Alice Pauline Oates

Alice Pauline Oates

Alice Pauline Oates Statesville Carolina Cremation Statesville

Alice Pauline Oates, 100, of Winchester, VA, passed away peacefully on Friday April 7, 2017 at the Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, NC. Ms. Oates was born on October 22, 1916 in Winchester, VA to the late George and Anna Belle Lake McFarland.

She was the first employee hired at Doubleday in Berryville, VA. where she retired after 25 yrs in 1979. She enjoyed LIFE to the fullest which included spending time with her family and friends. She loved music, dancing, playing cards, and watching game shows. When ask how she lived to be 100 she’d say it was her Dr…..Dr Pepper.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Hetzel E. Oates,Sr.; two brothers, four sisters, and one granddaughter.

She is survived by her sister Delores Clark- McAllen,TX; daughters Patricia Wooley- Harlingen, TX., Jackie Gochenour and Bob- Statesville NC; sons; Hetzel E. Oates Jr. and Peggy- Winchester VA, Larry Oates and Diann- Jasper, IN., Ricky Oates- Woodbridge, VA.; ten grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews all of whom she loved very much. She also had two special girls she thought of as granddaughters, Trinity and Izzy.

Prior to her move to NC she attended Winchester Church Of God where her Celebration Of Life will be held Sunday October 8, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Carolina Cremation of Salisbury and Charlotte is serving the Oates family. Online condolences may be made at

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  1. Sonny Miller says:

    Jackie, I know how hard this is. I can only hope that you realize that you were able to share her joy for so many years. When I visited you last year, I could see how active she was and that memory will always be precious

  2. Carol McFarlane Drewnowski says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Mrs Oates was such a wonderful and happy woman; i always remember she had a smile on her face every time I saw her. I spent so much time in the Oates home when I was young. Such a warm and loving home I was fortunate to be a part of in the 60’s. Hetzel and Alice together again, warms my heart. Love, hugs and prayers to all of you!

  3. Freda L. Piper says:

    To all the Oates family, some may not remember me, but being a friend of Jackie`s I was always made to feel at home in Hetzel and Alice`s home. Sweeter people can not be found. RIP Alice, You lived a wonderful life and was loved by many. God knows you were tired and he gave you rest. Hugs to all. Love ya Jackie

  4. gerald oates says:

    Jackie my condodlences your mom was one of a kind a great lady so many years God gave to her and your family love hugs and prayers to all of you

  5. Norma Tindle says:

    My earthly and eternal friend. She was so many things to so many. She was my card playin, crab pickin, , stop smoking , road runnin, singin, dancin, never give up, laugh till it hurts, where we goin, huggin friend!! God gave me a family through her! I will miss her like crazy but laugh at all the memories we shared! What a ride I had with Ms Alice!!! Will love you throughout eternity! Your “when you comin down” bed buddy… Norma

  6. Sandra Stotler says:

    Words can’t express how sorry I am for your loss, I know how close you were. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. carl alvin baker says:

    Jackie and Family
    My condolences on the lost of your mom.
    I did not know her, but wow what a long life to have her with you and your prayers are with you.
    Alvin Baker

  8. Trudy Longerbeam says:

    Jackie and Family,

    My deepest condolences for the loss of your mom.

    I had the pleasure to work with Alice at Doubleday. I enjoyed conversations I had with Jackie throughout recent years about her mom and how special she was to her family.

    May your many wonderful memories of her comfort you.

  9. Joyce Ring says:

    I am sorry about the loss of your Mother. I have many warm memories of Alice.