Former AT&T Louisiana President falls from boat, dies in parking lot

Bill Oliver was Washington Mardi Gras King

Thomas Perumean
June 25, 2019 - 7:35 am

Algiers Development District


A slip-and-fall from a boat atop a trailer ended tragically.  William 'Bill' Oliver was towing his boat to a shop for preparations for an upcoming family event at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee.  

According to The Tennessean, Oliver pulled into the parking lot of a middle school to check on something inside his boat when he apparently slipped and fell from the craft.  His body was discovered by a school employee who called for help after finding him unresponsive.  

An Advocate story draws from an email sent by Acadian Ambulence Service CEO Richard Zuschlag stating Oliver broke his leg in the fall.  It is not known if he struck his head or suffered a heart attack causing his death.

Oliver is was a well known executive, rising in the ranks with AT&T beginning in 1973 and serving as President of Louisiana AT&T for eight years.  He served as Chairman of GNO, Inc., Chairman of the Algiers Development District, and a member on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including 20 years with the Boy Scouts.  He served 21 years in the Army Reserve where he rose to the rank of Major.  After retiring from AT&T he founded William A Oliver Enterprises, a consulting and management services firm.   

In 2004 Oliver served as King of the Washington Mardi Gras.  

He is survived by his wife Carolyn and children.  

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