OBITUARY

Michael Alan Oliver

October 22, 1955July 25, 2018
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On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, Michael Alan Oliver passed away at his home in Eustace, Texas. He was born in Dallas, Texas at Baylor Hospital on October 22, 1955, he was 62 years old.

He graduated from Bryan Adams High school and UTA-Arlington from college with a degree in Design Architecture.

He will be lovingly remembered by his son’s Andrew Oliver (Melissa), Alexander Oliver, Eric Oliver and Daniel Oliver and their loving mother Susan Oliver, his brother Steven Oliver, his sister’s Deborah Oliver Hickman and Tina Oliver Christian, Aunt Billie Fetherston and numerous cousins and extended family members.

Michael is preceded in death by his father Dewey Wayne Oliver and his mother Ernestine Fentress Oliver.

He was employed by AT&T for 35 years and retired in 2009. Michael enjoyed hunting with friends and family. He also enjoyed gardening and was a master woodsman.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, August 11, 2018
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David Sandlin

August 14, 2018

From the moment we met, we became best friends. That is the kind of person Michael was. We played bad golf together, worked together, and laughed loudly over funny stories. We shared many similarities and always enjoyed each others company.

I brought presents from Dallas to Mexico for the children there during one Christmas and fished with Michael and his father in law Harold. I remembered asking Harold why the water was so black and he told me because it was 150’ deep there, which was a bit unsettling.

I naively thought that his little boat was taking us to the big boat that we would use to catch the huge mahi-mahi! But after the first fish was on the line, it made no difference as I was hooked too!

I loved Michael and knew he loved me. We shared the bond of a Christian faith that put us in the most important family forever and I look forward to seeing you again.

Dear Lord, thank you for letting me know Michael Oliver and for hearing our prayers. Please continue to direct the steps of Susan and the boys, protect them, and bless their lives in a way that Michael so wanted for each of them. Amen!

Melanie Nelson

August 11, 2018

Melanie Nelson

August 11, 2018

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I don’t know about Mike’s whole life. I just know what I experienced in the times I spent with him while I knew him. If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s what an impact you can leave on someone’s life. Mike impacted my life in a great way. I’ll remember his smile forever. His love for people, my family, my baby, me. He’s leaving the world a better place than he found it. Measure twice, cut once, folks.

Melanie Nelson

August 11, 2018

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I learned a lot about carpentry from Mike. I can pick out a straight board now, use a nail gun, measure & cut, sand & smooth. I bet a lot of people learned the overall and the finesse from him. People still comment on the beams we built like seven years ago. They probably always will, and I’ll always see him in them. We got to know each other more working on those beams, taking trips to the lumber yard or the dump, than we did at AT&T. Mike was alive outside of the office - building and gardening, doing things, creating. That’s when my husband David got to know him better, too. We prayed for our families often, when we’d talk on the phone or leave seeing each other in person.

I really enjoyed working with him again on our Parker house & seeing him & my Dad working side by side every day. It was hard seeing him hurting & I’d have to ask him to rest often. Once we did send him to the doctor “just in case” and stalled work until he’d confirmed Mike was okay. I’ll treasure that time so much. Mike got to meet and love on baby Victory- you know how much he loves babies.

We were devastated when we learned about his house burning down, and seeing his health keep declining. It just didn’t seem fair. But we don’t live in a fair world. We live in the natural and the spiritual world, and the devil is still in control and seeks to steal, kill & destroy. The great news is that we know the truth & the battle is won. Mike is completely pain free now and is rejoicing with Jesus, fully loved and whole and is smiling down at all of us right now and saying, “Aww, guys, stop crying! This is awesome & I’ll see you so soon!” Time goes by so fast.

Melanie Nelson

August 11, 2018

Mike Oliver was such a good guy. I feel like I can say this. I was not intimately close like family or best friends. I do not know his misgivings and secret sins, but I know that we all have them. I worked with him for a few years AT&T and then we worked together on a couple of houses over the years since then, most recently spending a couple of months together about eight months ago. I feel so blessed that I recently had that time, because time is so precious and I still can’t believe he’s gone.

Mike was a kind man. He spoke what he thought, even if it was hard to hear. He meant what he said, and you knew where you stood with him. He had character; you knew that he would do what he said he would. If he was telling you something hard to hear, he would help to grow you out of that place afterwards. He took the time to teach people how to fish - how to do things themselves. He liked to help develop others and help them be the best they could be. He was a leader. He cared. Almost everyone I met at AT&T had a story about how he helped them get to where they were in their career. They definitely all enjoyed when he’d bring in food from his garden; oh the big meals he’d cook.

Mike believed that if you are going to do something, that you should do it as well as you can, no matter what the job is. He explained the “why” behind what he was saying. He followed up with people if they were sick or had something going on in their family. Mike lived out a lot of what my parents taught me, like: Be as nice to the janitor as to the CEO. Leave the place cleaner than when you found it. If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. Try to make the person leave every conversation you have feeling better than before they saw you. Share. Pray. Stop and smell the flowers. Help people. Be nice. Find joy in others’ accomplishments.

Janell & Ken Anderson

August 10, 2018

He was like a brother. We loved him and he will be greatly missed but will always be in our hearts. Prayers go out to the family. We know you are happy in Heaven and we will see you again.

Tameka Jackson

August 9, 2018

Some people we never forget. Michael Oliver was my first AT&T mentor and advocate--pushing me to learn and grow personally and professionally. With his sponsorship, I joined management. As a gift, he bought me a beautiful angel statue and told me to continue to spread my wings. He will always hold a special place in my heart.

Peace be with you, Michael.

Deborah Hickman

August 9, 2018

Michael I will always treasure the memories we shared. My heart is broken that you are no longer with us. I know you are in the Arms of God and He has taken all your pain away. I will miss you and I love you always. Your sister, Deborah.

Jill Trim

August 8, 2018

My condolences to Mike’s family. I knew Mike from AT&T. He was friendly and had a warm spirit. It was a pleasure working with him. I would always think of him as I drove down Highways 175, passing through Eustace, on my way to my hometown of Jacksonville, Texas. Rest in Heaven, Mike!

Teri Chance Scott

August 6, 2018

Michael Oliver was my favorite good cousin to me and I will always miss him so very very much he always get things to me and my husband Thomas Scott every time at Christmas and he always be a good Christian man and always love him he is so funny and a sweet person I know he always going to be Miss and everything so rest in peace Michael Alan Oliver we both love you the rest in peace