History & Staff
At Pierce-Jefferson Funeral & Cremation Services, we have provided customizable memorial services for many years. Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life in Kernersville and the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about where we came from and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
The historical building on West Mountain Street at Cherry Street occupied today by Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service has seen many changes over the years.
(Photo by Melissa Marvin)
When driving down West Mountain Street, it is difficult not to notice the grandeur and sophistication of the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral & Cremation Service.
Although it is hard to miss the home now, with its bright white columns and large windows, years ago the house was hidden from view with trees and vegetation.
The home first began as a small and narrow two-roomed educational building for the children of Kernersville.
The Masons built what was then known as the Plunket Place in 1856 as a subscription school supported by tuition from each student. According to the Bicentennial Book, students in the 1850s paid between $5 and $10 a month to attend the school.
As the town's population grew though, the need for greater education became apparent for the increasing number of students.
In 1864, Kernersville High School, originally known as the old Kernersville Academy, was opened and the Plunket Place was no longer needed as an educational institution.
The structure was bought, renovated and added on to, in order to become the Henry Shore Home in 1890.
Visible alterations were made to the home including additional rooms and a wrap-around covered porch.
Change would not be a stranger to the structure over the next couple of decades.
In the 1930s the Henry Shore Home became the Linville Funeral Home.
Along with the change in identity came four large white columns to adorn the front of the building.
The columns were brought to Kernersville by train by Ad Linville and attached to the home four years later. The conversion into a funeral home came at a time when columns were revolutionizing the country.
Throughout the Great Depression, many families were left on the streets without a home. When a loved one would pass away, the family was left without a resting place for the family member until the burial.
To alleviate this problem, the families would ask a nearby homeowner to store the body until a grave could be dug - hence the birth of funeral homes.
It was traditional for a family to live in the upstairs of the home and conduct business downstairs. The Linville Funeral Home was bought by the Ragland Funeral Home sometime after 1942, but the Linville's left their legacy by carving their name and the year 1942 on the concrete floor of the embalming room which was located in the basement of the house at the time.
According to old logbooks found in the home, an average service cost in 1964 was about $5.
In 1965, Jack Pierce bought the home from Ragland and moved himself, his wife Martha and their three children, Mike, Pam and Rick into the home.
For five years the family lived in the upstairs apartment of the home while they ran their funeral business on the ground floor. In 1970, the family moved out of the home in order to dedicate the entire structure to funeral services.
A chapel was added to the right wing of the house in 1973. Unfortunately the Pierce family was unaware at the time that one of the first funerals held in the new chapel would be that of their young son Mike. Michael was killed while riding a go-cart in July 1973. The chapel is dedicated in the memory of the Pierce's dear son and brother.
In 1983 a visitation area was also added on the left wing of the home.
Pierce sold the business in 1981 to a regional funeral firm but continued to manage the business until his retirement in 1996. Jack Pierce, in partnership with Danny Jefferson, again purchased the business that is now known as Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service on Dec. 1, 2004.
Pierce was instrumental in the operations of the business until his death Oct. 30, 2005. Danny Jefferson continues to maintain the local ownership.
Today, Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service operates a full service funeral home, offering traditional burial funerals, traditional cremation services and a complete array of funeral related items.
An authentic stained-glass window from the Plunket Place era still glows in the original exterior wall. And guests are offered a peek into the past by looking at one specific area of the green carpet covering the floor where the original outside wall can be seen where the foundation has settled.
Approximately 1950 and after a number of years with the former Hanes Funeral Home in Greensboro, Odell Lambeth decided he wanted to have his own Funeral Establishment. He partnered with Fred Troxler, who owned the land that the new funeral home would occupy, and Ralph Hutton, a funeral director from Topeka, Kansas. Together they formed what was initially known as Lambeth-Hutton-Troxler Funeral Home. Odell handled most of the design work and supervised the construction of the new facility, which opened in 1953. A short time later it was felt that the name Lambeth-Hutton-Troxler was too long and unwieldy, thus the name was changed for a brief time to Lambeth Funeral Home. Ralph Hutton soon left the business, and in recognition of Fred Troxler's contributions and service the name was changed to Lambeth-Troxler Funeral Home.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Pierce-Jefferson, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
Lambeth Location Leader & Funeral Director
Danny is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science where he earned a Scholastic Achievement Award. He also was on the dean's list through all semesters. Danny came to Kernersville with 34 years funeral experience. He is a National licensed funeral director/embalmer and also a licensed life insurance agent. Danny is a member of First Christian Church.
