Franklin Keith Oates, 87, of Archer, Fla.. died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at The Haven Hopice in Gainesville, Fla.
He was born in Keyser, W.V. He served in the Armed Forces during World War II. He moved his family to Fulton in the 1950s where he started Oates’s Garage on the corner of New York Route 3 and County Route 6 in Volney. He worked at Air-Cool Motors, Nestle, and Bob Tretsch’s garage until moving to Florida for health reasons.
He was predeceased by his mother, Viola Davis, and his grandson, Josh Felmey.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Ellen Oates: four children, Cheryl (Les) Holmes of Fulton, David (Kirsten) Oates of Fulton, Norma Falter of Plant City, Fla., and George (Cindy) Oates of Leesburg, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Heather (James) Class of Florida, Erica Bradley of New York, Jamie Oates of Florida, Steven Oates of Florida, Justin Oates of Florida, Timothy (Bethany) Falter of Florida, and Christopher (Melissa) Falter of Florida; and 13 great-grandchildren. Services will be held in Florida at a later date.