Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

Our staff are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors. Our staff is committed to providing your family with the highest quality care and service in your time of need, and we take pride in our responsibility to lighten your burden as you take the first steps toward healing and recovery.

Colonial Funeral Home and Chapel

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Trey Duncan Funeral Director / Location Manager
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Will Hopper Funeral Director
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Linda Shelton Funeral Director
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Al Fair Funeral Director
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Julia Tucker Secretary - Madison
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Mary Jo Hunter Part-Time Secretary-Madison
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Bobby Adkins Funeral Director's Assistant
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Milton Alley Funeral Director's Assistant
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Joseph R. (Junior) Coleman, Jr. Funeral Director's Assistant
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William E. (Bill) Freeman Funeral Director's Assistant
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Johnny Hall Funeral Director's Assistant
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Hardy Joyce Funeral Director's Assistant
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Thomas Joyce Funeral Director's Assistant
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Tom McDermott Funeral Director's Assistant
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Jimmy Tucker Funeral Director's Assistant

Colonial Funeral Home Stokes Chapel

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Dudley Cook Funeral Director / Location Manager
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Dale O. Collins Funeral Director
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Estelle Steele Secretary - Stokes Chapel
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Roger Joyce Funeral Director's Assistant
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Willard Nelson Funeral Director's Assistant
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Layn Wagoner Funeral Director's Assistant

Trey Duncan

Funeral Director / Location Manager
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Phone: (336) 427-0205
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Location Manager - Madison

Funeral Director, Preneed Counselor, Crematory Technician, Monument Sales

Trey joined our firm in April of 2016. Born and raised in eastern NC, he is a 2004 graduate of Mt. Calvary Christian Academy in Hookerton, NC and a 2006 graduate of Pitt Community College in Winterville, NC, where he obtained his Associate’s Degree in Business. In 2014, Trey graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College and obtained his NC Funeral Directing license in 2015. In June of 2012, Trey began his career in funeral service at the highly reputable Smith Funeral Service and Crematory in Greenville, NC. There he learned the necessary and valuable tools that are required in funeral service.

Coming from a strong and close family, the importance of a servant’s heart and the core values in life were instilled at a very young age. Trey states, “I am committed to providing our community with the comfort and strength to help them move forward with the utmost attention, respect and honor that each family deserves.”

Trey and his wife, Lauren McDermott Duncan, a native of Rockingham County, reside in Stoneville with their son, Miles. They are members of Ellisboro Baptist Church.

Will Hopper

Funeral Director
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Phone: (336) 427-0205
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Funeral Director, Preneed Counselor, Licensed Insurance Agent, Monument Sales

Past Manager of Colonial Funeral Home & Chapel, Inc., Vice-President of Board of Directors, Colonial Funeral Home & Chapel, Inc.

Will and his wife, Peggy Moore Hopper, live in Madison. He attended John Wesley College and completed studies at Southeastern Seminary and is also a 1990 graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with a diploma in Funeral Service. Will is a licensed Baptist minister; a member of Ellisboro Baptist Church, and a member of Gideons International. He is a member of the original Hopper Brothers and Connie Southern Gospel Family. Will is a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and now great-grandfather. He enjoys golfing and working outside.

Will joined the funeral home staff in 1991.

Linda Shelton

Funeral Director
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Phone: (336) 427-0205
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Funeral Director, Pre-need Counselor & Licensed Preneed Insurance Agent. Past Location Manager of Colonial Funeral Home

Linda is a graduate of Winston-Salem Business College (1968)- Diploma, General Business; Heritage Bible College (1974)- B.A. of Christian Education; Guilford College (1995) - B.A. of Science, Emphasis in Psychology; and completed Forsyth T.C.C. (1997) - Diploma, Funeral Service. Linda is a member of Christian View Pentecostal Holiness Church and serves as church musician. She served in the past as Sunday School Teacher, President of Women's Auxiliary, and member of the church board. She was employed at Jefferson-Standard Life Insurance Co., (1 yr.), Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County and Betsy Johnson Hospital (10 yrs.), Wackenhut Security Dept./Fieldcrest-Cannon (14 yrs.) and Marco Warehouse, Shipping for E.I. Dupont (4 yrs.). "Working at Colonial Funeral Home has allowed me to minister to families during a difficult time in their lives. It's important that all families are treated with respect." Linda lives on the Anglin Mill Road, Stoneville, and is the daughter of the late Buford Ernest and Gracie Nance Shelton. She joined the funeral home staff in 1992.

