History & Staff
At Pierce-Jefferson Funeral & Cremation Service, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Leigh Hunnicutt Armentrout
Leigh Hunnicutt Armentrout is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Leigh is a licensed Funeral Director with over 10 years experience in the funeral industry. Leigh is also a NC licensed Life and Health Insurance Agent. She is married to Charles Armentrout, IV and they have two children Charlie and Shelby.
Funeral Service Apprentice
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.
Ron is married to the former Jo Westmoreland. He is retired from Piedmont Airlines after 36 years of service. He has two sons Bryan and Randy. He enjoys golf and works part time at Pine Knolls Golf Course. He and Jo reside in Oak Ridge. He and Jo are members of Shady Grove Wesleyan Church in Colfax.
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.
Crematory Operator/Funeral Service apprentice
Britney Jones graduated with the Class of '06 from Lucy Ragsdale High School in Jamestown. She attended Guilford Technical Community College and graduated with a Associates Degree in Criminal Justice Technology. Britney enrolled in the GTCC Police Academy program and continued her education at Guilford College working on a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Biology and minoring in Criminal Justice. Although her education was Criminology, and many family members connected to the funeral industry, Britney felt her calling was the funeral service industry . After considering her options, Britney decided to enroll in Fayetteville Technical Community College Funeral Service Program. She would graduate with an Associate’s degree in Funeral Service in 2017. Britney has a sweet puppy named Lulu and is a native of North Carolina.
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.
Bob resides in Thomasville and has three children; Cindi Staton, daughter Lindzie Grace, Ross Friesinger, wife Dana, and son Logan, Christi Spangle, husband Allen, daughter Madison, and son Adam. Bob is a member of Deep River Friends Meeting in High Point. Bob enjoys singing Southern Gospel music and playing golf.
Jimmy is a long-time resident of Kernersville. His wife is Brenda and they attend Kernersville Wesleyan Church.