Elizabeth City

The heart of any organization is it’s staff. We feel that we have the very best staff available serving the Elizabeth City area. Twiford Funeral Homes prides itself on the length of employment that our friends continue to work with us. As you browse through the photos and bios below, take notice of the number of years many of our staff has continued to work with us.

J.J. Twiford

Elizabeth City news events John Joseph "J.J." Twiford j.j.twiford@twifordfh.com
John Joseph "J. J." Twiford, a native of Elizabeth City, NC, is a funeral service licensee for the states of North Carolina and Virginia and has been full-time with the firm since 1998. He has a daughter, Callie Elizabeth Twiford and a son, John Wells Twiford. He is a 1994 graduate of Northeastern High School and has an Associate of Arts in Mortuary Science from John Tyler Community College in Chester, VA.  He is a member of the North Carolina Funeral Director’s Association, National Funeral Directors Association, First United Methodist Church and the Improved Order of Red Men. His interests include golf, traveling, and family.

Frederick Joe Griffith

Elizabeth City news events Frederick Joe Griffith (joe.griffith@twifordfh.com)
Frederick Joe Griffith, a native of Seth, West Virginia, has been a funeral director with the firm since 1988. He and his wife, Melody Rae Hunt Griffith, have one daughter, Millie Marie Griffith. He is a 1965 graduate of Sherman High School and has an A.S. and a B.S. in Education from West Virginia State College and a Pastoral Certificate from Carolina Bible Institute. He served four years in the US Air Force and two years in the WV Air National Guard. An ordained Baptist minister, he is pastor of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Maple, NC, and serves as a volunteer Chaplain for Albemarle Hospice and Albemarle Hospital. He founded and facilitates the Albemarle Area Widowed Persons Service and is a member and past-president of both the Elizabeth City Area Ministerial Association and the Improved Order of Red Men. His interests are gospel music, reading, traveling, and family.

Jerome Rust

Jerome Rust, a native of Currituck, NC, has been with the firm as a funeral director, embalmer, and crematory manager since 1989. He is married to Shellee Renee Rust and has one son, Kyle. He is a 1989 graduate of Currituck County High School and a diploma from John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, TN. His interests include wood working and motorcycle riding.

Timothy M. Zollars

Elizabeth City news events Timothy Zollars (tim.zollars@twifordfh.com)
Timothy M. Zollars, a native of Castle Shannon, PA, has been with the firm since 2000. He is married to Theresa D. Zollars and has one son, Timothy, Jr. Tim is a graduate of Western Branch High School and of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service.

Theresa D. Zollars

Elizabeth City news events Theresa D. Zollars (theresa.zollars@twifordfh.com
Theresa D. Zollars, a native of Mikado, MI, has been with the firm since 2005. She is married to Timothy M. Zollars and has a stepson, Timothy, Jr. Theresa is a 2002 graduate of Alcona High School and a 2007 graduate of Norfolk State University’s Funeral Service Program. She is a veteran of the United States Navy and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

Richard E. Kelley

Richard E. Kelley was born in Coffeyville, Kansas and was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He has held a Funeral Director License in the states of Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Indiana and holds current licenses in Oklahoma and North Carolina. Richard is a graduate of Millinton Central High School in Memphis, Tennessee, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He started Mortuary College at Gupton-Jones in Atlanta, Georgia and completed at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas. Richard was employed by our firm in 1991 and served his apprenticeship under the direction of Mr. Calvin R. Arnold and rejoined our staff in 2012. He is a veteran of the United States Army where he served as a Graves Registration Clerk at Fort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma and rose to the rank of E-4 (Specialist). He is a member of the Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce where he serves as an Ambassador, and has worked in the funeral industry since he was sixteen years old. Richard loves to travel and experience the history that our great country has to offer each citizen.

