Rev. Robert Lacy Oliver, Sr.
  • Memorials may be made to the Robert Lacy Oliver and Mary Hudson Mann Oliver Endowment, c/o NC Baptist Foundation, 201 Convention Road, Cary, NC 27511. This scholarship was established to assist aspiring young pastors with their education.

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“So Sorry for your Loss. I have childhood memories of Mr OLiver, and the entire family living in Crestview sub division in the 1970s, and a friend to...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Anita Perry Stallings - La Grange, NC

“To my wonderful Daddy, I miss you so much.I know that you are in a far better place surrounded by family and friends and wouldn`t trade it for...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Kim McIntyre - Kinston, NC

“Mrs. Mary, You all are in our thoughts and prayers. I wanted to offer words of encouragement and also say something special about Rev. Oliver. As...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Keith Brown and Family - NC

“Dear Bobby, Lynn, Gregg, and Phil, I will so miss your wonderful dad. He was truly a special, special person. May God bless you all and help...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Kathy Franklin Kilpatrick - NC

“Dear Mary, You and your family are in my prayers. Jones and I loved Lacy and appreciated him coming to our cottage on Kennedy Home campus...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Dolores Pender - LaGrange, NC

“Please accept my sympathies in the loss of Mr. Oliver. I always considered myself lucky to have met Mr. Oliver and to have shared conversations with...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Bobbie Mills Holton - Goldsboro, NC

“Mary and Family, Lacy will be greatly missed and I pray that the assurance of God's love and the love of friends and family will give you great...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Derek Brown - Apex, NC - Friend

“I was not fortunate enough to have known your grand daddy but from the love you have for him and the stories I have heard, I know he was an earthly...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Regina Kinton - Fuquay Varina, NC

“Mrs. Mary & the rest of the family, Im sry for ur loss. My thoughts & prayers are with u at ur time of need. He will be missed by alot of ppl. Im...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Brenda Sparrow Quick - Roseboro, NC

“My favorite advice from this great man, "You can't get ready, You have to be ready"..... I love you and will miss you until I see you again......... ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Lindsey Smith Kinton - NC

“I graduated nursing school with Lynne Oliver, she was a very dear friend, but time and distance separate us. Mr. Oliver was always present while we...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Lynn Sanderson Hardy - NC

navy uniform “Mrs. Mary and entire family....one thing is for sure..Preacher Oliver was loved by many and he was the cause of many to come to know the Lord. We...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: vikki grady - Kinston, NC

“Mrs. Oliver,My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We will all miss Mr. Oliver very much. We know that he has touched so many lives and...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Jennifer Smith - Kinston , NC

“Kim and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Renne Hill - Seven Springs, NC


Rev. Lacy Oliver
November 13, 1923 - January 17, 2013

Kinston-Rev. Robert Lacy Oliver Sr., 89, received his heavenly promotion on Thursday, January 17, 2013. Lacy was born November 13, 1923 in Richmond, Virginia to the late Evan Ernest Oliver and Bernice Woolard Oliver. Lacy served with the United States Navy during World War II. He graduated from Wake Forest University and attended Southeastern Seminary. Lacy then began a ministry for Jesus that spanned fifty five years and four churches. He served New Bethel Baptist Church, Spillman Memorial Baptist Church, Rivermont Baptist Church and Union Baptist Church. He led a building campaign at each church and every church experienced tremendous growth. Lacy served his Lord on two mission trips to Africa where he was instrumental in the building of a church. He inspired many with his courage, strength and positive attitude. He treated everyone as if they were the most special person in the world and possessed a smile that could light up any room. Lacy worked many years in the Men's Department at J.C. Penny's and was also a member of American Legion Post #504 and the Moss Hill Ruritan Club.

A service to celebrate and honor Lacy's life will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. from Rivermont Baptist Church with Rev. Ronnie Davis, Rev. Jon Hoey and Dr. Mike Cogdill officiating. Interment will be Saturday at 4 p.m. from Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, Apex.

Lacy is survived by his wife of forty three years, Mary Hudson Denson Oliver; ten children, Ronald Mann and wife, Sue of Kinston, Robert Oliver Jr. of New York, Lynne Oliver Mitchell and husband, Phil of Raleigh, Timothy Mann and wife, Dianne of Apex, Diane Mann Smith and fiancé, Carlisle Neithold of Fuquay-Varina, Mark Mann of Kinston, Gregg Oliver and wife, Teresa of Newport, Kimberly McIntyre and husband, Gary of Kinston, Phillip Oliver of Kinston and Mickey Mann of New Hill; daughter-in-law, Donna Fields Mann of Kinston; twenty four grandchildren, twenty two great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and his caregiver, Edna Pittman of Snow Hill. In addition to his parents, Lacy was preceded in death by a son, Terry Mann; grandson, Brandon Mann; and a son-in-law, Billy Smith.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Rivermont Baptist Church and at other times they will be at the home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. Memorials may be made to the Robert Lacy Oliver and Mary Hudson Mann Oliver Endowment, c/o NC Baptist Foundation, 201 Convention Road, Cary, NC 27511. This scholarship was established to assist aspiring young pastors with their education. Arrangements are with Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.