Charles Von Oaks, age 90, of Grasshopper Lane, Newland, passed away Wednesday afternoon, April 17, 2019 at the Johnson City Medical Center.
Born September 19, 1928 in Avery County, he was a son of Taylor Christopher and Ruby Hughes Oaks. Von retired as a district manager for United Family Life Insurance Company. He was an active and dedicated member of Roaring Creek Free Will Baptist Church where he served as Deacon, Music Director and Mens Sunday School Teacher. He enjoyed nothing more than wading creeks and streams to catch his share of speckle trout. His special pastime was reading his Bible and listening to his favorite Blue Grass Gospel music. Von was described by family as a person with the patience of Job. Closest to his heart was his family, and he shared a special bond with his grandson, Dillon Oaks and his great-grandchildren, Sydnee and Ezra Von Oaks.
Von is survived his wife, Jean Hughes Oakes; daughter, Debbie Ward and husband, Kenny, grandson, Dillon Charles Oaks and wife, Kelsee; grandchildren, Sydnee and Ezra Von Oaks; and sister, Kate Thomas, all of Newland. He was preceded in death by his son, David Lee Oaks; brother, Dean Oaks; and sister, Sue Dillinger.
Funeral services for Charles Von Oaks will be conducted Sunday afternoon, April 21st, at 3 oclock at the Roaring Creek Free Will Baptist Church in Newland, officiated by Pastor Ken Staton and Rev. Junior Carver. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:30 until 3 oclock, prior to services, at the church. Burial will follow in the Hughes Cemetery.
Mr. Oaks served at the active caretaker of the Hughes Cemetery. Therefore, his family suggests memorials be made to the Hughes Cemetery Fund, in care of Debbie Oaks, 134 Green Oaks Lane, Newland, NC 28657.