Life Story / Obituary
James Otis Oliver, Jr., 63 passed away unexpectedly on September 29, 2023, at his residence. He was born on May, 17, 1960, in Meridian, MS, to the late James Otis Oliver, Sr., and Gloria H. (nee: Petty) Oliver. James was affectionately known as “James Dodie” by friends and family.
James received his formal education in the Racine Unified School District and obtained his high school equivalency diploma. James was employed by several local companies including: Beck Aluminum, Wisconsin Plating , DHL, FedEx, and A&B Painting. James was last employed with Caribe Assisted Living.
James loved live music, especially R&B and jazz. You could find James relaxing and enjoying the music scene at local venues, i.e.; Smoke on the Water, Summerfest, North Beach, Animal Crackers, and other music festivals. In his younger years James expanded his musical appreciation as he played the drums with a neighborhood band. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends and playing the slots at Potawatomi.
James leaves to cherish his memory, his mother Gloria Oliver, sisters: Artis Oliver - Tacoma WA, Alice Oliver and Valerie Oliver both of Racine, WI, Keona Oliver - San Diego, CA; brothers: Kenneth Oliver and Ricky (Markie) Person, both of Racine, WI; nephews: Andrea Oliver and Devon Gatson , along with three great-nieces, and six great-nephews. He is also survived by step-mother Marie Oliver; step-brother Andre Bryant - Baton Rouge, LA; special friends: Caroline Lagrone and Clarence Price; special great nephew Cory Oliver, as well as numerous other family and friends.
James was preceded in death by his father, James Otis Oliver, Sr., sister Vanessa Oliver, step –sister Shenita Bryant, nine uncles, two aunts and grandparents.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 1:30 pm with Reverend Richard L. Jones, Sr. officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Wednesday at the funeral home 12:30 pm until time of service.