City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Kathleen Pias

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 79.
Died 02/19/2024.

Kathleen Pias
Kathleen Clower Pias, a longtime resident of Lake Charles, LA and most recently of Raleigh, NC, died peacefully on Feb 19, 2024, with her family at her side after a brief battle with pneumonia.
Born at 4lbs on Feb 14, 1945, to a farmer and a schoolteacher Mary and Prentiss Clower in Vicksburg, MS, Kathleen was a trailblazer, the Dorothy Day of her generation. She was raised in St. Joe, Louisiana on Lake Bruin where she spent countless hours with her siblings and beloved nieces and nephews. She went on to LSU with support from a Betty Crocker cooking scholarship where she graduated in 1967 with her BS in Education. Shortly thereafter on May 8, 1968, she married 2nd Lt. Scott Pias who then deployed to Vietnam.
In his absence, she taught the children of the soldiers at Barksdale. This began her reliance on her strong faith in God. When Scott left the service for LSU law school, they began their family with the birth of Lannon and thus began the Pias team trailblazing. Scott and Kathleen moved to Lake Charles, LA and with fellow ARC parents built a thriving community for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), i.e., writing grants for and painting the walls of group homes, leading athletes to the International Special Olympics games, and developing the Regina Caeli school to educate those with IDD, chairing boards, and walking the halls of hospitals to welcome new IDD babies to the community. She and her husband were also a staunch advocates for the mentally ill and supported the establishment of a local NAMI chapter and building housing for those with mental illness. Kathleen’s education included two master’s degrees from McNeese State University (Early Childhood Education and Counseling).
She was a constant in the school systems of her community from Barksdale to Baton Rouge, to Lake Charles; she taught and provided school counseling as a Licensed Professional Counselor to 3 or more generations of children and her impact was evident by her popularity at the grocery store. She embraced life as well as those she encountered with a sincere and profound love. Kathleen loved her family and 3 children, often hosting her huge extended family with gatherings of more than 50 people. The world is a better place for having had her among us for the last 79 years.
Kathleen is survived by her husband of 55 years Scott and three children, Lannon, Erin Hines (Ian) and Stacey Rowe (Paul), and her sister Judith Burt as well as countless extended family members. A funeral mass will be celebrated in her honor on March 5th at 10 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Raleigh, NC.

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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.

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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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