Anne Oakman

Anne Oakman (Beatty)

Thursday, August 8th, 1935 - Friday, February 28th, 2020
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Anne Beatty Oakman, age 84 died Friday evening, 28th February2020 after a period of failing health. She died peacefully surrounded by her family. She was a native of Spindale and lived most of her adult life there. She was the daughter of Emily Grayson and Carl Lucrick Beatty. She was a first-generation college graduate, Anne received her Bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University in Psychology and her Master’s degree from Appalachian State University in Counseling. She held a few intermittent teaching jobs, before eventually working thirty-seven years with Rutherford County Public Schools. As a career educator, she taught Economics and French at RS Central High School. After receiving her master’s, she worked as a guidance counselor until she retired. Anne returned to work and counseled at East Rutherford High School until she retired a second time.
Anne was a life-long member of First Baptist Church Spindale and was currently attending Spindale United Methodist Church. She sang in church choirs for over sixty years up until her death. She taught Sunday school, directed choir, participated in many church events and volunteered weekly at the church’s soup kitchen. She was a member of the Rutherford County Zoning Board, Board of Elections – Chief Judge, the Rutherford County Arts Council member and supporter, and member of the Isothermal Players.
Anne was a member of two bridge clubs, an avid reader, completed weekly crossword puzzles, a competitive Jeopardy player and cookies were her favorite food. She loved music, sang countless numbers of solo’s, and played a mean ukulele. A fashionista, her favorite color was red; preferably with sequins! She was well known to match all accessories- pocket book, shoes, jewelry and genuinely believed; the more sparkle the better! She loved shopping and tried never to miss a bargain.
She was a world traveler, loved to walk and cut grass for exercise, and loved to watch all sports (especially Wake Forest). She was a responsible pet owner and never lived life without pets in the house.
Anne was married forty-nine years to Tom Oakman (deceased) and found second love with her boyfriend – Ben Routh, for the past ten years. Anne is survived by her three children – daughter, Julia Anne – “Julie” and husband Keith Barringer, son Clarence Thomas – “Tommy” and wife Susan, and son Robert Grayson – “Robby”. She had seven grandchildren, Alex and wife Holly, Grayson, Jack, GraceLee, Virginia, Grady and Kelty.
On Saturday, March 7, 2020, there will be a public Wake at Barley’s Tap Room in downtown Spindale from 1:30 until 5:00, all are invited. A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, March 8, 2020 at the Spindale United Methodist Church in Spindale; services beginning at 2:00PM and friends received following the celebration in the life center. The family ask that you wear vibrant colors in honor of Anne.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336 Forest City NC 28043.
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    Sunday, March 8th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, March 8th, 2020 2:00pm
    Spindale United Methodist Church
    Address Not Available
    SPINDALE, NC 28160
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    Rev. Angela Burris

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Doug Huntley

Posted at 12:08pm
As a rather shy country boy, I was always comfortable in the presence of Mrs. Oakman and enjoyed the classes I had under her instruction. She just had a way about her that I'll always remember and I'm sure there are countless others that felt the same way I did. My sincere condolences to her family and many friends.

Mark Horne

Posted at 09:23pm
Julie, Tommy, and Robby, so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your families. .

Mark Horne

Virginia Ruppe (Ginger)

Posted at 07:02pm
Anne will be missed. She was a dear and caring person. From the time you folks moved in on Nebraska Street until recently I would see her walking the dog by mom's.(Lee Griffin) Please know that you are in
my thoughts and prayers. Ginger Ruppe

Nina Abrams

Posted at 11:15am
I am unsure how you explain the lose of a friend like Anne when they have been part of your life for over half a century. Someone who is much more family than friend! Someone who brings laughter and joy, and who is generous, loyal, supportive, honest, and gives us good counsel and wisdom. Someone who yes, sometimes gives us frustration. They are happy and rejoice with our success and happiness, and they stand with us in our failures and tragedies. If you have even a couple such people over your lifetime you are blessed beyond measure, and they are heaven sent. There are no real words to express that lose. It leaves the heart hurt and aching and an empty place that can't be filled. I miss her terribly already. I miss our calls and cards, and our ever rollercoaster, Wake Forest Sports. But I look forward to a time when we can see each other again where their is no brokenness or sickness, and we can make new memories that will never end. My very deepest condolences to you Julie, Tommy, and Robby. Love, and blessings always. Nina

Wanda James Hastings

Posted at 12:38am
So sorry to learn of Anne's death....but so thankful for the joyous life she lived.....what a blessing to all who knew her. She will always be remembered and loved. Wanda James Hastings

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