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Crematory Authority

The NC Board of Funeral Service lost telephone service on Monday, March 6, 2023. We have done all that we can in contacts with the NC Department of Information Technology to restore our service. On Monday, the Department of Information Technology responded to our requests promptly, and they requested repairs from AT&T. To date, AT&T has not responded to these requests.

We regret the frustration you likely have experienced in attempts to reach our staff, and we understand the difficulty you may have encountered in seeking assistance on issues important to you. At present, email is our only means of communication with our stakeholders.

We are hopeful that AT&T will restore our service soon. Until then, please know our regret for this unfortunate and unacceptable interruption in our telephone service.

Crematory Authority

Note: Minutes of the Crematory Authority Meetings can be found on the Board Meeting Schedule & Minutes page.

Authority Officers


Edward J. Kosmos

Vice Chair

David Miller


Mitchell D. Ward

Authority Members

(term ends 12/31/2024) Edward J. Kosmos
City of Oaks Cremation, LLC
4900 Green Road
Raleigh, NC 27616

(term ends 12/31/2024) Mitchell D. Ward
Inman Ward Funeral Home of Tabor City, LLC
300 E. Fifth Street
Tabor City, NC 28463

Board Representative

(term ends 12/31/2025)
Richard D. Hincher
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home
270 Armory Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Board Representative

(term ends 12/31/2023)
Steve Herndon
Padgett and King Mortuary
227 E. Main Street
Forest City, NC 28043

(term ends 12/31/2025) David Miller
Coastal Cremations & Funeral Care
6 Jacksonville Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

(term ends 12/31/2025) Charlie Neal
Pines Cremation Service
235 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Southern Pines, NC 28387

(term ends 12/31/2025) Bobby G. Keller
Forest Lawn West Crematory
4601 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208