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Bernice Oakes

Bernice Oakes, 88, of Pikeville died Saturday, September 3, 2011. She was a charter member of Pineland Gospel Mission.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Oakes; sisters, Beulah Knight and Ella Rose Miller; brothers, Carl, William and Ernest Loyd.

Survivors include daughters, Rama Smith of Crossville, Lovetta (James) Howard of Pikeville; son Darvin Lee (Jennifer) Oakes of Knoxville; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, Glenn (Marion) Loyd of Pikeville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were held September 5 in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Darvin Oakes and Bro. Denton Martin officiating. Burial was in Blankenship Cemetery.

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Arrangements were made by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home in Pikeville.

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