Revs. Mike Pitzer and Dale A. Carden officiated at the services. Burial followed in the Yeargins Chapel Cemetery with Military Honors.
Mr. Oates died on Sunday, April 9, 2006, at Muhlenberg Community Hospital.
Mr. Oates was born on February 17, 1919, on their farm near Graham. He was the son of the late Jethro Bohannon (Bud) and Ada (Maw) Jane Scott Oates.
Mr. Oates was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in four major battles in the Pacific Front as a Paratrooper, 11th Airborne Division during WWII; he was an underground coal miner for 37 years; was a farmer, hunter, trapper, and expert trotline fisherman; was an avid gardner that shared his bounty with family and friends; he and his wife were members of the Druthers, then Hardees’ breakfast bunch; former member of the Sportsman Club, which was instrumental in the creation of Lake Malone; he was the first person to navigate a boat over Lock and Dam E when the Cumberland River was flooded to form what is now Lake Barkley; was a long-standing member of Yeargins Chapel United Methodist Church for 53 years, having served in many capacities such as trustee, administrative board chairman, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Lay Leader, filling in for various UMC pastors, and well as unnamed positions such as cleaning and attending to the grounds, flowerbeds, etc.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Girtie Lucille Ebling Oates; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Michael and Sherri Oates and William Wyatt and Sharron Oates all of Graham; two daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa Faye and Tim Vincent of Graham, and Brenda Joyce and Tom Dockins of lake Malone; grandchildren and in-laws, Jeremy and Kelly Oates, Cyndi and John Skirvin, Cassandra and Brock Jensen, Chris and Heather Dockins, Cathie and Gary Wilkin, Matthew and Jamie Oates, Mark and Kirsten Oates, Brandon Vincent, Brody Vincent, Blake Vincent, and Ben Vincent; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Conner, and Kaylan Oates, Richard Sharayah, Mycah, Elijah, Sarah, Joshua, and Isaac Dockins, Andrew, Emily, Noah, and Aidan Jensen, Montanna, Allysiah, and Neadynne Wilkin; great-great-grandson, Seth Dockins; one brother and sister-in-law, Bobby Jethro and Sue Oates of Graham; and one niece, Melonie and husband, Chris Bingham.
Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Yeargins Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Gene Courtney, 129 Unity Acres Lane, Graham, KY 42344.
Gary’s Funeral Home in Greenville was in charge of all the arrangements.