William L. “Bill” Olivent

Published 8:18 pm Tuesday, September 2, 2014


William L. “Bill” Olivent, 87, of Bainbridge, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014 at his residence.

The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Taylor officiating. Interment was at Sylvania Cemetery.

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The family received friends from 12 to 1 p.m. on Monday, September 1, 2014 at Ivey Funeral Home prior to the funeral service. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23453 or Mercy Ships, PO Box 1930, Lindale, TX 75771.

Mr. Olivent was born July 22, 1927 in Bainbridge, the son of William Lewis Olivent, Sr. and Zudie Ellen Whigham Olivent. He graduated from Bainbridge High School and served in the United States Navy during WWII. Mr. Olivent owned Bill’s Body Shop from 1960 to 1987 and was of the Methodist faith. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #8 F&AM and spent many hours making people laugh with his jokes. Mr. Olivent loved anything outdoors, but especially loved to go fishing with his wife. As his ministry, since becoming disabled, Bill made sure that the sign in front of his home always contained inspirational messages.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Olivent of Bainbridge; his children, Vera Olivent, Donna Spooner and her husband Shelton, Judy Temples and her husband Billy, all of Bainbridge; his grandchildren, Heather, Christy, Hannah and Michelle; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Henry Olivent and Virginia Faircloth.

The Olivent family wishes to thank the many people who have participated in Bill’s care over the years.

Ivey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.