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.