City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Russell Gene Lawson

Wake Forest, North Carolina

Age 90.
Died 01/25/2023.

Russell Gene Lawson
Russell Gene Lawson, 90, Wake Forest, North Carolina., formerly of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away on Wednesday, January 25th, 2023.
Russell was born July 20th, 1932, in Sonora, Kentucky, the son of the late Hardin Emit Lawson and Alma Ellen (Price) Lawson.

Growing up in Sonora after losing his father at an early age, Russell and his two brothers worked to help support their mother and paternal grandmother. While at Sonora High School, Russell played on his high school basketball team.

Russell served his country in the United States Air Force from 1952 until 1960. Following his departure from the Air Force he and his wife moved to Louisville, Kentucky with their young son. While in Louisville he was the controller for Gordon Foods Potato Chip Company for 25 years. In 1987 they moved to North Carolina. While semi-retired he worked at North Carolina Paper Company in Clayton, North Carolina.

During his time spent in Louisville, Russell and Josephine (Jo) were members of Chapel Park Baptist Church where he was a Deacon and a Teen Boys Sunday School Teacher; then at Shively Baptist Church, they were very active working in the youth department, coached softball teams and chaperoned many choir tours and activities. After moving to Wake Forest, Russell and Josephine (Jo) joined Wake Crossroads Baptist church to continue their passion for serving their Lord and savior.

During his spare time Russell loved working in his garden, woodworking, camping with friends or spending time with his grandchildren watching their many sporting events, recitals or just playing!

Russell is preceded in death by his wife of (64 years), Josephine (Jo) G. (Brown) Lawson, and oldest granddaughter, Courtney Elise Odle. Along with his siblings, Virginia Ellen, Donald Ray, Kenneth Hardin and Dorothy Agnes.

Russell is survived by his children, Donald Gene Lawson (Tami) of Versailles, Kentucky, Carol Lawson Johnson (Phillip), of Wake Forest, North Carolina and Terrie Lawson Steele (Michael) of Clayton, North Carolina. Grandchildren, Rebekah Odle Ligon (Thomas), James Tyler Johnson, Emily Michele Lawson, Matthew Gene Lawson, Jessica Ellen Johnson, and Michaela Steele. Along with great grandchildren, Wyatt and Tamiya Ligon.

He will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather by family, friends and all who knew him. The family will have a small family service at a later date.

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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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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