Frank V. OLIVER, JR.
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Frank V. OLIVER, JR.

October 25, 2010

Frank V. OLIVER, JR.

October 25, 2010

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Obituary for Frank V. OLIVER, JR.

FRANK V. OLIVER, JR. Frank V. Oliver, Jr., 80, of Palatka passed away Monday, October 25, 2010 at his home following an extended illness. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida on December 12, 1929. Frank moved to Palatka at age two, and lived there most of his life. He was a graduate of the Tennessee Military Institute in Sweetwater, Tennessee, and attended Duke University and the University of Florida. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in the Signal Corp during the Korean War. After his father’s retirement, he assumed the presidency of Sun State Marine. An astute businessman, he increased the number of tugs and barges that were so often seen on the river on their way to Sanford and Georgia Pacific. He built ships and drydocks, and contracted with the Coast Guard for repairs to their vessels. He began Riverline, Inc., after his retirement from Sun State, and created Gator Landing in East Palatka. He was a patriot, an outdoorsman and river man, a hunter and tournament game fisherman. He was a lifetime avid Gator fan, a Bull Gator, a Distinguished Director of the Board of Gator Boosters, and a great supporter of the Putnam County Gator Club. Frank had many charitable interests, including Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, The Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, the Putnam County Humane Society, and others that he quietly supported. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Joyce, a son, Mark Oliver of Key Largo, two sisters, Janet Oliver of Crescent Beach and New York City, and Vivian McLendon (Dr. Robert McLendon) of East Palatka, a nephew, Matt McLendon of Sarasota, his wonderful secretary and friend, Patricia Mullis, and his friend and assistant of many years, Ricky Gurthie. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank V. Oliver, Sr., and his mother, Evelyn H. Oliver. Services celebrating Frank’s life will be at 3:00 PM Thursday, October 28, 2010 at Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka. The U.S. Army will be conducting military honors. Private entombment will be at a later date at WestView Cemetery in Palatka. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to Rodeheaver Boy’s Ranch, 380 Boy’s Ranch Road, Palatka, FL 32177, the Putnam County Humane Society, P.O. Box 188, Hollister, FL 32147, or to the charity of your choice.

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