Our Dedicated Staff
Samuel Goode Oakey, III represents the fifth generation of the Oakey family in the funeral profession and has been President of Oakey’s Funeral Service since 1998. An animal advocate for as long as he can remember, Sammy is passionate about his dog, Stella. Sammy serves on the Board for The League for Animal Protection and is very active in the community. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Roanoke, Business Men’s Club, Lakeland Lodge #190, AF&AM, Roanoke Scottish Rite Bodies, and the Kazim Shrine Temple. Sammy and his wife, Mitzi, have one son, Sam, IV.
Michelle Shook, Manager of Oakey’s Pet Funeral Home & Crematory, Certified Cremation Specialist and Certified Pet Loss Professional, has been a member of the Oakey’s Funeral Service staff since 1994 and has been involved in every aspect of funeral service. Michelle understands the Oakey’s tradition of care for the families we serve and wishes to carry this expectation to our facility focused on pets. Michelle loves animals and as a member of the Oakey’s team before the Pet Funeral Home opened, she waited patiently for the day she could be a part of Oakey’s Pet Funeral Home and Crematory. Michelle, is available to serve you and is happy to answer questions or help in any way. Living in Check, Virginia with a menagerie of animals, Michelle is married to William and has two children, Emily and Elizabeth.
Marjene Schrader, Certified Cremation Specialist and Certified Grief Companion has been with Oakey’s Pet Funeral Home since 2010. Marjene has also completed courses to be a Certified Pet Loss Professional. She understands the relationships that families have with their pets and is very passionate in helping them through their grief. Marjene was raised in Roanoke and graduated from William Fleming High School in 1995. She resides in Troutville, Virginia with her husband, Lee, and her son, Daniel. Marjene has a large fur-family of her own and she loves them all. They range from a small Yorkie, Wolf Man, to a Clydesdale, Shamus. Marjene also fosters several animals each year and enjoys bottle feeding newborns.
Kristiana Overstreet, Cremation Specialist, is honored to assist your family. Kristiana lives in Roanoke with her husband, William, their two daughters and many dogs and cats.
Sue Brewer, Receptionist, has been with the Pet Funeral Home since it opened in December of 2009. Retired from the Roanoke County School System in 1999, Sue’s free time is spent at church and taking parrots to outreach events throughout the valley. She and her husband, Larry, are “parronts” to an assortment of feathered “children.” When asked if her job is sad, she usually replies, “No, it’s a blessing to help folks go to the very end with their pets.”
Martha Courser, Receptionist, joined Oakey’s Pet Funeral Home and Crematory in February 2016 after retiring from a career in Human Resources. Her passion has been rescuing cats and kittens for over 30 years. Working through Veterinarians To Cats has resulted in adopting out many kitties to wonderful loving homes in the Roanoke Valley. Having her own fur children and experiencing the loss of her own pets, Martha understands how important it is to honor and respect your pet as you say good bye, as well as finding comfort and acceptance in closure — right to the very end.
Lee Dooley, Transport, has been involved with pet rescue for over 20 years and enjoys spending time with his girl, Ellie, a rescue shihtzu. He completed his criminal justice degree before joining the Oakey’s family. A Roanoke native, Lee enjoys being surrounded by the beautiful mountains and hiking it’s many trails. He takes pride in helping transport animals to the rainbow bridge. In his free time Lee enjoys playing drums and lead vocals in a local band.