William Monroe Oldham passed away peacefully with his children by his side in Provo, Utah, on July 26, 2018 – the eve of his 82nd birthday.
William was born at home in Hartsville to Burnis and Grace Wilburn Oldham on July 27, 1936. Born the third child of five and the first son, he grew up on the farm, attended Trousdale County schools, and graduated as Valedictorian of the class of 1952.
William attended the University of Tennessee for both undergraduate and pharmacy school, graduating in 1960, and was married to Arlene Lee Downing. William served honorably in the United States Army, first in San Antonio, Texas, and later deploying to Korea, where he worked as a pharmacist in a field hospital. William left the Army in 1968 to return to civilian life.
With son Michael, Bill and Arlene settled in Sacramento, Calif., where Bill began work at Anderson Brothers Pharmacy. He worked with the Anderson brothers for over 25 years, during which time three more children came: Denise, Michelle, and Brittany. Bill spent his free hours with the family – gardening, tending animals, camping, hiking, fishing, teaching the value of honest, hard work and showing his children as much of the United States as he could.
When his children had grown, Bill returned to his beloved Tennessee to reunite with family and old friends for a few years. He eventually decided to settle in Utah to be close to his daughters and grandchildren and spend his final years. He never wanted to get old or to be alone, and it was a blessing for him to leave us so quickly and while we were with him.
William is survived by his four children and their spouses: Michael (Julia) Oldham, Denise (James) Burton, Michelle (Shawn) Hansen, Brittany (Jay) Przybyla; 12 grandchildren: Emily, Jason, Sarah, Thomas, Jackson, Sam, Luke, Georgia, Robert, Lucy, Liberty and Annabelle; 2½ great-grandchildren: Alexander, Isaac and the future Henry James; and two sisters: Margie Pruitt and Alice Duke.
We are glad you made it back home, Daddy. We love you.