Remember when funeral homes were family owned and operated?
We still are.
Like you, we appreciate having good neighbors. As established members of the hometown business community, we understand the security of dealing with people you know you can trust. We've built our reputation on this trust.
STAFF BIOGRAPHY INFORMATION
Carol McCullough McNeal - Owner
Carol McCullough McNeal, owner of McCullough Funeral Home is a lifelong native of Warner Robins. She was born to Mr. & Mrs. James Miller McCullough, Sr. on November 30, 1944 at the Robins AFB Hospital. She is the sister of the late Jimmy McCullough, whom she purchased the funeral home from. Carol graduated from Warner Robins High School and attended Tift College until she married Larry McNeal, also a Warner Robins native. Together they have three children; Jill McNeal Adams, Larry Michael McNeal, Jr; and Tom McNeal. Both Jill & Michael are involved with the operation of the funeral home, and Tom owns his own business here in Warner Robins.
Carol & Larry are members of Central Baptist Church where she has been very active. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army.
Larry Michael McNeal, Jr. - Funeral Director & Vice President
Michael is both a funeral director, as well as the Vice-President of this family business. He was born in 1970 to Carol & Larry McNeal and has been proud to call Warner Robins home for his entire life. He graduated from the Westfield Schools in Perry, and then went on to the University of Georgia and also attended Macon State College. He is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta.
Michael is married to the former Shannon Shepherd, a Warner Robins native and former English teacher in the Houston County School System. They have three children: Anna Lynn, Larry Michael McNeal III ("Mac"), and Ella. Michael is dedicated to his community through his involvement in various civic organizations as well as his involvement in his church, Central Baptist Church. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking and Georgia Bulldog football.
Michael has been involved in the funeral business since he was in college, when he worked part-time with his Uncle Jimmy. It was during this time that he became interested in the business as a possible career for himself. As he continued to work in the funeral home, he realized that working with families and ministering to people in need was very rewarding and he has been proud to work at McCullough Funeral Home ever since. He considers working with the people of Warner Robins to be a family tradition, and one he is honored to continue. Michael looks forward to many generations of his family serving this community.
Jill McNeal Adams - Office Manager
Jill was born in 1969 to Larry & Carol McNeal. A lifelong resident of Warner Robins, Jill graduated from Northside High School, attended Georgia Southern and then received a degree in Visual Merchandising from American University in Atlanta. After spending several years working in that field, Jill decided she would prefer to be involved in the family business here at McCullough Funeral Home. It was around 1993 that she came to work for her uncle, Jimmy McCullough. Right now, Jill is on somewhat of a leave of absence, but still spends some time here each week overseeing various aspects of the daily operations. We look forward to her return on a more full time basis, but we will have to wait and see!
Jill is married to G.E. "Bo" Adams, an attorney here in Warner Robins. They have two young children, Andrew and Caroline. These, of course, are the reason for her current absence from the funeral home! Jill & Bo are members of Bonaire First Baptist Church...where Bo serves as a Deacon. He is also the past President of the Exchange Club of Houston County. Jill, now a mother of two, has no free time...but if she did she would enjoy gardening, going to the beach, seeing friends, and like her brother, Georgia Bulldog football.
Jody S. Scott - Funeral Director
Jody was born in 1972 in Reynolds, GA. He lived in Reynolds through his high school years and graduated from Taylor County High School. Following graduation he attended Georgia College in Milledgeville and he is a graduate of the Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta.
Jody is married to the former Angela Morton of Kathleen, GA, and they have two beautiful daughters, Jordan Abigail and Anabelle Macy. He and his family are members of Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins. Jody is also a member of the Warner Robins Noon Optimist Club. In his spare time Jody enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Jody has a total of 9 years of experience in the funeral business. During college he spent a summer working at Goddard Funeral Home in Reynolds. It was at this time that he decided to become a funeral director and enrolled in funeral school. He chose this profession because he feels that it is a ministry to the community. After graduation from Gupton-Jones, he served his apprenticeship here at McCullough Funeral Home under Jimmy McCullough. He went on to become the manager of both Goddard Funeral Home in Reynolds & Roberta, and Edwards Funeral Home in Butler, GA. He has been with McCullough Funeral Home since 1995.
Danny Hudson - Funeral Director
Danny is a native of Ocilla, Georgia, where he first began working in the funeral service as an apprentice. After graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1976, Danny continued his involvement in the funeral business as a director. Danny came to the Warner Robins area in 1990, where he was first employed at Christopher Smith Funeral Home for 13 years. Following McCullough's acquisition of Christopher Smith in 2003, Danny joined our staff here at McCullough Funeral Home. As a member of the Academy of Graduate Embalmers, Danny is a talented and experienced addition to our team.
Danny is married to Kendra Hudson, a first grade teacher at Russell Elementary and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. They have one daughter together, Marley, a student at Houston County High School. Danny has two other children, eldest daughter Melissa and son Garrison. He is also the proud grandfather.
Danny and Kendra attend Second Baptist Church here in Warner Robins. In addition to his work here, Danny also enjoys cooking on the grill, watching Nascar, and playing golf.
As a member of McCullough, Danny is privileged with the opportunity of serving families in our community, offering guidance and direction during their time of need.
Chris Wadley - Funeral Director
Chris was born and raised in Statesboro, Georgia, where he was a graduate of Statesboro High School. He then attended and graduated from Gupton -Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1993. While Chris is a newer member of the McCullough staff, he brings with him many years of experience in the funeral home industry. He spent four years working for Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home in Brunswick, GA, until moving to Macon, where he was the co-manager of Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home for five years.
