George A. Smith & Sons Funeral Home

2812 North Highland, Jackson, TN


Thomas Lee Oliver

April 26, 1932July 27, 2020

Thomas Lee Oliver, age 88 of Jackson, passed away on July 27, 2020 in Jackson.

A native of Jackson, Thomas grew up in mid-town and was a 1950 graduate of Jackson High School, where he played football. His college years were split between the University of Mississippi, and Tennessee Technology Institute (Tennessee Tech). He served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. Thomas was a devoted son, husband, father and friend. He grew up on Forest Avenue, the son of Harrel and Mary Oliver. On June 8, 1963, he married the love of his life, Virginia Ruth Gillenwater. They raised three children, Tommy, Liza and Suzanne. He loved to play golf, particularly with his regular group at the Jackson Golf and Country Club. He also loved solving the world’s problems with his friends at Senator Carter’s Coffee Club. As the grandfather to eight grandchildren, he enjoyed watching them on the field, court or stage. He truly enjoyed a great scoop of ice cream with them. Thomas worked as a manufacturers’ representative throughout the Southeast for various manufacturers in the gift industry. He made a career of traveling and making friends with every customer. Thomas was an original member of the Board of Directors of Murray Guard, Inc. where he proudly served for more than fifty years. He was an active member of the Jackson Golf and Country Club for over fifty years where he also served on the Board of Directors and the Golf Committee. Thomas was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry and as an usher. He also was a member of All Saint’s Anglican Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harrel Lee Oliver and Mary McGill Oliver, his brothers Albert and David. He leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Ruth, son Thomas Lee, II (Denise) of Birmingham, Alabama, daughter Liza Gary (Chris) of Fayette, Alabama and daughter Suzanne Boyd of Jackson, Tennessee as well as eight grandchildren: Thomas Lee Oliver, III, Britney Oliver Barnes, Mattie McGill Boyd, Kalyn Boyd, JP Boyd, Clay Gary, Walt Gary and Miller Boyd. Funeral arrangements for Thomas Oliver will be Saturday, August 1, 2020. A private interment will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Visitation will be at All Saint’s Anglican Church, 212 McClellan Road, Jackson, Tennessee at 10 am followed by the funeral service at 11 am. Honorary Pallbearers are Thomas Lee ‘Trey’ Oliver, III, JP Boyd, Clay Gary, Walt Gary and Miller Boyd, members of Senator Carter’s Coffee Club and members of the Murray Guard, Inc. Board of Directors. The family requests that memorials be made to All Saint’s Anglican Church building fund, 212 McClellan Road, Jackson, Tennessee 38305.


  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • The Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020


Thomas Lee Oliver

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Lina Bowyer Ellis

August 2, 2020

Ruth, Tommy, Liza, and Suzanne, I have been thinking of y'all this past week! I have so many happy of memories of your dad from growing up next door on Fair Oaks Dr. to EDS, St. Lukes, the Country Club, and JCM. Your dad and you all were always a part of my life! Wish I could be there to tell you this in person. You are all in my prayers. Lina

Beau and Shelby Spragins

July 31, 2020

I enjoyed many days on the golf course with Thomas. Our prayers are with Ruth and the family at this time.
Beau and Shelby

Lee Falgoust

July 30, 2020

I met Mr Oliver just a few times, but he left an indelible mark on me as the model to which all men should follow! Understated, humble, God fearing, loving, caring, gentle, selfless, and every other attribute that makes a great man!
He was a man’s man... a great husband, a great dad, a great grandfather, a great uncle, a great friend.... he loved his life and his family.... and ice cream!
God bless you, Mr Oliver.... we will all miss you!!

Cleve Morris

July 30, 2020

He was a fine man with a heart of gold..I always enjoyed being around your Parents over the years..They were a "Team" to be admired.

Janet Daniel

July 29, 2020

Tom,Denise and family..Prayers for all that loved him. He sounded like he was a great man. I know he will be missed . He is with our Lord with no more pain.
I truly believe we will all be reunited with our loved ones soon.