Deputy Eric J. Oliver, age 32, of Yulee, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.
Born in Heidelberg, Germany, he is one of four children born to Douglas Edward and Sharon Elise Drummond Oliver. At the age of 2, Eric’s family returned to the states and settled in New Jersey for a brief time before moving to Fort Mill, SC. Eric was a graduate of Fort Mill High School, Class of 2001. His family moved to Fernandina Beach in 2003 and in 2004, Eric enlisted in the United States Navy. He served two tours in Irag as an Aviation Ordinance Technician, aboard the USS Harry Truman as well as supporting the Humanitarian Aide efforts to New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Eric receives his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in2009. Upon returning home to Fernandina Beach Eric joined the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department where h He served as a Deputy and First Responder to the residents of Nassau County until his passing.
Eric was an avid fan of the Florida Gators, enjoyed four wheeling, motorcycles, playing the guitar and time in the gym. Above his commitment to his profession and all of his hobbies Eric’s first priority for his life was his daughter, Shelby, and their time spent together.
Eric leaves behind his daughter, Shelby Lynn Oliver, his parents, Doug and Sharon Oliver, Fernandina Beach, FL, his sister and brothers, Kristie Plank and her husband, Brian, Morehead, KY, Thomas Oliver and his wife, Jessalynn, Fernandina Beach, FL, Stephen Oliver, Boca Raton, FL, his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Bowers (Ron), Southern Pines, NC, his maternal grandmother, Claudette Drummond, Fernandina Beach, FL and a nephew, Jacob Plank.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Fernandina Beach with Chris Walton, officiating.
Eric will be laid to rest in Bosque Bello Cemetery with military and police honors.
His family will receive friends on Friday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at Oxley Heard.