Robert J. "Bob" Oliver
1955 - 2021
Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory
31440 Constitution Hwy
Locust Grove, VA
Robert J. "Bob" Oliver

Robert J. "Bob" Oliver, 65, of Orange, Virginia, entered God's eternal care, Monday, May 17, 2021 at University of Virginia hospital, Charlottesville, VA after several years of battling congestive heart failure.

Born November 10, 1955, as an Army brat at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri, he was the son of the late John J. Oliver and Thelma (Yamashita) Oliver. Bob was the loving husband of Jan (Bellamy) Oliver with whom he shared over 43 years of marriage.

Coach Bob Oliver graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA, where he played four years of football, met his wife at the duck pond wall, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Upon graduation, he began his legendary teaching and coaching career. A career which spans 40 years of public school teaching, 20 years coaching baseball, 40 years coaching football with 19 years as the Head Varsity Coach of the Chancellor Chargers High School football team. Coach Oliver's impact and dedication to his students and players is unrivaled. He will be inducted into the inaugural class of Chancellor High School's Hall of Fame in October 2021.

In addition to his loving wife, Jan, Bob is survived by his children, Matt Oliver (wife – Heather Oliver), Jennifer Wheeler (husband – Dustin Wheeler), Jamie Beasley (husband – Tony Beasley), and Johnny Oliver; eight grandchildren, John (13), Cora (10), Kelsi (8), Addison (7), McKenzie (5), Lilly (1), Adalyn and Elijah (9 months); as well as his mother, Thelma and sister, Karen Lutman (husband – Jeff Lutman), and several extended Yamashita Ohana.

The family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Johnson Funeral Home 31440 Constitution Hwy., Locust Grove, VA. 22508. A visitation will be held Friday, May 21 from 6:30-8:30pm at Johnson Funeral Home. The funeral and burial will be held Saturday, May 22 at 11:00am at Rhoadesville Baptist Church 26042 Lafayette Dr., Rhoadesville, VA., 22542. Donations can be made to the Chancellor Chargers High School football program in honor of Coach Oliver at

An avid outdoorsman, may all those who loved Bob, find comfort in knowing that his heart is now made whole and may we picture him in heaven trailing a big buck or casting a fishing line into a lake.
Published by The Free Lance - Star on May 19, 2021.
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I´m deeply saddened to hear this. Mr. Oliver was the best teacher I´ve ever had. He truly left a big impression on me and inspired my career path into science. My condolences to the family. I know how much he will be missed.
Jennifer Thomasen
May 25, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Tina M Townsend
May 25, 2021
My boyfriend, Monty Walker, and I enjoyed Coach O´s friendship for many years. From watching games and getting involved with the team, he always had a listening ear and encouraging words. Friday night high school football will not be the same without him.
Beverly Becker
May 24, 2021
Mr. Oliver was my Advanced Chem teacher and I watched you coach as I cheered. I wish you comfort in this difficult time.
Marianne B Johnson
May 23, 2021
I taught with Bob for a number of years in Chancellor High School's science department. He was such a brilliant, funny, and humble man. He'll be missed by all who knew him.
John Giannone
May 22, 2021
May memories of Bob fill your heart and provide comfort. Warmly, T and L
Tom and Laura Glessner
May 21, 2021
Coach Oliver forever helped alter and better my life. He was our hero coach, teacher, and whitetail hunter. We love you coach.
Brett Tillett
May 21, 2021
Bob was a member of the Culpeper Ukulele Orchestra. He loved to make music with his friends . God bless him and the family.
Dennis Shafer
May 21, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss! Bob was a great friend to Frank! Our girls loved having him as their teacher! We all have so many good memories of Bob! He touched the lives of so many people!! All of you have been in our thoughts and prayers!!
Frank, Lori, Jeri and Jessica Povirk
May 20, 2021
Bob was a good man... who was also a good son, husband, father, brother, friend and coach... and he lived a very good life... surrounded by a wonderful family... who loved him very much. We should all be so lucky... Well done Bob... Rest in peace...
Jeff Lutman
May 20, 2021
Coach O coached the 4 Ernest boys. They learned a lot about football, but more about life. We will remember your dedication to teaching and coaching. You will be missed. Prayers for the Oliver family.
Ernest Family Jim, Lisa, Adam, Josh, Caleb and Jacob
May 20, 2021
What a great guy. I met Bob in the Culpeper Ukulele Orchestra a couple of years ago. Yet another talent o fhis. Wish we could have had him here longer, but he made his mark in so many ways, esp. as a teacher and coach. My pleasure to have known him.
May 20, 2021
Bobby was a good father, teacher, coach, teammate and mentor to many; teaching and coaching 40 years. He made a difference and touch the lives of many. He will surely be missed. The world is a better place because of Bobby Oliver.
John Tompkins
May 20, 2021
My sympathies are with the Oliver family. May your memories of Bob comfort you always.
Lisa Allen
May 19, 2021
Coach Oliver was my son Justin's baseball coach he was a fantastic coach he brought Justin up to varsity from jr varsity in his first year of high school he saw alot in Justin. I'm so sorry for your lost
Wanda moore
May 19, 2021
Coach, I'll see you on Friday nights in the Fall. I know you'll be there.
Monty Walker
May 19, 2021
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