City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Richard Sears

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Age 83.
Died 09/02/2022.

Richard Sears
Richard G. "Dick" Sears passed away at his Holly Springs, NC home on September 2, 2022 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. His wife of 62 years, Mollie, was by his side from the beginning until the end. During his illness, Dick was blessed to spend joyful time with each of his three beloved children; Rick Sears and wife Kristi of Beloit, Wisconsin, Mark Sears and wife Lisa of Salinas, California and daughter Kristen Sutherland, along with her husband David of Virginia Beach, VA. Dick also was able to visit, speak with or simply express his love towards his 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. They collectively meant the world to him.

Dick was born in Muncie, Indiana to Glendon and Crystal Sears. He grew up with his younger brother, David Sears of Chapel Hill, NC. He remained close to his brother, along with wife Marti and their family, throughout his life. The two families were able to spend many hours together in Dick's final days, bringing great comfort and love.

After graduating from Purdue University in 1961, Dick enjoyed an accomplished career with Sears Roebuck for 35 years, which brought him to Massapequa, NY, Yardley, PA then Barrington, IL. After his retirement, he began a consulting company, drawing on his marketing expertise.

In 1995, he moved to Holly Springs, NC where he remained until his death. From the beginning, he deeply loved the town and truly felt at home. He served as the Mayor of Holly Springs from 2001 until 2021. Under his leadership, the town grew tremendously while remaining a unified, family-oriented community. Serving in this capacity was his greatest honor.

Dick had a multitude of interests throughout his life. He was a lifelong volunteer, devoting countless hours to serving his community through numerous organizations and churches. He was a talented artist, had a beautiful singing voice and was accomplished at numerous musical instruments. He enjoyed the outdoors, was a proud Eagle Scout, and enjoyed sports, particularly playing golf and tennis. He enjoyed spending time fishing, particularly with family, sharing regular trips with his brother and their sons, as well as spending time boating with his daughter and son-in-law in coastal North Carolina and Virginia.

He was surrounded at his bedside by his devoted wife, his loving daughter and his dedicated son-in-law, along with their son. He peacefully passed from this world hearing the many names of the family that loved him. His legacy is vast and he will be greatly missed by so many, but none so much as the family that loved him.

The family will hold a Celebration of Life during the month of October, which will be announced as the details are finalized, at the Church of Christ in Holly Springs. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dick's cherished Anti-Bullying Campaign or any charity that benefits children to honor Dick's lifelong dedication to their welfare.

For additional information or for service details, please reach out to the family directly.

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City of Oaks Cremation and Funeral Home is a full-service funeral home in Raleigh, serving all of North Carolina and beyond. We provide an alternative to costly funeral homes and every day we help families in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all over North Carolina make simple, affordable funeral arrangements.

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Our Promise

Apples to Apples

Just like all other licensed funeral homes in North Carolina, City of Oaks Cremation, LLC is regulated by the NC Board of Funeral Service.

The same laws that apply to the big corporate funeral homes also apply to the modest independently owned firms like ours. All crematories in North Carolina, regardless of who owns them, are inspected annually by the state and must adhere to the same rules and laws.

Genuine Care

We're committed to providing families within our community unsurpassed service before, during and after the time of loss.

Our staff will provide clear communication to your family through each step as we move forward from the original phone call notifying us of a death to the time we deliver the urn back to your family. We will treat your family with the utmost respect, as we honor the wishes of your loved one.

We promise to make this process affordable and as endurable as possible.

State Wide

Our Funeral Home is located in Wake County NC; however, we provide our services to families throughout the entire State.

Unlike other funeral homes, we don't charge an additional mileage fee. Regardless of what county you live in, we can help your family with making simple, affordable funeral arrangements. From Asheville to Wilmington, we're proud to help families statewide.

Our Services

Direct Cremation


Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. We include everything you need for a simple or direct cremation. Simple, affordable and reliable. We have not changed the cost of our direct cremation service since we opened City of Oaks in 2012.

Cremation with Solidified Remains


We offer the option of choosing how you receive your loved ones remains. Selecting our Direct Cremation with Solidified Remains option is a beautiful way to transform cremated remains into 40-60 “stones” that you can hold.

Cremation with Visitation


City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremation provides an affordable cremation option with onsite visitation. Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. Simple, affordable and reliable.

Immediate Burial


An immediate burial has the same end result as a traditional burial; however, we have eliminated the extra (sometimes unnecessary) services prior to getting to the cemetery. Not everyone wants an open casket for viewing or a limousine for the family. Despite the term immediate, we can move as fast as you need or as slow as you like. This option simply allows you to save money by eliminating some of the fancy extras at the funeral home.

Traditional Funeral


We offer the same traditional funeral services as the big corporately owned funeral homes in the area; however, we cost about half the amount. You might consider a traditional funeral service if your family is looking for an open casket visitation, a traditional church service or a funeral service in the funeral home's chapel. A traditional funeral service can be altered to fit the needs of your family.

Green Burial


This establishment is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service. Our Green options allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials/chemicals.



As an alternative to traditional cremation, City of Oaks Funeral Home also offers Aquamation. The Aquamation process, often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, uses a solution of water and potassium hydroxide to facilitate natural decomposition.

City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremations