City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Carol Williamson

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 77.
Died 08/18/2023.

Carol Williamson
Heaven gained another angel on Friday… Carol Diane Williamson, 77, of Raleigh, NC passed away on August 18th, surrounded by her loving family.
Carol was born on April 3rd, 1946 to Jean and Donald Rhoton in Columbus, Ohio. After Carol graduated Oak Park River Forest High School in 1964, she went on to study at Albion College.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, she began the glamorous career of a PanAm flight attendant in the late 1960s (which was a big deal back in those days). She later went on to teach Home Economics and Health Safety at Beach High School in Savannah, GA, before obtaining her Masters in Counseling from Georgia Southern College, and becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, while also raising two young children.
In 1981, while working a summer job at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Savannah, GA, a young Savannah Police Officer noticed a good looking reception associate working a seasonal shift. Carol and H.B. went on to join their families in 1986, parenting Melinda Williamson, Andrea Shepherd and Jeffrey Wells.
Carol retired after 10 years of teaching in Savannah, GA and 22 years as a Counselor in Granville County Schools, to spend time with her loving husband, 3 children and 8 grandchildren, whom she visited often. Carol was a child of God who believed wholeheartedly in the scripture and its preaching’s. We found a hand written note of hers providing some life guidance, and this is truly how she lived her life:
* Hate no one, no matter how much they have wronged you
* Live humbly, no matter how wealthy you become
* Think positively, no matter how hard life gets
* Give much, even if you have been given little
* Forgive all, especially yourself
* And never stop praying for the best for everyone
Carol was predeceased by her parents, Jean Clauss & Donald Rhoton and parents-in-law,  Pearl & Horace Williamson. She is survived by her husband, H.B. Williamson; siblings: John Rhoton (Mary Rhoton), June Rhoton, Janet Rhoton; in-laws: Carolyn Chapman (Toby Chapman), Danny Williamson (Shirley Williamson), Joy Croom (the late Ray Griffin); Children: Melinda Williamson, Andrea Shepherd (Johnny Shepherd), Jeffrey Wells (Erin Wells); Grandchildren: Lena Williamson-Diaz, Cade Shepherd, Elie Williamson-Diaz, Cole Shepherd, Brooklyn Shepherd, Lincoln Wells, Mckinley Wells and Harper Wells.
A celebration of life will be held at Saint Philip Lutheran Church, 7304 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC on Saturday, September 23rd at 2pm. Carol loved vibrant colors, attendees are asked to wear color, as she wanted this to be a celebration.

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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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