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.
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.
Jeff is a 1993 graduate of East Surry High School and attended Surry Community College. He is a North Carolina Certified Crematory Operator and serves as Operations Manager of Carolina Cremations.
He is married to Amanda Leigh Stager and is the proud father of three girls Madyson, Hailey & Kamryn, and one son, Eythan. He and his family make their home in Mt. Airy.
Mary Ann Freeman
Mary Ann is a 1981 graduate of Mount Airy High School.
She is married to Mitchell Freeman and they have two wonderful children together, Michael Brandon Freeman and Candice Michelle Freeman.
In 2010 she joined the funeral home staff as a funeral assistant.
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.