City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Barbara S. Baird

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 91.
Died 07/14/2023.

Barbara S. Baird
Barbara Spears Baird Obituary
Barbara Spears Baird
December 5, 1931 – July 14, 2023
Raleigh, North Carolina – Barbara Spears Baird died peacefully in her sleep Friday, July 14th, 2023. She was and always will be so loved. Barbara was born to Eva Weatherly Spears and Robert Lester Spears, Jr. in Lamar, SC on December 5th, 1931. As a young child, Barbara spent many an afternoon riding with her beloved father delivering mail. During a double date in her senior year at Coker College, she would meet and fall in love with Robert Baird, a minister at St. Paul’s church in Bennettsville. The only stipulation she had was that he couldn’t wear the clerical black shirt with his white collar as she was concerned that her friends wouldn’t think that was “cool.” Bob and Barbara wed later that year after she turned 21 as Bob “didn’t want to be accused of robbing the cradle.” They had a wonderful marriage and would later go on to have their three children; Robert, Jean, and David and move to Raleigh in 1967. Barbara would soon find a teaching position at Broughton High School where she taught for 25 years. After retirement, Barbara focused on the thing she loved the most: gardening! She was passionate about her yard doing everything from planting to trimming and even digging up a tree stump after Hurricane Fran. She cherished her grandkids and spending time at home with her family. Barbara is preceded in death by her husband, Bob. She is survived by her sons, Robert and David Baird, daughter, Jean Baird; daughter-in-law, Vickie; grandchildren, William, Andrew and Alexandra Baird; stepchildren, Garrett and Kristen Starnes.
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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 affordable 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 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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