On August 15, 1942, the Lord blessed the late Eddie and Mattie Mae Oliphant with a precious baby boy whom they named Robert Lee Oliphant.
Robert attended public school in the Phelps Community and graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1961. He was drafted into the United Sates Army in 1967 and completed training at Fort Benning Army Base in Georgia. Sergeant Oliphant served two tours of duty in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969.
Robert retired from the Walker County Sheriff's Department after 20 years of service. He was one of the first African-Americans to own a business in Huntsville, Texas. Robert and his wife owned Oliphant's Furniture for nearly 40 years.
Robert loved the Lord. He took pride in being a Bible Scholar and read the Bible faithfully. He was a proud member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Willis, TX under the leadership of his eldest son. His philosophy of life was simple, "I do right because it's the right thing to do." Robert's favorite scripture was Romans 12:1-2, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God."
The Lord called Robert to eternal rest on May 25, 2016. Robert was preceded in the death by his parents, Eddie and Mattie Mae Oliphant, his son, Robert Oliphant, Jr., his brothers, Charles and David Oliphant, his sister, Vernice Smither, and his mother-in-law, Irene Winfrey.
Robert was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather. He leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted wife of 46 years, Gladys Oliphant; his sons, Rev. Roland Oliphant (Eva), Reginald Oliphant, and Cedric Oliphant; his daughter, Dr. Tiffany Jackson (Jeffrey); three special nephews whom he considered his sons, Otis, Colby, and Cody Oliphant; his brothers, Lou Oliphant and Booker T. Oliphant (Joyce); his sisters, Eddie Mae Vaughn, Emma Lou Douglas, and Mildred Handy (Bobby); his sister-in-laws, Mary Hall, Ola Mae Crooks (Norris), Lou Ella Willis (Charles), and Elizabeth Oliphant; his brother-in-laws, Charles Winfrey, John Crooks, and Frederick Winfrey; special friends Ray Bookman, Andrew Briggs, Sam Dillard, Jay Griffin, Nathaniel Holloman, Sultan Muhammad, Bobby Rivers, Howard Rogers, Akbar Shabazz, and Joe Thomas. Robert leaves a legacy of fourteen grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends.
Friday, June 3, 2016, 12:00 Noon until 7:00 P.M., viewing will be held at the Cox Funeral Home Chapel. A celebration of Robert's life will be, Saturday, June 4, 2016, 12:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church, located at 1229 Avenue J. The body will lie in state 11:00 A.M. until the beginning of the service. Burial will follow in the Waller-Thornton Cemetery in Huntsville. Rev. Roland C. Oliphant will preside over the services.
Published on June 2, 2016