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All of our licensed directors adhere to the highest standard of ethical practices and are committed to ensuring that all of your needs are attended to. Their commitment to the community and genuine compassion toward families are but a few of the characteristics that make them outstanding in their field. All of our directors are members of theNCFDA and NFDA and we are proud to have them on our staff.


Mark Crowe, President & Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Mark Crowe is the older brother in the family business.  Mark serves as the President of the company and has been licensed since 1977. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Gardner-Webb and an A.S. in Funeral Service Education from Fayetteville Technical Community College. Mark is married to Pam Crowe and they have a daughter, Lindsey and a son, Jordan who recently completed his Funeral Service License.  Mark attends Spindale United Methodist Church and resides in Rutherfordton.

Paul Crowe, Vice-President & Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Paul is the younger brother in the family business.  Paul graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College with an A.S. in Funeral Service Education, is certified by the National Board of Funeral Service and has been licensed since 1985.  Paul enjoys fishing and takes a yearly fishing trip to Canada to fish at some of their pristine lakes. He resides in Union Mills.

Jordan Crowe, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Jordan recently graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College with an A.S in Funeral Service Education.  He and his wife Kelsey enjoy traveling, backpacking, and spending time working in their garden.

Mary Kathryn Taylor, Licensed Funeral Director


Mary Kathryn has been associated with Crowe's since 2006.  She recently retired after 30 years of teaching at a local elementary school.  She is married to Mike Taylor, they have one daughter.   Mary Kathryn is a graduate of Fayetteville Tech, and is a NC Licensed Funeral Director.  She is a member of Rutherfordton United Methodist Church.

Derek Smith, Licensed Funeral Director

Derek has been associated with Crowe's  since 1999 and has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1985.  Derek is active in the community as an  assistant coach for the girls varsity basketball team at East Rutherford High School and also assists with AAU youth basketball. He attends New Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church and resides in Forest CIty.

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Dying is one of the few events in life that's certain to occur, yet one we rarely plan for. Should we spend more time preparing for a two week vacation than we do our last days on Earth?

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