ARDMORE, Ala. (WHNT) - Family and friends honored the life of former Ardmore Chief of Police, William "Doc" Oliver, on Friday.
Oliver served as Chief of Police for 34 years. He passed away Monday, August 21st, at Athens-Limestone Hospital, at the age of 75.
Law enforcement agencies from across northern Alabama and southern Tennessee came to honor the life of a man who was known for his love for the community he served.
"To us he was a legend. He was about community policing and meeting the needs of the community," said David Whitt, the current Ardmore Chief of Police.
Friends remember Oliver as a man who never met a stranger, who treated everyone as if they were life-long friends. Jerry Hargrove and his wife Betty came to honor a lasting friendship with Oliver that dates back to their days in high school.
"We were great buddies, played sports together, double dated together. We were real close. Matter of fact, he introduced my lovely wife to me on a blind date," said Hargrove.
His friends describe him as a man who was always even-tempered, fair, and loved the Lord. Oliver was active in the community and Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, and sang in a Gospel Quartet.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks people donate to the Pleasant Hill UMC Building Fund.