OBITUARY

Douglas Reed Oldham

November 30, 1930July 21, 2010

Douglas Reed "Doug" Oldham, 79, of Lynchburg passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 in Charlottesville. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Laura Lee Oldham.

Born in Akron, Indiana, November 30, 1930, he was the son of the late William Dale Oldham and Pauline Edith Brown Oldham.

Doug was an internationally known Christian and Gospel recording artist. For nearly 50 years, inspirational artist Doug Oldham has blessed the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people, both in his concerts and through television. He first began singing in the early 1960s at tent revival meetings where his father was the evangelist. He soon met a high school teacher who was also a novice songwriter and pianist named Bill Gaither. They began traveling together on the weekends with Oldham singing the new songs written by Gaither. Among the thousands of songs that Oldham has sung, he was the very first person to sing and record Gaither’s “He Touched Me,” a song which was later recorded famously by Elvis Presley. He was on the road quite a bit, having first traveled with evangelist Benny Hinn and with the Billy Graham Crusades. He even traveled by bus with the Rev. Jerry Falwell to church and school auditoriums as they raised money for the new Lynchburg Baptist College in the summer of 1971. The Dove Award-winning artist has recorded more than 65 albums and performed for national and international dignitaries including former presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, as well as Prince Phillip and the Queen of England. In November 2006 he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. One year later, Thomas Road Baptist Church bestowed its own honors, presenting Oldham with the first-ever Lifetime Champion Award for his years of Christian service, and Liberty University also named a remodeled room in the Fine Arts building “Oldham Recital Hall,” honoring him at a faculty festival and ceremony there when the work was complete.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Paula Johnson and her husband John of Lynchburg, Karen Offenbacker and her husband Garry of Williamston, NJ and Rebekah Cox and her husband Lee of Madison Heights; five grand children, Jamaica conner and her husband Terry, John Johnson, II, Jessica Johnson and her husband Nate, Nathan Offenbacker and Emily Cox and three great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Monday, July 26, 2010 at Thomas Road Baptist Church with Pastor Jonathan Falwell officiating. Interment will be private.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2010 in the Pate chapel of Thomas Road Baptist Church.

The family request memorial contributions be made to the Oldham Concert Hall Scholarship fund, C/O Liberty University, 1971 University Blvd., Lynchburg, VA 24502.

To send condolences, please visit www.whittenfuneralhome.com.

Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the Oldham family.

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, July 26, 2010
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LINDA & ELOISE JORDAN

July 16, 2011

DEAR FAMILY, WOULD YOU PLEASE CONTACT US.
WE AND OTHERS WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE ANYTHING THAT IS FOR SALE OF DOUG'S MUSIC.
I TALKED WITH ADINA FLYNT AND SHE CAN'T FIND ANY ONE IN YOUR FAMILY, SHE LOVES ALL OF YOU AS WE DO. I HOPE THIS FINDS YOU DOING BETTER, JUST KNOWING DOUG IS WITH JESUS. MUCH LOVE,

Vickie Fowler

August 30, 2010

I am sorry to hear of Doug's passing. He was such an example of a true Christian man. When he sang you could feel God's love. I was lucky enough to have met him once, I will never forget the way it felt to have our choir sing with him. My love and prayers are with his family at this time of loss. I know that the Lord has a new and powerful voice in His choir now. Mr. Oldham will be greatly missed.

Bernice Sparks (cousin)

August 23, 2010

Laura Lee and family,
We were sad to hear of Doug's passing. We just found out today (8/22/10) but I wondered why I hadn't been able to reach you by phone. Sympathy to you all.