Dudley Cook

Funeral Director / Location Manager
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Phone: (336) 871-3200
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Location Manager - Sandy Ridge

Funeral Director, Preneed Counselor, Crematory Manager

Dudley has had many years of experience in funeral service. He was employed part-time with Nelson Funeral Home (Danbury). Dudley retired as teacher and Athletic Director from Stokes County (NC) Schools in June 2013. He attended N.C. A & T at Greensboro, Appalachian University, and graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College with a Diploma in Funeral Service. A Danbury resident, Dudley and his wife, Darlene, are members of Peters Creek Baptist Church. Dudley is known for his friendly smile, strong commitment and dedication to his community. He joined Colonial Funeral Home staff in 2005.

Dale O. Collins

Funeral Director
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Phone: (336) 871-3200
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Assistant Manager - Stokes Chapel, Funeral Director, Family Services Preneed Counselor and Licensed Insurance Agent.

Dale and husband, Ronnie and children Kayla and Justin, live in neighboring Patrick County, VA. She is a member of Mayo Mountain Church where she serves as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, youth leader, busing minister, bell choir director, adult ministry leader and various other committees. Dale also a member of the NCFDA Young Funeral Professionals Group, Sandy Ridge Senior Citizens Club and Sandy Ridge Ruritan Club. Dale attended John Tyler University and Patrick Henry Community College. She graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College (2008)with a diploma in Funeral Service. Dale joined the funeral home staff in 2008.

Al Fair

Funeral Director
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Phone: (336) 427-0205
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Funeral Director, Embalmer, Preneed Counselor

Alva L. Fair, Jr., “Al” is a licensed funeral director and embalmer, with years of experience as a preneed counselor. He graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College in their funeral service program where he completed an Associates Degree in applied science of funeral service in 1996. He then passed his National Board of Funeral Service exam and acquired his North Carolina Funeral Service license in 1998. During his 26 year career in the funeral industry he has also been constantly involved in community activities. He is past member, and president of the Eden, NC Jaycees, a past member of the Eden Kiwanis, a past member of the cemetery board for Overlook Cemetery in Eden, NC, and a past member of the Eden Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Al has also served membership in the Rotary Club of Greensboro, NC, and is currently a member of The Madison-Mayodan Rotary Club. A native of Eden, he spent a large portion of his childhood living in the Stoneville, Madison-Mayodan and Sandy Ridge area. After moving back to Eden, Al graduated from Morehead Senior High School class of 1992. He spent 11 years in the Boy Scouts of America in Troop 584 of Eden, serving as a leader and as an assistant scoutmaster where he earned the award of Eagle Scout. He is currently associated with Scout Troop 567 as an Assistant Scout Master. Al has also been in many bands playing music for years in local festivals and gatherings throughout Rockingham County and the Greensboro Triad area, along with playing in several local church praise bands in Eden and Mayodan. He has been a drummer/musician for 35 years.

He is married to Amanda Wilson Fair, and has three sons, Aidan, Nathan and Michael Fair.

Al joined our full-time staff in November of 2018.

Estelle Steele

Secretary - Stokes Chapel
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Phone: (336) 871-3200
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Office Manager/Secretary - Stokes Chapel

Estelle is a resident of the Lawsonville area. She is a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church and manager of Ridgemont Apartments. She retired from E.I. DuPont with 30 years service. Estelle attended Rockingham Community College and Forsyth Technical Institute. She joined the funeral home staff in 2000.

Julia Tucker

Secretary - Madison
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Phone: (336) 427-0205
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Julie was born in Asheville, NC, and is a lifetime resident of Madison, NC. She is a member of Ellisboro Baptist Church where she has served on numerous committees over the years. She is a 1986 graduate of Madison-Mayodan High School and attended Rockingham Community College. Julie is married to Jay Tucker and they have 3 daughters: Olivia Vaden, Lindsay Tucker, and Lillie Tucker. They are also the proud grandparents of 3 grandsons, with a 4th grandson due to arrive in March 2020.

Julia joined our firm in October of 2019.

Mary Jo Hunter

Part-Time Secretary-Madison
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Phone: (336) 427-0205
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Part-Time Secretary-Madison

Mary Jo is originally from Maryland and is now a resident of Madison. She worked along side her husband for years repairing model trains. Mary Jo enjoys quilting, reading and ministering to the needs of others.

