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Our Staff

Our Staff

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AJ Daoud

AJ Daoud

President/Owner - Funeral Director - Embalmer

AJ entered funeral service full time in 1986 after a career in law enforcement & became nationally known in the industry for writing articles & speaking to several organizations about his progressive ideas about funeral service. 

AJ is a licensed funeral director & embalmer in North Carolina, Virginia, Florida & Texas.  His expertise in funeral service has led him to become appointed to serve on several national committees in funeral service organizations.  In his career, he has guided & served thousands of families during their time of need.

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Wendy Brannock

Wendy Brannock

Regional Manager - Funeral Director - Embalmer - Crematory Operator


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Carly Shumate

Carly Shumate

Crematory Operator - Funeral Service Licensee

Carly graduated with an AAS in Mortuary Sciences from Tidewater Comm. College in 2012.  She has been in the funeral industry since she was 16. 

After over a decade of working as a certified crematory operator, both for pets & people, she has now received her NCFSL for funeral directing & embalming in May of 2022.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time at home with her husband, John & their son.  

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Joe Clay

Joe Clay

Funeral Director - Pre-Need Specialist - Manager of Huff Funeral Home

Joe has been with our company since August 2011 & has over 20 years of experience in the funeral industry.  Joe is a licensed funeral director & specializes in pre-planning.  He is also the manager of our sister location, Huff Funeral Home in East Bend.

In his free time, Joe loves spending time with his wife, Jessica & their four kids, Madison, Kyleigh, Kaydon & Weston.  They spend much of their time together chasing ballfields & gyms as their kids are very active in sports.  He is very grateful for the patience & understanding his wife has when it comes to his crazy work schedule.

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Rebecca Hinshaw

Rebecca Hinshaw

Rebecca is the office manager for our sister location, Huff Funeral Home in East Bend.  She plays a vital role in our day-to-day activities here at Carolina Cremation Center.  Rebecca specializes in the laws & regulations of the funeral trade.

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Austin Martin

Certified Crematory Operator



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