City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Thelma Jean Kendrick

Wilmington, North Carolina

Age 75.
Died 11/27/2022.

Thelma Jean Kendrick
December 8, 1946 – November 27, 2022

Jean Kendrick passed to her heavenly home on November 27th after a brief illness. Jean lived every day of her life on this earth in preparation for her arrival in heaven. While on earth, she loved life, but lived in the sure assurance that the best home was to come after her life here ended. If you met her, you knew her. She had the kindest, most loving heart, the best smile, and the greatest hugs of anyone on this earth. And if you met her, you probably got one of those hugs – whether you just met her or had known her for years.

Jean will be remembered for so many things – her smile was contagious and a permanent fixture on her sweet face. She loved life and found good in everything. Family and friends alike will certainly miss her for so many things. Her smile, her quick wit, her loving heart, her hugs… there are just too many things to name. She was definitely one of a kind and she left a huge mark on all that she loved and who loved her right back.

Jean was born in Gaston County and graduated from Dallas High School and Gaston College. She lived in Wilmington, NC until she became ill and then lived with caring family in Rocky Mount until her death. Her niece and nephew, Howard and Jennifer Kendrick opened their home to Jean and cared for her during her illness. Howard and Jennifer, along with their children and other family members and friends, were such blessings to Jean during her illness.

She is survived by a brother, Allen Kendrick (Becky) of Oneida Kentucky. Her surviving family includes nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and friends who adored her and who she adored in return. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, John Howard (Stokes) Kendrick and Italyne (Lena) Haselden Kendrick, brothers, John Alfred Kendrick of Jacksonville, FL, Howard Kendrick, and her sister in love, Howard’s loving wife, Myrna of Rocky Mount, NC.

Family and friends will forever share special stories of their time with Jean. We will laugh, and cry, and smile through tears as we remember special times with Jean. There are just so many wonderful stories to share.

While we miss her beyond measure, we celebrate knowing that she is celebrating in her heavenly home with those who passed before her. We live in confidence that we will see her again and be greeted with a special hug!

A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at Harbor United Methodist Church, 4853 Masonboro Loop Road in Wilmington, NC on January 21st at 1:00 p.m. The service will be live streamed for those who cannot travel to attend the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to a charity or special need of your choice in memory of Jean.

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.

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