Greycin Elaine Oaks

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on May 2, 2005

Departed on February 16, 2018 and resided in White House, Tennessee

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Greycin Elaine Oaks age 12 of White House went into the arms of God to join her heavenly family on February 16, 2018 surrounded by her loved ones.
The youngest of three children to Ben and Traci Oaks, Greycin was born on May 2, 2005 in Nashville and was the first granddaughter on her father’s side. She has two older brothers, Bishop and Kolvin, and the three of them were inseparable from the beginning.
The Oaks family has many special traditions. One fun example is the “7:52 shout out”. If the family is at home at 7:52 (am or pm) an alarm goes off and everyone screams “7:52”. If Ben or Traci are not at home, often they will make a phone call just to say “7:52” and “I Love You”. When they were small, another tradition was at bedtime. Traci would read “Goodnight Gorilla” and Ben would read “Where the Wild Thing Are”. As the children got older they would act out the different parts of each story. It was Ben and Traci’s goal that their children were not just close siblings, but best friends.
Greycin was described as independent, unique, outgoing, and FABULOUS. She had a heart of gold and her special gift was to bring out the best in people. She attended White House Middle School and there met Wednesday, who was her “ sister from another mister” and very best friend.
Greycin loved all of her little cousins and she had a very special relationship with each of them. She especially loved helping through the baby phase. Her smile would just beam! Her bedroom door is covered with their baby pictures. Greycin loved animals, and like all the “Oaks Girls” she especially liked cats. Greycin’s plans were to renovate her parents’ basement so she could live there with all of the cats she wanted and become a “Crazy Cat Lady”.
Summers were spent at “Camp Gran”, or “Gran Camp” as she called it, making crafts together with her cousins. She also enjoyed having her uncle Travis teach her about Anime and how to draw the characters. Birthdays were spent at the house eating her mommy’s meatloaf, mac’n cheese, and broccoli (which was her favorite), and then curling up on the couch to watch a movie with the whole family. Christmas was split between her house and Gran and Pop’s. One Christmas, she was the last to finish opening gifts because she wanted to put on each new outfit.
Greycin loved the outdoors. Her parents have great memories of watching her jump on the trampoline in the backyard (in the sunshine or rain), riding her scooter (even when her legs got too long), playing with the dogs and cats, and running up the water bill as she and her brothers made a “slip n’ slide” in the front yard with a tarp, soap, and paint. Several summers ago, she played in a soccer league that her dad helped coach. She was her Daddy’s “MVP”, which he attributed to her 3 to 1 stride which kept her in front of most of the kids, even the boys.
Greycin was quick witted and the life of the party. She enjoyed watching L.A. Beast on YouTube and some of her favorite musicians were Twenty One Pilots, Night Core, and Passenger. It was her goal to make everyone laugh or at least smile, even if that meant walking down the aisle at Walmart while her mom grocery shopped, wearing a ladybug, giraffe, or unicorn onesie.
Greycin will forever be remembered as a perfect daughter, loving sister, granddaughter, best friend, niece, and cousin.
She was welcomed into Heaven by her maternal grandmother, Charlotte Evitts; uncle, Richard Evitts Sr; and great-uncle Harold.
She is survived by her parents; Ben and Traci Oaks; brothers, Bishop and Kolvin Oaks; paternal grandparents, Don and Jacqueline Davers Oaks; maternal grandfather, Aaron Evitts; aunts, Elizabeth (Charles) Cook, Amy (Carlos) Oaks-Smith, and Sharon (Hollis) Troutt; uncles, Nathan (Mandy) Oaks, Travis Oaks, and Chris (Missy) Evitts; cousins, Duncan, Laura, Leighton, Rylee, Grace, Josiyah, Izayah, Ezekeyel, Richard Jr., Daniel, Mickey, Josh, Jonathan, and Alex; her best friend Wednesday Barche, a gaggle of friends and a large extended family that love her dearly.
A Life Celebration will be held on February 20th at 12 noon in the Chapel of Cole & Garrett Funeral Home in White House, TN with Nathan Oaks officiating. Burial will follow at White House Memorial Gardens with Ben Oaks, Bishop Oaks, Kolvin Oaks, Nathan Oaks, Travis Oaks, Carlos Smith, Charles Cook and Chris Evitts serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 19th from 3:00pm to 8:00pm and on Tuesday, February 20th from 10:00am until the time of service.
The family request that donations be made in memory of Greycin to the Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary. Donations can be made online at