Chris is married to Robin Wadley of Statesboro, a first grade teacher at Lake Joy Elementary. The couple has one beautiful daughter, Makenzie Carter Wadley, who was born in 2004. Chris also enjoys hunting and fishing, in addition to his activities here at the funeral home and with his family.
Chris appreciates the privilege of serving families in our area, and he and Robin are looking forward to getting even more involved with the Warner Robins community.
Beverly Scarborough - Receptionist
Beverly Scarborough has been with us since June of 2003. She is the first person you will see or speak with when you either come through our doors or call us. She has a kind and caring spirit which makes her perfect for this role. Additionally she helps in the cosmetic preparation process, a talent which our families greatly appreciate.
Beverly was born in Macon and graduated from Central High School. She grew up in and around the funeral business, as her mother has been with Snows Memorial in Macon for nearly 30 years. Shortly after her father's death in 1989, Beverly decided to follow in her mom's footsteps and began work at Snows Memorial in 1990 where she was employed until 2003. She finds it rewarding to help families find peace in the final viewing of their loved ones, and to be there to assist them in any other way she can.
Beverly's hobbies include hair styling, cosmetology, interior and floral design and dancing of all kinds. She is a real "people person" and loves to spend time with her husband, Walter and family. We feel blessed to have someone with her kind and gentle nature on our staff.
Our Part-Time Staff
We are fortunate at McCullough Funeral Home to have an incredible extended staff made up of people who care deeply about the families we serve here at the funeral home. Some of the part-time staff has been here for many years, and our families take great comfort in knowing they will see the same faces they have come to trust when they walk through our doors.
Our part-time staff includes: George Clements, Anthony Francin, Joe Graham, Al Hortman, Larry Cosey, Joe Harrell, Harriette Hester, Jim Moore, Larry Porter, Eugene Ray, Sonny Rodgers, Lynn Shepherd, Charlie Smith, Wayne Smith, Joyce Sturdivant.
McCullough Funeral Home - Through The Years
In 1945, the Gardner Watson Funeral Home was established in Warner Robins as a branch of the Gardner Watson Funeral Home located in Perry, GA and owned by Gardner Watson. Mr. Watson lived in Perry and served on the Board of Stewards for the Perry Methodist Church, was President of the State Board of Funeral Service, served 3 years as Post Commander of American Legion Post 24, was President of the Perry Kiwanis Club, and was also a Mason and Shriner.
In the beginning, the only service offered out of the Warner Robins location as an ambulance service, with the remainder of the funeral services being handled out of the Perry location. The Warner Robins branch was set up in an old home that was rented from a real estate agency. Mr. Watson saw the need for a full service location in Warner Robins and purchased an acre of land on the corner of Watson Blvd. And Pleasant Hill Road and announced his long-range plan to construct what was then an ultra-modern mortuary. The funeral home was a work in progress for several years. He began with a small location housing a reception room, casket display room, embalming area and living quarters. Attached to the home was a flower shop. Several years later, around 1955, two reposing rooms, a garage and the Chapel of Flowers were added. An interesting note about the Chapel of Flowers is that a number of residents of Warner Robins were married there.
Walter Wainwright became a partner in 1961 and the funeral home was incorporated as Watson-Wainwright Funeral Home, Inc. Mr. Wainwright had been in the funeral business for 17 years and was highly active in the community. Among other things, he was a deacon at Central Baptist Church, a director of the Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of the Noon Optimist Club, a Mason, and a member of the Houston County Hospital Authority.
Continuing to grow, Watson-Wainwright Funeral home added another partner in 1964 when Jimmy McCullough joined the firm on April 1st. The name was changed, again, to Watson-Wainwright-McCullough Funeral Home. Jimmy McCullough had worked at Gardner Watson as a teenager, and later graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming in Ohio. He began serving his apprenticeship with Gardner Watson in 1953, and except for two years in the Navy, he was active in the funeral business for the rest of his life. He was also involved in the community in many ways including being a Charter Member of Second Baptist Church serving as President of the Brotherhood there, a member of the Rotary Club, on the Board of Directors of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and as a Director for the United Fund.
Recognizing that there is no substitute for personal attention and individualized service was something the three partners shared in common. They continued to operate a full-scale ambulance service with a fleet of then modern and unique ambulances. All three partners were licensed funeral directors, and along with their staff, they worked tirelessly to provide Houston County with dignified service in a caring atmosphere.
In 1968 Jimmy McCullough bought the business outright and the name changed one final time to McCullough Funeral Home. We have been family owned and operated by members of the McCullough family since that time. Jimmy’s sister, Carol, is now the owner of the business, and two of her children, Jill & Michael, are active in the operation of the firm.
Until his death in 1997, Jimmy viewed his business as a ministry to this community, a vision his wife, Gail, shared. She was an intricate part of the growth and success of McCullough Funeral Home, always understanding and supportive of the often-demanding funeral home way of life. She remains devoted to the success of McCullough Funeral Home, and is an integral part of the McCullough Funeral Home family, still. We are most grateful for her abiding support and enjoy her presence among us. Our community sees her not only as the engaging lady that she is, but as an extension of Jimmy, who was beloved. When she is here, so many families are obviously glad to see her. It’s another sign to the community that McCullough Funeral Home is still the family enterprise they have known it to be for so long.