She joined our firm in August of 2014.

Bobby Adkins

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Phone: (336) 427-0205
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Funeral Director's Assistant

He is attending Rockingham Community College, pursuing a degree in Business. Bobby and his wife, Lou Ann Dalton Adkins, are residents of Pine Hall, NC. He is a dedicated member of Floyd Baptist Church, Eden, NC and sings with Faithful Hearts, a gospel group. He is also employed as Production Manager at Southern Steel & Wire with over 20 years of service. Bobby joined the funeral home staff in 2001.

Milton Alley

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Phone: (336) 427-0205
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Funeral Director's Assistant

Married to Martha Payne Alley, Milton is a life-long resident of the Madison area. He served in the U.S. Army and is a member of Kallam Grove Christian Church. He retired from Pine Hall Brick, Inc. Milton joined the funeral home staff in 1994.

Joseph R. (Junior) Coleman, Jr.

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Phone: (336) 427-0205
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Funeral Director's Assistant

He is a graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College (2006) with a diploma in Funeral Directing. A local native, Junior resides in Mayodan with his wife, Brenda Smith Coleman. He is an active member of Beaver Island Baptist Church. He and his wife are members of the mission team with their denomination. He is also a U.S. Army veteran who served his country during the Vietnam era. Junior was assistant scout master for Mayodan Boy Scout Troop #562 for 12 years and is a member of Gideon's International. Junior was employed with Sears and Burlington Industries prior to his employment at Colonial Funeral Home.

He joined the funeral home staff in 2001.

William E. (Bill) Freeman

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Phone: (336) 427-0205
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Funeral Director's Assistant

Bill and his wife, Brenda,are residents of Mayodan and are members of Woodbine Baptist Church. He retired from Frontier Spinning. He joined the funeral home staff in 2007.

Johnny Hall

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Phone: (336) 427-0205

Complete bio coming soon!

Hardy Joyce

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Phone: (336) 427-0205
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Funeral Director's Assistant

Hardy and his wife, Emily Crews Joyce, are residents of Mayodan.

He is a member of Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church and Gideons International.

Hardy retired from Sprint.

He joined the funeral home staff in 2000.

Roger Joyce

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Phone: (336) 871-3200

Funeral Director's Assistant, Crematory Technician

Roger is retired from Unifi, Inc. He is a skilled carpenter, painter, and gifted in the area of maintenance. Roger enjoys gardening and family, especially his grandchildren. He and his wife Linda are members of Morning Star Baptist Church.

Roger joined the staff of Colonial Funeral Home - Stokes Chapel in 2012.

Thomas Joyce

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Phone: (336) 427-0205
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Funeral Director's Assistant

Thomas and his wife, Brenda, reside in Madison and are members of the Westside Baptist Church in Mayodan. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. He is a past employee of Sears (24 yrs), Checkers Grill & Grocery (14.5 yrs) and Pulaski Furniture (4 yrs). Thomas is an antique car enthusiast and is proud of his 1947 Chevrolet. He also plays the autoharp and enjoys singing.

Thomas joined our staff in November of 2010.

Tom McDermott

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Phone: (336) 427-0205

Tom and his wife, Donna Webster McDermott are residents of Madison and are members of Eden United Methodist Church.

He joined our staff in September of 2017.

Willard Nelson

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Phone: (336) 871-3200
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Funeral Director's Assistant

Willard and his wife, Hazel Hall Nelson, live in the Lawsonville area. He is a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church, Sandy Ridge Volunteer Fire Department. Willard is Soil & Water Supervisor for Stokes County and is retired from farming and carpentry.

Willard joined the funeral home staff in 2006.

Jimmy Tucker

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Phone: (336) 427-0205
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Funeral Director's Assistant

Jimmy and his wife, Jennifer Martin Tucker live in Madison.

He joined our firm in May of 2013.

Layn Wagoner

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Phone: (336) 871-3200

Funeral Director's Assistant, Crematory Technician

Layn retired from Stokes County School System and continues to be employed part-time. Layn and his wife, Sherry, enjoy riding their motorcycles. Layn never meets a stranger. He is friendly to all and takes great pleasure in helping others. He is a great cook (LOVES TO SHARE recipes)and he also cleans, washes and waxes vehicles for his neighbors, of course for a small charge.