National Veterans Small Business Week (November 2-6) was an opportunity for Mississippians and all Americans to recognize Veteran entrepreneurs. These men and women have distinguished themselves in service to our great Nation and now devote their time and energy to providing jobs to our citizens. Data provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration shows there are 26,789 Veteran owned businesses in Mississippi. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I have strived to do everything in my power to make it easier for Veterans and all our small business operators to conduct business. My colleagues and I have been successful in our effort to roll back regulations - a key to building a strong economy. In this edition of my newsletter, we are featuring Veteran small business owners from the First District. I am thankful for their service to our Nation and for the significant investment they make to our economy.
Honoring at WWII Veteran
The late Reverend W.L. Oaks was born on September 26, 1922, in Lafayette County. He married Frances Paralee Foster in December 1941. During World War II, Mr. Oaks served in the 5th Army, 91st Infantry, L. Company, as a BAR gunner. The Army awarded Mr. Oaks the Bronze Star Medal for his bravery in battle and the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained while defending our great Nation in Europe. After returning from war, he owned and operated several service stations. In addition to his distinguished service in the U.S. Armed Forces, Mr. Oaks answered the call to serve in the ministry. Brother Oaks preached throughout the southeast for many years as both a church pastor and guest pastor at church revivals. At 97, he was still called upon to offer a word of encouragement and a prayer for his fellow residents of the State Veterans Home in Oxford. After 68 years of marriage, Mr. Oaks lost his wife in November 2009. His daughter, Patsy, and her husband, Kenneth, of Tupelo enjoy sharing stories about Mr. Oaks' service to America and his community. Mr. Oaks, a member of the "Greatest Generation," passed away on August 7, 2020. His impact on the lives of so many will always be remembered.
Let me know if there is anything that my office can do to assist you. Thanks for reading, Rep. Trent Kelly (MS-01) Member of Congress 431 West Main St. Tupelo, MS 38804 Phone: (662) 841-8808