OBITUARY

David N. "Billy" Oakes Sr.

October 11, 1929August 3, 2018
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Haughton, LA- Services celebrating the life of David Nolan "Billy" Oakes, Sr., 88 will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel with Brother Scott Teutsch officiating. Interment with military honors will immediately follow. The family will be receiving friends on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

David was born October 11, 1929 and died on August 3, 2018 in West Monroe, LA. Born and raised in Greenville, MS., he was the son of John Wesley and Rosia Jane Cole Oakes. The last surviving member of 11 brothers and sisters. He attended Greenville Public Schools and spent his youth playing lots of football, softball and boxing with his brothers. Often boxing in the Delta Golden Gloves with his brothers, James and Pat, they won several tournaments that put "The Three Oakes" in the local paper. He enlisted in the military after graduation and sacrificed 30 plus years for his country in the U.S. Air Force. Specializing in the field of Explosive Ordnance Disposal, he often joked that "he has all his fingers and toes." He served many tours overseas including two in Vietnam during years 1963 & 1964, one of which he received the Bronze Star, and one tour in Korea 1975-76. David retired as a SMSgt in 1979 at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA. After which he continued his profession working at the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant in Camp Minden and BAFB as a Safety Occupational Health Specialist.

David and his loving wife Sue of 42 years were married in 1954 and were able to share many wonderful memories while raising three children together before her passing in 1997. David was a member of Eastwood Baptist Church, he enjoyed his Sunday School Class and hosted several “Hamburger Socials” at his home. He had also been a member of the Toastmasters International, a worldwide organization promoting communication, public speaking and leadership skills. David was quite a character, maybe it was at this time he coined the phrase "Mother Goose”; often using this when joking about himself and others, or even as a term of endearment. Seeking more adventure, he enrolled in the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Posse program. You could tell he liked being back in uniform, even if only a few days a month. One thing was always constant with him; he was never alone and always willing to lend a helping hand near or far. Having a love for animals, he let his cat Rocky be the boss at home and could often be heard blowing a whistle in the evenings for him to come home. If you knew David, you knew that he loved spending time grooming his yard and picking tomatoes from his large garden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jimmie Sue Smith Oakes, and son, Tracy Shane Oakes.

Left to cherish his memory are son David Oakes Jr. and wife Karen of Moringsport, LA, daughter Cynthia DeSoto and husband Dayton of West Monroe, LA, daughter-in-law Deborah Oakes of Shreveport, grandchildren Alyssa Laski and husband Jason, Lydia Prothro and husband Drew, Shelby DeSoto, Daniel England and wife Stacey, Steven Thomason, three great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you make donations to the Alzheimer's Association or your local Animal Shelter.

  • FAMILY

  • John Wesley and Rosia Jane Cole Oakes, Parents
  • Jimmie Sue Oakes, Wife
  • Tracy Shane Oakes, Son
  • David Oakes, Jr. and wife Karen, Son
  • Cynthia DeSoto and husband Dayton, Daughter
  • Deborah Oakes, Daughter-in-law
  • Alyssa Laski and husband Jason, Granddaughter
  • Lydia Prothro and husband Drew, Granddaughter
  • Shelby DeSoto, Granddaughter
  • Daniel England and wife Stacey, Grandson
  • Steven Thomason, Grandson
  • ~ Three, Great grandchildren
  • and many loving nieces and nephews

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 18, 2018
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David N. "Billy" Oakes Sr.

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Elmer (Bud) or (Dave) Davis

October 3, 2018

Dave and I worked together at Tyndall AFB and were close friends for many years. Eleanor (my wife) and Sue were also close friends. We spent Thanksgiving with them before Sue passed. He came to Cape Cod Massachusetts one summer to visit us, and we called each other occasionally. We lost track about 3 years ago after meeting with him at a Master Blasters Reunion at Tyndall. We had some health problems and when we finally tried to contact him the phone had been disconnected.

We are so sorry for your loss. He was "one of a kind" and a true friend. God Bless you all.

Sincerely, Eleanor and Bud Davis

Elmer (Bud) or (Dave) Davis

October 3, 2018

Dave and I worked together at Tyndall AFB and were close friends for many years. Eleanor (my wife) and Sue were also close friends. We spent Thanksgiving with them before Sue passed. He came to Cape Cod Massachusetts one summer to visit us, and we called each other occasionally. We lost track about 3 years ago after meeting with him at a Master Blasters Reunion at Tyndall. We had some health problems and when we finally tried to contact him the phone had been disconnected.

