Obituaries

2001 obituaries since August 2021

We’re honored to be able to provide every family that chooses City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremations a free-of-charge, shareable online obituary to honor their loved ones as well as an easy-to-use platform that allows them to update it in their own time. Here are recent obituaries that families have posted. If you’re looking for a specific obituary, you can search above, or view all obituaries here.

Howard Michael Shirey
Howard Michael Shirey

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 74 – Died 04/15/2023


Howard Michael Shirey, 74, of Raleigh, NC, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 15th, 2023, of natural causes. Howard was born on September 16th, 1948, to parents of Howard Martin Shirey and Anne Nagy Shirey of Columbus, OH. In 1970, he graduated with a degree in Electr...

James Sanford Pressley
James Sanford Pressley

Cary, North Carolina

Age 83 – Died 04/12/2023


Dr. James S. Pressley passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2023 in Cary, NC. He was born October 27, 1939 to Elizabeth Rice Pressley and Reverend James Benton Pressley in Monroe, NC. Dr. Pressley is survived by his wife, Frances King Pressley, originally of Wilmington, NC. He is also...

Joe Murray
Joe Murray

Cary, North Carolina

Age 72 – Died 04/10/2023


Joseph Edward Murray, III passed away on April 10th at his son’s home in Cary, NC. He was surrounded by loved ones and went peacefully after several years of battling cancer. Joe was born in Hartford, Connecticut and grew up in Newington with his two older brothers Paul and Mike ...

Andrew McCovery III
Andrew McCovery III

Cary, North Carolina

Age 54 – Died 04/09/2023


Andrew “Doug” McCovery III, 54, of Cary, North Carolina transitioned peacefully from this life at 4:14pm on Sunday, April 9, 2023. He was surrounded by family who loved him. Andrew succumbed to a long period of illness complicated by several chronic health conditions. He was resp...

Winifred Elayne Gardner
Winifred Elayne Gardner

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Age 73 – Died 04/09/2023


Winifred Elayne Garnder was born on May 27, 1949 to the union of the late Fitzgerald Francis and the late Consuela Rogers in Brooklyn, NY. She was educated in the New York City School system and graduated with honors from the Eramus High School in June 1966. Winnie was devoted ...

Joan (Darlene) Skidmore
Joan (Darlene) Skidmore

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Age 82 – Died 04/06/2023


On the evening of Thursday, April 6th, Joan Darlene Skidmore joined her Heavenly Father in His peace and eternal love. Darlene was an extremely caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, daughter and friend. She was a godly woman who loved the Lord and her fam...

Randy  Harrell
Randy Harrell

Dunn, North Carolina

Age 51 – Died 04/06/2023


Randy loved the outdoors, especially the beach. He loved building and creating, anything using his hands. He was always helpful ready to lend a hand. He had the goofiest laugh, but it would always make you smile and lighten your day. He was preceded in death by his mother Barbar...

Patrick Cahill
Patrick Cahill

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 39 – Died 04/02/2023


Patrick Duncan Cahill passed away on Sunday, April 2nd at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, NC. Patrick was born on January 20, 1984, in Bangor, Maine. He is preceded in death by his father and best friend Terry Cahill. He is survived by his mother Dianne Cahill and a loving family ...

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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

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

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Direct Cremation

$1196.75

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.

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Cremation with Visitation

$1917.84

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.

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Immediate Burial

$2497.50

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.

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Traditional Funeral

$5866.98

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.

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Green Burial

$3033.75

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.

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Aquamation

$2640.59

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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