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Dr. James Matthew Oliver Obituary

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Portland, Tenn., Jan. 13-(Special)-Funeral services for Dr. James Matthew Oliver, 52, Portland physician and surgeon, who died unexpectedly at his home here Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock of a heart attack, were conducted at 2 p. m. today at Martin Funeral Home in Nashville by the Rev. Leo Ringwald. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Nashville. Dr. Oliver was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the son of Mollie Bray and John F. Oliver. He was graduated from the Vanderbilt Medical School in 1911. After serving his Internship, he was appointed Superintendent of the Davidson County Tuberculosis Hospital, serving in that capacity from 1913 to April, 1916, when he came to Portland and began the practice of medicine. In 1917 he enlisted in the Army, and was made a captain in the Medical Corps. He served at many army camps including those in Georgia, Texas, Missouri and Kentucky. He was discharged from Camp Taylor, Ky., in August, 1919, and returned to his practice in Portland. On October 6, 1917, he was married to Miss Katie Duggan of Nashville, and they served their country together, Mrs. Oliver as a nurse. Dr. Oliver was a Mason, a member of the Elk Lodge, Legionnaire, past president of the Portland Rotary Club, and a member of the City Council at the time of  his death. He was the first doctor in upper Sumner County to be elected president of the Sumner County Medical Association. Survivors are, his wife: three sisters, Mrs. J. M. Miller of Rambauer, Mo., Mrs. Edna Zeigler and Mrs. Ruth Walker of St. Louis, Mo.

DR. JAMES OLIVER DIES AT PORTLAND - Superintendent of Davidson Tuberculosis Hospital For Three Years

PORTLAND, Tenn., Jan. 11 - (Spl) - Dr. James M. Oliver, 53, physician and civic leader here for 26 years, died here about 1 o'clock this afternoon of a heart attack. Dr. Oliver, a native of Cape Girardeau, Mo., was graduated from the Vanderbilt School of Medicine in 1911. For three years he was superintendent of the Davidson County tuberculosis hospital, resigning to move to Portland. He was a captain in the medical corps during the World War. Dr. Oliver was a Mason, Shriner and member of the Elks, American Legion and the Portland city council. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Katie Dugan Oliver; and three sisters, Mrs. J. M. Milton Rombauer, Mo.; and Mrs. Edna Zeigler and Mrs. Ruth Walker, both of St. Louis. Funeral services have not been completed.


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