City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Robert Morrison

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 67.
Died 03/31/2023.

Robert Morrison
Robert DeHaven Morrison, age 67, of Raleigh passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, March 31, 2023 after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was born on December 7, 1955 in Chicago, IL.

Robert is survived by his wife of 21 years, Melinda; his daughter Claire and son Max (Krista) and his pride and joy, his granddaughters, Mia and Ellie; his brother, David; nephew Ben (Lena) niece Jessica Valand (Tom); his mother in-law, Ardyce Behrens; his brother and sister in laws, Faith Downs (Jeff), Hope Ernest (Byron), Brian Behrens, Amy Brown (Pat); and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents, father Fred and mother Barbara.

Robert had a life-long career in the retail business which started with Noble Romans as a lead coordinator of new store openings. He continued his retail career in management, most notably, at Pretzel Time, KB Toys, Lowes, and Big Lots. He wore many different hats in his roles and made many contributions. He held his life-long friendships as the most successful part of his career. He retired from the workforce when he moved to North Carolina.

Robert was an active member of the North Raleigh United Methodist Church and loved spending time in fellowship with his network. He spent many hours helping with the activities of the church the men’s breakfast, BBQ, security, server in service, and food. He loved every minute of it!

After meeting Melinda, Robert became (maybe forced, ha) an avid University of Alabama football fan and they would attend a game any time they could. He loved to travel and spend time with his family. Robert also loved the other game of football, soccer. He played soccer through the years and coached his son Max and enjoyed watching him play. He loved hearing how his granddaughters were doing in the sport as well.

Robert will be missed by many. He loved with his whole heart and had a personality that resonated with everyone he met. His sincere kindness will certainly be missed here on earth.

The family would like to thank Robert’s care team for all the love and support they gave him through his complicated health situation, he fought until the end, and you did the best you could do! Thank you!


Memorial Service May 22 at 11am

North Raleigh United Methodist Church

8501 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615

(This will be streamed live)

Celebration of Life July 15 from 3p-5p

Sun King Carmel

351 Monon Blvd.

Carmel, IN 46032

Phone: (317) 843-6250

In lieu of flowers donations can be given to North Raleigh United Methodist Church; or for research for Polycystic Kidney Disease at

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.

Simply having to reach out to a funeral home can feel overwhelming. Our goal is to simplify the entire funeral home experience and make the process as easy as possible. We hope to eliminate any unnecessary surprises by publishing our total cost and the services we provide directly on our website. All of our obituaries are provided free of charge as a way to help families celebrate and commemorate the lives of their loved ones.

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