40 Comments to Greycin Elaine Oaks

  1. Don and Vanessa Lanius
    February 18, 2018 3:04 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss, and understand first hand the pain you are going thru. Just hold tight to your family and most of all GOD, and you will be comforted in your time of sorrow. Remember the good times, and know she would want you to continue your traditions, and to continue to smile and enjoy your lives. Comfort in the knowledge she is now in Heaven with her Grandmother, Charlotte, and they are both spreading LOVE and HAPPINESS all over Heaven with their smiles. She’s in good hands. Love Ya’ll

  2. Kimberly Cluck-Catron
    February 18, 2018 8:33 pm

    Prayers for your family. I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you are going through but I pray for you and may comfort come to you.

  3. Loretta Roscoe
    February 18, 2018 9:35 pm

    Prayers for all of you during this difficult time. We love you. Loretta, David, Rachel

  4. Dr. Jarel D. Jackson
    February 19, 2018 12:54 am

    To the Oaks Family,

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you in your time of loss. It’s times like these when we have to lean not to our understanding, but trust God that he will see you through.

    Howard Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Goodlettsville/White House.

    Jarel D. Jackson

  5. Lisa McGahuey
    February 19, 2018 9:56 am

    Ben and family: I cannot tell you how my heart breaks for you. I prayed nightly for Greycin after learning of her illness and woke many times in the night thinking of her. She continues to be on my mind often throughout every day, as are you. I pray now that you will find your way to peace as you try to move forward. Hold tight to those around you, for their love will help comfort you.

    Much love.

    Lisa McGahuey
    Tractor Supply

  6. Olivia Davis
    February 19, 2018 9:58 am

    Praying for great comfort and peace for your family . My mom who lives in Gallatin told me about your baby being sick. My family and friends here in North Carolina are praying for you all. Jesus loves Greycin

  7. Jennifer Earls
    February 19, 2018 10:57 am

    Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Oaks family, friends and everyone whose lives she touched. My daughter Lillian met Greycin in class at WHMS. I had the pleasure of meeting her/talking with her & Lillian a couple of times at school functions. Lillian said that she will always remember Greycin as a smart, thoughtful and a very funny girl. I know she will be greatly missed . We will continue to pray for the family’s peace and comfort through these trying times and the rough days ahead.

  8. Dawnmarie Malin
    February 19, 2018 11:46 am

    My heart is with the oaks family no parent should have to deal with this tragic loss so early in their child’s life. It brought me to tears when I saw an earlier post from Kassie co worker at Disney world. My prayers are with the entire family during this time of loss. God has opened the gates for a beautiful angel!

  9. Debbie Roll
    February 19, 2018 12:19 pm

    We are so very sorry for your family. Such a beautiful girl, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers, so hard to loose such a vibrant life.

  10. Jennifer Rowe
    February 19, 2018 12:20 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful daughter. Anyone who hears this story couldn’t possibly feel anything but sorrow and empathy for such a tragic event. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this devastating time.

  11. Lori Harper Goodlettsville Elementary
    February 19, 2018 12:40 pm

    Ben and Family,
    I am so very sorry for your devastating loss! God must have needed another angel and it sounds like Greycin was that angel! Take comfort in knowing that your daughter knew she was loved by your wife, you, and sons as well as her family and extended family. She was so lucky to have had such a loving home life that Traci and you provided! Her spirit will always live in your hearts! Please know that your family has been in my prayers.