Carole Singleton Moore

August 22, 2010

To Laura Lee and family, I did have the privilege of meeting and working with Doug at The Grand Ave. First Church of God in Middletown, Ohio when I was a teen and he was our music minister. Our Pastor, Clifford Hutchinson"s daughter, Bobbie Jo, my sister and I sang in a trio called The Gospel Teens and we sang in the teen chior. Doug picked me to lead the teen choir and taught me how to direct the choir. I remember one Sunday during Sunday School that he, my mother, Nancy Singleton, our pianist and I went to Yankee Road First Church to sing in the morning service and he told me that day to give up cheerleading or it would hurt my voice for singing. My mother played piano in the first church of God, Crawford Street when she was 11 years old, also played for the McGuire sisters as a teen and at Grand Ave and Poasttown until 80 when she passed away. She spoke of Doug and his father Dale my whole life, she knew Dale when she was very young at Crawford Street First Church of God. She went to be with the Lord Feb. 9, 2009. I cherish the memories of the times we spent singing and my learning from Doug the importance of serving the Lord and singing for Him. He was a blessing in my life and I am so thankful that he was part of my journey. What a sweet, kind man and the voice of an angel. I can hear him to this day singing He Touched Me and The King is Coming. I loved him and will always cherish the memories. God bless you and comfort you at this time of grief. God carries our sorrows and sees every tear and will never leave or forsake us. I can just see my mother and Doug at the piano making heavenly music together. We have a great hope in the Lord. God bless you all, with love, Carole Singleton Moore Brooksville, Kentucky, a lifelong fan of Doug, my friend.

Ruth Oldham Vivian

August 16, 2010

To the Oldham Family.
We are praying for you at this time. So sorry to hear of Doug's passing. I remember hearing him sing in concerts in Edmonton many years ago. Nobody could sing "The King is Coming" like he did. What a blessing his music was to all of us who heard him. Thank you for sharing your husband and father with all of us. He was such a gentleman to his fans. Each time we met him at a concert, he always said that we must be related. Maybe he was right. Gospel music fans will certainly miss him now that he's joined Heaven's choir. May you feel God's comfort through these days.

August 12, 2010

August 12, 2010

To Laura Lee & Family:
I did not have the privilege of meeting Doug, but his influence in my life has been profound. I began listening to his beautiful voice in the 1970's, leading up to the home going of my little boy, Jerry, at age 10. Doug's music gave me the strength to move forward each day through his inspirational songs, such as "Through it All" and "The King is Coming". At my son's Memorial Service, the song "Because He Lives" was sung, and it meant so much to my family. It was Doug who brought that song to life for me along with so many others, such as "God Said It". I love his Christmas Songs too!! Doug's voice could reach into your heart and soul. I have just about all Doug's songs in my music library and hope to obtain any DVD he may have available through you, his family. He continues to inspire me and my family, and I will always cherish the music he recorded.
The LORD has called Doug home, and Heaven must be rejoicing. I will look forward to meeting Doug someday in God's Kingdom and thank him for the strength he gave me for many many years. I will continue to listen to his wonderful songs until we all meet in that heavenly choir.
God bless you.

Carol Johnson, Englewood, Colorado

paula

August 8, 2010

You made it, Dad. I am proud of you.

Everett & Bobbie Jo (Hutchinson) Planck

August 7, 2010

Dear Laura Lee and Family ... Our hearts ache for you in the loss of your precious loved one. We send our love and prayers to you during this very difficult time. Doug sang at our wedding almost 41 years ago. What a joy!

Doug also sang at dad's funeral (Rev. Clifford Hutchinson, Middletown, Ohio) several years ago. He so beautifully sang Because HE Lives. Doug had a way of making the words come alive. My dad was one of Doug's biggest fans and was always in his balcony cheering him on! Now Doug and Dad are in the balcony of heaven cheering us all on and waiting for us to meet them on the other side one sweet day. I can see them REJOICING around the throne of God. PTL!

You are precious to us.

With much love and many prayers,

Kemmie Dize

August 6, 2010

Doug's music continues to be a blessing. Thanks to his family for sharing your lives with us through the Old Time Gospel Hour, Thomas Road Baptist Church, the PTL Club and Heritage USA, and so many other venues. Doug was my favorite singer and I am glad we can continue to hear him sing. I pray good memories help comfort you, Kemmie

August 5, 2010

DEAR LAURA LEE & FAMILY: OUR HEARTS ACHE FOR YOU. MAY LOVE, PRAYERS, SPEIAL MEMORIES, FAMILY AND FRIENDS
SURROUND YOU IN THIS DARKEST HOUR. OUR PRAYERS ARE
CLOSE TO YOU! WE LISTEN, OFTEN, TO DOUG'S MUSIC AND
REMEMBER OUR SPECIAL VISITS WITH YOU. LE AND GLENNA
HOFF (SEAL BEACH, CA)