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Cool Springs Baptist Church
Friday October 8th, 2021
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Cool Springs Baptist Church
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Karen Brown Oldham

Karen Brown Oldham, 64 of Sanford passed away Wednesday October 6, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 3:00pm Friday at Cool Springs Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Cameron Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Oldham was born in Winston Salem, daughter of the late Robert Henry “Bob” Brown and Carole Yow Brown. She was preceded in death by a son, Justin Matthew Wright and her brother, Reggie Brown. She enjoyed reading, movies, painting by numbers and her time at the beach. She was a graduate of Benhaven High School, Sandhills Community College and Methodist University.

Karen spent her life striving to help others and centered her career in the area of healthcare. She worked for Cape Fear Valley Hospital, St. Joseph of the Pines and most recently, with Eurofins. Although she enjoyed her time with these organizations, her greatest joy was working with Volunteers of America and the NC PACE Program, which provides all-inclusive care for the elderly. She spearheaded the expansion and building of two new facilities in Fayetteville, NC and Durham, NC. She continued to advocate for seniors by serving on the Lee County Senior Services Advisory Board.

Special thanks to her health team at Duke Cancer Center and First Health Hospice for their wonderful care during her time of her illness. Her family would also like to honor Karen’s desire to improve the care and quality of life for seniors by encouraging others to make contributions to the Lee County Enrichment Center in her honor.

Surviving are two sons, Ryan Hedgepath (Holly) of Broadway, and John Robert Wright (Lucia) of Hillsborough; daughter-in-law, Terri Wright of Spring Lake; sister, Lisa Godwin (Rocky) of Topsail Beach; grandchildren, Natalee Wright, Camden Wright, MacKenzie Hedgepath and Ariel Wright.

The family will receive friends at the Church beginning at 2:00 pm Friday prior to the funeral service.

Memorials can be made to The Enrichment Center, Inc. - The Helping Fund, 1615 South 3rd St., Sanford, NC 27330.

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A candle was lit in memory of Karen Oldham

Loraine Way Hockaday Oct 21 2021 12:54 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Karen Oldham

Keith Graham Oct 19 2021 9:58 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Karen at LIFE St. Joseph of the Pines in Fayetteville. She was kind hearted with a gentle spirit. Karen was a blessing to so many of us. May God bless & comfort her family.

Connie Oct 19 2021 6:25 PM

I had the pleasure to work with Karen at Cape Fear. She was a sweet person. So sorry for your loss.

Donna Hagerman Oct 14 2021 9:26 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Karen Oldham

Linda Keller Kelly Oct 13 2021 11:09 PM

Lisa~I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your sister. I did not know her well but just breaks my heart for you. Sisters are so very special and my prayers are with you.
Praying for you and all of your family as I know your sister will be missed by many.

Emily Jordan Oct 11 2021 10:38 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Karen Oldham

Linda Graves Oct 8 2021 11:18 PM

Karen was the Executive Director at LIFE St. Joseph of the Pines when she hired me in 2011. She was so very kind and compassionate. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.

Susan Cadigan Oct 8 2021 9:01 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Karen Oldham

Donna Hinkle McCoy Oct 8 2021 1:25 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Karen Oldham

Vickie Harrington Oct 8 2021 8:15 AM

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