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Bobby Howard Oakes

October 28, 1940 July 18, 2016
Bobby Howard Oakes
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Obituary for Bobby Howard Oakes

Bobby Howard Oakes passed away on Monday July 18, 2016 at his home.
Bobby was born and raised on a tobacco farm in Rice, Va. the second of six children born to Howard G. Oakes and Estelle Morris Oakes.
He was preceded in death by both his parents, his sister Phyllis Oakes Martin and his brother Douglas MacArthur “Mack” Oakes.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann Victoria Martin Oakes (Vicky) - the love of his life. And also, by two daughters, Tammy Jo Oakes Todd and husband Jason, Mariea Kae Oakes LeFevers and husband Jimmy, three adoring grandchildren: Anna, Charlie, and Lily, three siblings: June Oakes Thomas and husband Bill, James “Danny” Oakes and wife Gloria, Norman Oakes and wife Rita, numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends - including the “son” that he chose for himself, Ben Clark.
Bobby was a man of many talents and hobbies. At different times in his life, he hunted, fished, bred dogs, raced dragsters, worked as a commercial electrician, farmed, enjoyed his C B radio, played cards, followed “professional” wrestling and collected cars. He was a proud union man, who recently received his fifty year service pin from IBEW Local 70. As a Mason in good standing for more than 45 years, he served as a catechism coach and mentor to others. He also served with pride as a veteran, a paratrooper, and a member of the VFW.
You could certainly call him a character. He was never afraid to tell you what he thought, a trait that both endeared him to, and sometimes exasperated his friends. Bobby was a “talker” who will be missed “up at the store” where he could often be found enjoying a cup of coffee, a piece of chicken, some lively conversation, and some little sweet dessert that he was trying to sneak past Vicky.
In the last two decades of his life, Bobby was an avid and extraordinary beekeeper who was known throughout Southside Virginia for both his excellent honey, and his willingness to share his expertise and love of bees with others.
He will be remembered by his family and friends as Bobby, Boo-Boo, Smoke Blower, Bob, Bob Howard, Daddy, Pop, Brother, and Friend.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 11:00AM in the chapel of Puckett Funeral Home with interment to follow in Trinity Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends on Thursday July 21, 2016 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM at Puckett Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Prince Edward Rescue Squad or the March of Dimes. Puckett Funeral Home is serving the family. www.puckettfh.com

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Visitation

Thursday

21

Jul

6:00 PM 7/21/2016 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/21/2016 8:00:00 PM
Puckett Funeral Home

115 Covington Court
Farmville, VA 23901

Puckett Funeral Home
115 Covington Court Farmville 23901 VA
United States

Service

Friday

22

Jul

11:00 AM 7/22/2016 11:00:00 AM
Puckett Funeral Home

115 Covington Court
Farmville, VA 23901

Puckett Funeral Home
115 Covington Court Farmville 23901 VA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Trinity Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

22482 Prince Edward Hwy
Farmville, VA 23901

22482 Prince Edward Hwy Farmville 23901 VA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Prince Edward Volunteer Rescue Squad

Prince Edward Volunteer Rescue Squad

March of Dimes
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