City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Obituary
Steven Turner

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 57.
Died 08/16/2023.

Steven Turner
Steven Leon Turner was born July 26, 1966 in Richmond, Virginia to Addie Mae Jones Turner.

Steve earned Bachelor of Science at Longwood University, Master of Education at Boston University, and Doctor of Philosophy at University of Virginia. He was known for his enthusiasm, dedication, and professionalism during his tenure as Associate Professor at Kent State University, and later as the Department Chair at University Alabama at Birmingham.

Steve was a natural and passionate teacher. He mentored many students to successful careers in education. He challenged his students to reflect on the curriculum, look for solutions, and take risks. Steve always emphasized the importance to be open-minded, accountable, respectful, and caring as teachers. However, despite being an overall serious-looking teacher, his inside jokes of “showing his true colors” and “minus two” always brought smiles on his students’ faces.

Steve loved biking, drawing, listening to music of all genres, watching superhero and wuxia movies, and reading comic books. He quoted superhero movies in conversations and imitated the signature moves whenever possible. His comic book collection humbled many comic shops. Steve had the special talent to create the most beautiful and touching playlists for family and friends on special occasions. The image of Steve’s impersonation of Michael Jackson will stay in the minds of his family and friends.

Steve passed away August 16, 2023. He will be greeted and hugged by his beloved mother, Addie Mae Jones Turner, who passed away December 4, 2020.

Left to cherish his memory and celebrate his life: husband Ying-Kai Weng, two brothers, Kenneth and Michael Turner; three nephews, Kenten Turner, Yan-Ting Lin, and Yan-Chen Lin, two aunts, Florence Oliver and Josephine Ghee; two uncles, Frank and Stanley Jones; parents in-law, Cheng-I Weng and Chun-Ling Wang, and a host of cousins and friends: Doreen Daugherty, Aaron Lemire (friend since college), Alexa Sandmann, Chrystal Johnson, Leander Walker, Mark Kretovics, Marty Lash, Shannon Nicastro, Sherry Ernsberger, Sonya Wisdom, Susan Bagby, Teresa Rishel, and other extended family and friends.

Until we meet again.

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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.

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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

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Direct Cremation

$1196.75

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.

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Cremation with Visitation

$1917.84

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.

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Immediate Burial

$2497.50

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.

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Traditional Funeral

$5866.98

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.

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Green Burial

$3033.75

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.

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Aquamation

$2640.59

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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