  12. Allan Morris
    February 19, 2018 12:44 pm

    Praying for your family. Anything you need just ask

  13. Stephanie Blansett
    February 19, 2018 1:05 pm

    I work with Elizabeth in School Health. I am holding your family close and lifting you up in prayer.

  14. Lori Sutton
    February 19, 2018 1:38 pm

    I am a fellow School Nurse with Elizabeth. I am thinking of your family today and praying for peace and comfort.

  15. Ricke Thompson
    February 19, 2018 6:55 pm

    This is the most unbelievable thing to have happen to you, your family and to Greysin. There are no words to console. Thank you for sharing as events happended on the Go Fund Me page and all your precious traditions your family share. Your pain and loss is felt. My thoughts are with you and your family. May you feed on each others strength and love. Sincerely, Ricke Thompson

  16. Cindy Ehringer
    February 19, 2018 9:33 pm

    So sorry for your loss , prayers for you all in this very difficult time . May God give you the comfort you need and strength to carry on . Sincerly , Dale and Cindy Ehringer

  17. Natalie
    February 19, 2018 10:51 pm

    There are no words to console this devasting loss, you all are in my prayers.

  18. Erin Gipson
    February 20, 2018 8:57 am

    As a fellow co-worker to Elizabeth, I send my deepest condolences. May you find peace and comfort in the love of those around you.

  19. Rhonda Becknell
    February 20, 2018 9:29 am

    Words seem so inadequate at this time. As you try to make some sort of sense of the tragedy that has befallen your family know that many will be praying for you. Rhonda Becknell, School Health Nurse

  20. Tamela Scales, RN
    February 20, 2018 9:50 am

    “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven….a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to laugh….” Ecclesiastes 3:1 My thoughts and prayers are with your family. (co-worker of Elizabeth)

  21. Nieka Fink-School Health
    February 20, 2018 9:56 am

    Your family is beautiful and my heart breaks for your deep loss. May each family member and friend be true love, comfort, and peace for each other as you all struggle in this period of darkness. My prayers are with all of you in this pain as God leads you to healing. Keep faith in the Lord and His almighty power for He cares and loves you all immensely. Peace come swiftly!

  22. Rachel Lancaster
    February 20, 2018 10:05 am

    I work in school health with Elizabeth. I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. May God wrap his arms around each and every one of you and comfort you during this difficult time. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” Phillippians 4:7

  23. Mary Workman WHMS
    February 20, 2018 10:07 am

    I work in the cafeteria and Greycin always came in with that beautiful smile on her face !! She will truly be missed . Praying for comfort for all her family and friends . May God bring peace to all of you .

  24. Patinna
    February 20, 2018 11:32 am

    I’m sorry for your loss. I had worked with Don for many years. Your family is in my prayers today and the days ahead.

  25. Debbie
    February 20, 2018 1:00 pm

    She played at church with my grandchildren and please know that my prayers are with you. It may seem that you are forgotten in the future, but rest assured that you will continue to be in our prayers for a long time.

  26. Fred and Rosie Furston
    February 20, 2018 2:34 pm

    I have not met Greycin or your family, but just knowing that we are related makes me feel your pain even more. I have been praying during her illness and will continue to pray for your family. I’m praying for God’s comfort to surround you during this difficult time and that He will continue to uplift you in the time to come that will be so difficult. My heart hurts for all of you.

  27. Melissa Kmiecik
    February 20, 2018 2:49 pm

    I worked with Don briefly but wanted to send my condolences to all of you. Having two daughters of my own, I cannot even begin to imagine the loss you are experiencing. Reading about Greycin put a smile on my face. She obviously brought light and joy into many people’s lives and her story has been shared with so many through the news stories. Praying for all of you during this difficult time.

  28. Lynn
    February 20, 2018 3:35 pm

    So sorry for your unimaginable loss. You are all in my prayers.

  29. Nichole Lankford Driver 588
    February 20, 2018 7:39 pm

    I have the pleasure of seeing your children everyday. I truly enjoy them and their individual personalities, Greycin’s presence, personality, smile and laugh will be deeply missed by us all. I can’t begin to imagine what you’re feeling, but I hope that you can feel the love that our community has for your family, and the prayers being sent up for you all.

