City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Sam Tompkins Walter, Jr.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 85.
Died 12/31/2023.

Sam Tompkins Walter, Jr.
Sam Tompkins Walter, Jr.
January 15, 1938 -- December 31, 2023

Sam Tompkins Walter, Jr. was born in Columbia, SC on January 15, 1938. He is the son of the late Sam Tompkins Walter and Alma Bunch Walter. Throughout his life, he was known as Tom or Tommy to friends and family.

Tom’s family moved from Columbia to Bamberg, SC in 1946, where he lived until heading off to college. After attending the University of South Carolina for a year, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Tom received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. While at Annapolis, Tom was assigned to the 24th Company and played 150-pound football for a couple of seasons. Upon graduating in 1961 with a degree in electrical engineering, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and served with the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines at Camp Pendleton as an artillery officer.

After leaving active duty in the Marine Corps, Tom moved his young family to Raleigh, NC where he began his investment advisor career with Merrill Lynch. For more than 40 years, Tom worked with such leading companies as E.F. Hutton, Prudential-Bache and Interstate / Johnson Lane in sales and sales management, earning numerous awards.

But Tom’s passion was his family and community. He was a volunteer football coach and board member for the Raleigh Youth Football Federation for more than five years, where all three of his children participated. Tom also served as a board member for the Cued Speech Center of Raleigh for more than a decade. For his efforts as a board member and chairman, Tom received recognition from U.S. President George H. W. Bush and South Carolina Gov. Carroll Campbell. In 1991, North Carolina Gov. James G. Martin awarded Tom with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the state’s highest honors, for his service to the community.

Tom is survived by the love of his life, Lois Frias Walter, his wife of 62 years, as well as his three children: Greg Walter and wife Donna of Charlotte, NC; Scott Walter and wife Laurel of Wake Forest, NC; and Lorae Walter Barnett and her husband Joey of Raleigh, NC. Tom is also survived by eight grandchildren. He also leaves behind a brother, Steve Walter and wife Diana of Clemson, SC; and a sister, Julia Pinckney Walter of Charleston, SC .

Anyone desiring to make a memorial tribute can do so in the form of a charitable donation to the Navy – Marine Corps Relief Society which serves the needs of both active duty and retired Sailors and Marines.

Tom’s Celebration of Life service will be on Saturday, January 20th at Crossroads Fellowship on 13029 Keith Store Road in Wake Forest, NC. Visitation will be at 10 :00 AM with the service beginning at 11:00 AM.

For additional information or for service details, please reach out to the family directly.

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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.

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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.

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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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