Alice Elizabeth Spence Oliver

May 13, 1923June 26, 2019

Alice Elizabeth Spence Oliver, age 96, passed away on June 26, 2019 at Southern Care in Franklin, Tennessee.

Alice was preceded in death by parents, Jack Childress Spence, Sr. and Anna Driescher; sisters, Ann Spence West and Nancy Spence; brother, Jack Childress Spence, Jr.; and husband, John L. Oliver, Sr.

She is survived by children: Richard (Natalie) Oliver, St. Pete Beach, FL; Spence (Judy) Oliver, Franklin; John (Lynn) Oliver, Hartsville; Judy (Wes) Riegelmann, Otis, OR; and Jack (Margot) Oliver, Franklin; nine grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews.

Alice was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1923. After spending the first three years of her life there, she moved with her family to Tennessee, he father’s birthplace. Alice grew up in the small community of Mt. Juliet, where her parents operated the Hermitage Motel on Highway 70.

Following WWII, Alice operated the Village Beauty Shop in Donelson, where she met her husband, John, when he came by the shop to sell advertising for his newspaper, the "Donelson Diary."

Together, Alice and John operated the paper and raised their children, Richard, Spence, Johnny and Judy in Donelson until moving to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1959. Her last child, Jack, was born there.

Alice and John retired to Leesburg, Florida in the 1970’s. After John’s death, she returned to Tennessee to spend time with her family and to look after her mother, spending time in Buchanan and Hartsville, Tennessee, before moving to Franklin.

Alice was an accomplished Contract Bridge player, having earned the points to be awarded a “Life Master.” Always athletic, she played basketball in high school, golf in Florida and was an avid Braves fan.

Private Graveside Services will be held at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Alice’s memory.


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Patricia Lunday

June 28, 2019

Although, I am away at this time, I will remember the family matriarch as someone I could talk to for hours about what was happening with the rest of my family and current sports events. She did love to watch sports on TV and knew stats on players and teams she was interested in. I am happy I was able to celebrate her last birthday and to see her one last time before she died. She was a very special aunt and I will always miss her.

David Crockett

June 28, 2019

Good morning Cousins. I want to send my sincere condolences to you all on the recent loss of your mother. Aunt Alice was a wonderful and sweet person. She always had a beautiful smile on her face and I never remember her raising her voice.

I remember living with your family for one year during my parents divorce. Your mother took me in and treated me like her own child. I will never forget that. She never complained even though living conditions were tight.

I loss my mother 45 years ago so I know how you feel. Everyday will get a little better. I would love to see you all. I’m in Kentucky six months working on my horse farm and six month in Florida enjoying the sunshine. If you are ever in the area look me up.

Sincerely David Crockett

Ginger Rice

June 27, 2019

What a beautiful obituary, for a beautiful lady. Aunt Alice was as much of my childhood, as my mother. Together they took us to Church, to Horn Springs Swimming, and to Celina camping. We grew up having lots of fun with cousins. Mother and Aunt Alice together were very funny. They kept us laughing and I never remember a fight between them. I feel like they are together again and laughing with Grandma an Grandpa. Love to all the family. We will miss our Aunt Alice.