James R. “Jim” Oakes
February 25, 1946 ‒ September 03, 2017
Formerly of Chesterville, Ohio
James R. “Jim” Oakes, age 71, passed away Sunday morning, September 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jim was born on February 25, 1946 in Coshocton, OH to the late Gene Oakes and Helen (McKee) Oakes. He graduated from Warsaw High School in Warsaw, OH. Jim earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from The Ohio State University.
On July 30, 1977 Jim married his wife of 40 years, Tammy (Taylor) Oakes. Throughout their marriage, they enjoyed playing together on competitive co-ed softball teams and coaching their two daughters in various sports. Jim spent many years as a high school educator, guidance counselor, and sports coach.
Jim was an active member of his community. He served as a 4-H extension agent, Chester Township zoning board committee member, assisted with the Chesterville Town Council, was a youth league softball coach, YMCA basketball coach and Sylvan Park Paideia Design Center volunteer.
Jim was known for his patience and helping others. He never knew a stranger and was an instant friend to all. He liked spending his time reading, playing euchre, meeting friends for a good meal, and keeping up with the latest technology. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan and a fantastic cook. He and his wife spent the last six years living in Nashville, TN where they enjoyed spending time and traveling with their two daughters and grandson.
He is survived by his wife, Tammy; sister, Jeanne Oakes of Dresden, OH; daughters: Brittany(Jimmy) Petty and Kelly (Chris) Diener both of Nashville, TN ; grandson, Louis Petty; three sisters-in law: Deb (Mike) Nulk of Galion, OH, Cindy (Joney) Adkins of Chesterville, OH and Tracey (Gerald) Parks of Cardington, OH; two nephews, Travis and Kyle (Megan); two nieces, Carrie and Chaz; six great nephews; one great niece; and one great-great niece.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, William Taylor; and mother-in-law, Jane Taylor.
His family will greet friends from 4pm – 7pm on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at The Pavilion at Harpeth (9090 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221) and 1pm-3pm on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel (67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead, OH 43338). A service celebrating his life will be held at 3:30pm on September 9, 2017 at Snyder Funeral Home.
Donations may be made in Jim’s honor to the Kidney Cancer Association.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Jim’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.