City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Eleanor Thompson

Cary, North Carolina

Age 87.
Died 07/09/2024.

Eleanor Thompson
Eleanor Dalton Thompson, passed away on July 9, 2024, at the age of 87.

Eleanor and her twin brother Frank Dalton were born on November 19, 1936, in Forsyth County to the late Willie Davis Dalton and Sarah Doub Dalton. She grew up on a farm with her Mama, Papa, and 8 siblings. With older brothers serving in WWII and another working as a United Methodist minister, she was guided by three priorities in life; a love for family, God and country.
Eleanor was a member of Union United Methodist Church and taught at Lewisville United Methodist Church Preschool until she retired at 80 years old. She instilled in her students a deep appreciation for nature, and each child knew they were special and well-loved. She was also a beloved babysitter and Sunday School teacher. She spent summers in her blueberry patch and following retirement, she hung up her bucket and moved to Cary to live with her great-grandchildren.
After a stroke in March, Eleanor spent her final months surrounded by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, still finding ways to care for them all. Though her mind and body were failing, her warmth and love were never diminished.

Eleanor was predeceased by her loving spouse, William Ulysses Thompson, her children, Cheryl Lynn Thompson and Bill Thompson, Jr., and her life-long friend Patsy Beroth. She is survived by her grandchildren, Anna Watkins (Patrick), Liz Waddell (Cailen), Jeff Thompson (Rebecca), and Matt Thompson; great-grandchildren, Wyatt Watkins, Parker Watkins, Liam Thompson, and Suwan Na; siblings Frank Dalton, Rosie Burton, and Ida McHargue; and many other friends and relatives who affectionately refer to her as Grandma.

An informal visitation will be held on Monday, July 15th from 3-7pm at the home of Anna and Patrick Watkins. 400 Woodland Ct., Cary NC 27511. Childcare will be provided.

A service will be held at Union United Methodist Church in Lewisville, NC. on Saturday, July 27 at 11am. Children are welcome, even the wiggly and noisy ones, as she loved those well.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Eleanor can be made to the Lewisville United Methodist Preschool.

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


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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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