City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Paul Streeper Woodland, Jr.

Middlesex, North Carolina

Age 83.
Died 08/21/2023.

Paul Streeper Woodland, Jr.
Paul Streeper Woodland, Jr., known as “Woody”, passed away in Raleigh, North Carolina, on August 21, 2023, at the age of 83. He was born to Paul Streeper Woodland, Sr. and Dorothy Lucille Robins on September 14, 1939, in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, but his family moved to Virginia shortly afterward. Because of his father’s army career, this was just the first of many moves for young Paul, or “Butch” as his parents and siblings called him. He hated moving, especially when he had to get used to a new school. He once said that the best school he attended was in Washington D.C., where he lived from 1954-1956. It was there he earned a high school championship in wrestling. He then moved with his family to Riverside, California, where he earned his Eagle Scout and graduated from Ramona High School’s Class of 1958. He also spent time working on cars, teaching himself a valuable skill that he would use all of his life.

Following high school graduation, Paul followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the US Army, “to get out of the nest.” He spent most of his time serving at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with the 82nd Airborne Division where he earned his jump wings, and then senior jump wings after his 50th jump. He was honorably discharged at midnight on July 1, 1961, and at 12:01 he got on his motorcycle and did not stop, according to his story, until he reached California. After his discharge, he moved to Orange County, California for work. He ended up hating the job that brought him there, and said he took the first job that came along after that. That entry-level job climbing poles for a telephone company grew into a lifelong career for him. At a company party in 1964, he met a telephone operator named Louana Gibson, and on June 19 of that year they were married. The couple had four children together, but later divorced in 1987.

Paul will always be remembered for the strong sense of integrity and honesty he exhibited throughout his life, and for his hard-work ethic.  In addition to fixing cars, which he excelled at, Paul liked to use his hands to build and repair things around the house. He always had several in-process handyman projects and fixer-upper cars at any given time.  He loved animals, usually keeping at least one dog or two around as pets, and sometimes other animals such as ducks and rabbits. His daughter remembers him once bringing home a baby bird because he’d felt sorry for it sitting in a cage in the summer heat at the feed store. Cradling it in his hands at home, he gruffly told it, “I need you like I need a hole in the head,” but it was obvious that he loved the little thing.

Paul is survived and missed by his brother, William (Bill), his children, Chris, Alice, David and James, and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on September 7, 2023, at 10:15 am at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.

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.

Cremation with Visitation


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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.

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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