Todd M. Smith

Todd M. Smith, a native of Whiteville N.C. has been with the firm since 2010. Todd graduated from Whiteville High School and is a veteran of Iraqui Freedom on which he served aboard the USS Tarawa. Todd is currently serving his apprenticeship while going to Fayetteville Tech. for his Funeral Service license. Todd is an avid outdoors man who loves camping and fishing.

Laurie Sawyer

Elizabeth City news events Laurie Sawyer (laurie.sawyer@twifordfh.com)
Laurie Sawyer, a native of Miami, Florida, has been a secretary with the firm since 1992. She and her husband, Tom Sawyer, Jr., have two children, Shannon S. Hogge and husband, Traye and Craig Sawyer and wife, Stephanie, and four grandchildren: Noah, Haylie, Kaylyn and Riece Hogge. She is a 1978 graduate Northeastern High School and attended College of the Albemarle. She is a member of the Forest Park Church and enjoys gardening and cooking.

Bobby Winslow

Elizabeth City news events Bobby Winslow (bobby.winslow@twifordfh.com)
Robert "Bobby" Winslow, Jr., a native of Elizabeth City, NC, has been employed with the firm since 1996. Bobby is married to Debbie and has two children, Stephanie and Joey. He also has a granddaughter, Kaylee. Bobby graduated from Northeastern High School in 1976. He attends Berea Baptist Church. In 1976, he joined the U. S. Army and played music with the Army band as a drummer and trombone player. Bobby was trained as a recon scout for the second MOS until 1980. He has been a bowler for 35 years and has won many tournaments and awards. Bobby bowled on the U. S. Army team in Germany for two years. In 2006, he was invited to join the pro senior tour. He currently holds a 208 combined average. Bobby also has been a Bass member since 1981 and has fished many tournaments and fishing events. He recently has started a part-time disc jockey business and will DJ for parties, weddings, banquets and special events. Bobby in his spare time is a collector of toy trains.

Jack T. Sawyer

Elizabeth City news events Jack T. Sawyer
Jack T. Sawyer, a native of Columbia, NC, has been with the firm since 1971 as the Outside Supervisor and a Funeral Assistant. He has one son, Covah W. Sawyer. He is a graduate of Columbia High School. He is a past Scout Master and a member of The First Christian Church. His interests are fishing and traveling.

Noah J. "Sam" Henderson

Elizabeth City news events Noah J. "Sam" Henderson
Noah J."Sam" Henderson, a native of Malone, NY, has been a funeral director and an embalmer with the firm since 1996. He and his wife, Sheila Dufrane Henderson, have four children, Trevor Henderson, Lonnie Henderson, and twins Kyle Henderson and Kimberly Owen and six grandchildren. He is a 1963 graduate of Franklin Academy High School in Malone, NY, and Simmon’s School of Embalming and Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY. He is a US Army veteran of Viet Nam. He is a member of the Improved Order of Red Men and formerly a member of the Kiawanis Club, VFW, and Moose Lodge. He worships with the Baptist, Methodist, and Assembly of God. His interests include carpentry, electronics, guitar, and song writing.

Calvin R. Arnold (retired 11/15/2011)

Elizabeth City news events Calvin R. Arnold, SR. (calvin.arnold@twifordfh.com)
Calvin R. Arnold, Sr., a native of Camden County, NC, has been with the firm since 1969 and serves at Assistant Manager at the Memorial Chapel and President of Albemarle Crematory. He has two children, Alana A. Wells and Cal Arnold as well as two grandchildren. He is a 1969 graduate of Elizabeth City High School, attended College of the Albemarle and a 1973 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, GA. He served in the US Naval Air Reserves. He is a member of the North Carolina and the National Funeral Director’s Associations, Cremation Association of North Carolina, Masons, Scottish Rite Bodies, Sudan Shrine Temple, Elks, and Improved Order of Red Men. He is past president of NCFDA, CANC, Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc., and Elizabeth City Downtown Business and Professional Association. He is a member of City Road United Methodist Church and his interests are baseball and music.