Danny has serves as Chairperson for the Korners Folly Foundation Board, Board of Care Net Counseling Center, and is a member of the Board for the Natural Science Center in Greensboro. He is also a member of the Kernersville Lions Club and is a past District Governor for Lions District 31-D. He is a Melvin Jones Fellow and has also served on numerous state committees as well.
Danny served on the board for Hospice, the Music Academy of North Carolina, The Shepherd's Center of Kernersville, Kernersville Chamber of Commerce, the former Downtown Council, and CrimeStoppers. He has chaired numerous fund raising committees and has helped raise over $1,000,000 for various charities around the Triad. Danny is a 2005 Graduate of Leadership Kernersville and is also an after dinner and motivational speaker. Danny is married to the former Rosette Ambrose. They have four children Jonathan, Nikki, Joshua, and Jordan. They also have three grandsons Jack, Ramsey, and Noah.
National Funeral Director of the Year for 2017.
Kernersville Location Leader & Funeral Director
Kirk is a graduate of The Funeral Service Education Program at Fayetteville Technical Community College. He is a North Carolina Funeral Director Licensee, a licensed preneed counselor, and a certified crematory operator. Kirk has worked in funeral service since 1990.
Kirk is a retired Firefighter/EMT from Swepsonville Volunteer Fire Department in Alamance County, NC with more than 21 years of service. He was recently selected to participate in the 2020 class of Leadership Kernersville. Kirk is married to Laura C. Bivins. They have four children Joshua, Nate, Caroline, and Christian.
Joshua is originally from Denton, NC and was raised in the small community of Healing Springs on High Rock Lake. After grade school, he went to university, and returned home to attend nursing college. He graduated Salutatorian of his class and worked several years in critical care, surgery, and dermatology. He was also a surgical tissue and organ recovery specialist. Knowing he wanted to be a funeral director since 5th grade, he decided to return to college and he obtained his funeral directors diploma from Fayetteville Technical Community College where he graduated with honors. He is also a graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science where he received his Associates in Specialized Technology (Embalming Science) with honors. Joshua is also a Certified Celebrant and a Licensed Crematory Operator (CANA).
Joshua is passionate about funeral service and desires to use his progressive creativity to keep the ritual of funerals relevant for future generations. He has been featured and interviewed for INDY Week of the Triangle, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and written articles regarding the future of funeral service and better environmental practices. He also mentored and contributed his expertise for a Master’s program research project for The Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo, Norway regarding eco-friendly funerary practices. Joshua is also involved in local Death Café groups. There, he enjoys sharing his knowledge of funeral service to the public to promote death positivity and give a platform for people to feel comfortable talking about their own mortality.
Joshua enjoys spending his personal time with his spouse and two rescue pit bulls, Jemma and Jax. They travel across the state in their travel trailer, but particularly love camping in Asheville, NC. At home, they grow vegetables and herbs and delight in cooking international recipes. Joshua is also an accomplished watercolor artist and he illustrated a children’s book and also does commissioned pieces. He is a member of the NC Watercolor Society and looks forward to exhibiting his art around NC.
Intern Funeral Director
Patrick Harlow is a graduate of Grimsley High School in Greensboro. He attended Caldwell Community College and had worked for ten years in a managerial role with Papa John's. He is married to the former Samantha Leonard Harlow and they are proud parents of a beautiful daughter Rose Harlow. Patrick, Sam, and Rose are members of Christ United Methodist Church.
Intern Funeral Director
Tuck Corvinus has been a staff member since March of 2016. He brings a wealth of business experience and as a retired US Air Force Veteran he understands our Veterans needs very well. He is married to Beth Corvinus and they have two children, and three grandchildren. He is a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, enjoys boating, golf, and especially time with his grandchildren.
