City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Connie LaRue Hepler Hedgpeth

Zebulon, North Carolina

Age 78.
Died 01/19/2022.

Connie LaRue Hepler Hedgpeth
Connie passed away peacefully at home on January 19, 2022 following several years of declining health. She is survived by her devoted husband of 51 years, Rev. Edwin H. Hedgpeth. Also surviving are her daughter Laura Brewer (Mike) of Reidsville, her son John M. Hedgpeth (Ty) of Wilmington, and two grandsons Joshua Brewer and Tyler Brewer.

She was the only child of Thurman Basil Hepler and Bernice Magdalene Marley Hepler, both deceased. Connie was born in Greensboro and grew up in Zebulon, graduating from Wakelon High School in 1961. She went on to earn her Bachelor in Music from Greensboro College and Masters in Music Education from Appalachian State University. She worked as a music teacher in the public schools and could play any instrument, however most loved the French horn and piano. In 1970 she married Edwin, taking on the role of minister's wife and mother to their children.

Throughout her life, Connie enjoyed reading, planting flowers, shopping, and was a devotee of her faith. She was a member of Zebulon United Methodist Church. The family is thankful for the loving kindness of the church, friends, and neighbors during Connie's illness. We are grateful for the special care she received during numerous hospital stays, her time at Zebulon Rehabilitation Center, and by Amedysis Hospice of Franklinton at home in her last weeks.

A graveside service will be held on March 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 809 W Gannon Ave. Zebulon, NC. Donations may be made in Connie's memory to Amedysis Hospice of Franklinton at 3320 US-1 Suite B, Franklinton, NC 27525 or Zebulon United Methodist Church, 121 W Gannon Ave. Zebulon, NC 27597.

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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 affordable 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 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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