City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Gail Kennedy Nordan

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 81.
Died 09/20/2023.

Gail Kennedy Nordan
Gail Kennedy Nordan, 81, of Raleigh, North Carolina, entered into God’s kingdom on Wednesday, September 20, 2023. She was born, Lynn Gail Taylor on November 17, 1941, to Louis Linwood and Kathleen Gurganus Taylor in New Bern, North Carolina.

Gail graduated from New Bern High School in 1960. She was tiny in stature but her big personality stood out in the many clubs she belonged to. She was a member of the Glee Club, Nurses Club, Dramatics Club, Bear Club, Bruin Club, Tri-Hi-Y, Steering Committee, Typing Club, serving as vice-president and later president as a Bruinette, baton twirling herself right into a Homecoming Candidate.

Gail was a devout Christian and a very compassionate person. She was quick to facilitate prayer for her family and friends, even praying for many she’d never met. She loved her family, friends and pets with her whole heart. She had the ability to make anyone feel comfortable, so they could just be themselves. She taught her children to be loving, always. She loved warm weather, shagging to beach music and QVC shopping, always buying two of everything. Gail loved clothes and makeup and it showed, she had jewelry to match every outfit. Shortly before her retirement from the Secretary of State’s office, she and her husband, J.R., moved to Willow Springs, North Carolina. There, they joined Friendly Chapel Church, where she shared in fellowship with many good friends, sang in the Choir and shared in spreading His word. After her husband’s passing, she decided to move back to Raleigh to be closer to her family.

Gail is survived by her son, Mark Taylor Kennedy, and his wife Heather, of Apex, NC; her daughter, Lisa Michelle Kennedy, of Raleigh, NC; daughter-in law, Christina Healy Kennedy, of Banner Elk, NC, and her five granddaughters, Sarah Kennedy Jones, and her husband Colby, of Knightdale, NC; Kailyn Kennedy Oakley, and her husband Cody, of Raleigh, NC; Mary Grace Kennedy, of Wilmington, NC; Emma Rose Kennedy and Hannah Elisabeth Kennedy of Apex, NC. Gail was predeceased by her husband, James Roy (J.R.) Nordan, her eldest son, Michael Tod Kennedy, and her adored dog, Chazz.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Gail’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the SPCA of Wake County, both of these organizations were important to her.

Services will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023, 11:30 a.m., at Friendly Chapel Church located at 11455 NC-50, Benson, NC 27504.

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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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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