Lawrence Jean Oakley © Enid News and Eagle 06-13-2006 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Lawrence Jean Oakley was born Oct. 7, 1925, to Bertha Sophia (Richter) Oakley and Edward Ellwood (Ted) Oakley at Helena, Alfalfa County, Okla. and departed this life on Saturday, June 10, 2006, at Grace Living Center in Oklahoma City, OK.
Lawrence Jean, better known by the relatives and friends as “Curley” or “Larry,” joined the Merchant Marines in 1943, just before graduation. He got his GED in 1953. He joined the U.S. Army and was in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Curley was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone, Korea and Vietnam. He retired from the U.S. Army as Sgt. Major with over 20 years service to his country.
His life was the U.S. Army. He helped build several apartment complexes in Tennessee and Florida. He also owned and operated Emco Service Station in Columbus, Ga.
Curley was preceded in death by his wife, Betty (Goggins) Oakley, his father and mother, (Ted and Bertha), and baby brother, a sister and brother-in-law (Erma Oakey Allison and Otis Allison), one brother and sister-in-law (Cloyce and Iris Beck Oakley) and one niece (Marianne Oakley McNeely).
He is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Sally Oakley of Longdale, OK; two nephews, Ron Allison and wife Judy of Cherokee, OK, and Lynden Oakley and wife Glenna of Oklahoma City, OK; five nieces, Coleen Allison Harris and husband Dan of Enid, OK, Keith Ann Oakley Schaffner and husband “Pip” of Houston, TX, Kay Dene Oakley Tamayo and husband Tony of Harlingen, TX, Kelly Jo Oakley Rickman and husband Rick of Tulsa, OK, and Marilyn Oakley Little and husband Aaron of Yukon, OK, and many great nieces and nephews.
Three stepdaughters, Shelia and Bob Hamm of Horn Lake, MS, Sandra Jeters of Como, MS, and Kathy Raines of Florida, several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
Services for Lawrence Jean will be held at First United Methodist Church of Cherokee, OK at 1 p.m. today, June 13, 2006, with interment at the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery, under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home of El Reno.
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