Helen B. Chumbley Oakes, 76, of Russell Springs, KY passed away on Friday, June 11, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center in Somerset, KY. She was born on June 18, 1944 in Russell County, the daughter of the late John and Ermine Roy Chumbley.
Helen married Lewell “Beager” Oakes on August 15, 1964 in Jamestown, Tennessee. The couple shared over 53 years together, working the family dairy farm side by side. Helen loved making her flower beds and enjoyed embroidering, sewing and quilting.
Along with her parents, Helen was preceded in death by “the love of her life”, her husband, Lewell “Beager” Oakes, who passed away on March 10, 2018; her daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Jo Oakes; 3 brothers: Ernest Chumbley, Arlis Chumbley and Carlus Chumbley; and 5 sisters: Velna Oakes, Goldie McQueary, Dortha Hopper, Lorene Popplewell and Betty Bunch.
2 daughters: Lisa Burton (& Kelly, Jr.) and Pamela Lewis (& Curtis), both of Russell Springs, KY
4 grandchildren: Ashley Ellen Hill (& Daniel) of Somerset, KY; Joshua Burton, Leonard Coppage (& Ashley), and Nicholas Coppage (& Tabitha), all of Russell Springs, KY
1 step-grandson: Alex Lewis, of Atlanta, Georgia
6 great-grandchildren: Cooper Hill and Kinsley Hill of Somerset, KY; Jaxtyn Burton and Jensyn Burton, Tyson Coppage and Blayton Coppage, all of Russell Springs, KY
2 step-great-grandchildren: Ethan Coenen of Russell Springs, KY; Buck Lewis of Atlanta, Georgia
2 God-sons: Benjamin Oakes of Russell Springs, KY; Brent Oakes of Hernando, Mississippi
2 sisters: Modene Brockman (& Dorman) of Milford, Ohio; Alice Marie Stephens of Jamestown, KY
Funeral Service: Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 2:00pmCT at Bernard Funeral Home with Bro. Kelly Burton, Jr. and Bro. Daniel Hill officiating
Burial: Parks Ridge Cemetery
Visitation: Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 4:00pm-8:00pmCT at Bernard Funeral Home
Musical selections will be by "The Singing Byrds".
Helen’s funeral arrangements are entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.bernardfuneralhome.com