We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home
Mr. Russell Oates, Jr., 53, of Copley formerly of Youngstown, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at his home.
Mr. Oates was born December 15, 1968 in Youngstown, a son of Russell Sr. and Alice Hayden Oates. He was a graduate of Matthew High School in Vienna where he played football and basketball. Russell graduated from Kent State University with a BS degree in Business Administration, and was working on his MA degree. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity. He was a self-employed financial consultant; was the board president for the Academy for Urban Scholars High School, and was involved with the African American Male Wellness Walk. Russell was a member of St. Andrewes A.M.E. Church. He enjoyed golf, basketball and was an avid Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers fan.
He is survived by his dear mother, Alice of Liberty Twp; two brothers, Elder Eric (Bess) Hayden of Campbell, and John (Pamela) Gregory of Columbus; nieces, Sherri and Devonne; nephews, Eric Jr., Derrick, Jared, Wayne, Francesco and Perry; seven great nieces, three great nephews; and three special cousins, Hilda Atwood, Geni (Gary Sr.) Williams and Carol Ann Griffin; other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Russell Sr.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrewes A.M.E. Church, 521 W. Earl Avenue, Youngstown 44511. Funeral services will follow at 1:00 p.m. Due to the pandemic, all guests are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing.
Services of Love and Dignity entrusted to the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to St. Andrewes A.M.E. Church.