Sharon Purvis Oakes 58, entered Heaven peacefully on Sunday, June 5, 2016 surrounded by her family, at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

Funeral Service will be held at 5:00 PM, Thursday June 9, 2016 at Calvary Baptist Church, Robbins, NC,  with the Dr. Bill Cooper, Reverend Brad Harrison and Reverend Robert L. Kidd officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 3:00 PM and at other times at the home.

Sharon was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and aunt. She was at her best when she was helping family or friends. She had a gift of being able to share a conversation with people she met in all walks of life.  It brought her great joy just to connect.   Sharon enjoyed shopping trips and any time spent at the beach.  She was a graduate of Appalachian State University and a retired Real Estate Appraiser for New Hanover County. She will be greatly missed, but was reunited with her twin sister, Karen, who preceded her in death. Sharon was a daughter of the late Dewitt and Sylvia Horner Purvis.

Sharon is survived by husband, William “ Billy” Oakes; daughter: Vanessa Williams and husband Mark; son:  Andrew Oakes and wife Megan; grandson: Gunnar;  sister: Geraldine Boyd and husband Billy; several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Sharon’s family would like to remind everyone to consider the “Gift of Life” through organ donation.  It changes more than one life.

Kennedy Funeral Home is assisting the Oakes family.

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  1. Your family will be in my thoughts during this most difficult time. Sharon was such a sweet lady and I’m sure leaves behind many fond memories.

  2. Please accept Rowan, Jared and my sympathies. We will keep you and all the Oakes Family in our thoughts and prayers.

    LT DAN

  3. May God grant strength to each of you in such a time of sorrow. Our deepest sympathy to each of you.

  4. Billy and family,

    My deepest sympathy to you all at this most difficult time. Working with you and Sharon at the Onslow County Tax Office will always be great memories. Sharon was such a sweet person with the biggest smile. God Bless You and always

  5. Such rejoicing in Heaven, we can be sure, when Sharon arrived!! I can see the smiles from here! As the song says, ‘more to go to Heaven for than I had yesterday’! May the Good Lord wrap His arms around you all and give you comfort at this time and beyond!

  6. I worked with Sharon at the tax office in Pender County. We became good friends. I loved her smile, her laugh and she had the best personality. She could talk with anybody angry or not. Who could not love Sharon. No matter where you are, Sharon will be wi

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