William Jaffrey Oates

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William Jaffrey Oates

December 24, 1956 ~ June 12, 2014 (age 57)


GREENSBORO – .  William Jaffrey Oates, 57, passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2014.  The family will have a visitation on Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 4:00PM- 7:00PM, at Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.



Thursday, June 19, 2014
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Chapel Directions
2110 Veasley Street
Greensboro, NC 27407

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  • June 17, 2014
    Patty Cone says:
    To the family of William "Bill" Oates. My heart is filled with deepest sympathy at this time for you all. I have had the pleasure of having worked with Bill and came to love and enjoy his presence when we worked together. He shared so much joy and laughter. His sense of humor was very exhilarating and pleasing to the soul. I am blessed to have been with Bill before his final moments; to have held his hands and give him some comfort. He will truly be missed and remain loved by all of us here at the Sheraton-Koury dwelling. May God continue to bless and heal your wounds during this time of sorrow. Stay strong in the Lord and know that God will see you through this time.

  • June 19, 2014
    Constance Oates-Harris says:
    Even though it has been many, many years since we have all been in touch, I wanted to express my sincere and heartfelt sympathy for the loss our "Billy". I have many fond childhood memories of him. Especially his striking resemblance of Beatles member " John Lennon".  I remember "Billy" having a kind and gentle presence always. He really enjoyed to listening to his albums.  I often think about Aunt Sylvia playing away at her piano and all of us sitting in the living room singing and laughing. Larry, Kevin, Scott and all of sisters eating lots of cereal mostly without milk and right out of the box.  We must all treasure our memories and keep our faith. He is up there smiling down on us.  Probably hanging out with John Lennon discussing music and art. Most lovingly, Coni

  • July 05, 2014
    Chester Old says:
    I am so sad to hear this news.  I went to The Atlanta College of Art with Bill but we lost touch after we graduated.  I remember Bill as a kind and good person.  I am so sorry for your loss. Best, Chester

  • July 08, 2014
    Linda Catoe says:
    I would like to extend my sympathies for your loss and for the loss of a great friend and a most talented artist.  He will be missed.

  • July 12, 2014
    Teresa Powell says:
    To Bill's family I was so saddened to hear of Bill's passing. I had the privilege of working with Bill for over at year. He was a very talented and gifted person. I loved him dearly and will always remember his wonderful laughter Love to Bill, Teresa

  • August 09, 2014
    Mark Kerwin says:
    I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing, and share my sadness and condolences with all of Bill's family and friends. Although I only met Bill a few times, I was really touched by him and his kind and gentle nature. His art work continues to share with me everyday a truly unique presence that has a profound sense of spirit. A piece he painted for me called "Are We Going Swimming?" aka "Morning Wood" is one of my favorite pieces of art of all time, and keeps me company in my office every day. Bill, you will smile down on me from your art and continue to inspire me to support artists. I will miss you. Thank you for sharing your art and talent with me.

  • November 29, 2022
    Mike L says:
    Found a wonderful pastel in second-hand store entitled "The American Dream (What is that smell in the air)." I snapped it up quickly, wondering why in the world would anyone would get rid of this amazing and humorous work - and thankful that I found it before anyone else. Although a bit difficult at first, I tracked it down as Bill's work. Trust that it will be taken care of and passed down, with his information on the back, so he won't be forgotten.