|Former Teacher and Principal Passes:|
Oakdale School has lost an alumnus and former teacher and principal. Sam Hoskins,
Class of 1963, passed away Sunday, November 4, after battling oral cancer for more
than four years. Before beginning his teaching career, Mr. Hoskins was a commissioned
officer in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam where he suffered severe wounds. He
taught at Oakdale during the 1973-74 school year and returned to Oakdale School for
good at the beginning of the 1979-80 school year.
During his tenure at Oakdale School, Mr. Hoskins taught elementary classes, was over
the Title 1 Reading Lab, served as assistant principal, and served as principal. He was
very involved in all aspects of school life and was an excellent role model for students.
Mr. Hoskins had a wonderful rapport with the faculty, the staff, and the student body.
Mr. Hoskins is survived by his wife Jeanette (a former Oakdale teacher), son and
daughter-in-law John and Sabrina, godson Dru Miller, and brother Dr. William Hoskins.
Mr. Hoskins will be missed by all who knew him.
The Class of 1960 notes the passing of a classmate, Patricia Coffman Butler, on
September 19, 2008. Pat had fought a tough three and half year battle with cancer. She
leaves behind her husband Stan, her son Ernie (Oakdale Class of 1994) and his wife
Jennifer, granddaughters Cora and Courtney, two sisters, two brothers, and special
niece Nancy Scott and her children. She will be missed.
Barbara Oakley Hayes wanted to note the recent passing of long-time friend and
classmate Jean Summers Knickley. Jean and her sister Mildred Summers Davis,
along with Barbara, Jo Moore Phillips, and Ann Ashley became life-long friends in
elementary school. After graduation from high school, the ladies remained close even
though life's journey took a couple of them far away from Oakdale. Barbara and Jean
were the travelers and often headed back to Oakdale and friends from wherever they
Barbara Isaacs Meece wanted to note the recent passing of her sister Eleanor Ruth
Isaacs Helton. The ladies grew up in Oakdale but moved to Kentucky to finish high