James Orville Oaks, 84, of Sparta, passed away May 3, 2022.
Mr. Oaks was born Sept. 27, 1937, in Jackson, Kentucky, to Marion and Nell Overbee.
He was a member of Faith Baptist Church of Sparta, Pastor Isaac Edwards.
He left the hills of Kentucky and went to Michigan for employment. He met his wife, June, at Jimmy's Dinner. He and George Carroll bought Mountain Side Auto Parts, in 1971, and moved from Michigan to Sparta.
His only hobby was working. He loved to work on projects around the house and garage, especially, with his son and grandson. He was friendly with everyone. There wasn't a stranger he couldn't strike up a conversation with.
He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, June Elizabeth Oaks; his brother, John Oaks; and his brother-in-law, James Jett.
Survivors include his son, Jim Oaks (Brenda), of Sparta; grandsons, Tyler Oaks (Logan), of Sparta, Derrick Dale (Jenny), of Sparta; granddaughters, Ann Marie Folmar (Kevin), of Jupiter, Florida, Jessica Gibson, of Sparta, Brooke Nunn (Kevin), of Cookeville; great-grandchild, Blake; siblings, Georgia Oaks Jett, Richard Oaks (Vicky), of Jackson, Kentucky; and special friends, Alberta and Lester Hickey, Leann and Jim Bo Haley, George Carroll, and Danny Luna.
Funeral service was 2 p.m., May 6, 2022, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Frasier and Gracey Cemetery. Pastor Isaac Edwards and Deacon Roy Powell officiated.
Pallbearers were Derrick Dale, Tyler Oaks, Jim Oaks, Lester Hickey, Kevin Nunn, and Christopher Johnson
Honorary pallbearers were Roy Powell, Danny Luna, and Jim Bo Haley.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.