  30. Nancy Watson
    February 21, 2018 4:38 am

    I am a friend of Debbie Lott Brown, who kept her FB family up-to-date on Greycin’s sudden illness and ultimate Home-Going. There are no words to take away your pain, but I just wanted your beautiful family to know that y’all are in the heart-felt prayers of many of us in South Carolina. Thank you, too, for the wonderful tribute to Greycin and the amazing life she lived with those who loved her so. May our Good and Gracious God continue to shower you with His calming comfort and perfect peace as you travel this new road on your way to that Heavenly reunion in the Sky, Lord, in the Sky. Yours in Christ, Nancy Kemp Watson

  31. Hattie Griffin-McAdoo
    February 21, 2018 10:15 am

    I work with Elizabeth, and my PRAYERS are you and your. She’s a beautiful girl, with a peaceful smile. I’m praying for God’s comfort to surround you and you family during this difficult time and that He will continue to uplift you in the time to come that will be so difficult, I’m keeping you in PRAYERS!!!

    Hattie Griffin-McAdoo SHN

  32. Jerri L Lay
    February 21, 2018 1:26 pm

    I just read the news article to my Daddy, that was on WATE website about little Greycin. I told my dad this is a healthy little girl daddy. The news (in my area) have stated that the children and a pregnant lady that have died from the flu had other medical conditions beforehand. But in reading the news article on Ms. Greycin (and looking at the date the article was posted) I told my Daddy I was going to see if I could check on her, by looking up her name. When I did I found out she had passed away. God has gained another beautiful angel! Both myself and my dad have cried, even though we didn’t know her or the family. I have a 16 month old and a 3 month old grandson and I am so afraid that they will become ill. This flu epidemic has isolated us, so we don’t have to leave the house. I am so sorry for your loss and I know that no words I could ever say could really ease your family’s pain. You all are in mine and my dad’s prayers!

  33. Simonton Eye Clinic
    February 21, 2018 2:39 pm

    From all of us at Simonton Eye Clinic, we are deeply saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  34. Debra Small
    February 22, 2018 10:51 am

    I didn’t know your beautiful Greycin, but as a mother and grandmother, I could never imagine losing one so precious. I pray that the peace of God would surround and shield you as you go through this time of grief. I can tell by the beautiful description of her that God blessed you with a true jewel. I pray that the memories of her will keep her alive in your hearts forever! You will continually be in my prayers… God Bless You!

  35. Sherry Maxwell
    February 22, 2018 1:55 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Elizabeth, parents, family, and friends, I know there are no words, but just know that I am praying for you all. Remember when quiet time comes and there is no one around, the Lord is present and he will put his arms around each and every one of you; just call on him.

  36. Karen Samuels
    February 23, 2018 10:23 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I am so saddened by your loss.

  37. Mia B.
    March 6, 2018 8:26 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t even fathom the pain you are going thru. Please know that God is there for you, always. “Blessed be . . . the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation.”​—2 Corinthians 1:3, 4

  38. Gloria McMurtry Ross
    March 20, 2018 12:26 pm

    Greycin’s Family and every life she touched.
    I know not your family, nor Greycin. I grieve for your loss and rejoice for Greycin’s gain. She walked a few miles, but left a big footprint. I know nothing will ever be the same but; if it was. her life would have had no meaning here on Earth. God had bigger plans for her. She is now within his fold.. i pray the Lord will wrap his loving arms around your family and comfort you as only he knows how.. I know if you had 10 children, your grief and pain would still be the same. For I know there is a special place in your heart for each child. Only time and prayer will slowly close the wound that has been left in your hearts. Just believe in Matthew Chapter 5, verse 8. “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” I know that Greycin is with her heavenly Father. How lucky she was to have two Fathers. One to love her here and one to love her in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    In Christian Love

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