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Dora Lee Oakes


Dora Lee Oakes, 90, a longtime resident of Granville County passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020 at her home.

She was born January 5, 1930 in Vance County to the late Plennie A. White and Pearl Journigan White. She was a member of Tabbs Creek Baptist Church where she was a devoted Sunday School Teacher for many years. Dora Lee worked at Leggett’s in Henderson and was a homemaker.

Due to Public Health Concerns, a private graveside services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in Tabbs Creek Baptist Church Cemetery by Rev. Stan Jenkins. To view the graveside services remotely, please click on the following link prior to the start of the service:

Surviving are her son, Michael E. Duke (Audrey) of Oxford; a sister, Barbara Preddy of Oxford; four grandsons, Chris Duke (Nicole) and their children, Aiden, Eli, and Collin Duke, Ryan Duke (Mary Claire) and their daughter, Charley Duke, Dustin Duke (Kaitlen Poe), Blair Duke, (Heather Clopton) and sister- in- laws; Frances Murray and Mildred Oakes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Oakes and a sister, Jessie Pendleton.

Memorials may be made to Tabbs Creek Baptist Church in care of Alice Overton, 6537 Harold O’Brien Rd. Oxford, NC 27565.


  • Jenny Whitman Posted March 30, 2020 5:45 pm

    Our prayers go out for my neighbor and her family Mike and Audrey. Rest in peace and be with God.

  • Russell Murray Posted March 30, 2020 6:11 pm

    Dora Lee , was a wonderful person ! I will miss her ! Praying for the family! God bless !

  • Macon Carrington Posted March 31, 2020 12:06 am

    To Mike and Audrey:
    Ann and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We are truly sorry. May God grant you peace and comfort.
    Sincerely, Macon

  • Michelle Ashe Batista Posted March 31, 2020 6:25 pm

    Wishing we could be there with you today. Aunt Dora Lee brought many laughs, smiles and travels to the Murray family throughout the years.
    Psalm 23:6
    John 14:1-4

  • Alice and Wayne Overton Posted March 31, 2020 8:12 pm

    You will always miss such a special mother, grandmother, and Christian lady who was always ready and willing to do whatever was needed at Tabbs Creek Church. We pray that God will give you peace and sweet memories. Knowing that she is no longer suffering and is in the arms of her Lord has to be a comfort. We will always remember her big smile, her loving personality, her love for her family, her willingness to help others. I especially remember how good she was to my mother when Daddy passed away in 1980. Dora Lee will be missed by everyone who knew her. May God be especially near to you at this time; may He comfort you; and give you peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Susan Jones Posted April 1, 2020 8:26 pm

    What a beautiful lady! What a remarkable lady, with a heart of gold! Dora Lee will always be cherished and remembered often. It has been a true privilege to know her and to love her. Her sweet spirit will forever be with us. May our Lord wrap his arms around each of you and comfort you as only He can. Know that you are loved and prayed for as you go into the days ahead.

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