City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Frances "Fran" Laurene Swafford Black

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 99.
Died 07/10/2022.

Frances "Fran" Laurene Swafford Black
Fran Black died peacefully at home at the age of 99 on July 10, 2022. She joyfully devoted her life to family, teaching, church, and volunteer service. Fran was passionate about reading and sharing ideas boldly, but without rancor. Throughout her thirty-year teaching career, Fran created a university atmosphere in her high school classroom.
After retiring, Fran redirected her energy into volunteer service with the local hospital, Meals on Wheels, and the clothing closet. Nothing interrupted her volunteer commitment other than traveling throughout the US, Canada, and once to Europe, with her beloved husband, Bob.
Fran adored every member of her family. Always open to new ideas and approaches to life, Fran remained constantly young at heart. Her love, wit, and wisdom were lavished on family and friends, ranging from folks in her generation to her seven-year-old great grandchild.
Fran was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-nine years, Robert S. Black. She is survived by her daughter, Becky Sansbury, grandchildren, Ren Randolph-Adams and Anna Randolph, grandson-in-law, Brad Randolph-Adams, and great grandchild, Max Randolph-Adams.
Fran’s memorial service will be held at Greystone Baptist Church, 7509 Leadmine Road, Raleigh, NC 27615 on July 23, 2022, at 11:00 am. Visitation will follow in the church Gathering Room. Masks are required at all times.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to either Meals on Wheels of Wake County ( or Read and Feed (, an after-school literacy program that provides meals, tutoring, and books to children from low-income families in Wake County.
Fran’s family is very grateful for the skilled and compassionate care provided to her by countless team members from Transitions LifeCare Hospice, both for their care of Fran at her home and during her respite stay at the Hospice Home. Deep appreciation is also felt for the many acts of kindness from personal and business friends, plus members of Greystone Baptist Church.

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

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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.

Simply having to reach out to a funeral home can feel overwhelming. Our goal is to simplify the entire funeral home experience and make the process as easy as possible. We hope to eliminate any unnecessary surprises by publishing our total cost and the services we provide directly on our website. All of our obituaries are provided free of charge as a way to help families celebrate and commemorate the lives of their loved ones.

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 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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