Our Staff

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William H. Bell

1888 - 1955

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William David Munden, Sr.

1912 - 1997

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Phil Munden, Sr.

1945 - 2013


William D. Munden, Jr.

William D. Munden, Jr.

Co-Owner & Funeral Service Licensee

William D. “Bill” Munden, Jr., 2nd generation owner, began his funeral career in 1958 with Bell Munden Funeral Home. He graduated from the McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York in 1959 but couldn’t obtain his licensure until 1960 upon turning 21. After graduating he returned to Morehead City and worked faithfully at the Bell Munden Funeral Home where his father, Dave Munden Sr. was part owner.

In 1972, Bill and his brother Phil purchased Mrs. Bell's interest in the business, making the Munden family the sole owners. A complete renovation and extensive expansion of Munden Funeral Home was completed in 1997. At which time, it changed from Bell Munden Funeral Home to Munden Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.

For almost 60 years, he has had the privilege to serve numerous families in Carteret County and surrounding areas. 

Bill has always had a strong conviction for his “life’s work” of serving families during their time of loss and bereavement. His devotion to others, during their stages of grief, has helped establish Munden Funeral Home as a source of comfort to our community. 

Bill is married to Nancy who has been a strong support in his life for many years. They are devoted members to First Baptist Church of Morehead City where they continue to remain actively involved.

Bill has 2 sons, David and Taylor, and 1 grandson, Hunter.  David was employed with Duke University for the past 30 plus years and is now pursuing a new career in cardiac rehabilitation. Taylor retired from the funeral home after working over 30 years in the family business. Hunter is now pursuing his licensure in funeral service as he continues his work at the funeral home.

On any given day, Bill can still be found in his office continuing his “life’s work”.

 

 

Telephone: 1-252-726-8066

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Phillip Munden, Jr.

Phillip Munden, Jr.

Co-Owner & Funeral Service Licensee

John Phillip Munden, Jr., 3rd generation Funeral Director and Co-Owner of Munden Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. Graduated West Carteret High School in 1984 and then graduated from Gupton-Jones School of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA. I have worked at the Funeral Home since 1983. 

I have been involved with the Jaycees, past President of Lookout Rotary Club and former member of the N.C. Seafood Festival. I am also a member of the N.C. Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, N.C. Cremation Association, and CANA-Cremation Association of North America. I have always been a part of the funeral home since high school and love my work and being able to help others in such a very hard time in their lives. 

I enjoy surfing, fishing, riding motorcycles, hunting, and just doing things with my family and coaching kids in various sports. 

Telephone: 1-252-726-8066

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Steve Odom

Steve Odom

Co-Owner, Manager & Funeral Service Licensee

Stephen Odom was born in New Bern North Carolina. He started working in Funeral Service in 1991 where he served his apprenticeship and then attended Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Ga. He graduated from Gupton Jones College in 1996. 

He became licensed in North Carolina as a Funeral Service Licensee in 1996 . Stephen has been serving families ever since in Craven, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico and Carteret Counties and the surrounding area. Stephen became part of Munden Funeral Home and Crematory staff in 2001 and in 2014 became Manager. In 2019, Steve became a partner with Bill Munden and Phillip Munden, Jr. and he continues to manage the funeral home and daily operations.

Stephen is married to Christina Harding Odom and has three children: one daughter, Bella Grace Odom and two sons, Blake Odom and Gavin Odom. 

He enjoys spending time with his family, along with fishing and hunting. He is a member of National Funeral Directors Association and District Director of North Carolina Funeral Directors Association. He is a member of Ocean Lodge 0405 AF&AM of Morehead City, and the Morehead City Elks Lodge # 1710. 

Telephone: 1-252-726-8066

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Johnny Thompson, III

Johnny Thompson, III

Assistant Manager & Funeral Service Licensee

Johnny is the newest member of our family here at Munden Funeral Home. He joined our team in August of 2017. Johnny attended Gupton-Jones School of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA and graduated in 1990 with is degree in Mortuary Science and is also Funeral Service Licensee. He has been serving families in Craven, Onslow, Jones, and surrounding counties for more than 25 years.   Johnny served on the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association board for several years and also served as President in 2012. 

