Power of Local
Oakey’s Funeral Services is a known name by most households in Southwest Virginia. It has been that way for over 100 years. In fact, Oakey’s story starts in 1866. John M. Oakey was the founder of the business which is now one of the most well-known funeral service providers in the area, if not the state of Virginia.
The local ownership and family atmosphere of Oakey’s was a direct contrast to the competition at the time. The area was very welcoming to the locally owned and operated company. This trusting relationship allowed Oakey’s to better serve families in their times of need. By the end of the twentieth century, Oakey’s had become one of the Roanoke Valley’s larger employers, with over 130 staff members on its roster.
Oakey’s has always had an eagerness to adapt and improve the services they offered. John Oakey is said to have been one of the first funeral directors in the South to introduce metal caskets. In 1914, John Oakey continued innovating right into the automotive industry. The firm motorized its equipment, while still maintaining a horse-drawn hearse for families who were not accustomed to automobiles. These sorts of innovations only strengthened their appeal to the area.
Since Oakey’s inception, the company has always been involved in supporting it’s community. Oakey’s has worked with organizations such as the Masons, Scottish Rite, Shriners, PTA, United Way, Lions, Jaycees, and neighborhood alliances. Chambers of Commerce and other associations are also represented at Oakey’s. As Oakey’s approaches their fifteenth decade of serving the area’s families, their rich and vivid legacy Oakey’s continues into the hands of their desire to help their community when they need it the most. We’re proud to serve Oakey’s Funeral Services in the way they serve their community: with service and support with a smile.