William Edward Oliver
April 11, 1941 - March 27, 2014
William Edward "Eddie" Oliver, 72, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at his residence.
Eddie and his twin brother, Dickie, were born in Georgetown on April 11, 1941, to the late Edward Curtis Oliver and Geneva Cribb Oliver. They were born in the home of his late aunt, Leta Cribb Ulmer, in what is now known as the oldest house in Georgetown. Eddie graduated from Winyah High School, where he excelled in basketball and continued his love for athletics under the direction of Matt Goyak and Kay Richards, leaders in the athletic programs in the area for many years. These two men taught him to believe in himself and to believe anything is possible. Eddie served as Athletic Director for the County and continued the efforts of Matt and Kay long after they hung up their cleats. Following his retirement from Georgetown, he served as Athletic Director for the City of North Myrtle Beach.
He was a former Executive Director of the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach and continued his love for basketball with his website, Hoopsusa.com, and published an annual High School Basketball Report which was sought by college coaches all over the nation. Eddie was a National Director for Dixie Youth Baseball for 12 years, was involved in Palmetto Youth Baseball, and many other local Athletic Tournaments. He helped with the Prime Time Shoot Out in Trenton, N.J. and also the Roundball Classic in Charleston. He was a member of the McDonald's All Tournament Selection Committee and was honored as an official "Kentucky Colonel," presented to him on behalf of the teams in the Bluegrass State.
Even though it was his involvement with high school basketball that offered him so many wonderful opportunities and introduced him to so many respected coaches and players, Eddie gives credit for his life's accomplishments to his faith in God. His favorite saying was "count your blessings," and he never hesitated to tell you that it was God's grace and love that lead his way.
Eddie is predeceased by his parents; his older sister, Anne Oliver Brown, and his younger sisters, Jeanette Oliver Thomas and Joyce Oliver. Surviving are: his wife, Nancy Carole Beaty Oliver; two sons, William Edward Oliver, Jr. of Scranton and Thomas Jeffrey Gerard (Stephanie) of Hartsville; two daughters, Lauren Oliver Spivey (Stephen) of Socastee and Kimberly Gerard Cunningham of Summerville; three grandsons, Tyler Cunningham, Trevor Gerard, and Cole Gerard; his twin brother, Richard Curtis Oliver (Helen) of Georgetown; a family friend who Eddie mentored for many years, Randy Walker of Georgetown; and his beloved dog, Yanni, who rarely left his side.
A memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held at three o'clock on Sunday afternoon, March 30, 2014, at Gathering Community Church. Officiating will be Pastor Benji Simmons.
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The family will receive friends on Saturday afternoon, March 29, 2014, at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home from four until six o'clock.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to: Interstitial Cystitis Network, ATTN; Jill Osborne, 5636 Dell Monte Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.
Mayer Funeral Home
222 St. James St. Georgetown, SC 28442
Published in The Sun News on Mar. 28, 2014