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ATHENS Bennie Marvin Oxley, 84, of Athens went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Beckley. Born May 11, 1932 in Athens, he was the son of the late Estel and Deliliah Martin Oxley.
Bennie was a 1950 graduate of Athens High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War. He retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad after 40 years of service. Bennie had been a lifelong resident of Athens and was a member of Gloryland Baptist Church in Camp Creek.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Ralph, Harold, James, Clarence "Tink", and Pearis Oxley; and two sisters, Rosalie McKenzie and Margaret Shupp. Bennie was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ethel Hedrick Oxley of Athens; one son, Greg Oxley and wife Kim of Athens; one daughter, Janet Tedder and husband Mike of Spanishburg; four grandchildren, Morgan Oxley, Emily Lilly and husband Luke, Matthew McGrady and Lexi, and Michael McGrady; one great-grandson, Noah McGrady; several nieces and nephews; and special lifelong friend, Charles Scott and his wife Janet of Beckley.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2017 at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with Pastor John Houghton, Pastor Jack Barber, and Pastor Jamie Mattox officiating. Burial will follow in Athens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dickie Oxley, Danny Oxley, Tim Oxley, Butch Barton, Matthew McGrady, Michael McGrady, Luke Lilly, Mike Porter, Jr., and Steve Gunter. Honorary pallbearers will be Ed Oxley and Charles Scott. Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the Mercer County Veterans Honor Guard.
Friends may call from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.seaverfuneralservice.com
Published on April 29, 2017
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