Charles Lynn Oakley, age 85 of Lebanon passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Eloise Oakley.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Pat Oakley; son, Michael (Adrienne) Oakley; daughters, Beth (Terry) Ashe, Susan O. Assunto and Cindy Leigh Oakley; brothers, James Barry Oakley and Edward Hester (Lucy) Oakley; 8 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Oakley was a 3-sport athlete at Lake Charles High School and received a football scholarship to Louisiana State University. At LSU he earned honors as a defensive safety and as a senior was captain of the team and chosen to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star game in Montgomery, AL. He was drafted and played professional football for the NFL Cardinals in Chicago. He began his 40 year education career as a teacher and coach for 17 years, was then a school principal for 13 years, administrator of middle schools for 2 years, then served as superintendent of the Calcasieu Parish School System for 8 years. The school system earned national and international recognition for the incorporation of computer technology in the classroom and the development of software for educational instruction for classroom teachers.
Mr. Oakley was also a past member of Lake Charles Kiwanis Club, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a 32and Degree Mason and Shriner. He was affiliated with the Methodist Church. Over the years he served as an usher, sunday school teacher for youth and adults, and served on the Board of Trustees. He also supervised the planning and construction of the daycare and pre-school facility at St. Luke Simpson Church in Lake Charles.
A memorial services and interment for Mr. Oakley will take place in Lake Charles, LA at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church, 1500 Country Club Road, Lake Charles, LA 70605.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of local arrangements (615) 444-7007, www.partlowchapel.com.