AJ started his career in law enforcement and working part-time at a funeral home. As a police officer AJ served as State President and National Vice President of non-profit police youth organization (PAL).
In 1986 he entered funeral service full time and became nationally known in the industry for writing articles and speaking to several organizations about his progressive ideas about funeral service. Having served various leadership roles in Pilot Mountain/Surry County including past chairman of United Way, past vice chairman for Habit for Humanity, past president of the Pilot Mountain Merchants Association. AJ currently serves as vice chairman for the town planning and zoning board.
AJ is a licensed funeral director and 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 and served thousands of families during their time of need.
Vice President & Funeral Director
Steve is a 1970 graduate of Surry Central High School and a 1974 graduate of Pfeiffer University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Before entering the funeral profession , Steve worked as Department Supervisor at RJR Tobacco.
In 1990 Steve became a partner and began his career with Cox-Needham. He currently serves as Vice President and Funeral Director with the company and has been a board member of the Fulton Family YMCA in Winston-Salem for 12 years. He was a charter member of the Pilot Mountain Jaycees and a past member of the board of directors of Pilot Knob Fire Department.
He is married to Lin and has one daughter Anna Katherine.
Jonathan R. Wood (Jon)
Funeral Director - Embalmer - Reconstruction Surgeon
Jon is a native of Rockingham County, NC. He graduated from John Motley Morehead High School in 1994. After high school Jon went into retail management where he was a senior partner for a large jewelry enterprise. After the market crashed after 911, Jon was called to make a major career move, a move that had always been in his heart, Funeral Service. He graduated with honors with an Associate Degree in Applied Science of Funeral Service in Funeral Directing and Embalming from Fayetteville Tech and after setting for the state board exam, he received his North Carolina Funeral Service license in Funeral Directing and Embalming. He later received his prestigious training in Reconstruction Surgery from Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming in Springfield, MO.. Jon served his apprenticeship and worked 8 years for Wilkerson Funeral Home and felt led to expand his career in the Funeral Service and became a certified Crematory operator and obtained his Virginia License in Funeral Service as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. After working and managing other Funeral Homes, Jon came on board at Cox-Needham Funeral Home as the head Embalmer, a Funeral Director and to help guide the Marketing and aftercare program for Cox-Needham Funeral Home. Jon is a past vice-president of Southside District of the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, member of (NFDA) National Funeral Directors Associations, member of Kiwanis of Reidsville, NC and a member of Ruffin-Stacey Baptist Church.
Daniel Sexton was born in Roanoke VA to Marlena Sexton and Bobby Thompson. He is a 2008 graduate of Carroll County High School in Hillsville, Virginia. He has a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University. He will start his Master’s degree in August. Daniel is also a volunteer with the American Red Cross of Virginia. He also works part time at the Tru By Hilton. Daniel started in the funeral service in 2016. He has been with Cox-Needham Funeral Home since 2020.
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.