108 South Piedmont Avenue
| Kings Mountain, NC 28086
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Tel: 1-704-739-2591
| Fax: 704-739-7601

Our Staff

John O. Harris,III

John O. Harris,III

President



Becky Harris

Becky Harris

Retired Staff

Becky Harris, daughter of the late Ollie Harris, founder of Harris Funeral Home, still participates in Funeral Home activities, although retired. She has two children Kathy and David and two grandchildren Phillip and Jada. She is a member of Kings Mountain Baptist Church.


Monty R. Thornburg

Monty R. Thornburg

Vice President/General Manager

Monty works full time at Harris Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director/embalmer. He is retired from the City of Kings Mountain with over 32 years of service as the Senior Center Director and came to work with the funeral home part time as a second career in 1998. He became a full time employee in January 2016 after retiring from the City. He is a 1982 Graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a BS in Psychology and a 2006 honor graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with an AS Degree in Funeral Service. He views funeral service as a noble profession and a ministry. 

Monty is very active in the community. He is a member of Kings Mountain Baptist Church where he has served as past Treasurer, Deacon and Usher. He also services as Secretary of the Life Enrichment Center Advisory Board and is a former Secretary and Past President of the Children’s Homes of Cleveland County Board. He is a Commissioner of the Kings Mountain Housing Authority and also serves as a Trustee of the Cleveland County Healthcare System. Monty is a proponent of end of life issues and currently is the only funeral director serving on JOURNEY, the End of Life Coalition of Cleveland County. He assisted JOURNEY in implementing funeral home tours in Cleveland County which he feels improves dialogue and gets folks talking about funeral planning which is often a forgotten component of end of life planning. He is also a member of the American Society of Embalmers. To help keep in touch with his senior clients, he continues to volunteer as a certified Medicare SHIIP Counselor, assisting Medicare and Medicaid recipients with their prescription drug plans and Medicare Supplement insurance. In June 2015,   Monty was humbled and honored with the Long Leaf Pine Award.  He was surprised and nominated for this award by his funeral service mentor and boss, Ronnie Hawkins.  

In his spare time he enjoys cooking, walking, swimming and spending time with his pets.


Robert J. Walker

Robert J. Walker

Funeral Service Licensee


Originally from Tennessee Jeff felt a calling to serve in Funeral Service at an early age. 

A 1993 graduate of Gupton – Jones College of Funeral Services, Jeff is a very experienced professional having served in many capacities and most recently as the Manager of Walker Funeral Home in Chapel Hill, NC.

Jeff has a love of Southern Gospel  Music and has sang with several Southern Gospel groups and even shared the stage with such noted groups as the Greene’s, Naomi and the Segos and the Dixie Melody Boys. 

Jeff and his wife Kimberly make their home in Shelby, NC.  They have one daughter, Michelle Cox and granddaughter Emma Grace Cox.  

Jeff says “It is an honor to attend to the needs of a grieving family during one of the most difficult times of their lives.  Each day provides me with the opportunity to make a difference, to share my knowledge and experience and help families find some measure of comfort after loss.




Bradley Eric Ellis

Bradley Eric Ellis

Funeral Service Licensee

A 1991 graduate of Kings Mountain High School and a 1996 graduate of Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, Bradley received his B.A. Degree. In 2000, Bradley graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College with an A.A.S. in Funeral Service Education. He is a Funeral Service Licensee in both North and South Carolina, and he is a Preneed Sales Licensee in North Carolina. Bradley has been employed with Harris Funeral Home since 1994. Bradley is a Notary Public in Cleveland County,member of the NC Association of Realtors,and a part-time real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Mountain View Real Estate, Kings Mtn. NC He is a member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church in Kings Mountain

Telephone: 1-704-473-8745

Email: BEllis4381@aol.com


William B. McDaniel

William B. McDaniel

Funeral Service Licensee

1947 graduate of Grover High School, Wiliam began working part-time for Harris Funeral Home in August of 1949. He graduated from the Dallas Institute Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in June of 1956; he became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer later that year. William also worked at the U.S. Post Office in Kings Mountain from 1960 to to 1989. Additionally, he drove a Tour Bus for America Charters L.T.D. of Gastonia from 1982 to 1995 - all the while working as a part-time Embalmer and Funeral Director for Harris Funeral Home. He began working full-time at the funeral home in January of 1996. William served 2 years in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He also served on the Kings Mountain District Schools Board of Education for 12 years, the last 6 of which he was Chairman of the Board. He was only the second layman to serve 2 terms as Moderator of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association. He is a member and Deacon of Bethlehem Baptist Church.William and his wife Helen have been married for over 50 years. They reside on the farm where William was raised, and they have 2 children and 2 grandchildren


