Joan Oakey Chrisman

April 9, 1933June 22, 2020

Joan Chrisman, 87 of Huntsville, Alabama passed away Monday, June 22, 2020. She was born in Dickson City, Pennsylvania. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Franklin Delano Chrisman; two sons and one daughter, Franklin Chrisman, Steven Chrisman, and Sheila Chrisman Parton; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the light of her life.

She was preceded in death by her father John R. Oakey, mother Gertrude Oakey, brother Harold Oakey and brother John R. Oakey Jr.

She joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in 1950 and was assigned to Fort McPherson, Georgia where she met her true love Franklin Chrisman and married in the Post Chapel.

Leaving the military, she followed Frank throughout his military career. They traveled the world together. Joan had her own career in Civilian Personnel where she retired at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

She was a member of the Latham United Methodist Church. She was a bright star to all that knew her, a viewing is planned for Friday, June 26 from 9 am to 11 am at Latham United Methodist Church with the Funeral taking place at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Latham United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society (


  • Visitation

    Friday, June 26, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, June 26, 2020


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Franklin Chrisman

June 27, 2020

The memory that I will have for the rest of my life is always being in the kitchen during Christmas or Thanksgiving learning how to cook. All while poppop was kicking us out. But grandma always came to my defense and told him I could stay. I love you grandma.

Kristi Roberts

June 25, 2020

Ms. Joan , one of the strongest sweetest woman I know . I'll never forget all the fun times and memories of Sheila and I hanging out at the house , going on trips , us driving you and Mr. Frank crazy singing in the car and messing with the radio . You always treated me as your own . I'm so fortunate to have known a role model and a lady with a huge heart who loved her family so much . You will be missed by all .
Rest In Peace Ms. Joan

Cheryl Chrisman

June 25, 2020

Joan, May your passage over the horizon be as beautiful as my heart can imagine and may you be free from any lingering pains of your time here on this incredible planet. My life was richer for being related to you and I will know your heart when we meet again. My love is with you always, Cheryl Chrisman