Linda is a graduate of East Surry High School and Appalachian State University with a BS in Secondary Education (English) and MA in Administration. She taught both for the Surry County School System and Surry Community College. After leaving the teaching field, she worked at Ingersoll-Rand Company for 19.5 years as a public bid coordinator, buyer, engineering change coordinator, and inventory control manager before retiring.
After her retirement she spent a few years traveling and enjoying spending time with her two children, three grandchildren and two great-granddaughters, as well as enjoying her hobbies of reading, crafting, and gardening.
In 2011 she joined the funeral home staff as a part-time employee administering the Cox-Needham Mutual Burial Association business. Gradually, she assumed more responsibilities before becoming the office manager in late March 2013.