Okey and his wife Nelda made their home in Grafton in 1959, where he remained a resident the rest of his life. They were married for 58 years and raised four girls, Brenda, Janet, Dawn and Tammy. He was a member of the Richmond Chapel Church in West Virginia and was the father of four, grandfather of nine, great-grandfather of 19 and a friend to all. He enjoyed camping, bluegrass music, hunting, working in his garden, flea markets, repairing or rebuilding anything he could find and loved being with his family. Okey was a man of many careers and was the happiest when he was working. A veteran of the Korean War, Okey served as a medic, where he put his life on the line to save fellow soldiers. After moving to Grafton, he worked for the Fulton Funeral Home, driving ambulance and helping with funeral services. He retired from General Motors in 1992 after 23 years of service. He then worked for Fred's Auto, driving tow trucks, working in the garage and driving in the Grafton parades. The past few years, Okey enjoyed working for Jack Matia Chevrolet and Honda, where he made many friends. Okey will be deeply missed by his family, friends and the community.
He is survived by his wife Nelda (Whitesel) Stout; daughters, Brenda Stout, Janet Porter, Dawn (Jamey) Gardner, Tammy (Raymond) Smith; grandchildren, Rickie (Kathy) Porter, Misty (Kirk) Carter, Matthew (Stephanie) Porter, Daniel (Kristen) Stout, Cory Young, Cody Young, Amber Smith, Courtney Smith, Brandon Smith; and by 19 great- grandchildren. Survivors also include his brother, David (Ada) Stout; sisters, Allie Deall, Shirley (Robert) McMillen and Julie (David) White.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ida Stout; and sister, Nellie Stout.
Friends may call in the Blackburn-Duke Funeral Home, 1021 Main St., Grafton, Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 5 until 8 P.M. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 25, 2014, at 11 A.M., in the Mount PIsgah Missionary Baptist Church, 39888 Parsons Rd., Grafton, with Elder Joe Dossa, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made, in Okey's name, to the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.blackburnfuneralhome.com