We are so sorry for your loss. He was "one of a kind" and a true friend. God Bless you all.

Sincerely, Eleanor and Bud Davis

Laura Brucia Hamm

August 26, 2018

We will dearly miss Mr. Oakes. He was the sweetest neighbor we ever had. Our girls, Cleo and Mila, loved hanging out with him, picking tomatoes, running in his backyard, eating popsicles and enjoying a few juicy hamburgers. He was always smiling, laughing and super tender.
He was also a very kind helper to my husband and I in many ways; helping with our vegetable garden, helping me plant tulips, loaning us tools and always being loving. Often, we would invite him and Ms. Betty Brett too, to share many meals of pasta, vino and other homemade Italian meals. He brought us warmth and sunshine and many laughs.

All our love and prayers go out to his family and dearest friends.

Wishing you a beautiful soulful journey in heaven Mr. Oakes. We love you!

Greg Smith

August 18, 2018

Uncle Billy, everything said about you is so true, what more could I say?  What a great man you are, but also one of the coolest people I knew. I admired you and I like to think I got some of my swag from you as I watched you while I was growing up. I always thought it was so awesome that you would call people baby with that cool accent of yours.  You would say "hey baby" or "what's up baby"  haha... I loved it.


All that knew you, will miss you dearly. Sorry, we couldn't be there to see you off today, but we will see you again. Love you baby!!

Kathleen Pryer

August 18, 2018

Our loved ones live on in our hearts only for as long as we share their memories.



John Clagg

August 17, 2018

What a great tribute and loved the pictures. May the Lord engulf your whole family in comfort, soothing your hurting hearts, and give you much strength, especially tomorrow, and the days ahead...bring only wonderful memories.

Terri Dearman

August 13, 2018

Cynthia and family,
You’re in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. I praise God for your beautiful memories and that you have such peace in your heart that your dad is now rejoicing with Jesus. Love and prayers to you all.

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Biography

Haughton, LA- Services celebrating the life of David Nolan "Billy" Oakes, Sr., 88 will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel with Brother Scott Teutsch officiating. Interment with military honors will immediately follow. The family will be receiving friends on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

David was born October 11, 1929 and died on August 3, 2018 in West Monroe, LA. Born and raised in Greenville, MS., he was the son of John Wesley and Rosia Jane Cole Oakes. The last surviving member of 11 brothers and sisters. He attended Greenville Public Schools and spent his youth playing lots of football, softball and boxing with his brothers. Often boxing in the Delta Golden Gloves with his brothers, James and Pat, they won several tournaments that put "The Three Oakes" in the local paper. He enlisted in the military after graduation and sacrificed 30 plus years for his country in the U.S. Air Force. Specializing in the field of Explosive Ordnance Disposal, he often joked that "he has all his fingers and toes." He served many tours overseas including two in Vietnam during years 1963 & 1964, one of which he received the Bronze Star, and one tour in Korea 1975-76. David retired as a SMSgt in 1979 at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA. After which he continued his profession working at the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant in Camp Minden and BAFB as a Safety Occupational Health Specialist.

David and his loving wife Sue of 42 years were married in 1954 and were able to share many wonderful memories while raising three children together before her passing in 1997. David was a member of Eastwood Baptist Church, he enjoyed his Sunday School Class and hosted several “Hamburger Socials” at his home. He had also been a member of the Toastmasters International, a worldwide organization promoting communication, public speaking and leadership skills. David was quite a character, maybe it was at this time he coined the phrase "Mother Goose”; often using this when joking about himself and others, or even as a term of endearment. Seeking more adventure, he enrolled in the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Posse program. You could tell he liked being back in uniform, even if only a few days a month. One thing was always constant with him; he was never alone and always willing to lend a helping hand near or far. Having a love for animals, he let his cat Rocky be the boss at home and could often be heard blowing a whistle in the evenings for him to come home. If you knew David, you knew that he loved spending time grooming his yard and picking tomatoes from his large garden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jimmie Sue Smith Oakes, and son, Tracy Shane Oakes.

Left to cherish his memory are son David Oakes Jr. and wife Karen of Moringsport, LA, daughter Cynthia DeSoto and husband Dayton of West Monroe, LA, daughter-in-law Deborah Oakes of Shreveport, grandchildren Alyssa Laski and husband Jason, Lydia Prothro and husband Drew, Shelby DeSoto, Daniel England and wife Stacey, Steven Thomason, three great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you make donations to the Alzheimer's Association or your local Animal Shelter.