In Memory

Jim Oakley

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09/08/15 05:49 PM #1    

Bernice Carter (Chumley)

I am so sorry to hear about Jim's passing.  I placed him on our prayer list at church this past Sunday.  May god bless and keep all of his family and give them the strength they need during this difficult time.  I knew Jim very well at Martinsville High School.  I graduated with him.  He was a very friendly and outgoing person.  He was always there if someone needed something.  He will be sadly missed.  May God be with you.


Bernice (Carter) Chumley

09/11/15 02:58 PM #2    

Gregory Fouts

Jim and I became friends in grade school. Many of you don’t know this, but as a child, he loved doing magic tricks (even had a wand!) and being a ventriloquist with his puppet pal, Buddy. I was so impressed by his talent that I saved my allowance and money from raking leaves for a couple of years and bought my own puppet (Happy, but I was pretty lousy at “throwing my voice”).  At class reunions, we always had long “catching-up” conversations. Jim was a great guy. 

09/12/15 10:56 AM #3    

Gary Etchison

Jim and I were teammates on the St. Louis Cardinals little league team the first year that Little League was formed in Martinsville. RIP Jim.


09/12/15 01:20 PM #4    

Charles Gardner

Jim and I lived very close to each other growning we did a lot of things together.  I remember that he bought an old 1940 Ford Coupe.....needed a lot work....had no engine, etc.  Jim and his Dad with a little help from me help make it the envy of MHS....probably spent a year on restoration....would have been restored quicker if I had not helped!!  I am proud to have had Jim as a best friend....lots of good memories and I will always remember Jim.  One more thing, Jim was a good football player and he played some darn good golf.  He loved working at the Country Club and helping others with their golf game.  So Long, Jim.

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