Retired Cpl. Roger L. Oates Sr. departed this life July 20, 2013, at the V.A. Medical Center in Clarksburg following a short illness. The eldest son of the late Clement Wade and Elfie Parrill Oates, Roger was born April 23, 1928.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Grace V. Walker Oates, whom he married Aug. 4, 1951. Also surviving are son Roger L. Oates Jr. and wife, Gwenda, of Buckhannon; his daughter, Mary Ann Oates, of Ellamore; grandsons Jamie Oates and wife, Becky, of Gassaway; and Jonathan Oates and wife, Brittany, of Fairmont; great grandchildren Jacob and Emily Oates; sisters Ruby Morris of Front Royal, Va.; Margel Hawkins of Stephen City, Va.; and Ida Mae Pugh of Woodstock, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Cynthia Lynn; grandson Donnie Grubb; sister Opal Hall and brothers Maurice and Darrell Oates.
Roger graduated from Capon Bridge High School. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and upon discharge began working as a city police officer in Capon Bridge, W.Va. He continued his law enforcement career by graduating from the West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute. He served the detachments in Oak Hill, Union/Peterstown, Rainelle, Blue Creek, Chelyan and Buckhannon, before retiring with 22 years of service. He then worked as court security with the U.S. District Court in Elkins. Roger served as deacon with Sand Run Baptist Church in Buckhannon. He was an avid hunter, liked to fish and was a wood worker in his spare time. He was a member of the American Legion West Virginia Post No. 7 and the West Virginia State Troopers Retired Members Association. He will be greatly missed. Friends were received Sunday, July 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sand Run Baptist Church. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today, Monday, July 22, 2013, at the church with the Rev. Donald Butcher officiating. The Upshur County Honor Guard will be conducting military services at the church. Graveside Service and burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. in the Quaker Cemetery near Capon Bridge. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home, who is in charge of the arrangements.