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Written by Phyllis Oliver Carr   

 Remembering Dotty Oliver

Photo Credit: Phyllis Oliver-Carr and Marinea McGehee

Memorial set for June 2 at Whitewater Tavern in Little Rock.

 

Dorothy Jane ‘Dotty' Oliver (August 7, 1949 - May 29, 2017) left this world on Monday May 29th, 2017. She was proceeded in death by her parents: Lois Olean Oliver and Robert Abraham Oliver and a brother, Johnny Mack ‘Big Time' Oliver.

She is survived by her daughters: Autumn Olivia Keckhaver Latch and Molly Renee Keckhaver, three sisters; Nina Lois Oliver, Phyllis Oliver Carr and her husband John ‘Dale' Carr and Ruth Seaton Oliver; two brothers: Robert Abraham Oliver JR and Roger Daniel Oliver; two nieces; Marinea Oliver McGehee, Shanna Oliver Messina; three nephews; Harley Davidson Smith, Danny Oliver, and Victor Oliver and numerous grand and great nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind a legion of friends that have also become her family and are too numerous to name but know who they are. 

 

Little Rock was Dotty's home for most of her life. She graduated as one of the first alumnus of Metropolitan Vocational School, which provided her with the skills to start her career in the music industry - first working for a Little Rock Attorney representing the likes of the Rolling Stones and Tanya Tucker, and then as an integral part of the Black Oak Arkansas family. A member of her Black Oak Arkansas Family has stated that "She was the glue that kept our business running so that we could go out and make music".

 

Dotty Oliver 

Photo Credit: Phyllis Oliver-Carr and Marinea McGehee  

 

In fact, as the prior owner of the Little Rock Free Press or ‘FREEP' as it was affectionately known, Dotty was the voice for many Little Rock musicians as well as Little Rock's outcasts, the down-trodden, homeless, and other marginalized residents. Her work to support the local music scene in Little Rock is carried on today through www.arkansasfreepress.com.

 

Remembering Dotty Oliver 

Photo Credit: Phyllis Oliver-Carr and Marinea McGehee

 

Dotty lived a fascinating life that carried her on many adventures. But no matter what she was involved with at any given time, you can bet the end goal was to lift people up in the process, whether through education, enlightenment, employment, providing a helping hand or a shoulder to lean on, or just by being there to listen or to make us laugh.

 

One of the best quotes from a dear friend to sum up the influence she had on all who were lucky enough to encounter her is: "She did more for humanity, especially the state of Arkansas, than any millionaire or even billionaire has even attempted with nothing, like Jesus feeding the multitudes. She saved lives, she saved souls, she made a difference. She loved ALL people and was a voice for those without a voice". 

 

Remembering Dotty Oliver

Photo Credit: Phyllis Oliver-Carr and Marinea McGehee

 

Dotty was not afraid to voice her opinion, which, while it may have either offended or endeared her to people, that was her way. Whether offended or endeared, you always knew where you stood with Dotty. As with all such people, the world is much worse off without her in it and the sun is a little dimmer now. 
A memorial service to honor Dotty will be held at the White Water Tavern in Little Rock on Friday, June 2nd from 5-7:30. 

 

Remembering Dotty Oliver

Photo Credit: Phyllis Oliver-Carr and Marinea McGehee

 

In lieu of flowers (which she hated to see being cut) she would appreciate donations made to "The Van" to support Aaron Redding and his tireless work for the homeless population in Little Rock.

8016 Faulkner Lake Road; North Little Rock, Arkansas 72117

https://www.facebook.com/ItsTheVan/about

 

 

 

 

Picture of Dotty Oliver, Founder of Arkansas Free Press

Photo Credit: Tracy Crain, 2011 Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative

Dotty served as a board member for the ACAC and numerous other organizations. 

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