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Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service


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Coble Ward-Smith Funeral and Cremation Service in Wilmington plans thoughtful funeral and memorial services for residents in southeastern North Carolina. For over 80 years, we have helped families create thoughtful tributes that honor their loved ones.





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Funeral planning can seem overwhelming. These guides can help you every step of the way—from choosing between traditional burial planning and cremation, designing a religious ceremony or a celebration of life, and deciding on cemetery property or filing for veteran's benefits.

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Guidance and support

Facing the stress and complexities of planning a memorial or funeral service overwhelms many families. We understand these issues and guide families through the process, providing the support and comfort you need. Our funeral home in Wilmington hosts traditional burials, contemporary cremations and personal celebrations of life. You'll work with our dedicated funeral directors and staff to design a service that caters to your needs and meets your budget.

Tell your story

Service room at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation ServiceAt Coble Ward-Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, we go the extra mile to create a service that guests will cherish. Whether planning for yourself or a loved one, we pull inspiration from small but important details. Feel free to share your loved one's passions, hobbies and accomplishments, and we'll pair them with a tasteful service. Additionally, we assist with obituaries, catering and schedules.

Commitment to Wilmington

Helping families through these difficult times is our passion. The team at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral and Cremation Service supports our area and hopes to serve you. Please visit our funeral home in Wilmington or call us to learn more about your burial and cremation options.


Coble Funeral Service was established in 1936 by Randolph Ladd Coble Sr. and his wife, Iona, at 416 Walnut Street in Wilmington, North Carolina, following the purchase of Harrell Funeral Home. They created a thriving funeral home, committed to service, excellence and quality. A new funeral home building was constructed and opened at 3915 Oleander Drive in June of 1961.

Off-site cemetery addition

Front exterior at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation ServiceIn 1965, Coble Funeral Service designed and constructed the Oleander Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Bradley Creek. Shortly thereafter, a 2nd funeral home was built in Supply, North Carolina, to better serve the citizens of lower Brunswick County.

Supportive partners

In 1985, the business merged with former Ward-Smith Funeral Home and Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. At that time, we became Coble Ward-Smith Funeral and Cremation Service in affiliation with Greenlawn Memorial Park and Oleander Memorial Gardens. Today, we are a member of the Dignity Memorial® network, North America’s largest provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery providers.


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