Kimberly Belt Malone

Kimberly Belt Malone

Office Manager

Kimberly became Office Manager at Harris Funeral Home in January of this year.  She is a native of Kings Mountain, graduating from Kings Mountain High School in 1998.  Kimberly then obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Finance at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

 

Kimberly then moved to Nashville, TN in 2002 where she worked in the accounting department at Skyline Medical Center.  She also worked for Gaylord Entertainment, the company that owns Gaylord Opryland and the Grand Ole Opry, as an internal auditor for over 4 years.

 

Kimberly returned to her hometown in 2015 to be closer to her family after the passing of her husband of 10 years, Mikey Malone.   She has 2 children, Luke (8) and Keri (6) who attend West Elementary.  She says it’s a comfort to be back home around family, old friends, and familiar faces.  She also hopes that through her life experience both personally and professionally, she can make a difference in the lives of those who experience loss of a family member.

 



Phylis Carpenter

Phylis Carpenter

Funeral Service Assistant/Hostess

Phyllis has worked with Harris Funeral Home for 19 years, serving families during visitations as well as funeral here at our chapel as well as helping with clerical duties. Phyllis retired from full time employment with Polygram Manufacturing in 1995. She graduated from Kings Business College, Charlotte, NC in 1954. Phyllis has been a lifetime member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Kings Mountain where she served as church secretary for 9 years. Phyllis is the widow of the late Gene carpenter and has one son, Ben Carpenter of Kings Mountain. She believes that the funeral service is a noble profession and enjoys helping families through their time of grief.


Leigh Ann Long

Leigh Ann Long

Funeral Service Assistant/Hostess



Shane Davis

Shane Davis

Funeral Service Assistant

Shane is a 1994 graduate of Kings Mountain High School. After graduation Shane served in the US Army as a Carpentry and Masonry Specialist with a secondary MOS as a Combat Engineer. He has been a member of the Kings Mountain Police Department for 20 years, where he served and a Patrol Officer, Detective Corporal, Shift Sargent and School Resource Officer. Shane has attained his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate as well as the North Carolina SRO Certification along with numerous citations, including several Region C Citations, the Life Saving Award and the Meritorious Conduct Award. Shane served the Town of Grover as a City Council Member as well as Chief of Police. He currently holds North Carolina Firefighter ll and Emergency Medical Technician certifications. Shane has one son, Patrick Davis, and is a new grandfather of one grandchild, Ophelia “Opie” Hope Davis. Mr. Davis joined the staff of Harris Funeral Home in 2006 and studied Funeral Science at Cleveland Community College and Fayetteville Technical College. Shane believes funeral service is a calling and a noble career. He enjoys assisting people through some of the most difficult times of their lives.



Charles Wayne Putnam

Charles Wayne Putnam

Funeral Service Assistant

Charles Wayne Putnam was born on December 16, 1946 to hoyle and Lydia Putnam. Charles graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1965. Charles was married to the late Susan Wiggins Putnam for 42 years and they had three children. Charles married Helen Owens on April 10, 2009 together they have five children and six grandchildren.

Charles is a lifetime member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church, where he has served as a deacon since 2014. Charles worked for Harris Teeter for 42 years and retired in July 2007.

Charles began in the Funeral Service with Master’s Funeral Home working visitations and funerals Charles joined the staff of Harris Funeral Home part time in 2009 where he works visitations and funerals .

Charles enjoys serving his community to be able to comfort families in their time of sorrow.



Gerald D. Lovelace

Gerald D. Lovelace

Funeral Service Assistant

Gerald D. Lovelace was born July 16, 1937 to Zeno and Eunice Lovelace. Gerald attended Kings Mountain High School graduating with the class of 1955, He then attended and graduated from Carolina Business College in Charlotte, NC. Gerald was employed in the transportation Industry until his retirement.

Gerald has been with Harris Funeral Home for 12 years and in his spare time does volunteer work at the Kings Mountain Hospital; is president of the Patrick Senior Center advisory committee; and recently began participating in the good news club at West School.

Gerald is a member of First Presbyterian Church where he sings in the choir and has served as an elder.

