A Life Lived: Jack Oliver’s favorite place to unwind was his garage

Published 8:24 am Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Jack Oliver’s favorite place to re-boot and wind down was his garage. He especially enjoyed spending time in his garage during late evening. “I guess you could call it his man cave,” said Jack’s wife. Brenda. Jack had built the garage himself.

“If there’s a garage in heaven, that’s where you’ll find Jack,” Brenda added.

Jack Wayne Oliver died Nov. 26, 2019, at the  age of 72. In his earlier years he had worked at North America Rayon Corp., but later worked as a mechanic at Fred’s BP Station. “He loved cars and enjoyed tinkering with them. He also enjoyed car races in his younger days, but after his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt, Sr., died, he didn’t care so much about them,” Brenda shared.

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Jack grew up on Burgie Street and was a Carter Countian all his life. Brenda described Jack as a hard worker and someone who enjoyed not only being around people, but helping them. “He was a simple person. It didn’t take much to make him happy. After a day at work he enjoyed coming home, spending time in the garage and watching television. He especially enjoyed watching westerns, wrestling, and football. His favorite professional football team was the Patriots,” Brenda said.

When he went to the garage, he took Susie, his pet cat. “He was especially fond of her,” said Brenda.

In addition to his wife, Brenda, Jack is survived by three sons, Anthony, Lawrence, and Russell Oliver. He was also preceded in death by two sons, Mark and Jackie Oliver.

There may not be any need for mechanics in heaven, nor even a garage, but you can bet Jack has found a place more refreshing than any garage.