James A. Olliff, 92, of Bristol, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in the Appling Healthcare System after a short illness. The Appling County native was a graduate of the University of Georgia. He was a highly decorated U.S. Marine Veteran of WWII, where he received the Purple Heart Award, the Silver Star, Meritorious Promotion, two good conduct medals and unit citations. Olliff was a retired soil conservationist with the U.S.D.A. having worked in Appling, Wayne, Long, Liberty and Bryan Counties. This knowledge also carried over into his farming career. He was a deacon and clerk of Ritch Baptist Church for 15 years and was a member of Lake Chapel Primitive Baptist Church at the time of his death. His wife, Vela Mae Anderson Olliff preceded him in death.
Survivors are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Victor and Gwynette Olliff of Bristol, Kim Olliff of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren, Cory and Becca Olliff, Robyn and Kirk Evans, Nikki and J.R. Steele, Kimberly Olliff; six great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 2, 2013 at Lake Chapel Primitive Baptist Church with the Rev. Calvin Anderson and Jason Deal officiating. Interment was in the Lake Chapel Cemetery. Active pallbearers
were his family. Honorary pallbearers were the members of Lake Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.
Visitation was from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Serenity Hospice Care, 510 Bellevue Ave., Dublin, Ga. 31021.