David Cameron Oates II, age 28, of Saint Albans, WV and formerly of Petersburg, WV passed from this life on Thursday, March 4, 2021 in CAMC General Hospital in Charleston, WV as a result of a drug overdose. Born August 12, 1992 in Winchester, VA he was the son of the late David Cameron Oates and Stacey Snyder Simmons and bonus father Jerry Lee Simmons.
Preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Evelyn JoAnn Snyder and Clyde W. Snyder and paternal grandparents Charlotte Rohrbaugh (Brooke Rohrbaugh) and Olin Richard “Dick” Oates, Sr.
Surviving in addition to his mother and bonus father are 1 daughter, Kaia Rose Oates of Moorefield, WV (Mary Mumford, Mother of Kala), 2 sisters, Charlotte V. Whetzel (husband, Christopher Whetzel) and Danielle L. Shriver (husband, Jacob Shriver) of Petersburg, WV. Bonus sisters, Amanda Simmons of Winchester, VA and Gwen Humble (husband, Josh Humble) of Bridgeport, WV. 9 nieces, Sadie, Sarah & Emma Franz, Makenah, Mia and Kambrie Shriver, Paige, Avery and Sophia Humble. 1 nephew, Carson E. Whetzel. Also surviving is his fiance’ Katelyn R. Rose and unborn baby Oates, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Cameron was a 2010 graduate of Petersburg High School where he enjoyed playing basketball, baseball and golf. He was on the state golf team 2008-2010. Cameron was a lifelong sports enthusiast, was a friend to many, and held a special place in the hearts of his family. His smile would light up a room and his proudest moment was becoming a father to his beautiful daughter, Kaia Rose.
Cameron lost his battle to drug addiction here on earth, but drugs could not rob him of his home in heaven because his salvation was made secure by Jesus on the cross. Even though he constantly battled his own addiction, he could be found encouraging others and trying to help them on the road to recovery. He led many to Christ in the last year. Along with being reunited with family that has passed before him, Cameron is also reunited with his best friend and mentor, Richard “Cricket” Simmons. David Cameron Oates II will be missed by his family and friends more than words can express. If you are battling addiction, please take the steps to ask for help. Recovery is possible and you are worth it.
Family will receive friends on Monday, March 8, 2021 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Schaeffer Funeral Home with brother-in-law, Christopher L. Whetzel officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Joy Snyder Coby Memorial Foundation, 1508 Hutter Road, Fisher, WV 26818.
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