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Dr. Jimmie Cleve Oates


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Dr. Jimmie Cleve Oates

Westminister, MD.

Dr. Jimmie Cleve Oates, born April 14, 1933, died peacefully on September 20th at his home in Westminster, MD. He grew up in Kerrville, TN, the son of what he jokingly called "dirt farmers", James Cleveland and Bessie Sawyer Oates. He went on to get a Ph.D. in Physics from Vanderbilt University. He and his wife Joyce moved to Charlotte, NC in 1962 to start Jimmie's career as a Professor at Queens College (now Queens University), where we worked his entire professional life. He was a truly exceptional educator, beloved by both his colleagues and students for his rigor in the classroom and his humanity, seen through his humility, sincerity and a wry sense of humor. Jimmie was known for his kindness, his fondness for beer and popcorn - which he had every night before bed for decades - and the one lawnmower that he bought when he moved to Charlotte and kept running until he moved out of his home in 2013. He was a simple man who passed on his enthusiasm for ACC basketball to his daughter and his passion for science to his son, but more than anything else he loved his family, including his favorite cat George, one of many that found their way to the Oates' home over the years they lived in Charlotte.

Jimmie is survived by his wife of 63 years Joyce Smith Oates, his son Tim Oates and daughter-in-law Beth Oates, his daughter Mary Diane Oates and son-in-law Rica Constantinescu, his four granddaughters Olivia Oates, India Oates, Elsa Oates, and Katherine Benson, his sister Claire Oates Ping and her husband Charles Ping, his brother-in-law Earl Craig and many nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved very much. Nancy and Beth Finger are special friends from Charlotte who became like family after living next door to Jimmie and Joyce for fifty years. We will all miss him dearly. He was predeceased by his parents, and his two sisters Josephine Oates Craig and Jean Oates Hurt.

A private service will be held in the near future. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the .

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Published in The Commercial Appeal on Sept. 22, 2017
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