Johnny is married to his wife, Kris and they have two sons, John Ben, and Christian. 

Johnny serves as Minister of Music for Centerview Baptist Church where he has two choirs. Johnny was the past director of the New River Barbershop Harmony Chorus in Jacksonville.   

He is the Past President of the Richlands Rotary serving two terms, Past President of the Jacksonville Host Lions Club serving two terms, and served on the Richlands Chamber of Commerce where he served two years as President.  He served on the Foundation for Hospice Board as Executive Chairman for several years. Johnny recently joined the Morehead City Rotary club and is serving as the secretary.

Telephone: 1-252-726-8066

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H. Weston Porter

H. Weston Porter

Funeral Service Licensee

We are excited to welcome Weston Porter to our Munden Funeral Home family. Weston has over 23 years of experience working with the families of Carteret County where he has earned the respect of families in our community.

Weston is a 1985 graduate of Campbell University and began working in the Funeral Home industry in 1996.  In 1999, Weston graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College with an Associate Degree of Funeral Science.  Being a Carteret County native, he knows the importance of seeing a familiar face in a time of loss and is committed to serving families with tradition, integrity, and compassion.

Weston married the love of his life, Kim, and they have celebrated over thirty years together. They have two children, Thomas and Ashley. He has been a faithful member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beaufort where he has been attending since 1970.  In his spare time, Weston enjoys spending quality time with his family, surfing, hiking and painting. 



Charles Caldwell

Charles Caldwell

Advanced Planning Director

Charles "Chuck" Caldwell is our Advanced Planning Director. Chuck is a Georgia native, but has lived in North Carolina for the past twenty-five years. He has been involved in funeral service since an early age and recently returned to Munden Funeral Home & Crematory to assist families in the pre-planning process. He is available to speak with you and your family at your convenience.

Chuck is a 1987 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. He is a communicant of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. His wife Rhonda is a pharmacist and they have three children, Lane, Rachel, Ben and their golden retriever, Peaches. During their spare time, they enjoy traveling, collecting antiques, fishing and golf. 


Erik Eliason

Erik Eliason

Funeral Service Licensee

Erik Matthew Eliason was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was raised in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science Wheeling, Illinois in 2013. Following his graduation from mortuary school, he returned to Minnesota and started his career in Funeral Service at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls, Minnesota. After serving the community of Little Falls for two years, he moved to Ortonville, Minnesota and worked for Mundwiler Funeral Homes and served West Central Minnesota and Eastern South Dakota. While working in Ortonville, he met Ailsa Harl who was appointed to two churches as a United Methodist Pastor at the time. They were married in October of 2018 in Minneapolis Minnesota.

In the late summer of 2019, Erik and Ailsa left Ortonville and moved to Morehead City, North Carolina as Ailsa was called into active duty service with the Navy. She now serves as an active duty Naval Chaplain at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Upon their relocation Erik received his North Carolina Funeral Service License in early 2020. Additionally, he continues to keep both his Funeral Directing and Embalming licenses current in both Minnesota and South Dakota. In June 2020, he attended and graduated from The Fountain National Academy and spent over two weeks studying advanced postmortem reconstructive techniques.

Erik enjoys collecting vinyl, antiques and traveling with his wife Ailsa.  


Lauren Paige Willis

Lauren Paige Willis

Funeral Director

Lauren P. Willis is a native of Carteret County, and received her license in 2017. 

Lauren graduated from East Carteret High School in 2014, and immediately began her education in Funeral Service through Fayetteville Technical Community College. After living in Fayetteville for a year for schooling, she moved back to her home town and joined our family in 2015 as an apprentice. 

She enjoys going to Cape Lookout, traveling, and spending time with her friends, family, and pets.  

Telephone: 1-252-726-8066

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Joshua L. Abbott

Joshua L. Abbott

Funeral Service Apprentice

Josh is a native of Edgecombe County who relocated to the Black Jack community in Pitt county at an early age.  He attended The Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience in Jamesville, NC before enrolling into the Funeral Service Education program at Fayetteville Technical Community College where currently attends.

