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Our Staff


Lanny J. Funchess

Lanny J. Funchess

Location Manager

   Lanny has been the location manager of Harrelson’s since 2006. He calls Rutherford County his home and has enjoyed developing community friendships during the last fourteen years. Lanny is a Licensed Funeral Director with the State of North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist College and an Associate degree in Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from American Intercontinental University. He is also a graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College and has an earned Master’s in Social Work from Liberty University. He has pastored three churches in his 34 years of ministry and considers the funeral home an extension of God’s calling in his life. He has been married to Laura for 36 years and they have four children, Kent, Autumn, Chad and Summer. He also has four adorable grandchildren. Lanny loves to read and writes an article called “Points to Ponder” which appears in the Daily Courier and Rutherford Weekly each week. He is a “workaholic” and loves family getaways to the mountains.


Laura Funchess

Laura Funchess

Office Manager

    Laura is the Office Manager at Harrelson’s. She has been with the company for almost twelve years. Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Oklahoma Baptist College. She is active in her church where she teaches a Ladies Sunday School class and enjoys helping her husband in the ministry. Laura is an excellent homemaker and especially enjoys decorating. She has worked in various positions teaching school and many years as a church secretary. She is the proud mother of four children, Kent, 33, Autumn, 32, Chad, 19 and Summer, 17 and is “Grammie” to her four grandchildren.


Troy Gordon

Troy Gordon

Funeral Service Assistant

    Troy has served at Harrelson’s for ten years as a funeral assistant. He is a native of Rutherford County and worked for Cone Mills as a supervisor for twenty-three years before retirement. He is a faithful member of Sisk Memorial Missionary Methodist Church and a retired Chief of the Cliffside Fire Department. He is married to Carolyn. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. He loves spending time with his family and singing gospel music.


Winford Gordon

Winford Gordon

Funeral Service Assistant

    Winford has served at Harrelson’s for ten years as a funeral service assistant. He has lived in Rutherford County his entire life and worked for Burlington Industries for 30 years before retirement. He is a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1960. He and his wife, Judy, have two adult children and four wonderful grandchildren. He is an active member of Caroleen Baptist Church where he has served in many capacities including Deacon. Winford loves to travel, rebuilding old cars and sport shooting.


Sharon Edwards

Sharon Edwards

Administrative Professional

  Sharon has been an office assistant at Harrelson’s for eight years. She has lived in Rutherford County for fifty-one years. She worked for Rutherford County Public Schools (Harris School) for thirty-three years before retirement. She is a graduate of Brevard High School, class of 1965 and a 1967 graduate of Gardner-Webb University. She is an active member of Sandy Mush Baptist Church where she serves as 

Secretary/Treasurer and Pianist. She is married to Clark and has four adult children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Sharon enjoys music.


Jerry Lineberry

Jerry Lineberry

Funeral Service Assistant

     Jerry has been with Harrelson’s as a funeral assistant for five years. He has lived in Rutherford County for thirty years and worked in management for Burlington Industries, Galey & Lord and Hanes brands Industries before retirement. He is a graduate of Eastern Randolph High School and is a Certified Crematory Operator. Jerry is a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church where he serves on the buildings and grounds committee. He is married to Millie and has three beautiful daughters and six adorable grandchildren. Jerry loves spending time with his family and watching any kind of sports.


Ron Mauney

Ron Mauney

Funeral Service Assistant

     Ron has worked as a funeral assistant at Harrelson’s for over four years. Ron is a native of Rutherford County and worked at the Rutherford County Board of Education for thirty-three years. He is a 1970 graduate of Appalachian State University. A 1979 graduate of Western Carolina University and a 2012 graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College. He has an earned Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Arts degree, an Education Specialist degree and a Funeral Service diploma. Ron is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Forest City. He was married to Jane Hall Mauney for forty-five years before her death in 2015. He has two adult daughters and three grandchildren. Ron’s favorite pastime is reading.



Steve Duncan

Steve Duncan

Funeral Service Assistant

    Steve has worked as a funeral assistant for Harrelson’s for almost three years. He has lived in Rutherford County for fifty years and worked for Young Engineering (Tandematic) for thirty-three years before retirement. He is a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1972 and a graduate of Isothermal Community College. Steve is a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. He is married to Doris and together they have two adult children and five grandchildren. Steve enjoys fishing, golfing and antiquing.


Chad Funchess

Chad Funchess

Funeral Service Assistant

    Chad has worked for Harrelson’s as a funeral assistant for three years. He is a 2019 graduate of Mountain View Christian School in Cowpens, South Carolina and has earned an Associate’s degree from Isothermal Community College. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Carolina University. He is a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church and plays the guitar in the church orchestra. Chad loves basketball, body building and is an avid Duke Basketball fan.


Tommy Sims

Tommy Sims

Funeral Service Assistant

     Tommy has worked as a funeral assistant for Harrelson’s for one year. He has lived in Rutherford County all his life. Tommy has worked for Parker-Hannifin, Thieman Metal and Sonoco Plastics. He is a 1972 graduate of R-S Central and a faithful member of Pleasant View Community Church. He dedicates many hours every year to helping with Operation Christmas Child. He is married to Linda and they have two adult children and four grandchildren. Tommy enjoys fishing, camping and woodworking.


Brenda Scovill

Brenda Scovill

Office Assistant

     Brenda is our newest addition to our office staff at Harrelson’s. She has been a resident of Cleveland County for the past twenty-five years. She is a graduate of Fourth Baptist Christian School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, class of 1977 and attended Pillsbury Baptist College. She worked for Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore for twenty-three years as the Music Department Secretary. She is a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church where she and her husband, Todd work with the youth. She also serves in the church choir, orchestra and teaches the children’s Sunday School class. She and her husband have five adult children and four grandchildren. She loves family gatherings and music.


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