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Sgt. Stephen Andrew Oates

Sgt. Stephen Andrew Oates

December 11, 1989 - December 28, 2018     Age: 29

Sgt. Stephen Andrew Oates, 29, of Fernandina Beach passed away Friday, December 28, 2018 in Bradenton, Florida.

Born in Jacksonville he was the son of Stephen Oates and Terri Camarotti Johnson.

Andrew attended Yulee High School where he played football. After attending Yulee High School he graduated from Bethelem High School in Bonifay, Florida.

Andrew was a Specialist who served in the U. S. Army actively for eight years as part of the 4th Infantry Division located in Ft. Carson, Colorado and the 3rd Infantry Division located in Ft. Stewart, Georgia. He was a decorated veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan wars serving as a Communication Specialist.

Andrew joined the U. S. Army Reserves after his active enlistment and was a member of the Joint Communications Support Element located at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida where they support deployed forces globally. He recently was promoted to Sergeant.  He also was presently working at U. S. Special Operations Command as a contractor for Jacobs Engineering in their IT Department. He was also a student at St. Leo University.

Andrew was a quiet young man with a tremendous heart. He loved to hike and camp with his children. He also enjoyed spending time with family whenever he could. He will always be remembered for his smile. Even with his beard, that big smile was always there.

He leaves behind his wife, Jami and their children, Lilly and Gabriel Oates; his mother and step father, Terri and Jerry Johnson; his father, Stephen Oates; his brothers, Michael Oates and his wife, Amanda and Jordan Johnson; his sister, Sarah Johnson; his maternal grandparents, Reverend Frank and Diane Camarotti; his paternal grandmother, Francis Oates; an uncle, Frank Camarotti, Jr. and his wife, Kimberly; an aunt, Linda Patterson and her husband, Kevin, two nieces, Emily and Molly Oates, as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, January 4, 2019 at 5 Points Baptist Church with his grandfather, Pastor Frank Camarotti, officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 AM.

He will be laid to rest at Bosque Bello Cemetery with military honors.

Those desiring may make contributions in Andrew’s memory to the Gary Sinise Foundation, P. O. Box 368, Woodland Hills, California  91365



29 Condolences

  • Kaye Staccone Posted January 1, 2019 11:06 am

    My sympathy to the family & friends of Drew. He was a wonderful young man. We appreciate your services to our great nation, Drew! Rest in peace, soldier.

  • Ralph Watson Posted January 1, 2019 11:08 am

    Bro. Frank and family we are so sorry for your loss. we will always have fond memories of Andrew growing up at Blackrock and when he was in the youth group. our prayers are with you all.

  • Patsy and Roger Richardson Posted January 1, 2019 12:34 pm

    Diane I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandson. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. ????

  • Donna Landress Duffy Posted January 1, 2019 1:03 pm

    Diane and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I pray the Lord will lift you all and wrap you in his love. Sending love and prayers for you and your family.

  • Bryan & Kim Simpkins Posted January 1, 2019 3:28 pm

    Our hearts break for you. We trust the Lord will use this for a witness when the time is right. Until then we pray His peace will surround you through the people who love you.

  • James and Linda Spencer Posted January 1, 2019 3:28 pm

    Andrew was a great man. He was so good to his children my grand kids and I really could not ask more He was a good husband . I never seen Andrew not smiley he was so good always the one to jump and help you. He will be missed and he was loved if you met him you loved him.We consider him our son and loved him as ours.

  • Rick Brewer Posted January 1, 2019 4:08 pm

    I had the great pleasure of serving with Andrew at Fort Stewart. He was a great man and a great soldier. Though our time at Stewart wasn’t terribly long together, he left a lasting impression. Extremely proud to have known him and served with him. Thoughts and prayers with your family.

  • Misty Carter Sherwood Posted January 1, 2019 5:49 pm

    My heart is completely broken for your beautiful family. My thoughts are with you all and my prayers are for supernatural peace that passes all earthly understanding. I love you all

  • Jim Simmons Posted January 1, 2019 7:36 pm

    My heart just breaks for your family. I will always remember Andrew while he was growing up with my children. He was a fine young man who we will miss greatly. We rest in the knowledge that one day we shall see him again.

  • Jacki Rizzo Posted January 1, 2019 8:05 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Loosing a child, grandchild, husband, sibling, Uncle is so hard. Prayers.

