James Robert Olive

August 24, 1945February 18, 2021

James R Olive of Ooltewah, TN went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 18, 2021. He was 75 years old.

Jim was born August 24, 1945 to James L & Mary Clemmer Olive in Memphis, TN. He graduated in 1963 from Messick High School in Memphis, TN. He served 6 years in the Naval Reserves and was able to travel the world.

In October of 1988, He married his love, Linda Wilbanks Olive. They were happily married for more than 30 years. On February 20th, his beloved Linda passed away as well. They moved to Ooltewah in the mid 1990s to live on the family land that his wife Linda had always dreamed of building a home on. This home celebrated many birthdays, weddings, holidays, and just good ole family get togethers! Jim was famous for his steaks and smoked ribs. Jim & Linda were members of Providence Road Baptist Church in Ooltewah,TN.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James L. Olive & Mary Clemmer Olive; brother in law, Robert A Rhodes; and son, Matthew Gilbreath.

Jim leaves behind many that love him including his sister Carolyn Rhodes (Senatobia, MS), daughters: Stephanie Culberson (Soddy-Daisy, TN), Melissa Bache (Auburn, AL) and Jamie Olive Cate (Soddy-Daisy, TN); daughter-in-law Monica Lynn Gilbreath (Richmond, TX); grandkids: Jarett & Avery Bache (Auburn, AL), Braxton & Katelyn Angel (Soddy-Daisy, TN) and Rylee & Makenna Gilbreath (Richmond, TX).

Jim will be laid to rest on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 along with his loving wife Linda. Graveside services will be held at Hamilton Memorial Gardens on Hwy. 153 in Hixson, TN at 2:00 pm. Services will be officiated by Pastor John Jones of Providence Road Baptist.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Missions Fund, c/o Providence Baptist Church, 8523 Providence Road, Ooltewah, TN 37363, in their memory.

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Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory, and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343. Please share your thoughts and memories at


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Ray Newby

February 23, 2021

Sorry for your family's loss. I knew Jimmy from Memphis and the Memphis Sports Center where I worked for his Dad and Mom for 8 years during high school and college. We moved to Chattanooga in the early 80's and would run into Jimmy occasionally.

Doyle Woody

February 22, 2021

What a wonderful brother in law. We had lots of great times together. You will be greatly missed. I will see you again, but until then you will be in my thoughts daily. Love you buddy, Doyle.

Susan Woody

February 22, 2021

What a friendly and talented man! Jim was my brother-in-law and a wonderful spouse to my sister Linda. Whenever we had computer glitches at home, Jim was the go to man! He taught me how to pull a small mini-camper with my truck. And whenever one of our beloved family pet companions passed, he always helped my husband Doyle dig their graves with respectful solemnity. We appreciate everything Jim & Linda did for us. They were so loving to us. They both will be so missed. We look forward to seeing you in Heaven along with our other family members who have already gone on before. How I love you Linda! I will miss you every single day. And I will miss you Jim so much.

Larry Wilbanks

February 22, 2021

Jim was a wonderful husband, companion and friend to my sister Linda. He was also one of the finest and most giving men I have ever met. He was a friend and mentor to me, and he will be sorely missed. Thank you Jim for being such a wonderful person to so many. Enjoy your reward because it is so richly deserved. Rest in peace my friend.

Carolyn rhodes

February 21, 2021

So glad all four of us got to take that vacation out west several years ago. It was such fun and we visited 5 National Parks.
Growing up we had to work in Dad's laundry during the summer. Don't think we liked that hot job during the summer! I also remember a trip to the Naval Academy before you joined the guard.
It is hard to remember some things and I wish I had kept a diary of events growing up. I would be a great experience to share with the Grands now.
So glad you found Linda to share your life with.
Love you so much.

Steve Creswell

February 21, 2021

I was a member of the Red Bank Baptist singles class when and where Jim and Linda met. Linda was a lovely lady, both inside and out, and I thought Jim got the better end of the deal. But after working beside him in my business for several years, I realized what a talented, dependable and all around good man he was, proving Linda was also very smart. In recent years we all served at Providence Baptist Church and I know for a fact that someone will really have to work to step up to fill in for all the good work they did there. My wife, Barbara, and I have had the wind knocked out of us ever since we heard this devastating news. We feel a void in our lives and know others surely feel that way as well.

Jane Breder

February 21, 2021

Jim, Carolyn, and I shared our young childhood together as first cousins, for a few years as next door neighbors in Memphis and at times at the grandparents in Mississippi where we climbed trees, chased chickens, played in the barn and generally enjoy carefree children's play. As adults we were able to reconnect on a few occasions when I moved to Knoxville, Tennessee.

David and I offer our profound sympathy to his daughters and step-daughter. He was a caring father, loving husband and served his church family well. He will be missed.

Jane and David Breder