Robert L. Oakley, 90, of 2311 Oriole Drive, Durham, NC died on Tuesday, December 29that the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born 3/15/19 in Alamance County, NC, son of the late Joseph D. and Ethel Kimbro Oakley.
He moved to Durham in 1951 and for many years was a route salesman for Jewel Tea Company. He enjoyed his relationship with many customers with whom he developed personal friendships. He changed careers in the late 1960’s and was a Vice President for Roberts Construction Company. He later served as a Durham County deputy sheriff and retired in 1984. Mr. Oakley was a member of Durham Masonic Lodge #352, A.F. & AM. He was a long time member of Robbins Road Christian Church and in the last few years was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church.
Mr. Oakley was a loving man whose priority was his family.
Mr. Oakley was preceded in death by his twin brother , Roy Oakley, brother Kendall Oakley, sisters Effie Petty and Mary Smith .
Surviving are his devoted wife of 70 yrs, Kathleen, daughters Patsy Gibson Buddy of Burlington, NC, Carol Holmes Jackie of Durham, granddaughter April Briggs Stan of Winterville, NC, great grandson Gene Briggs, sisters Audrey Nuyen of Gibsonville N C, Vera Robinson of New Berlin, WI, and Ruth Trueblood of Rutledge, Tn.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 PM Wednesday, at Hall -Wynne Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held 11 AM Thursday, December 31, 2009 at the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Service. Presiding will be Michael Poole.
Burial will be at Pine Hill Cemetery in Burlington, NC.
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