Lawrence Dale Oakley

Died: Sun., Feb. 24, 2019

Graveside Service

2:00 PM Wed., Feb. 27, 2019
Location: Lea Bethel Baptist Church

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Lawrence Dale Oakley, 72, of Prospect Hill passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Durham VA Medical Center.
Born in Caswell County on January 5, 1947, he was the son of the late Walter Oakley and Esther Wilburn Oakley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, A.W. Oakley.
Mr. Oakley served in the Army from 1967-1969 as a Sergeant A-5 Specialist. He retired from Burlington Industries and was a fan of the UNC Tarheels.
Mr. Oakley is survived by three brothers, Wayne Oakley (Joan), Harold Oakley (DD), Marion Oakley (Vickey), all of Prospect Hill; two sisters, Connie Wrenn (Earl) of Prospect Hill and Amy Harrelson (Pete) of Elon; and stepson, Eddie Watson.
Graveside Rites will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Lea Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery by Rev. Bobby Tate. The family will receive friends at the home of Harold and D.D. Oakley.
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Tilley/Duncan Family
   Posted Tue February 26, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. May peace and assurance be upon you all.

Kenneth F. Oakley
   Posted Tue February 26, 2019
I will be thinking of all of you and regret that I will not be able to attend because of sickness.

David B Fuqua
   Posted Wed February 27, 2019
To the Oakley family, I express my deep sorrow at the passing of Lawrence. I had the honor of having him as a classmate at Prospect Hill for 12 years, graduating with him in 1965, the last graduation at this school.
I knew him well as he, I, and Lynn Hooper often hung out together at school. Never did I hear a bad word from his mouth, nor see disdain for others. He treated everyone with respect and dignity. He was often quiet, giving ear to others and their feelings. His demeanor drew others to him, rather than drove them away. If he had one mean “bone,” in his body, I never saw it, nor did I ever hear anyone speak of it. He was an extraordinary person whom I saw several times after our graduation. Since I have lived in Alamance county for years, when I saw someone from Hightowers, Leasburg, or Prospect Hill, I would inquire if they had seen Lawrence.
One day prior to his passing, I attended the funeral of our second grade teacher (Lynn’s mom) and I asked Buddy Solomon if he had seen Lawrence. It was high on my list to see him, soon!! Little did I know that he had an appointment the next day, 2-24-19.
When I reflected on Lawrence, so many words came to mind that applied to him: studious/smart, loyal, genuine, respectful, trustworthy, stable, humble, sweet spirit; honest, and kind. Lawrence didn’t tolerate others; he genuinely cared for them. I witnessed so many Christ-like qualities in his life. You made a difference in my life, and though your journey on this earth is over, your influence remains in the hearts and lives of many, especially me, who had the honor of walking near you during those early days. I remember your interest in Joe Weider, the trainer of champions, including Arnold the “Terminator.” You encouraged me to keep lifting those weights!!
It was an honor to call you a friend!! You made a difference!!

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