City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Charles Hunter

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 93.
Died 06/22/2024.

Charles Hunter

Dr. Charles Lewis “Chip” Hunter died peacefully at home in Raleigh, NC on June 22, 2024. He was 93 years old.

Born August 6, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY to Henry Lewis Hunter and Millicent Ryder, “Bud” as he was called as a boy, grew up on a potato farm in Orient Point, Long Island. He attended Southold High School where he was a star athlete before earning two degrees in Physical Education from SUNY-Cortland (1952 and 1959). In 1952, Chip was stationed in Japan as an MP during the Korean War. Upon his return, Chip began his career of coaching at Hamilton College from 1955 to 1959. In 1971 Chip earned his doctoral degree from Springfield College that focused on the mechanics of the golf swing.

During his 31 years at SUNY-Potsdam, Chip made numerous contributions. He served as a professor of Physical Education, Lacrosse Coach, Director of Recreation (which included Star Lake Camp Director), Public Relations Director, and retired in the capacity of Chairman of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. In 1984, Chip was awarded the SUNYAC Lacrosse Coach of the Year. Among the many recognitions received over the years for his dedication and service (including being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004), Chip found the greatest satisfaction making a difference in the lives of his student athletes.

Shortly after moving to the North Country, Chip co-founded the New York State Outdoor Education Association and served as its second president. His passion for the outdoors and athletics carried into his personal life with the creation of “Grandpa’s Camp” for his 9 young grandchildren. Chip also loved the game of golf. He was an active member of the Potsdam Country Club where he won many club championships and served as its President from 1979 to 1982. Unknown to many was the influence of his doctoral dissertation awarded by Springfield College in 1971 on “the sequence of hip and selected upper-extremity joint movements during the golf drive.”

For 50 years, Chip and his loving wife of 67 years, Rosalie, called Potsdam home. In keeping with his strong sense of community, Chip served on the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad, volunteered at Potsdam Helping Hands, and was a member of the Potsdam Rotary Club and a Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church. A new place to call “home” for the last decade became Raleigh, NC, where he loved to “work in his shop” and play bridge with his friends at Magnolia Glen.

Chip is survived by his wife, Rosalie, and his four children; Gabriel (and Harvey) Miller, Nancy (and Thomas) Denney , Elizabeth Price, and Barbara (and James) Collins, along with 9 grandchildren; Patrick Quinn, Zachary (and Lauren) Price, Jennifer (and Spencer) Jones, Joshua Price, Hannah (and Bradley) Dilday, Brittany (and Jacob) Kopech, Jake (and Emma Loughman) Denney, Kaitlin Denney, Nicole (and Luke) Villamaria. Chip is also survived by 12 great grandchildren, his sister Sue McCrary and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by three sisters: Dorothy Goldsmith, Helen Rathje and Virginia Norklun.

This man of great integrity, courage and conviction will be remembered as a kind human being, patient father, loving husband, family man, passionate educator, and inspiring coach.

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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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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

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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.

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