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Robin Simonton — Executive Director

Robin Simonton - Executive Director

Robin Simonton has been the Executive Director of Historic Oakwood Cemetery since November of 2011. Robin holds a BA in US History from the University of Hawaii and an MA in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Previously, she was the Program and Volunteer Services Executive at Girl Scouts — North Carolina Coastal Pines. Robin served as the researcher of the book Oahu Cemetery: Burial Ground & Historic Site, written by Nanette Napoleon in 1997 and currently is the online editor of The Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal. Robin and her husband Jeff live in Raleigh with their son, Cullen. Contact Robin via email at robin@historicoakwood.com.

Sam Smith — Superintendent

Sam Smith - Superintendent

Sam Smith has been the Superintendent of Historic Oakwood Cemetery since January of 2012. He grew up in North Carolina and graduated from Hale High School. Sam graduated from the College of Forestry and Natural Resources at North Carolina State University. He has always enjoyed working outdoors at golf courses and both residential and commercial landscaping. Sam is married to Heather Coleman and has a son, Sammy and a daughter, Cole. Sam and his family enjoy outdoor activities and attending NCSU sporting events and are members of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church. Contact Sam via e-mail at sam@historicoakwood.com.

Charles "Wink" Batts — Foreman

Charles "Wink" Batts - Foreman

Charles Batts has been the Foreman of Historic Oakwood Cemetery since 1986. Known as "Wink", Charles oversees the grounds and crew who work to keep the cemetery looking its' best.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors, the Raleigh Cemetery Association, Inc., conducting business in Raleigh as Historic Oakwood Cemetery:

The Members of the Board receive no compensation for their services
*Emeritus status

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