Memorial Service To Take Place In Greenville For Sup Dogs Owner

A memorial service is planned Thursday for the owner of a popular Greenville restaurant who died in a house fire.

Derek Oliverio, 27, was killed in the fire at his home on Wyndham Circle last Thursday. He was laid to rest Wednesday in his home state of Virginia.

Thursday's service in Greenville is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Greenville Police Department at P.O. Box 7207, Greenville, NC 27835, or Greenville Fire and Rescue at 500 S. Greene St., Greenville, NC 27834.



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Friends and family will gather to remember a popular Greenville restaurant owner who died in a house fire.

A memorial service is planned for Monday afternoon for Derek Oliverio, 27, the owner of Sup Dogs. His funeral will be Tuesday, and both services will take place in Virginia.

A family member emailed the media, after the medical examiner's autopsy said Oliverio was intoxicated when he was killed of smoke inhalation. The family says Oliverio was driving friends home who had been drinking when he stopped at the duplex to check on his dogs. They say he tried to put out a fire that had started in the kitchen, and tried to get his dogs out of the house, who were in his bedroom.
Crews found Oliverio in his bedroom unresponsive.

Officials say either lightning or an electric malfunction near the microwave started the fatal fire.


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An autopsy shows the owner of a popular Greenville restaurant died from smoke inhalation. The Medical Examiner's Office says Derek Oliverio was intoxicated when fire tore through his duplex early Thursday morning.

Oliverio owned Sup Dogs on Fifth Street. Fire crews were called to his duplex on Wyndham Circle around 3:20 a.m. The 27-year-old man died later at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The autopsy says the manner of death is accidental, while under other significant conditions contributing to the death it lists acute alcohol intoxication.

Battalion Chief Sharon Terry tells WITN News that the cause of the fire has been ruled unintentional. She says it was traced to an electrical outlet in the kitchen microwave oven.


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Police say the owner of a downtown Greenville restaurant was killed in an early morning house fire.

Dead is Derek Oliverio, the 27-year-old owner of Sup Dogs. The restaurant is on 5th Street.

Crews were called out to the house fire at 209 Wyndham Circle around 3:20 a.m. Thursday. Police say Oliverio died after being taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Two dogs inside the home at the time were also killed.

Police do not think lightning is to blame for igniting the fire because it began after the storms had passed. They also do not believe the fire is suspicious, though they don't yet have a cause of death for Oliverio.


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One man is dead after fire tore through a home overnight. Greenville police are now investigating that fire.

Crews were called out to the house fire at 209 Wyndham Circle around 3:20 a.m. Thursday. One person was taken to the hospital, but later died from his injuries.

Two dogs inside the home at the time were also killed.

Police do not think lightning is to blame for igniting the fire because it began after the storms had passed.


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  • by ScoutH Location: Farmville on Oct 5, 2011 at 06:03 AM
    Great Man, I will miss him a bunch. See you down the road Derek. Rest in Peace all three.
  • by Jay Location: Va on Oct 3, 2011 at 02:39 PM
    @Kay, Derek was gabe's son.
  • by Answer Location: FFX on Oct 3, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    Yes, Gabe Oliverio is his Father. They live in Burke Virginia. Derek was his youngest son.
  • by Kay Location: Emerald Isle on Oct 3, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    Does anyone know if he had an uncle, father or grandfather named Gabe Oliverio? Gabe and I grew up in Morgantown, WV together. I'm so afraid that Derek might have been related to Gabe.
  • by To Bad... Location: Greenville on Oct 2, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    You are scum....not even worth the energy to come back @ your ignorance. Prayers to Derek's family. He's a true hero and had a heart of gold to rush in and try to save the lives of his dogs. God gained a wonderful angel. You'll be missed tremendously, Derek.
  • by Me Location: Greenville on Oct 1, 2011 at 02:34 PM
    I never met Derek nor did I go to his restaurant. However, I feel that his death was most unfortunate. My heart goes out to his family and many friends. What I do not understand is why the Daily Reflector has to mention that alcohol was involved. This was totally unnecessary and I am certain upsets those who loved him. Dirty tactics, to say the least!
  • by greenville girl Location: greenville on Sep 30, 2011 at 12:50 PM
    This is so sad sup dogs was a really good place to eat! I only met derick once but he seemed really nice! All the people that worked there were. One time one of the cooks came out to talk to this girl i think it was his sister and i think they call him Eddy, well he hugged his sister and Derick didnt tell time to get back to work he just let him talk to her. Derick seemed like a really nice person!! Most bosses would not have let him do that. Prayers to the family
  • by virginia Location: henderson on Sep 30, 2011 at 10:15 AM
    My condolences go out to his family & friends. I always enjoyed going to Sup Dogs to eat & watch the games with my family when in Greenville! He was such a friendly guy & always made sure everything was the way you wanted it. He was a very hard working young man & he will be greatly missed. I will always remember his smile! His family & staff will be in my thoughts & prayers.
  • by DS1 on Sep 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM
    Never heard of the place or the guy.
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      by Allie on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:43 AM in reply to DS1
      So then why would you even bother posting a comment?! My condolences go out to his friends and family. Sup Dogs is a great place to go and eat at in Greenville.
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      by Really? on Oct 1, 2011 at 07:42 AM in reply to DS1
      DS1, get a clue dude. You have too much time on your hands.
  • by Paula on Sep 30, 2011 at 09:17 AM
    My family and I have eaten at sup dogs many time we did not know Derick personally but the few times he stopped by are table he always asked how we were doing with a smile . He always seemed happy and so did his staff . Condolences go out to his family friends and staff our family is so sorry for your loss
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