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.
Marjene Schrader, Manager, Certified Cremation Specialist and Certified Grief Companion has been with Oakey’s Pet Funeral Home since 2010. Marjene is also a Certified Pet Loss Professional (CPLP). She understands the relationships that families have with their pets and is very passionate about helping them through their grief. Marjene was raised in Roanoke and graduated from William Fleming High School in 1995. She still resides in Roanoke with her son, Daniel. Marjene has a large fur-family of her own and she loves them all. They consist of two Chinese Crested (Zero and Jaxx), one Xolo (Link), and one very spoiled Shephard/Pyr mix (Sage).
Shawn Linkous, Certified Cremation Specialist, is more than happy to offer his assistance with all aspects of cremation services at Oakey’s Pet Funeral Home & Crematory. Shawn enlisted in the US Army in 1992 and served until 1997. While in the Army he deployed to Dade County Florida for Hurricane Andrew relief and to Somalia and Haiti for humanitarian efforts and relief. Shawn lives in Roanoke with his son Taylor and two crazy cats, Houdini and Aurora.
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.
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 goodbye, as well as finding comfort and acceptance in closure — right to the very end.