KINSTON - The 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 55 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 the Rev. Ronnie Davis, the 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 43 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; 24 grandchildren, 22 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 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. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com (Paid obituary)
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Published in Free Press from Jan. 18 to Jan. 21, 2013