Rev. Dr. Burl Lee Oliver, Jr.

November 29, 1929 ~ February 4, 2021 (age 91)


Rev. Dr. Burl Lee Oliver, Jr. (11/29/1929) passed away February 4, 2021, in Decatur, AL. He was predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Dorsia Wiggins Oliver, his parents, Pearl Lee Wardlow and Burl Lee Oliver, Sr., and two sisters, Catherine Hill and Margaret Nichols. 

He is survived by three daughters, Deborah Dupree (Chris), Lynne Dunn (Chris), and Melissa Allen (Brad); six grandchildren, Rachel Dunn Taylor (James), Joshua Oliver Dunn (Caroline), Jacob Alexander Dupree, Mathew Bradley Allen, Charlotte Frances Allen, and Stuart Oliver Allen; nieces and nephew, Anita Coffey, Beverly Hutto, and Barron Hill. 

Reverend Oliver was a graduate of Decatur High school. He attended Athens College, Birmingham Southern College, Emory University Candler School of Theology. He and his Dorsia devoted 73 years of their lives in ministry to the Lord.  He served as pastor of the following congregations:

Student Appointment Hillsboro-Morris Chapel, 1948
Priceville 1949-1951
Fultondale 1951-1952
McEachern Memorial (North Georgia Conference) 1952-1953
Lamons Chapel, Fivepoints, Curry (Jasper District) 1953-1956
Vernon First (Jasper District) 1956-1958
Forest Hills (Birmingham West) 1958-1963
Leighton First (Florence District) 1963-1965
Pleasant Grove (Birmingham West) 1965-1968
Columbiana First (Sylacauga District) 1968-1972
Holmes Street (Huntsville District) 1972-1974
Trinity (Tuscaloosa District) 1974-1976
Tuscaloosa District Superintendent 1976-1982
Albertville First (Albertville District) 1982-1986
Decatur First (Decatur District) 1986-1989
Latham (Huntsville District) 1989-1994

A service of celebration will be held February 9, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at Decatur First United Methodist Church.  Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. The service will be live streamed at this link

The family would like to thank his dedicated caregivers, and Hospice of the Valley nurses and staff for their care of Reverend Oliver.

Memorial donations may be made to the United Methodist Children’s Home, 3140 Zelda Court, Suite 10, Montgomery, Al 36016

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February 9, 2021

9:30 AM to 10:45 AM
First United Methodist Church of Decatur
Decatur, AL 35601

Celebration of Life
February 9, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
First United Methodist Church of Decatur
Decatur, AL 35601

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