Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Earl C. Oakes

Earl C. Oakes, 88, of New London, NC, passed away Sunday July 26, 2020 at the Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis, NC, due to Covid-19. His graveside service will be 10am Thursday July 30, 2020 at Highland Baptist Church Cemetery. Due to Covid restrictions the family would like to ask all family and friends attending the service to please observe social distancing and wear a facial covering.

Mr. Oakes was born May 23, 1932 in Caswell County, NC and was the son of the late Joseph Oakes and Avis Kendrick Oakes. He retired from Collins & Aikman as a dispatcher. He was a member of Highland Baptist Church where he had served many times on the Board of Deacons. Earl was a member of the Gideons and had been a Volunteer with Hospice. Mr. Oakes was a veteran of the US Air Force serving in the Military Police and was prior to that in the National Guards.

Earl was preceded in death by his first wife Helen Tally Oakes and his second wife Elizabeth Maxine Hathcock Oakes. He is survived by a daughter, Catherine Oakes Arnold and husband Michael of New London, NC; stepdaughter Andria H. Lambert and husband Sam of Albemarle, NC; stepson Jimmy Hathcock; two brothers Garland “Joe” Oakes and wife Florence of Roxboro, NC and Lanny Oakes and wife Cathy of Whitsett, NC; a sister Ellen O. Whitfield and husband Burley of Chattanooga, TN. He had three step granddaughters whom he loved very much. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Irma Jean Oakes of Roxboro, NC.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 585, Albemarle, NC 28002 or to Highland Baptist Church, P.O. Box 176, New London, NC 28127.

Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Albemarle is serving the Oakes family.


  • Cindy B. Almond Posted July 28, 2020 6:15 am

    I’m sorry for the loss of Mr. Earl. He was a fine Godly gentleman. I met him yrs. ago during grief share at Highland; and saw him regularly at the YMCA. I also talked to him at the nursing facility in the past year. Always had a smile and a kind word. He had a great attitude about his health and shared his faith. May God bless you in your loss and comfort knowing he’s now healthy in heaven and with his Lord and savior. You’re in my prayers.

  • Victoria D King Posted July 28, 2020 9:07 am

    I was so sorry to hear of Earl’s passing. He was my first cousin. Our mothers were sisters. I haven’t seen him in a lot of years, but will remember him as being kind hearted. My Mom loved him. I have old pics of him. If you would like them, please let me know. I will be thinking and praying for the family.
    Vicky Davis King

  • Ginger Swaringen Posted July 28, 2020 12:31 pm

    What a dear man. I got to know him at the Y . Very fine fellow!
    So sorry for your loss.

  • Harold & Brenda Efird Posted July 29, 2020 9:54 am

    Earl and Helen were the best neighbors ever

  • Gordon and Sharon Mason Posted July 29, 2020 11:00 am

    Prayers for the whole family

  • Everett Hudson Posted July 30, 2020 10:12 pm

    I am very sorry to learn of the passing of Earl. I first met Earl in 1984 through the Gideons, int. Earl was one of the finest Christian men that I have ever
    known. Our deepest sympathy to you. May God give you comfort during this time of grief.

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