Sidney Dale Oliphant
1930 - 2019
Sidney Dale Oliphant, age 89, passed away on November 5, 2019. He was born in Anacoco, LA on March 11, 1930 to Mahlon Irvin Oliphant and Lela Gladys Sanders Oliphant.
A man of integrity and honor, Sidney lived his life fully by the Word of God. His soft, quiet nature found expression in his various talents. Through music, painting and drawing, his hands manifested an innate passion for art in all forms. After growing up in Anacoco, Louisiana, he enlisted and served in the US Army during the Korean War, afterwards moving to Houston for employment as a commercial artist. While attending church at Brother A. A. Matney’s, he met a young lady that would spend the next 61 years being his “Honey”, Sherral. They went on their first date for 25 cents, with Sidney treating her with all the money he had at the time, and their blossoming love story led to marriage on March 15th, 1958. Spending many years in Porter, TX until his retirement, they moved to Jasper, TX. An example of a true Christian, he set an example for all those around him, especially his family, faithfully reading his Bible an untold number of times. He enjoyed the simple things in life: starting his days with pancakes; drinking Dr. Pepper his own special way with all the fizz out of it, after leaving it open in the fridge for a day just to make sure; and sitting in nature to enjoy the wildlife and paint the scenes he beheld. An all-around musician, he played the mandolin, built his own banjo, and recorded an album with his Bluegrass band, even playing with Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and other renowned musicians. While Sidney would often amusingly quip, “Whatever you do, don’t get old”, his 89 years on this Earth were lived well and truly blessed all that knew him. “Uncle Sid” to many, “Daddy” and “Granddaddy” to his beloved daughter and granddaughter, and “Honey” to the love of his life, he will be missed, until the day that they see him again.
Left to honor his memory is his loving wife of 61 years, Sherral Rigmaiden Oliphant; daughter, Donna Pitman and husband, Jimmy, of Vidor, TX; sisters, Dortha Smith of Colmesneil, TX and Annette Roberts of New Caney, TX; brother, John L. Oliphant of Fort Worth, TX; granddaughter, Ashley Morgan and husband, Kevin, of Bridge City, TX; great-grandchild, Franco Yates Morgan; and numerous extended family, friends and loved ones.
Preceding Sidney in death are his parents and brother, Ronald Oliphant.
Visitation with family and friends will be 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Eastgate United Pentecostal Church, 18905 I-10, Vidor, TX 77662. Sidney’s life honoring service will begin at 10:00 a.m., also at the church, and burial to follow at 2:30 p.m., Magnolia Cemetery, 1922 Magnolia Church Rd, Ragley, LA.
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