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3701 East 7th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 781-1711
Fax: (417)-781-3916
Darrel Oakes

Darrel Lee Oakes

Sunday, July 27th, 1958 - Wednesday, January 1st, 2020
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Darrel Lee Oakes, age 61, of Oologah, Oklahoma, formerly of Neosho, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, following, a ruptured aortic aneurysm.

Darrel was born on July 27, 1958 in Joplin, Missouri, the son of Forrest Lee Oakes and Mary Kathryn (Cook) Oakes. He graduated from Neosho High School in 1976. He married Paula Wilton, on July 2, 1977 in Joplin, enjoying a forty-two (42) year love affair, and together they had one son, Jacob. Darrel was the plant manager for the AmeriGas propane company in Tulsa, Oklahoma . He was a past member of Southside Apostolic Faith Church, where he had served on the church board, and a past member of Uncommon Life Church in Joplin. He was a current member of Life Church in Owasso, Oklahoma, where he served on the” host team”, was a mentor for the “marriage team” and a mentor for other church team programs. Darrel had a true servant’s heart; he was totally devoted to bringing people to Christ. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

Darrel was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Kathryn Oakes in 2015; and, a brother, Garold L. Oakes in 1975.

He is survived by his wife of forty-two (42) years, Paula J. Oakes of Oologah, Oklahoma, one son, Jacob L. Oakes and wife, Charity, Joplin, MO; his father, Forrest Lee Oakes, Neosho, Missouri, one brother, Carol L. Oakes and wife, Gaytha, Hohenwald, Tennessee; two sisters, Iletha K. Bard and husband, Mark, Tipton Ford, Missouri, and Anita K. Oakes and Phillip A. Glades, three grand-children, Lidia, John and Boyd; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday at Forest Park Baptist Church in Joplin, Missouri (Main campus). Pastor Richard Morris will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, near Stella, Missouri.

The visitation will be 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Memorial contributions may be given to Life Church Missions in care of the mortuary.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Chapel
    3701 E. 7th Street
    Joplin, MO 64801
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  • Service

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 1:00pm
    Forest Park Baptist Church
    725 S. Highview Ave.
    Joplin, Missouri 64801
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    Pastor Richard Morris
  • Interment

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 |
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
    Union Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Long View, Missouri
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Kervyn Smith

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Welcome Home to Heaven God says. If you thought the fishing and hunting have been good. You haven't seen nothing yet. The crystal sea and all the streams in Heaven are loaded with fish you have never seen. I think you will love your mansion that I have prepared for you overlooking the crystal sea. Just in case you like to Golf. You now have your very own 19 hole golf course to play whenever you like, with whoever you like. The best part about Heaven is Jesus Christ is always close by and He wants to spend time with you Face to Face. So Welcome Home my son....this is God's Forever Heaven prepared for all who will believe in my Son Jesus and tell others about his love. May all those who knew Darrel live for Jesus and see him again and know Peace and Comfort and Blessings!

Kenny & Ramona Laramore

Posted at 04:26pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God Bless you and your family, from Trinity Apostolic Faith Church Cave Springs, AR.
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Paul and Kim Foerster

Posted at 10:10am
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Grace Pierson

Posted at 01:48pm
I have been searching for words of comfort, but I know that God is taking care of that for me. I am praying for you, knowing this is the most important thing I can do since I can’t be there. But I am there in spirit as this continues to be on my mind. But I know, that Darrel made it to Heaven before all of us! “Darrel fought a good fight, he finished his course, he kept the faith.” 2 Tim 4:7. I love you very much Paula!! The Holy Spirit is there to bring “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27. I know that God is not done with your walk and your ministry, but He is and will be there with you through each day! Love You, Grace Ann

Grace Ann (Beeler) Pierson

Posted at 12:13pm
I don't have words to express your loss, but want you to know my heart and prayers are being sent for you and the family. Love You Dear Friend!
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