Josh currently resides on Atlantic Beach and attends Glad Tidings Church in Morehead City.  He enjoys everything that the coast has to offer including fishing, especially for Speckled Trout in the Fall.  

Telephone: 1-252-726-8066


Kevin Stott

Kevin Stott

Certified Crematory Operator / Funeral Assistant

Kevin was born in Wilson, North Carolina and spent his childhood and most of his young adulthood in Durham. In 1992, he graduated from Elon College where he earned his Bachelor of Art Degree in Religion. Kevin spent the next twenty-five years as a pastor, serving in churches in Carteret County, Durham, Texas and Florida.

In 2018, Kevin underwent a kidney transplant which helped save his life. With this new beginning, Kevin also redirected his ministry in a new pursuit. In 2019, he began working with Munden Funeral Home where his gift of compassion and grace has been extended to the families that we serve. Kevin is currently enrolled at Fayetteville Technical Community College where he is pursuing an Associate Degree in Funeral Services.

Kevin has been married to his wife, Sherry, for 25 years. They have three sons, Jonathan, Benjamin and Samuel and they are the happy grandparents of Aiden and Aviannah, and Jaxson who is due in May of 2020.

Kevin is honored to work with the families we serve here at Munden Funeral Home. 


Jay Fairbanks

Jay Fairbanks

Funeral Assistant

Jay Fairbanks has been a Carteret County resident since 1976 and graduated from West Carteret High School in 1979. He attended East Carolina University and is also a proud United States Navy Veteran.

In his spare time, Jay enjoys reading and cooking on the grill for friends and family.

Jay recently joined the Munden Funeral Home family as a Funeral Assistant, after working more than three decades in the retail industry in Eastern North Carolina. He is honored to be serving his community through Munden Funeral Home.


Ronnie Albritton

Ronnie Albritton

Funeral Assistant

Ronnie recently became a full-time resident of Emerald Isle.  He is a native of Kinston and spent the last 33 years in Cary. His roots brought him back to Carteret County, and he is proud of the fact that his maternal grandmother was a native of Atlantic. He and his wife, Karen, have two adult daughters.

Ronnie has experience in building strong personal relationships in business to business and retail sales. He attended UNC-CH and completed his studies at NC Wesleyan College earning a BS degree in Business Administration.

While in Cary, Ronnie was an active member of First United Methodist Church and the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club. He is now attending One Harbor Church in Swansboro.  Ronnie is an avid golfer and is known for his Tar Heel sports knowledge.

In his new role at Munden Funeral Home, Ronnie is committed to serving the Crystal Coast families with tradition, integrity, and compassion.  


Blake Odom

Blake Odom

Part Time Funeral Assistant

Blake is a 2020 High School graduate who attended Croatan High School and is the son of Steve and Christina Odom. He started at the Funeral Home at the age of 15 assisting with visitations and funerals.  He is looking forward to growing into the role of Funeral Director and carrying on the tradition of the Munden family and his father.  


Mike Pargeter

Mike Pargeter

Part Time Funeral Assistant

Mike Pargeter is a native of Carteret County. He retired from FRC-East Cherry Pointe in 2013.

He began a second career with Munden Funeral Home in 2015. Mike is a funeral assistant and serves in many capacities with Munden Funeral Home.

He is active within the local community serving as a volunteer with the Backpack Program for school children and Hope Missions. He is a member of the Masonic Ocean Lodge in Morehead and a Deacon at Parkview Baptist Church where he is an active member.

Mike is married to Charlene. They have 3 beautiful children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family and a day on the boat fishing.

Telephone: 1-252-726-8066


Tracey M. Spencer

Tracey M. Spencer

Bookkeeper

In 1992 Tracey became a member of our family in our accounting department.  Her faithful service and dedication to Munden Funeral Home has helped us maintain the business aspect of the services we offer. 

Tracey has called Carteret County home for more than 30 years now.  She is married to Kenny and she has a daughter and a granddaughter.

In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, boating, and camping, but most of all, being a Nana. 

Telephone: 1-252-726-8066

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Mary G. Innis

Mary G. Innis

Administrative Assistant

Mary, a Carteret County native, became a member of the Munden Funeral Home family in 2000 as a secretary.  Mary fulfills many roles and has been a dedicated employee to our company for more than 17 years.