  • Toni Evatt Posted January 1, 2019 9:54 pm

    My heart is broken for your loss..Prayers and thoughts for the whole family. I can’t even imagine

  • Debbie Manser Posted January 2, 2019 7:52 am

    There are not enough words to express the sorrow I have for the beautiful family and friends he has left behind…. I know you were so proud of what he had achieved in his short life. Prayers for all…….

  • Belanda Wellman Posted January 2, 2019 10:05 am

    My Condolences to the family. I never met Andrew but work with his mother Terri, as fine a person as she is and from reading all the accolades about Andrew he was a wonderful young man who serves his country well. My heart moans for his family. Rest in peace.

  • Teresa Burch Posted January 2, 2019 11:23 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you with strength as you walk thru this difficult time.

  • Regina Ray Posted January 2, 2019 12:20 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of the loss of Andrew. Prayers for his Mom Terri(whom I work with) and the Rest of the Family during this difficult time. Coming from another Military Family I would like to say, Thank You For Your Service Sir.

  • SFC Noah Schmiedecke Posted January 2, 2019 2:37 pm

    I had the pleasure of serving with Andrew as a member of the 4th Joint Communications Support Element as well as working with him at SOCOM for JACOBS. I could count on him to lift spirits whenever anyone was down with a good joke or smart comment. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out for his family.

  • Vincent Holt Jr. Posted January 2, 2019 6:41 pm

    Very sorry to hear this. Thinking about the family.

  • SSG Genesis Ramirez Posted January 3, 2019 7:52 am

    I have had the pleasure to serve with SGT Stephen Oates in the Army’s Joint Communications Support Element and in SOCOM. He was always good for a witty response and just made those around him better. He will be missed and my prayers go out to him and his family.

  • Alicia Turner Posted January 3, 2019 3:00 pm

    I am very thankful for his commitment to the military and his years of service for our freedom. My thoughts are prayers for his precious family..

  • Michael & Martha Oates Posted January 3, 2019 4:23 pm

    We are so sorry for the lost and sorry we can’t be there. We will kept each and everyone of you in our prayers in this time of need. May god be with the family through out each and everyday in this difficult time. Andrew Oates RIP my cousin.

  • COL Osvaldo Ortiz Posted January 3, 2019 7:37 pm

    Family and friends of Stephen, my family and I want to extend our deepest condolences to everyone. I had the honor of serving with him from 2016-2017 when he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division and I couldn’t have asked for a more professional, dedicated Soldier. His passing is not only a tremendous loss to his family and friends, but to the U.S. Army Reserve and to this great nation. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace. Army Strong, Rock of the Marne!

  • Kaileah Gregory Posted January 4, 2019 5:37 pm

    I will always cherish the memories we had together! He was more than a friend he was my brother! I will continue to keep the whole family In My prayers and will always miss Andrews sweet spirit and handsome smile! I miss you brother and will love you always!

  • Alicia Holt Posted January 8, 2019 3:03 pm

    Ms. Terri,

    May God comfort you and your family during this time of grief. I pray that God blesses each of you with strength and peace. Sending you prayers and hugs. “God’s peace…is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

  • makeva taylor Posted January 8, 2019 3:08 pm

    Terri sorry for your loss if you need ANYTHING I am here for you.

  • Thea Hyde Posted January 8, 2019 3:30 pm

    Terri, my condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Many prayers for strength, comfort, and peace. May God be with you all during this time of grief. I’m always here if you need anything!

  • Cicely Roberts Posted January 8, 2019 4:01 pm

    May God comfort this family and grant supernatural peace during your time of bereavement.

  • Amy Gregory Jones Posted January 8, 2019 7:58 pm

    Prayers for the family of this young man. May the peace of Christ bring you all comfort. Knowing this family, I’m sure Andrew knew Christ at a young age. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

  • SSG Michael Roe Posted January 9, 2019 12:23 pm

    To the family and friends of Stephen, I offer my deepest heartfelt condolences to his family. Stephen was an outstanding Soldier and an even more outstanding person. I find myself incredibly fortunate to have served with him. He has left an enormous impact on all he has ever known and he will be greatly missed. Rest Easy Drew, until we see each other again.

  • James Stewart, Jr Posted January 13, 2019 12:23 pm

    A great young man that I will alway cherish his smile and kind demeanor. I am thankful that I got to meet and speak daily with this young man as his smile and kind heart will truly be missed. I thank God for that small moment that I was able to spend with Stephen. Semper Fidelis and may this young Soldier rest in peace.

    James Stewart, Jr
    USMC MSgt (Ret)

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