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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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Jordan Key

Jordan Key

Crematory Manager - Crematory Operator

Jordan came to us after being in the public safety field since 2013  He graduated from Surry Comm. College with his law enforcement certificate in December 2012.

In February of 2021, Jordan joined our team as the crematory manager & certified crematory operator.  He plans to continue his education in the funeral service industry.

In his free time, Jordan enjoys spending time with his fiancee Jessica & their kids.  He is also actively involved in the Dobson Rescue Squad & Central Surry Fire Department.

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Carly Shumate

Carly Shumate

Crematory Operator - Funeral Service Apprentice

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 almost a decade of working as a certified crematory operator, both for pets & people, she is now working towards completing her apprenticeship to become a North Carolina licensed funeral director & embalmer.

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 and has over 20 years of experience in the funeral industry. Joe is a licensed funeral director and specializes in pre-planning. He is also the manager of our sister location, Huff Funeral Home in East Band.

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

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Brayden Craddock

Brayden Craddock

Crematory Assistant



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