Gerald is married to the former Sonyia Goforth and they recently celebrated their 60 year wedding anniversary they have two daughters Terri Bell and Deana Kramer six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.



Tim Setzer

Tim Setzer

Funeral Service Assistant


Tim is a 1985 graduate of Kings Mountain High School and a 1991 Graduate of Gardner Webb University where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education. He is an 8th grade Math teacher at Kings Mountain Middle School where he has worked for over 20 years. Tim is also an ordained minister.  He is the former pastor of Lighthouse Ministries in Gastonia, NC where he and his wife, Jodie served for 11 years.  Tim has ministry experiences in pastoring, youth pastoring, evangelizing, mission work, and as a hospital adjunct chaplain.  Tim joined the Harris Funeral Home staff in July 2016.  He feels that working at Harris Funeral Home is a ministry as well. He finds that his experiences as a pastor in ministering to families during the loss of a loved one, helps him in his position as a Funeral Service Assistant.

He has been married to his wife Jodie for 21 years. They have 2 sons, Timothy and Seth. He feels it is an honor to serve the community that he grew up in and also serve as a teacher.


 


 




Derek Johnson

Derek Johnson

Funeral Service Assistant



Ernest Phillip Howell

Ernest Phillip Howell

Funeral Service Assistant

Ernie Howell has been a part time employee of Harris Funeral Home since 2016. Ernie is a native of Kings Mountain, returning in 2006 after serving in the United States Air Force during the Viet Nam war and living in Asheville, NC for 35 years. He retired from Norfolk-Southern Railroad. Ernie is married to Lisa Rockwood Howell, and has three children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Ernie considers it an honor to serve the families of Kings Mountain, and takes great pride in bringing dignity, honor and respect to the last moments families have with their loved ones.



DK Davis

DK Davis

Funeral Service Assistant

Born in Virginia to Danny and Lois Davis, DK served his country in the United States Marine Corps and  has been married to Michelle Davis for 9 years.

DK has worked as a Cleveland County Deputy Sheriff and Detention Officer and has served with the Kings Mountain Police Department for 17 years.

DK enjoys serving his community and is greatful to have the opportunity to serve with Harris Funeral Home.



Ron Epley

Ron Epley

Funeral Service Assistant


Ron Epley was born on December 29th, 1956 to James and Ruby Epley. Ron graduated from East Rutherford High School in 1975.  He then attended Isothermal Community College with a major in Insurance & Financial Services. He also completed numerous programs through IMS, the Institute for Management Studies and has completed several New Horizons courses.

 


Ron is a corporate trainer at Credit Acceptance in Southfield, Michigan where he has worked for the past 12 years. He & his wife also travel and sing with The Golden Valley Crusaders. Ron plays guitar, dobro, and fiddle, as well as singing all four parts. He has traveled with gospel groups since he was 17 years old, and has shared the stage with several major artists such as The Inspirations, Hoppers, Jeff & Sherri Easter, Talleys, Perrys & others. 


Ron joined the Harris Funeral Home staff in October 2017.  He feels that working at Harris Funeral Home is a ministry as well. He finds that his experiences as a gospel singer correlates well in ministering to families during the loss of a loved one, and helps him in his position as a Funeral Service Assistant.


Ron is married to Angela and they recently celebrated their 27th year wedding anniversary. They live in Boiling Springs, NC. They have three sons, Michael, Brian & Kyle. They have 4 grandchildren, Caitlin, Oak, Finn and Silas.


 




Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall

Funeral Assistant

Ryan graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 2014 and then attended Cleveland Community College receiving an Associate in Arts degree. He is now at Piedmont Technical College working on his degree in Funeral Services pursuing a career as a licensed funeral director. In his free time, Ryan enjoys singing, taking walks in the woods, spending time with friends and family and his dog, Daisy. Ryan views funeral service as a calling and an opportunity to serve his community in a time of need.



IN MEMORY OF RONALD J. HAWKINS

IN MEMORY OF RONALD J. HAWKINS

January 16, 1952 -- December 8, 2016 A FAITHFUL EMPLOYEE FOR OVER 40 YEARS



IN MEMORY OF JAMES ERIC WRIGHT

IN MEMORY OF JAMES ERIC WRIGHT

JULY 11, 1964 - AUGUST 7, 2015 A FAITHFUL EMPLOYEE FOR 28 YEARS



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