Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory - Reid Chapel

412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, VA


John Thomas Oakley Jr.

December 18, 1947February 5, 2020

John Thomas "Tommy" Oakley Jr., 72,of Mechanicsville, VA, passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. John was preceded in death by his parents, John Thomas Oakley Sr. and Lutie Mae Royster Oakley.

John spent 27 years with Oldover corporation as a Trucking Superintendent and retired from Sentinel Transportation after 17 years as a driver dispatcher. He was a long time member of Webber Memorial Baptist Church and was known to enjoy collecting guns, hunting, and tinkering with his truck.

John is survived by his wife of 37 years, Diana Oakley; step-son, Michael Morris; daughter, Carey Cole (John); grandchildren, Grace Crosby and Jacson Cole; many cousins; In-laws; and nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 7pm to 9pm on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Hanover Baptist Church, 11239 Cedar Ln, Glen Allen, VA 23059. A funeral service will be held at 11am on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Hanover Baptist Church with burial to follow at Kenwood UMC cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hanover Baptist Church.


  • Diana Oakley, Wife
  • Michael Morris, Step-Son
  • Carey Cole (John), Daughter
  • Grace Crosby, Grandchild
  • Jacson Cole, Grandchild

  • Hanover Baptist Church


  • Visitation Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, February 8, 2020


John Thomas Oakley Jr.

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Mary Eldridge

February 15, 2020

So sorry to hear of John’s passing while reading the Richmond newspaper daily on line. I will always remember John as a great neighbor. We moved into our new homes at the same time in Atlee Ridge. Diana and family, you are in my prayers and thoughts. Would love to hear from you. I’m living in Kissimmee Fl. with my daughter, Debbie. God Bless you as you face the days ahead.

Marcie Meighan

February 7, 2020

John (as I knew him) was a thoughtful and giving neighbor. We spent many birthdays and first days of school at the bus stop with him as our kids are growing up with his grandkids. We always knew when he was coming or going as we could hear that diesel truck coming for a mile. We would always say "Here comes John!" and he wouldn't disappoint! He shared his pool, his time and his family with us for 16 years. He will be missed, for sure.