OBIT: Mrs. Alberta Enoch Oakley

Mrs. Alberta Enoch Oakley

Mrs. Alberta Enoch Oakley, a centenarian of the New Middleton Community, was called home to be with her Lord at 5:07 p.m. Friday afternoon July 26, 2019. She died just nine days before her 102nd birthday at the Smith County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage where she had made her home since January 22, 2016.

Funeral services from her beloved New Middleton Baptist Church, were conducted Sunday afternoon July 28th at 3 p.m. with her pastor Bro. B. J. Thomason and her former pastor Bro. Mark Stinnett officiating. Burial was beside her husband Ben at the Brush Creek Cemetery.

One of two children of the late John Walter Enoch who died January 22, 1962 at the age of 81 and Rena Frances House Enoch who died March 16, 1977 at the age of 87., she was born Alberta Enoch in the Grant Community on August 4, 1917 was the oldest of the two daughters.

Her only sister, Lorena Enoch Bussell, preceded her in death on June 12, 2006 at the age of 84.

She was preceded in death on September 2, 1994 Ben William Oakley, a native of the Commerce Community, who died at the age of 79. They were united in marriage by the late Eld. Phocian Gibbs on July 18, 1936.

Mr. and Mrs. Oakley were preceded in death by a daughter, Celia Oakley McDonald who died when she was hit head on a head-on on Hwy. 25 at the age of 35 on January 8, 1976 when she was on her way home from her employment as a tax preparer at the Smith County Farm Bureau.

Mrs. Oakley was also preceded by in death by Stites and Nancy’s son, Chris Carter, who died of complications from surgery on August 27, 2006 at the age of 38.

Mrs. Oakley was united with the New Middleton Baptist Church in 1951 and served as the church organist for over many years, taught and was active in youth groups at the church and was a teacher of the Adult Sunday School class. She was also active in the teaching for Vacation Bible School sessions and was a member of the Women’s Missionary Union. Also for several years she was secretary for the church finances.

She was a member of the 1935 class of Gordonsville High School.

Active in community and civic endeavors, Mrs. Oakley was a longtime member of the New Middleton Home Demonstration Club.

Surviving are her two daughters, Paula Oakley Armistead and husband Roy of the New Middleton Community, Nancy Oakley Carter and husband Stites Ray of Carthage; four grandchildren, George McDonald and wife Susan Taylor McDonald of the Riddleton Community, Kim Armistead Lamont and husband Steve of the New Middleton Community, Greg Armistead of Hermitage, Tracy “T.C.” Carter and wife Lorie Woodard Carter of Carthage; eight great-grandchildren. Celia McDonald Dillon and husband Lucas of Lebanon, Sarah McDonald Owen and husband Dr. Casey Owen also of Lebanon, Emily and Lauren Lamont both of the New Middleton Community, Taylor Carter of Knoxville, Charlie, Alex, and Sam Carter all of Carthage; four step-great-grandchildren, McKenzie and Colton Meadows, Neely and Logan Celsor; two great-great-grandchildren, Coley Mae Dillon and Calvin Carter.

The Oakley family requests memorials to either the Chris Carter Scholarship Fund or the New Middleton Baptist Church Growth Fund.

SANDERSON of CARTHAGE