Walter W. Oakley, III (Sign Guestbook)

Walter W. Oakley III, age 79 of Fountain City, passed away on September 14, 2017 at Ft. Sanders Hospital.

Born December 24, 1937 in Corning, New York, he was a graduate of Columbia Military Academy. Walter’s professions were hotel and food management. After retiring he used baking skills and made cookies by the dozen to be shared during church visitation. He was an active member of Norwood Church of Christ. Though he suffered severe pain much of his later years, his sense of humor and love for his family and friends always came through.

He was preceded in death by parents, Walter and Marjorie Oakley, Jr and sister Barbara Oakley.  A loving husband and father, his survivors included wife of ten years Sheila Heinrich Grubb; sons, Fred Marion Oakley and wife Linda of Culleoka, Tennessee, Walter Timothy Oakley of Centerville, Tennessee; daughters, Karen Lorraine Romero, Marjorie Dawn Oakley, both of Columbia, Tennessee; step-daughter, Audrey Entorf and husband Robert of Douglasville, Georgia; brother, Phillip Douglas Oakley and wife Lisa of Knoxville, Tennessee; sisters, Patricia Hardwick of Spokane, Washington, Christine Edwards and husband Cecil of Six Mile, South Carolina; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be conducted on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 2pm at Norwood Church of Christ, 6001 Central Avenue Pike Knoxville with Minister Robert Cowles officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Oakley family and invites you to view and sign their online guestbook below.

6 guestbook entries for “Walter W. Oakley, III”:

  1. Sheila Hunter says:

    Dawn, Karen, Marion, Timmy,
    I am so sorry for your loss, Dawn wish I could be there with you. My prayers are with you all. Love Sheila

  2. Susan Conger says:

    Sincere condolences to the entire family. Sheila — your Audrey is a dear work colleague and I’ve enjoyed hearing about her and Travis’ visits to see you and Walter. He’s in a better place and peace to you all. May God Bless.
    Susan Conger, Atlanta

  3. Kent Peters says:

    So sorry for the loss, but glad I got to meet Walter and get to know him. And Sheila has been a dear friend all my life. What a happy and joking man he was and loved Sheila. That makes him great in my book and I have regrets for all the family!!

  4. Kent Peters says:

    I’m so glad I got to meet Walter on several occasions. This was due to dear Sheila being a life long friend. He was always smiling and jovial and adored his wife which made him great in my book. He will be missed and my regards to all his friends and family!

  5. Shana says:

    So sorry for your loss, I am one of Audery co-workers,I wanted to reach out and give you my condolences. When it comes to losing a love one I can definitely relate. May God comfort you and your family and smile as you think about all of the good times. Stay Strong!!
    Shana- Atlanta, GA

  6. Marie George says:

    Karen and Dawn, it saddens me to hear of the loss of your father. We know he is in a better place with no more pain. My condolences to the whole family, I’m glad you gave me the opportunity to meet him. I love you.

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