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Gary Lee Oakey, 59, of the 200 block of Beechwood Shores Dr., passed away on Monday, May 11, 2009 in his residence after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on Sept. 24, 1949 in Portsmouth, Va., and was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Helen Oakey, and a brother, Charles Ray Oakey. Gary was a pipe fitter at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth for 40 years.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 28 years, Jennifer Oakey; a daughter, Crystal Linn Oakey of Moyock, N.C.; a son, Brandon Todd Oakey of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; two brothers, Bobby Oakey of Little Washington, N.C. and Ricky Oakey of Elizabeth City, N.C.; and a grandson, Aeden Christian Thomas.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2009 in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel. Entombment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Published in The Daily Advance from May 12 to May 13, 2009