Leak Memory Chapel

945 Lincoln Road, Montgomery, AL


Johnny Oakley Jr.

January 5, 1959September 13, 2020

Herbert John “Johnny” Oakley, Jr., 61, a resident of Montgomery, AL, passed away on September 13, 2020 after an extended illness. Due to COVID and hurricane considerations, a private family service will be held. Johnny was born in Evergreen, AL to the late Herbert John Oakley, Sr. and Frances Bedsole Oakley. Johnny attended Auburn University and got his degree from Troy University. He was an Elementary school teacher for over 26 years, most recently teaching at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School. Johnny was a gifted musician, playing both the piano and guitar. He also was a very talented singer and gardener. He loved gardening and his fish aquariums. He also loved all of his dogs, most recently his dachshund Dale. Johnny was a beloved brother and uncle who never met a stranger and was loved by all that knew him. He is survived by three sisters, Laura Oakley Morrison, Lynne Oakley Taylor, Susan Oakley Scanlan; Jerry Bedsole, Dan Bedsole; seven nieces and nephews; and 6 great nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank family members, friends and church members for all the prayers that have been offered on Johnny’s behalf. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Children’s of Alabama, 1600 7th Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35233 in memory of Herbert John Oakley, Jr.


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Carol Cook

September 19, 2020

Laura, Lynn, Susie, Jerry & Dan, I am so sorry to hear about Johnny! I can't help but smile when I think about him. Johnny was such a sweet guy & always glad to see me. I always felt like family as so many of us did in the community. I can still see him with his guitar singing at Lyeffion Baptist Church. I will always cherish the sweet memories as I know each of you will. He's Gone but Certainly Not Forgotten!
Carol Cook

Gloria Singleton Shannon

September 19, 2020

We were so sorry to hear the sad news of Johnny's passing. We shall miss him at the next Memorial Sunday in Gallion , Alabama and the family reunion afterwards. He always sat with us during the meal so that we could catch up on the latest with each other. Rest in peace, Johnny. "Hugs" to my cousins Laura, Lynne and Susie.
Love, Goie

Peggy Hardee

September 19, 2020

Laura, Lynn, Susie, Jerry & Dan, I am so sad to hear about Johnny! Loved being neighbors with this family! Still got a picture of me holding little Johnny on your front porch! Sending much love to all of you!! ❤️🙏

Tonya Mosley

September 17, 2020

Mr. Oakley and I worked together at Wares Ferry Elementary. I couldn't have asked for a better co-teacher. There was never a dull day with "Johnny O" by my side. He always had a story and did an exceptional job at making me laugh. I've always looked forward to Christmas when he'd send me the "old fashioned" Christmas card. He will truly be missed, but never forgotten.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalms 34:18

Lisa Johnson Hildreth

September 17, 2020

My second family has always been the Oakleys. I have such great memories growing up with Johnny. Riding bikes, riding all around the pasture, feeding the fish, and riding the sled down the hill of pine straw. I will see you again. Laura, Lynn, Susie, Jerry and Dan, yall are in my thoughts and prayers. I love yall..

Debra Hamilton

September 17, 2020

I remember Johnny tagging along when we would ride bikes on Sunday afternoon, singing at church, and laughing, he had a wonderful laugh. He loved church dinners and everyone he met. He will be missed.

Dan bedsole

September 17, 2020

From the time Johnny was born he always brought a smile to all the lives he touched His "Zany" way of doing things always brought a smile to faces. He always knew just how to keep his sisters on their toes because just when you thought you knew what Johnny was thinking, he would come from a different direction He has left a hole in all our hearts that will never be filled but only get a band --aid from the wonderful memories he left us with. God surely blessed us with the changes in all our lives that Johnny made Know Herbert and Ty are glad he is with them so he and Herbert can sing duets for God and his angels

Gwen Elmore

September 17, 2020

You all are in my prayers! I am a former co-worker fromWares Ferry! I am so sorry to hear of his passing .I enjoyed the years we worked together. He was such a joy .To be absent from the body is to be prsent with the Lord.

Sheryl Lebel

September 16, 2020

I met Johnny through my work as a cosmetologist back in the day.
I cut Johnny’s hair for several years until deciding to make a career change.
Johnny was always a very kind hearted man with a great sense of humor.
I know he loved God, his family, his students, music and singing, often he would be on his way to meet up with others to rehearse for a solo or duet he was doing in church or at a wedding.
Johnny was a good friend with a most caring soul, we will all miss him dearly.

Elizabeth Williford

September 16, 2020

I worked with dear Johnny at Wares Ferry Elementary School. In fact, for several years we shared a pod together. I have so many happy memories of working with him. We shared a lot of laughter together. One such funny memory was the fact that I had the thermostat control on my side, and being a menopausal woman, I liked to keep it cool. I can remember several times, dear Johnny would come over to my side, wrapped up in a heavy coat, to tell me they had icicles hanging from their noses next door. I would then turn it down a bit for him. I have many more fond and happy memories of working with Johnny. I loved his kindness, compassion for others, and his sense of humor. He helped make my job more fun. I love you, dear Johnny. You were such a sweet friend to me. You will be so missed.


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