A native of North Carolina, resides in Kernersville with her husband, Bob. She has two children, Clint and Jessica and an adorable grandson Christian.
Kathy is retired from North Carolina Baptist Hospital after 33 years of service in Administration. She is very active in community service, volunteering with the Kernersville Shepherd Center, volunteer for Junior Achievement of the Triad and serves on the Board of the Community Appearance Commission of Kernersville. She enjoys traveling with friends, and most importantly spending time with family, grandchildren and new puppy, Bishop.
Beth Corvinus has been serving families in need over the last 17 years through owning & operating several nursing services businesses. Beth has managed international nurse recruiting offices in four Eastern European countries and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She offers extensive business management skills to Lambeth Troxler Funeral Service.
Beth is an integral part of the team at the Lambeth Chapel, assisting families through the financial aspect of their loved one’s death. She offers empathy and understanding through this sometimes most burdensome process.
Beth and her husband of 28 years, Tuck, attend Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kernersville. They enjoy spending their 6 year old grandson, Caleb. Beth loves to read and travel and hopes to one day visit Latvia, her grandfather’s home country.
Phil was raised in the Kernersville area and after college graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister and has served numerous churches.
Phil leads our family care ministry for our various Advance Planning Opportunities.
Phil is a member of the Kernersville Kiwanis and along with his wife, the former Paula Ross, is a member of Main Street United Methodist Church. Phil and Paula have two daughters, Melissa and Allison, and three granddaughters, Emerson, Kinleigh, and Olivia.
Ron has been a part time funeral attendant with Pierce-Jefferson since 2010. He is married to his wife Jo and has two sons Bryan and Randy. He was raised in the Colfax community and attended Colfax School. He was a member of the first graduating class of Northwest Guilford High School in 1963.
After a 35 year career, Ron retired from Piedmont Airlines having served management positions in customer service at airports in New York and Florida.
Ron and Jo live in Oak Ridge NC and are members of Shady Grove Wesleyan Church. He enjoys golf and spending time with his family.
Phil is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church and has served churches in Indiana and North Carolina. Phil retired after 45 years in pastoral ministry. He has been married to his wife, Cheryl for 48 years and has three sons, Jared (Audrey), Jeremy (Emily) and Justin (Megan). Phil enjoys watching sporting events, playing golf and spending time with his seven grandchildren, Kylie, Jordan, Mikayla, AnnaGrace, Brody, Ella Kate and Dallas.
Roger is married to Kay Mills and resides in Colfax. They are proud parents of a son, Mitchell, and a daughter Kaylee. Roger is retired from Colfax Volunteer Fire Department after 30 years of service as an Assistant Chief. He continues to serve the department and community as a volunteer chief officer and also is a member of the Board of Directors for the department.
He and Kay are members of Shady Grove Wesleyan Church in Colfax. In his spare time Roger enjoys playing golf, watching sporting events especially baseball, and spending time with his family and friends.
Jennifer is from Memphis, Tennessee. Her husband Kevin is the Pastor at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church in Colfax. They have been married for 15 years and have 3 children; Toben, Brady, and Olivia. As a family, they like to watch superhero movies and attend sporting events. Jennifer enjoys being a funeral attendant and sees it as an opportunity to serve families in her community.
Larry began his service with Lambeth-Troxler in 2011. Larry received his GED from Guilford Technical Community College. He and his wife have five children one which is now deceased, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren and a member of Emmanuel Wesleyan Church. “I think a funeral service is a time that brings families together in one place. We honor the deceased, but we need to focus on the family. Hoping that we can show them how much they need to support and love each other in their time of grief.”
Bruce began his service with Lambeth-Troxler in 2010. Bruce has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is a retired financial institution executive who enjoys photography, gardening, playing with his great grandson and is a member of Friendship United Methodist Church. “The ability to help individuals and families going through grief is extremely gratifying to me personally. Everyone deserves a professional service and I enjoy providing that level of service in a difficult time.”