Once you request the services of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory, we will immediately put our experienced professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.
Our Care Team
Mark T. Higgins
A frequent presenter on end of life issues, Mark regularly conducts programs in the community, including Duke Divinity School, area churches, hospice groups and Duke Hospital’s CPE program. He is a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church, where he is a cantor, is a member of Durham Rotary Club, a board member of the Durham Arts Council, and President (2015-16) of the international association, Selected Independent Funeral Homes. Mark is fluent in Spanish and has a heart for the Latino community. He is a devotee of art history, enjoys exercise, travel, playing the hammered dulcimer, and zipping about town on “Zorro,” his motor scooter.
“I am awe-struck by the profound occasions my co-workers and I are given to enter people’s lives in the midst of crisis – to help them search for meaning around the mystery of death and to offer vital support. Funeral service is a sublime and sacred vocation, deeply satisfying as we help others come to terms with loss and impart some sense of hope.”
Michael J. O’Connor
Vice President – Operations
Mike enjoys aerobic training and spinning classes. An avid reader who enjoys travel when schedule permits, Mike is a devoted Pittsburgh Steelers and Duke Basketball fan. He and his wife, Wendy, have two children, Brian and Katie. Mike is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Durham Kiwanis Club.
“Establishing trust, connecting with people and exceeding expectations are key ingredients in making a family feel “well-cared for” throughout the entire experience. Funeral service is unique in the sense that every Hall-Wynne staff member has the ability to form a long-lasting relationship friendship with a family who just a few days earlier might have been a complete stranger.”
Nancy Buttry Sparrow
“I consider myself lucky because I’ve discovered not only who I am but where I’m supposed to be. My life’s been led by the overwhelming desire to help others, something I did not fully understand until I began working at Hall-Wynne. That satisfaction continues to reinforce I’m in the right place.”
Justin R. Boone
“I’ve always wanted to work with people, and can’t imagine doing anything I’d love more than exactly what I do now.”
Stephen W. Mitchell
An avid sports fan, Stephen enjoys following Duke athletics, the ACC, the NFL and the NHL. In his spare time Stephen enjoys golf, exercise and the outdoors.
“Growing up in a small town, I was always intrigued by the local funeral home and the services they provided. I have always considered my occupation a privilege by being able to guide families through difficult circumstances. To honor peoples’ lives and help others in a time of critical need has shown me why I have been called to this profession.”
Joshua H. Bugajski
Funeral Service Intern
Following formal education Joshua worked with Encounter Ministries as a missionary throughout the US and Europe. He is an ordained minister with certifications in Pastoral Thanatology and Grief Counseling.
Joshua is a certified cremation operator with the Cremation Association of North America (CANA, and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success
Among his interests are singing and watercolor painting. Joshua is married to Jeff Bugajski and lives in Raleigh.
“God has been preparing me for this calling since the age of 10 and looking back, I can see where my previous vocations and personal experience with tragic loss have led me here today. I once ‘saw through the mirror dimly’, but now view my life more clearly in all its reality.”
Now I know in part my purpose, but one day I will know fully, just as I have been fully known by God. I CORINTHIANS 13:12.
Funeral Service Intern
“Growing up, I have always valued giving back to the communities where I’ve lived. Whether volunteering or helping someone in need, there is no greater feeling than knowing you have impacted someone’s life. I’m fortunate to have found a vocation where I am able to do this. The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in service of others.”
Daniel T. Kuhn
Oxford Manager/Funeral Director
Daniel and his wife, Katie, have three young children including two beautiful daughters, Marin and Ailey; and son, Holden. They treasure every opportunity to spend time together as a family, whether at home, the beach or mountains. They are active members of the Durham 2nd Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
“It is a sacred trust every family places in us when they come seeking help. It is my personal responsibility and privilege to provide every family with the highest level of professionalism and care. I love what I do; I love that I can offer help and support to a family who may feel as though their world has just come crashing down. Funeral service is a deep honor, and I am blessed to be involved in this noble vocation.”
C. Michael Poole
“I’ve always thought of my career in funeral service as a ministry. I have been honored to have served thousands of families in my years of service at Hall-Wynne.”
Accountant & Service Associate
He joined the Hall-Wynne staff in 2003 as the company’s in-house accountant and funeral service associate. Gene became operating manager of the crematory upon its construction in 2009. He also serves on the company’s board of directors.
Gene also owns and operates a tax and accounting business, holds a private pilot’s license, but mostly enjoys time with his four children and six grand-children. He is also a car and motorcycle enthusiast and can often be found in his Corvette convertible or on his Harley-Davidson cycle.
“Funeral service has allowed me to help so many friends and acquaintances through a difficult time. I especially enjoy helping people I have never even met deal with the loss of a loved one. The gratification and appreciation I receive from families exceeds anything I’ve ever experienced.”
“My greatest satisfaction has been assisting countless people in the 50 years of my career, earning their trust and knowing I can continue to be here when they come to us for help. The families of Granville County have been loyal to us and I cannot imagine a better place to practice my vocation and do all I can to guide and care for such wonderful people.”