City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Keith Thurston Foster

Garner, North Carolina

Age 79.
Died 12/30/2022.

Keith Thurston Foster
Keith Thurston Foster Age 79, of Garner NC passed away peacefully in his sleep December 30, 2022, with family by his side.

He was born August 5, 1943, in Monroe MI and grew up in Joliet, IL to the late Annetta O'Bryant and Theba D. Foster. Keith attended Joliet public schools and graduated from Joliet Central High school in 1961. From there he went into the Army and served his time at Ft Meade Military base. After his discharge from there he went to Hampton University, was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and graduated in 1968 with a degree in accounting. He went on to Rutgers Law School and graduated with a degree in law. He was in private practice for several year before going on to serve as a prosecuting attorney for the County of Passaic NJ for 25 years.

After retiring in 2003 he moved to Garner, NC. He enjoyed life to the fullest, he painted, played golf, he was an active member of his community, was an active member of Triangle Baptist Church and served as a deacon, until Parkinson’s began to affect him.

Keith was the beloved husband of 21 years to Verna Foster, loving father to Joy and Judy Foster, and grandfather to Kyla, Kierra, And Brandon Foster-Bagley. He was stepfather to Cindy Timmons and Debbie Traver-Siller, step grandfather to Brandon Brahler, Sabrina Eickenberg, Hunter Regan and step great grandfather to Aubrey Eickenberg, sister Cheryl D. Foster and stepsisters Carol and Phyllis Smith.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister Robyn.

We will be celebrating his life on January 14, 2023, at Triangle Baptist Church 9713 Old Stage Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603. Visitation will begin at 2:00 pm with service beginning at 3:00 pm and a Repast will follow. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations in his name to Salvation Army, Parkinson’s Foundation, American Parkinson’s Association or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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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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