Mary and her husband, David and their four-legged kid, Biltmore, live in Newport. Her hobbies include reading, movies, and of course watching UNC Tarheel Basketball in honor of their son Brad.   

Telephone: 1-252-726-8066

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Tyanne Munden

Tyanne Munden

Administrative Assistant

Tyanne Munden joined the Munden family business in 2017. As the secretary, she assists staff and families in many capacities.

After completing Bible College in 1994 she spent a year on the mission field in Peru. Since then, she has worked in administration and was actively involved in the Teen Challenge ministry.

Tyanne is married to Chris Munden and they have 2 teenage boys, Noah and Micah. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and decorating.

Telephone: 1-252-726-8066

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Ken Dimpsey

Ken Dimpsey

Administrative Assistant at Havelock Location / Funeral Assistant

Ken joined the Munden Funeral Home family in 2018 and serves as an administrative assistant and funeral assistant at our Havelock location.

Ken is happily married to his beautiful wife, Sharlene Elizabeth Dimpsey. They have one son, Stephen Dimpsey, who is a Captain in the United States Army. They enjoy spending most of their free time with Stephen and his wife, Amanda “Mandy”. Both Ken and Stephen are Eagle Scouts.

Ken and Sharlene are both members of the First Baptist Church in New Bern, NC where they were married in 1983. Ken is very active with the Baptist’s Men, Adult Church Choir, and the Church Ensemble.

Recently, Ken was the Location Coordinator at the New Bern National Cemetery for Wreaths Across America. He is a Veteran of the United States Navy, where he proudly served our country aboard the USS Taussig DD 746, and the USS Galveston CLG 3.

Ken is a member of the American Legion Post # 24, Sudan Temple Shriners, A F & A M St. John’s Lodge # 3, New Bern Chamber of Commerce, Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary International Club and the Havelock Chamber of Commerce.

Ken and Sharlene enjoy going to the mountains as well as the beach. They also have fun dancing and spending time with Duke, their family dog.

Telephone: 1-252-444-6248

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Rhonda Fuller

Rhonda Fuller

Cemetery Manager

Rhonda Fuller moved to Carteret County in 1987. She began her career in the funeral industry in 1997 here locally, and continues to serve in the funeral service today as the Cemetery manager for Gethsemane Memorial Park, Carteret Memorial Gardens and Forest Oaks Memorial Gardens.

She is a past member of the Cemetery Association, a Certified Crematory Operator, and holds a degree in Print Technology. Rhonda is currently enrolled at Fayetteville Community College working towards becoming a North Carolina Funeral Director. 

She is the proud mother of three children; Nicholas, Noah, and Nicole. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. 

Telephone: 1-252-726-8066

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Tommy Knox

Tommy Knox

Part Time Funeral Assistant

Tommy is a native of Carteret County and is employed full time with Carteret Health Care. He graduated from East Carteret High School in 1975 and soon after married his sweet heart, Cindy, in 1978. They have one daughter, Lisa and two grandsons, Garrison and Lupton.

Tommy joined our family here at Munden Funeral Home as a part time funeral assistant where he finds fulfillment in greeting many of the people of Carteret County. He is a familiar face and friend to many of the families we have served, and chances are, you have interacted with him during family visitations or funerals.


Anthony Nelson

Anthony Nelson

Part Time Funeral Assistant



Keith Moore

Keith Moore

Part Time Funeral Assistant

Keith is a native of Carteret County. In 1982 he graduated from East Carteret High School. In 1984 he attended Nash County Community College where he served his Lineman Technology Apprenticeship. He attended North Carolina State University, were he received his Manager of Environmental Safety and Health, and Carteret Community College receiving his Basic Law Enforcement Training.

Keith retired from Carteret Craven Electric in 2016 and is currently a full time Deputy Sheriff at the Carteret County Sheriff's Office. He joined Munden Funeral Home and Crematory in 2001 as a part time funeral assistant and operates in many different capacities.

