City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Jeanette Pleasant Knott

Cary, North Carolina

Age 86.
Died 06/11/2024.

Jeanette Pleasant Knott
Jeanette Pleasant Knott died peacefully in Duke Raleigh hospital on 6/11/2024 in Raleigh at the age of 86.

Jeanette is survived by her children; Ronald Knott, Pamela Hillhouse, Danny Knott and David Knott and her siblings: Kathryn Montague, Gary Pleasant, Michael Pleasant and Ricky Pleasant. She is preceded in death by Carson Bert Knott, husband of 37 years and father to their children and her second husband James E Parkin of Carteret County.

Jeanette was born on June 24, 1937, in Harnett County to Willard and Laurine Pleasant. She graduated from Angier High School in 1955. She married Carson Bert Knott, her high school sweetheart from Linden on January 28th, 1956. Bert served in the United States Army Reserve from Oct 1956 to June 2, 1959. The couple, as Golf Pro and wife and their growing family were welcomed into golfing communities in Raleigh, Zebulon, Scotland Neck/Enfield, Roanoke Rapids and Pinetops. She leaves behind the legacy of four children, eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren. With the addition of two grandchildren and four great grandchildren in Scotland through her daughter’s second marriage.

Her children remember her as a creative, inventive, and energetic mother. The children spent hours at her bedside on the day she passed, recounting many childhood stories, recalling summers at the beach and the many special ways she made their lives memorable. She passed peacefully after the last story was shared.

Jeanette was an artist and creative soul and often indulged in gardening, painting, ceramics, reading, decorating, sales and socializing. She was a generous and witty individual who loved having fun and who was skilled at sales and “just about anything she put her hand to.” She was fiercely independent and lived by her own rules. For the last 25 years of her life, her constant companion and buddy was Fred, a feral female cat who adopted her and became an iconic part of her life.

A private service will be held at City of Oaks Cremation. Elaine Tola will officiate the ceremony. Please contact the family for service information.. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jeanette’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Beaufort Community Cat project. Condolences can be sent to {URL}. The family would like to thank Duke Hospice for their comforting presence and support during this time.

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

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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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