History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Smith Funeral Service & Crematory was established in 2011 under the capable leadership of founding owner, Justin R. Smith. It is the mission of Smith Funeral Service & Crematory to provide professional service and personal care to the needs of bereaved families and to offer meaningful ways to celebrate and memorialize a life lived. We welcome the opportunity to care for you and your family.

Our Valued Staff

Justin  Smith

Justin Smith, Owner/Funeral Director and Embalmer

Justin has been a funeral service professional for 16 years. He began his career path early in funeral service, at the age of 16. Just four years later he received his license, and since that time he has served many families, assisted colleagues, and trained other aspiring directors toward achieving their goals.

"I feel humbled to serve families in the community at a very painful time in their lives. Although the grief of losing a loved one cannot be completely solaced, I am grateful to offer professional service and personal care, making this difficult experience as easy as it can possibly be."

Justin grew up in the small community of Shelmerdine in southern Pitt County, where Christian principles and life values were instilled. "I owe a debt of gratitude to my parents, Jeff and Jennifer Smith, and to my grandparents, the late Walter Lee, Jr. and Josephine Smith, and to Jimmy and Jackie Moore, for their devotion to my upbringing. My younger brother, Jared, is a stylist at Arc Hair Design. I have a lovely wife of twelve years, Rhapsody, who is a Neonatal ICU Nurse at Vidant Medical Center and also a clinical instructor for Pitt Community College's School of Nursing.

Justin and Rhapsody have three beautiful children, eight-year old daughter, Kylah, five year old son, Karsten, and two month old, Kendall, who are the joy of their lives. The family pet is an English Springer Spaniel, “Tater.” Justin presently serves as an usher in his local church, Faith Assembly of God and is a member of Gideons International. He is also the Chairman of the Executive Board for the Pitt Community College Alumni Association and enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting and watching racing.

Dr. Wayne  Flora

Dr. Wayne Flora, Funeral Director & Staff Chaplain

Wayne comes to Smith Funeral Service & Crematory from a pastoral background. He has served as Youth and Christian Education Director in two prior settings, and is the founding pastor of 26 years of the University Church of God in Greenville. He has served on North Carolina's Ministerial Development Board since 1992, and has been State Coordinator of the Ministerial Internship Program for 13 years.

"One of my greatest gifts is the gift of encouragement, especially in times of crisis. The grace of personal comfort and biblical counsel is a most rewarding experience for me as I help walk hurting families through the sorrows of death. It is personally gratifying to witness authentic hope and reassurance arise in the hearts of those whose loved one has passed away."

This year he is celebrating 40 years of marriage to his wife, Lou, who he declares, "is my strength and courage." She has served 21 years as Senior Secretary for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioners in the Neonatal ICU at Vidant Medical Center and currently is a Senior Secretary for Vidant Medical Center's Foundation.

Together they raised two wonderful children, Mitchell Stephen, who has a lovely wife, Amy, and Rhapsody Michelle, who is the wife of Justin Smith. Wayne and Lou are proud of their five grandchildren, Caleb, 15, Hannah, 11, Bethany, 7, Kylah, 7, and Karsten, 4. Family is their first and highest model of authentic, caring ministry.

Wayne is presently a member of the Church of God International Board of Education and adjunct professor of the Internet Degree Program at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his beloved family.

John Edward Kiewlicz

John Edward Kiewlicz, Licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director

"Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals"

Sir William Ewart Gladstone

Trey Duncan

Trey Duncan, Funeral Director

Trey, a lifelong resident of Ayden, joined our firm in June of 2012. He is a 2004 graduate of Mt. Calvary Christian Academy in Hookerton and a 2006 graduate of Pitt Community College in Winterville, where he obtained his Associate’s Degree in Business. In 2014, Trey graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College and obtained his NC Funeral Directing license in 2015.

Trey is known locally for his musical abilities, as he has been a member of the local gospel group, Men of Faith since 2003. Given the numerous miles traveled across our region, he is well known at many local churches for his piano playing. He is also an active member of the Berean Baptist Church in Ayden, where he serves in various leadership roles.

Coming from a strong and close family, the importance of a servant’s heart and the core values in life were instilled at a very young age. Trey states, “I am committed to providing our community with the comfort and strength to help them move forward with the utmost attention, respect and honor that each family deserves.”

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching college basketball and staying active outdoors with his boxer, Shelby.

Rhapsody Smith

Rhapsody Smith, Office Manager

Jeffery  Smith

Jeffery Smith, Funeral Assistant and Maintenance

Jeffery came to funeral service to work side-by-side with his son. "I am very proud to assist my son in his career service to the community. Because I know the nature and character of his work, I am grateful to be a part of a service that helps others in a professional and personal way."

Thirty-five years ago, Jeffery married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer Moore. Together they raised two sons, Justin and Jared. "Our daughter-in-law, Rhapsody, is like a daughter to us, and we adore our grandchildren, Kylah and Karsten. The family is the center of my life."

This family is complemented nicely by Jeffery and Jennifer's two dogs, Jackson and Chance. They attend University Church of God, where he is a member of the Men of Action-Men’s Ministry and plays the drums. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, watching NASCAR, and building.

Everett Bennett

Everett Bennett, Funeral Assistant

Ernest Bowen

Ernest Bowen, Funeral Assistant

Ernest grew up in the Ormondville community in Greene County. He retired from Collins & Aikman in Farmville after 41 years. He and his wife Carolyn live in Ayden and are members of Berean Baptist Church. They have one daughter, one grandchild and one great grandchild. Ernest has worked in the funeral industry for over 10 years and has been apart of Smith Funeral Service since 2015.

Michelle Churchwell

Michelle Churchwell, Funeral Assistant

Eddie Drake

Eddie Drake, Funeral Assistant

Woodrow Gaddy

Woodrow Gaddy, Funeral Assistant

Ola Earl Haddock

Ola Earl Haddock, Funeral Assistant

Patrick Haddock

Patrick Haddock, Funeral Assistant

Rev. Wesley Holmes

Rev. Wesley Holmes, Funeral Assistant

Mike Kilpatrick

Mike Kilpatrick, Funeral Assistant

Brian Lewis

Brian Lewis, Funeral Assistant

Worth Loving

Worth Loving, Funeral Assistant

Brenda Meza

Brenda Meza, Funeral Assitant and Translator

Hilton Nichols

Hilton Nichols, Funeral Assistant

Hilton is a lifelong resident of Greenville and served in the US Army during the Korean War. He retired from Greenville Utilities as a line foreman after 30 years and later worked as a self employed electrician for 25 years. Hilton was one of the first employees of Smith Funeral Service.

Hilton was married 43 years to the late Mary Lou Taylor Nichols where they enjoyed camping and spending time at Emerald Isle. He still loves to build and go to bluegrass concerts. Hilton is a founding member of the “Empalas”, a country western rock band who toured locally from 1970 until the late 1990s. He now attends University Church of God.

Rev. Daylon Mooneyham

Rev. Daylon Mooneyham, Volunteer Staff Chaplain

Stewart Paramore

Stewart Paramore, Funeral Assistant

Rev. Bill Rodebaugh

Rev. Bill Rodebaugh, Funeral Assistant

Rev. Willie Sumerlin

Rev. Willie Sumerlin, Funeral Assistant

Willie grew up in Greenville and has been a Pastor for over 40 years, living in various places. He and his wife Ann live in Simpson and are members of Heritage FWB Church. Willie and his wife have two children, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Willie has worked for Smith Funeral Service since 2013.