James Douglas “Doug” Oakley

Published 7:08 pm Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Mr. James Douglas “Doug” Oakley, 73, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018.

The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at 3 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Christian Church by the Revs. John K. Ormond and Ronnie Hobgood. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service and other times at the home.

Mr. Oakley, son of the late James Willis Oakley and Mahala Elizabeth Mercer, was a native of Farmville and a graduate of Aurora High School. He was employed as a chemical processor, retiring with Glaxo-Smith-Kline after 34 years of service. He was a member of Mount Pleasant Christian church.

Doug enjoyed being with his family. He built several houses for his family. He also took great joy in helping others with their building projects. His greatest joy in life was achieved through helping and making others happy.

He will be greatly missed by the many who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Russell Lee Hopkins, and a brother, Calvin Lee Oakley.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Crestena “Chris” Jennings Oakley; three daughters, Renee Spain and husband Gregory, of Greenville, and Trudy Garris and husband Eric, and Christy Philbee and husband Timothy, all of Stokes; grandchildren, Anna Louise Spain Alvarez and husband Mitchell, Sidney B. Spain, James Michael Johnson, Ian A. Garris, Rosanna L. Garris, Mary Elizabeth Spain, Jacob L. Philbee and Lindsey E. Philbee; sister, Paulette O. Alligood and husband Dwight, of Blounts Creek; a niece, Pamela Kuers and a nephew, Joseph Lee Jones, Jr.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Mount Pleasant Christian Church, 1726 Staton House Road, Greenville, NC 27834.

Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.