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Our Staff


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William Taylor

William Taylor

Owner

William B. “Buddy” Taylor, President

Howard-Carter Funeral Home has been in the Taylor family since 1985 and continues to operate to this date under their able leadership with Buddy serving as President.

Buddy and his wife Clara have been married over fifty years. They have two children, Bill and Karen who are co-owners of the Funeral Home along with 3 grandchildren. He is a member of the Deep Run First Baptist Church, the Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodge and the Lenoir County Shrine Club.

Telephone: 1-252-523-3177

Email: howard.carter@suddenlinkmail.com


William B. “Bill” Taylor, II

Owner,Funeral Director,Licensed PreNeed Counselor

Cell: 252-521-1000

William B. “Bill” Taylor, II, Vice President

Bill became a licensed Funeral Director in 1996 and is one of the co-owners of the Corporation. In addition, he is a licensed Preneed Counselor. 

He and his wife Christine have been married over 28 years and have two children, Elizabeth and Briley, along with a menagerie of animals that are family also. He is a proud papa to his two grandchildren, Easton and Cora Ann. They are members of the Rivermont Baptist Church and Bill is a very active volunteer with the American Red Cross where he is a Certified First Aid/CPR Instructor as well as serving on the Board of Directors. In addition, he serves as a member of the Lenoir County Economic Development Board and is a Volunteer with the Deep Run Fire/Rescue.

Telephone: 1-252-523-3177

Email: howard.carter@suddenlinkmail.com


Karen Taylor Keene

Owner,Funeral Director,Licensed PreNeed Counselor

Cell: 252-560-8900

Karen Taylor Keene, Secretary/Treasurer

Karen has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1995 and is also a Licensed Preneed Counselor. She is the third co-owner of the Corporation and is Office Manager for Howard-Carter. 

Karen and her husband Mark are members of the Deep Run First Baptist Church. They have one daughter, Taylor.

Telephone: 1-252-523-3177

Email: howard.carter@suddenlinkmail.com


Cliff Miller

Cliff Miller

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Cell: 252-560-5110

Cliff has been with our firm for 15 years and is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Certified Crematory Technician.

He is currently serving on the Lenoir County Board of Health as Chairman and is a member of the Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodge and the Lenoir County Shrine Club.

A native of Lenoir County he has one daughter, Katelyn, and enjoys spending his free time with his family, playing softball and golfing.

Telephone: 1-252-523-3177

Email: howard.carter@suddenlinkmail.com


Claude Davis

Funeral Director

Claude received his Funeral Director’s license in 1960 and has served Howard-Carter as a Funeral Director for over fifteen years. 

He retired as Lenoir County Clerk of Court. Claude and his wife Betty have 1 child, 2 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. His greatest joy is spending time with his great-grandson, Davis.


Briley Taylor

Funeral Director


Email: howard.carter@suddenlinkmail.com


Justin Stroud

Primary Staff


Email: howard.carter@suddenlinkmail.com


Kendall Taylor

Funeral Director


Email: howard.carter@suddenlinkmail.com


Josh Kennedy

Funeral Attendant/Office Manager

Josh has been with the firm for two years and is a Certified Crematory Technician. He has been a member of the Pink Hill Fire Department for ten years serving his community. Josh makes removals and is currently the secretary for the funeral home. He looks forward to furthering his education in the funeral business to better fulfill the needs of the families in the community. Josh has two sons and resides in the Pink Hill community. 

Email: howard.carter@suddenlinkmail.com


Randy Croom

Funeral Attendant



Glen Heath

Funeral Attendant



Frank Thompson

Funeral Attendant



Sue Hunter

Secretary



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