Paul "Tom" Oliphant

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Paul L. "Tom" Oliphant, 84, of Linton, passed away at 2:30 a.m. on Monday, July 4, 2005 at Glenburn Nursing Home.

Born July 16, 1920, in Bloomfield, he was the son of Charles and Rosa (Jackson) Oliphant.

He was a 1938 graduate of Bloomfield High School and played on the Wabash Valley Championship Basketball Team. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Medical Technician in North Africa and Italy. He attended Oakland City College, earning his Bachelor Degree and earned his Masters Degree at Indiana University. He taught high school at Solsberry, Worthington-Jefferson, and Linton-Stockton; also coaching basketball, baseball, and football. He served on the Greene County Council for over 20 years. He was a member of the BPO Elks 866 and American Legion Post 22, both of Linton; F and A Masons, Linton; Baseball Hall of Fame; and a former member of the Linton Civitan Club.

Survivors include: a son, Tom Oliphant and wife Kay of Bloomfield; two daughters, Paula Joyce Goodwin and husband Wayne of Franklin, and Kim Smith and husband Steve of Indianapolis; a brother, Marcus "Red" Oliphant of Bloomfield; six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, LaRue (Smith) Oliphant in 1986; four brothers, Delmar, Orval, Lawson, and Elmer Oliphant; two sisters, Eva Sappenfield, and Louise Heaton; and his parents.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at Welch and Cornett Funeral Home Linton Chapel with Billy Ed Hostettler officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Linton.

Friend may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, and after 9 a.m. until the time of service Friday.

Memorial contributions can by made to the American Cancer Society, through the funeral home.