Keith lives in Beaufort and is married to Lisa D. Moore. In 1998 their daughter, Pamela Faith Moore, was born. Keith enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, camping and boating.

Keith attends Refuge Fellowship Church at Harkers Island and is a Past Master at Franklin Lodge 109 in Beaufort NC.

Telephone: 1-252-726-8066

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William H. Moore

William H. Moore

Part Time Funeral Assistant

William is a native of Harkers Island. He is a graduate of East Carteret High School. He attended Carteret Community College where he received a Detention Officer certification, and is a full time Lieutenant at Carteret County Detention Center. He joined Munden Funeral Home and Crematory in 2018 as a part time funeral assistant and operates in many different capacities. 

William lives in Beaufort and is married to Andrea Moore. William enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and boating. 

William is a member of Franklin Lodge 109 in Beaufort NC.

Telephone: 1-252-726-8066

Email: william.moore@carteretcountync.gov


Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly

Part Time Funeral Assistant

Tom Kelly is a native of Carteret County. In 1988, he graduated from West Carteret High 

He joined the Munden Family in 2014 as a funeral assistant and operates in many different capacities. 

Tom is Married to Becky Whittaker Kelly. Together they have three sons, Joshua, Jordan, and Jeremy, and four granddaughters, Alayna Elizabeth, Emily Kelly, Bailey Renfrow, and Cadence Brigtingham; and two grandsons, Tucker Kelly, and Connor Kelly. 

In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, sports and inventing new dishes in the kitchen. He attends Refuge Fellowship Church on Harkers Island. 

 


Brad Golden

Part Time Funeral Assistant



Walker Guthrie

Part Time Funeral Assistant



Pastor David Bratton

Pastor David Bratton

Part Time Funeral Assistant



Everett Clark

Everett Clark

Part Time Funeral Assistant



Erik Lewis

Erik Lewis

Part Time Funeral Assistant



Jimmy Mercer

Jimmy Mercer

Part Time Funeral Assistant



Charles Kelly

Charles Kelly

Part Time Funeral Assistant



Max Murphy

Max Murphy

Part Time Funeral Assistant

Max joined the Munden Funeral Home family in 2015 as a part time funeral assistant where he works in many different capacities.

He is originally from Moultrie, Georgia and has lived in Carteret County for over 25 years. He is married to his lovely wife, Jorianda, and has 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Max’s many talents include electronics as he holds a degree is the Technical field. But, most important to Max is his faith, he is a retired minister and long-time member of the Church of the Nazarene.

A favorite hobby for Max is fishing and travelling "wherever the road leads”.


Pastor Manley B. Rose, Jr.

Pastor Manley B. Rose, Jr.

Part Time Funeral Assistant

Pastor Manley B. Rose, Jr. is an ordained minister and has been the pastor at Refuge Fellowship Church in Harkers Island, N.C. since 1990. 

He is married to his wife Jean, they have two daughters, Correna and Rachel. 

Manley joined our family in 2000 as a Funeral Assistant. His pastoral experience has offered comfort and counsel to many of the families we have served.  

Among his many roles, he serves in a ministerial capacity by officiating services for families that do not have a minister. 

Telephone: 1-252-726-8066

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Jerry Gaskill

Part Time Funeral Assistant

Jerry is from Cedar Island and has lived in Carteret County his entire life. He worked faithfully for the North Carolina Ferry Division where he served as Director upon his retirement.

He joined the Munden Funeral Home family in 2016 as a part time Funeral Assistant where he helps serve the families of Carteret County.

Jerry has been married to his lovely wife, Charran Gaskill, for over 30 years. They have 2 sons, David and Clay and 5 grandchildren, Allison, Jalie, Evan, Jadyn and Ethan.

His hobbies include spending time with his family (especially his grandchildren), working, fishing and church activities at Cedar Island United Methodist Church. 


Zack Cox

Zack Cox

Maintenance Supervisor



Jerome Taylor

Jerome Taylor

Maintenance/Cemetery Staff



Rick White

Rick White

Maintenance/Cemetery Staff



Noah Fuller

Noah Fuller

Part Time Maintenance/Cemetery Staff



Braden Munden

Part Time Maintenance/Cemetery Staff



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