Joseph Clifton “Joe” Oakley, 81, died Monday. A native of Durham County he was son to the late Ben & Esther Boone Oakley. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He had a warm inviting spirit and loved to make people smile. He loved being outdoors, planting his garden & yard work.. He was preceded in death by a brother; Vernon.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Rosaleen Carroll Oakley of the home; daughter, Cathy Oakley Narron (Duane Spencer) of Kenly, brothers; Bennie of Wendell, Jesse (Geneva) of WV, Herman of Raleigh, George (Evelyn), and Billy Oakley of Wendell, Margaret White of Raleigh, Betty Hopkins (Tommy) of Middlesex, Doris Braxton (Sherill) of Wendell, and Beulah Smith of Atlanta GA, grandchildren; Dana Hoffman (Erik), Heidi Turner (Stu), and great grandchild Haley Jo Turner.
Visitation 1:30-3 pm, Friday, Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell with funeral to follow at 3 in the chapel. Burial, Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. www.stricklandfuneralhomes.net