OUR HISTORY

Johnson Funeral Home was organized in 1954 in a small building on College Street beside the old Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Several years later, the old church was purchased in order to expand the funeral home facilities. In 1964, the funeral home was purchased by Bobby and Doris Johnson. They moved the administrative duties and similar functions to Richlands and operated it for many years. In 1996, a new modern facility was constructed on Henderson Drive in Jacksonville, replacing the original building. Today, Johnson Funeral Home has funeral homes in both Richlands and Jacksonville. For almost 75 years we have provided funeral and cremation services to our community, and we stand ready to serve many more generations of North Carolina families.

 

SERVING YOUR FAMILY

Our team is dedicated to serving you with excellence and carrying out your goals for life celebration. Above all, we are your friends, neighbors and community partners who provide quality funeral and cremation services.  We are your local funeral home with two locations near you.

OUR TEAM

Hamilton Jones

Hamilton Jones

Vice President & General Manager

Hamilton has worked in the funeral industry in North Carolina for many years. A Columbus County native, he received his Degree in Funeral Service from Fayetteville Technical Community College. He is a member of the Whiteville Masonic Lodge and Whiteville Civitans. In his spare time, Hamilton enjoys being on Lake Waccamaw with his children and friends.

Scott Kuvin

Scott Kuvin

Funeral Service Vice President

Scott started doing transport work for an embalming service in 2003, which is where he found his passion for helping others during their most difficult time. He moved back to NC in 2013 as a director with Johnson Funeral Home, and after moving to another firm for a few years he is proud to call Johnson home again and returned as of January, 2023. When he isn’t working, he can usually be found with a fishing pole in his hand, out in the woods during hunting season, or in the kitchen cooking up meals or desserts.

Shellie Woodruff

Shellie Woodruff

Funeral Director/Advanced Funeral Planner

Shellie settled back down into Wilmington in May 2010, where she recognized her passion in funeral care. “If I am able to help a family by giving them direction and comfort during one of the most difficult and stressful times in their lives, I have used my gift that God has given me.”

 

Tina Cox Wagoner

Tina Cox Wagoner

Office Manager & Funeral Director

A most dedicated employee of over 25 years, Tina serves Johnson Funeral Homes as both our office manager and a funeral director. She worked side-by-side with our original owners, Doris & Bobby Johnson, and has stayed loyal to their legacy through each era of change. Tina holds the company history in her head like a book and remains dedicated to serving our Onslow County community.

Jeffrey Ryanski

Jeffrey Ryanski

Funeral Director

Jonathan Strickland

Jonathan Strickland

Funeral Director

Jonathan is a licensed funeral director, originally from Southwestern Kentucky. Having graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2016 and earning a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, he combines experience in funeral service with his passion for serving the community. A loving husband and father of two, Jonathan cherishes his family time, often exploring the outdoors and historical sites with his beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Haley Matthews

Haley Matthews

Funeral Director Apprentice/ Outreach Coordinator

Haley Matthews started at Johnson Funeral Home in January of 2022 shortly after moving here from South Carolina. She is fulfilling her apprenticeship while currently attending Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service.

Jason Collins

Jason Collins

Funeral Service Associate

Dustin Foley

Dustin Foley

Funeral Service Associate

Dustin has been with our team since 2017 and we have been glad to have him. Dustin also works as a Pharmacy Technician at Onslow Memorial Hospital and is part of our Outreach Team.

Jim Joiner

Jim Joiner

Funeral Service Associate

Jim joined our team in 2018 and has been an asset to us from the beginning. He is extremely active in the Richlands community and serves as Chairman of Elders/Deacons at Community Christian Church of Christ. Before his retirement, Jim worked as branch manager for Tidewater Energy Propane Company and seems to know everyone in Onslow County.

Terry Joiner

Terry Joiner

Funeral Service Associate

Jackie Morton

Jackie Morton

Funeral Service Associate

Jackie is truly our jack-of-all-trades. As Cemetery Support Staff, he marks graves and puts up tents, but he is also our go-to fix-it man for anything that could come up around the funeral homes. He joined our team in 2008 and also serves on our Outreach Team.

Linda Morton

Linda Morton

Funeral Service Associate

Jerry Potter

Jerry Potter

Funeral Service Associate

Betty Thomas

Betty Thomas

Funeral Service Associate

Betty has been part of the Johnson Team, in one way or another, for at least 25 years. She and her husband Bobby worked alongside the Johnsons for many years and have been constant cheerleaders for its growth. Betty now proudly serves as part of our Richlands Administration Team.

James Warren

James Warren

Funeral Service Associate

“Mr. James” has been an integral member of our Richlands team since 2012. He served as lead pastor of Community Christian Church in Richlands for over 35 years and now serves as an Elder for the church.

Tom DeCantis

Tom DeCantis

Regional Vice President

Tom DeCantis has been in funeral service since 1985.  He is an honors graduate of San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in California.  During college, he began his career at a local funeral home/cemetery combination in Berkeley, CA.

After graduation, Tom returned to Virginia, where he served his apprenticeship, and then received his license to practice Funeral Service over 35 years ago.  After this, many of his skills were developed at a reputable firm in the northern Shenandoah Valley, under the direct supervision of the owner, who was a fourth-generation funeral director. In the late 90’s, Tom relocated to Virginia Beach, where he was given the privilege of joining Altmeyer Funeral Homes, as a Director/Manager of the Virginia Beach location.  After serving in Virginia Beach for several years, Tom moved back to Northern Virginia. He returned to the Altmeyer Organization over 13 years ago.  He currently serves as Regional Vice President, overseeing our North Carolina operations in Jacksonville, Wilmington, Hendersonville and Greensboro.

Tom is a former member of the Williamsburg Rotary Club.   He is a lifetime member of Unity 146 A.F. & A.M. in Front Royal, VA.  He is also a member of the Scottish Rite, Washington, D.C.

 “It is our sincere desire to provide caring and compassionate assistance to each family we serve.  Altmeyer Funeral Homes has maintained a stellar reputation since 1917, and we will continue providing this distinguished service for generations to come.”

In Memoriam

Bobby Thomas

Bobby Thomas

September 1, 1935-October 6, 2023

A most dedicated employee to Johnson Funeral Home for over 50 years.

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