City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Joe Korst

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 90.
Died 02/16/2024.

Joe Korst
Joe Korst never met a stranger. He only met future friends.

The legacy of Joe Korst is LOVE. As children, he told us: “the greatest gift a Father can give to his children is to love their mother.” And in that regard, Dad was the world record holder! Thank you, Dad!! Their love affair was captured for posterity by Steve Hartman and CBS Sunday Morning in August 2020.

Joe didn’t stop there though. He LOVED EVERYONE he ever met and anyone he met loved him immediately and has never forgotten him.

We’re pretty sure Joe Korst also invented the selfie. In the 70s, when Mom and Dad would have parties, Dad would have his Kodak film camera in hand, turn the lens at whomever was near and snap some pretty darn good candid shots!

Joe loved in this order: his wife, Sharon, his family, and golf! Born on August 8, 1933 in Joliet, IL to William and Marie Korst, he earned a golf scholarship at Wichita State University in 1951, where he met and eventually married Sharon Curnutt. Singing to Dad yesterday, surrounded by his four children, we thanked Mom for picking Joe and in typical Sharon fashion, she replied: “you betcha!”

Dad was everyone’s favorite: favorite uncle, grandfather, friend and brother. Many nicknames have come over the years, but “Joe Banana” has stuck around for 50 years. As the story goes, when Dad was a Pizza Hut franchisee in Illinois in the late 60s, and one of their construction sites was mysteriously burned to the ground by the local mafia, Dad and his partner decided they needed their own mafia names, Dad picked Joe Banana, and that was that!

Joe is survived by his wife of 66 years, Sharon Curnutt Korst, his children, Kathy Korst Evans (Michael Evans), Chris Korst (Clare), Theresa Korst Kostrzewa (Bruce Tucker), Betsy Korst Mansouri (Hamid). Nine grandchildren: Christopher McKenna, Caitlin McKenna, Andrew Korst, Caroline Korst, Dr. Genevieve Korst (Dr. Hunter Radcliff); Gabriella Korst Kostrzewa, Braeden Mansouri, Navid Mansouri and Arman Mansouri (Bella).

He is also survived by nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews – from coast to coast!

We will FOREVER be grateful to Transitions Hospice for lovingly and skillfully leading us on his journey over the last two weeks, to Josie Bryan who has helped us with Mom and Dad for the last year, and LaKesha Cooley with Golden Harmony, whose daily presence over these final days has given comfort and peace to all of us.

The last line of “it’s a Wonderful Life” epitomizes Joe Korst: “No man is a failure who has friends.”

The family requests you consider donating to Transitions LifeCare, Philanthropy Dept. | 250 Hospice Circle | Raleigh, NC 27607

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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.

City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremations