Ray Oliver

4 February 1930–19 November 1986 (Age 56)
Jamestown, Fentress, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Ray

When Ray Oliver was born on 4 February 1930, in Jamestown, Fentress, Tennessee, United States, his father, Joseph A. Oliver, was 35 and his mother, Vera Violet Delk, was 25. He married Marilyn Rose Arthur on 24 October 1950, in Montgomery, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Civil District 1, Fentress, Tennessee, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1947. He died on 19 November 1986, in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Fentress Memory Gardens, Jamestown, Fentress, Tennessee, United States.

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Ray Oliver
Marilyn Rose Arthur
Marriage: 24 October 1950
Arthur Ray Oliver

Spouse and Children

24 October 1950
Montgomery, Ohio, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.
1931 · The Parthenon is Built

Age 1

In 1931, a full scale replica of the Parthenon in Greece was erected in Nashville, Tennessee. The Parthenon was meant to be temporary, but became a permanent part of Tennessee culture. It also has a replica of the statue of Athena the Goddess of War.At the same time a city over Memphis built  giant pyramid replica to remind everyone what the city was named for. 
1945 · Peace in a Post War World

Age 15

The Yalta Conference was held in Crimea to talk about establishing peace and postwar reorganization in post-World War II Europe. The heads of government that were attending were from the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. Later the Conference would become a subject of controversy at the start of the Cold War.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, Welsh, and German: from the Old French personal name Olivier, which was taken to England by the Normans from France. It was popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages as having been borne by one of Charlemagne's paladins, the faithful friend of Roland, about whose exploits there were many popular romances. The name ostensibly means ‘olive tree’ ( see Oliveira ), but this is almost certainly the result of folk etymology working on an unidentified Germanic personal name, perhaps a cognate of Alvaro . The surname is also borne by Jews, apparently as an adoption of the non-Jewish surname.2 Catalan and southern French (Occitan): generally a topographic name from oliver ‘olive tree’, but in some instances possibly related to the homonymous personal name (see 1 above).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Ray Oliver in household of Joseph A Oliver, "1940 Civil District 1, Fentress, Tennessee, United States Census"
  • Ray Oliver & Marilyn Rose Arthur, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"
  • Ray Oliver & Alpha Pauline Compton, "Tennessee State Marriage Index, 1780-2002"

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