Praying for God to give you peace and comfort during the days ahead.