Roy Howell Oakley (’59)

Roy Howell Oakley
June 13, 1932 – December 25, 2021

Roy Howell Oakley passed away peacefully at home on Christmas afternoon December 25, 2021. Born June 13, 1932, to George Albert Oakley and Carrie Caroline Mallett. He was the grandson of George Monroe Oakley and Frances Watson. Roy?s father died of pneumonia when he was just two years old and raised by his mother.

He was raised in Burnet and Lampasas graduating from Lampasas High School in 1950. Soon after graduation, Roy was drafted into military service and spent most of his tour in France and Germany constructing communication lines. Upon returning from the service, he attained his Pharmacy degree from the University of Houston. He moved back to Burnet to help his mother and became partners with David Allbritton to form Allbritton & Oakley Pharmacy on the square. The name later shortened to A&O Pharmacy.

In 1963, he met and married Norma Sue ?Pokey? Gibbs Snider. She had been raised in Burnet, but was a widow, whose husband M.L. Snider, had been killed in a private airplane crash. Pokey had moved back to Burnet with her three children, Eddie, Sue, and Alan, to be close to her family. Roy and Pokey’s first date was attending a Burnet High School football game. After marrying Roy, they had two sons George and James. While raising all five kids, Roy served 12 years on the Burnet School Board, several years on the Burnet City Council as well as many years on the Seton Health Fund and the Industrial Foundation. He served as President of the Chamber of Commerce from 1964-1965. The Oakley’s were members of the First Baptist Church of Burnet. He eventually retired, selling the drug store in the late 1990?s. He was an avid bass fisherman, tennis player and later, picked up on pickle ball at the YMCA. Pokey passed away in 2012.

In 2013 he met and married Freddie who had been widowed with three children: Katherine, Mark and Gary.

Roy is survived by his children and spouses, Eddie & Cynthia Ross-Snider, Sue & Doug Brunson, Alan & Kathy Snider, George & Tammye Oakley, James & Julie Oakley, Katherine & Norman Culver, Mark & Kathy Watson, Gary & Terresa Watson. All together, there are 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Roy is also survived by his only brother, Willis Albert “Diddar” Oakley.

Visitation at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 306 E Polk Street in Burnet at 5-7pm. Wednesday, December 29 and funeral service Thursday, December 30, 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 108 Vanderveer Street in Burnet. Internment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery between Bethel & Lake Victor on FM2340.

By News Staff on Tuesday, December 28, 2021

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