City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Henry Hillbrath Wentz

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 96.
Died 11/02/2023.

Henry Hillbrath Wentz
Henry Hillbrath Wentz, 96, of Raleigh, NC, passed away peacefully on November 2nd, 2023, at home surrounded by his family.

He was born February 20th, 1927, in Rockingham, NC, the second son of Walter Allen Wentz and Carolyn Marguerite Hillbrath. He graduated from Rockingham High School and was drafted into the Army. He was stationed in Germany at the end of WWII. After his military service, he received a degree in Business Administration from Elon College.

Henry met his wife, Ella Mae Morgan, at Elon and they were married June 30th, 1951. They were married over 71 years and were blessed with two sons; Hank, David, and a daughter, Judy.

Henry worked in insurance for Prudential for over 30 years, retiring in the early 90’s. He was an active member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church for over 60 years teaching both adult and children Sunday School classes. He was a devout Christian and read the entire bible every year after retirement. During his retirement, he read hundreds of books, enjoyed socializing with community members, and volunteering. Henry had strong family values and enjoyed visits from his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. For many years he took the family on an annual weeklong vacation at Emerald Isle, NC. He always supported his family. Many knew Henry as “The Candy Man” as he never left the house without some hard candies in his pocket to give to those in the community. Henry never knew a stranger and had a large group of close friends.

Henry is survived by his loving wife, Ella Mae, sons Hank (Debbie) and David Wentz, son-in-law Scott Gordley, grandchildren Sayer (Sean) Brosnahan, Geena (Preston) Keyes, Jill, and Justine Gordley, and great-grandchildren Anora Brosnahan and Weston Keyes. He has one surviving sister, Mary “Lib” McDougald, and many nieces and nephews.

Henry is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Judy, one brother (Reverand Walter Allen Wentz Jr.), one sister (Helen “Jo” Carr), and one stepsister (Virginia West).

There will be a service held at 1 p.m. on November 18th, at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church at 714 E Whitaker Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.

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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