Robert Oakley Obituary, Death – A funeral ceremony will be performed on Wednesday (the 31st of May, which is the next Wednesday), at 10:00 am, at the Spray United Methodist Church, located at 803 Morgan Road. Ridgeview Memorial Gardens will be the location of Military Honors immediately following the service. In accordance with Carson’s requests, there will be a breakfast held in the fellowship hall before to the service from 8:30 until 9:45 in the morning.
Robert Carson Oakley, Sr., more commonly known as Carson, was born in Danville, Virginia on November 6, 1927. His parents, Robert M. Oakley and Bessie Hardway Oakley, both passed away before Carson was born. He attended Cobb Memorial High School and graduated from Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. He was born in Providence, North Carolina, which is located in Caswell County. Following graduation from college, the individual worked at Dan River Mill from 1947 to 1950 in the Sheeting Department in the capacity of Supervisor.
Fieldcrest Mills in Eden, North Carolina was his place of employment from February 1950 to May 1, 1990. Carson enlisted in the United States Army in October 1950 and was dismissed as a Staff Sergeant from the 43rd Military Police Company the following year in October 1952. After moving back to North Carolina, Carson worked his way up in the company, eventually becoming the Superintendent of the Dyeing and Finishing department of the Blanket Division, where he remained until his retirement.
Mr. Oakley was an active bird hunter, golfer, woodworker and volunteer assisting others. He oversaw a great number of volunteer efforts to restore homes and churches that had been harmed by storms and floods. He traveled with his teams everywhere they needed to go, whether it was to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, or Kentucky. In his younger years, he was an enthusiastic participant in the activities of the Cherokee Council Boy Scouts. In addition, he was a member of the Spray United Methodist Church, where he served in numerous capacities, including as a Lay Leader and on many other committees and chairmanships. He was a Certified Lay Speaker for the Western North Carolina Methodist Conference in addition to his many years spent teaching Sunday School.