Below are relevant and informative articles of interest, as well as recent news coverage on our company.
- Caring in a Business of Caring – An interview with Hall-Wynne’s owners, Michael O’Connor & Mark Higgins, appearing in the Triangle Business Journal, January 21, 2011.
- Undertaker – Cover Story – Mark Higgins, President of Hall-Wynne, was the cover feature in this 2008 issue of Business North Carolina Magazine, in which he provides insight into a day in the life of an undertaker.
General Essays & Articles
- The Good Funeral – A cover feature from Christian Century Magazine written by The Rev’d Dr. Thomas Long, Professor of Homiletics and author of, Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral.
- Holy Fire – In this essay, author and funeral director, Thomas Lynch, offers a compelling perspective on the topic of cremation.
- What I Like Most About My Profession– Hall-Wynne’s President answers this frequently asked question.
Hall-Wynne In The Community
Franklinton Chapel Renovation
To see photos of the newly renovated chapel, click here.
Franklinton Chapel Renovation/Open House
In October, Hall-Wynne/Franklinton Chapel celebrated the recent renovations of the chapel with live music from Bethesda Bluegrass Band and food from Chuck’s BBQ. The renovations included the installation of a new roof, new windows, new ceiling, removal of wallpaper, repair of uneven walls, new flooring in front of the chapel, new light fixtures and a new sound system. Close to 100 of our friends in the community came out to help us celebrate the chapel’s new renovation. Many thanks to all who came to the open house!
Father’s Day Appreciation Breakfast
In partnership with the Senior Center in Franklinton, Hall-Wynne hosted a successful Father’s Day Appreciation Breakfast in June.
Spending An Evening With the Durham Bulls
In June, the staff of Hall-Wynne and their families enjoyed a night of baseball with the Durham Bulls.
In May, members of the clergy and their families also got to spend a pleasant but wet evening with the Durham Bulls.
On A Mission To Help Haiti
In March, Hall-Wynne’s Michael O’Connor and Justin Boone spent a week in Haiti as part of a mission trip with Grey Stone Baptist Church. This was the second trip to Port-Au-Prince for the church in the last year but the first for Michael and Justin. Justin is a member of Grey Stone and Michael is a member of Immaculate Conception Church.
There were eight team members total. The purpose of the trip was to partner with the Christian Light Foundation which operates the Christian Light School & Orphanage where they stayed and worked. The school was founded in 2002 to provide a Christian education to impoverished Haitian children. The children speak French, Creole and English. The goal of the school, which has over 225 children, is to promote Christian leadership in Haiti. The orphanage is home to 35-40 children.
While in Haiti, Justin and Michael performed basic construction tasks such as installing ceiling fans and kitchen sinks, reading to and playing with the children, building screens and frames for windows, feeding babies in and around Port-Au-Prince, evangelizing on the streets and attending services at three local churches.
Thanking Law Enforcement Agencies
Hall-Wynne is grateful for the support it receives from local law enforcement agencies. To show our appreciation, we hosted Law Enforcement Appreciation meals in Franklinton, Oxford and Pittsboro.
Pictured left to right: Hall-Wynne Vice President, Michal O’Connor; Franklinton Police Chief, John Green; Franklinton Police K9 Kado; Hall-Wynne President, Mark Higgins; Hall-Wynne Funeral Service Coordinator, Sandra Medlin and Franklinton Town Manager Larry Carver.
Pictured left to right: Bob Critcher with the Granville County Sheriff’s Department; Hall-Wynne’s Vice President, Michael O’Connor; Granville County Sheriff, Brindell Wilkins; Gentry-Newell & Vaughan’s Funeral Director, Rives Hicks and Hall-Wynne’s President, Mark Higgins.
Pictures from left to right: Hall-Wynne’s Vice President, Michael O’Connor; Pittsboro Police Chief, David Collins and Hall-Wynne-Griffin Chapel’s Funeral Director, Art Sellers.
“What are my choices? Are historical funeral rites relevant today? How can our faith community care more effectively for bereaved members? How should we minister to the dying? Can I have a funeral if I chose cremation? What do I need to know to plan thoughtfully?”
These are among the questions Mark Higgins addresses in his engaging presentations. If your community group, school, church or other organization is interested in a speaker on End-of-Life issues, such as grief/bereavement, funeral rituals, memorial planning or coping with loss around the holidays, Mark Higgins, Hall-Wynne’s president, will gladly schedule a program for your group.
“Mark is a captivating speaker. His gifts with grieving families are well known throughout this community. He is also an astute theologian who carefully teaches families and faith groups what it means to journey with our loved ones at the end of life. Durham is blessed to have Mark!” The Rev’d Chris Tuttle, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Durham.
“Mark Higgins gets it. He understands grieving is among the most sacred and human things we will ever do. During the 12 years I served as Manager of Bereavement Services, I spent considerable time with Mark as one of our community partners. With his sensitivity in working with grieving families, I had him speak to my class on grief for UNC-CH School of Social Work. He is a model of what a funeral director can bring at one of the most difficult and profound moments in life.” Linda E. Jordan, D.Min. Retired Manager, Unicorn Bereavement Center Duke HomeCare and Hospice.