Pattye Lavene Oakley

Friday, March 27, 2015

Pattye Lavene Oakley, 82, of Dyersburg, Tennessee, died on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at her home in Trimble,Tennessee.

She and her husband, Dr. William P. Oakley, had called Trimble their home for the last 15 years where they were involved in the life and ministry of Trimble First Baptist Church. Mrs. Oakley was a former resident of Blytheville and her husband was the former pastor of Gosnell Baptist Church.

Born Monday, June 13, 1932, in Dyersburg, she was the daughter of the late James Elvis Norman and the late Arkie Mae Stafford Norman. She will be fondly remembered all over the South for her inspiring and comedic skits portraying "Elvira from Booger Hollow." She was a true servant for the Lord and a faithful pastor's wife, serving all aspects of the church, but missions was her passion. Serving as a Sunday school teacher of over 60 years, she touched many lives with her knowledge. Mrs. Oakley was a member of the Trimble First Baptist Church, Trimble Lions Club and Trimble Women's Auxiliary.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Paul E. Oakley; and a sister, Janie Moore.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 64 years, Dr. William P. "Bill" Oakley of Dyersburg;

Three daughters, Libby George (K.S.) of Dyer, Tennessee, Dianna Seymour (Clark) of Plano, Texas, and Michelle Walker (Jeffrey) of Blytheville;

One son, the Rev. Joe Oakley (Deborah) of Grand Prairie, Texas;

Two sisters, Eleanor Alvord (Robert) of Chicago and Joy Maly (Eddie) of Southaven, Mississippi;

Five grandchildren, Jason Oakley (Aubrie), Scott Clement (Marianna), Kristen Sees (Jesse), Willie George (Kathleen) and Patrick Wilkerson (Maria); and

Eleven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Trimble First Baptist Church in Trimble, Tennessee. Officiating this service will be Dr. William P. Oakley and the Rev. Joe Oakley. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Trimble First Baptist Church in Trimble, Tennessee.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Wilkerson, Scott Clement, Jason Oakley, Jeffrey Walker, K.S. George and Clark Seymour, David Saravia and Jesse Sees.

The family asks that memorials be directed to The Mission Fund of Trimble First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 87, Trimble, TN 38259.

Online condolences may be made to the family at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.