AJ started his career in law enforcement and working part-time at a
funeral home. As a police officer AJ served as State President and
National Vice President of non-profit police youth organization (PAL).
1986 he entered funeral service full time and became nationally known
in the industry for writing articles and speaking to several
organizations about his progressive ideas about funeral service. Having
served various leadership roles in Pilot Mountain/Surry County including
past chairman of United Way, past vice chairman for Habit for Humanity,
past president of the Pilot Mountain Merchants Association. AJ
currently serves as vice chairman for the town planning and zoning
AJ is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in North
Carolina, Virginia, Florida & Texas. His expertise in funeral
service has led him to become appointed to serve on several national
committees in funeral service organizations. In his career he has guided
and served thousands of families during their time of need.
Jonathan R. Wood (Jon)
Funeral Director - Embalmer - Reconstruction Surgeon
Jon is a native of Rockingham County, NC. He graduated from John Motley Morehead High School in 1994. After high school Jon went into retail management where he was a senior partner for a large jewelry enterprise. After the market crashed after 911, Jon was called to make a major career move, a move that had always been in his heart, Funeral Service. He graduated with honors with an Associate Degree in Applied Science of Funeral Service in Funeral Directing and Embalming from Fayetteville Tech and after setting for the state board exam, he received his North Carolina Funeral Service license in Funeral Directing and Embalming. He later received his prestigious training in Reconstruction Surgery from Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming in Springfield, MO.. Jon served his apprenticeship and worked 8 years for Wilkerson Funeral Home and felt led to expand his career in the Funeral Service and became a certified Crematory operator and obtained his Virginia License in Funeral Service as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. After working and managing other Funeral Homes, Jon came on board at Cox-Needham Funeral Home as the head Embalmer, a Funeral Director and to help guide the Marketing and aftercare program for Cox-Needham Funeral Home. Jon is a past vice-president of Southside District of the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, member of (NFDA) National Funeral Directors Associations, member of Kiwanis of Reidsville, NC.