On Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Curtis Glenn (“Glenn”) Oakes, age 77, of Burlington, North Carolina, peacefully returned to his Lord while surrounded by family at Alamance Regional Medical Center.
Glenn was born on June 29, 1941, the youngest of four children, to his loving parents Curtis White and Etta McCrickard Oakes (both deceased). He married Patricia Robertson Oakes in 1966 with whom he recently celebrated 52 years of marriage. Together they raised three daughters, Tonja Guthrie, Wendy Silaghi (husband Robert), and Tricia Brown who are always and forever self-proclaimed Daddy’s girls.
Glenn was a man of God who loved his family and friends passionately. In addition to his wife and children, he had three beautiful grandchildren who were the light in his eyes; Caleb Brown, Austin Guthrie, and Amelia Silaghi. His legacy also includes three siblings, Mary Lou McLean (husband Herman deceased), David Oakes (wife Jo Ann deceased), and Grace Ingle (husband Ralph); brothers and sisters-in-law Dickie & Scarlette Robertson and Carolyn & Richard Franks; 14 nieces and nephews and over 30 great and great-great nieces and nephews; and his parents-in-law, Richard and Vera Robertson (both deceased), all of whom he loved dearly.
Glenn was a 1961 graduate of Walter M. Williams High School and attended Wingate University. He was a proud, decorated member of the US Army, 540th Engineering Battalion, serving as an Inventory Supply Clerk during the Vietnam War. Upon honorable discharge from the Army, he worked in the textile industry for 45 years, retiring in 2013. Glenn was a devoted Christian who attended his childhood church, Glen Hope Baptist in Burlington, for approximately 26 years prior to joining St. Mark’s Church following his marriage to Pat. During his time at St. Mark’s, one of his most satisfying accomplishments was teaching the Christians in Action Sunday school class with Eva Sneed. Glenn was well loved and known for his kind spirit, sharp wit, infectious grin, and big, warm bear hugs. His family will most miss his infamous “short cuts,” which generally added approximately two hours of country roads to any trip, his unique ability to make you laugh and feel better about life, even during the most difficult of times, and most of all the unconditional love he gave so freely.
A celebration of Glenn’s life, followed by a graveside service, is scheduled for Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2 pm at St. Mark’s Church, 1230 St Marks Church Rd, Burlington, NC 27215. A visitation will follow the service in the Worship Center Atrium. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_icid=wtg-mm-btn-donate-now or the St. Mark’s Church REACH campaign at http://www.exploresmc.org/give. The family would like to thank the ARMC Palliative Care staff, who showed such love and compassion to Glenn and his family during the most difficult of times, Dr. Timothy Gollan and staff, Dr. Munsoor Lateef and staff, Genell Corbett with Angel Hands Home Care, Dr. David Simonds with ARMC ICU, as well as all those who have supported him throughout his extended illness over the last six years.