Fair Funeral Home Staff

Neil Fair

President/ Owner
Funeral Director - Embalmer - Pre-Need Counselor

US Army Veteran - Military Police - during Vietnam era - Germany, Turkey, Washington DC
US Air Force Civil Air Patrol - Pilot - Rank of Captain
Private Pilot Airplane- Instrument & Commercial Rating, Helicopter trainee rating
Present- Member of Local Board of Directors - BB&T
Present- Member of Professional Board of Hospice of Rockingham County
Present- Member of Leaksville United Methodist Church
Present- Member of Eden Rotary
Past- Chairman of Rockingham County Airport Authority
Past- Chairman of Morehead Memorial Hospital Board of Directors
Past- Chairman of the Eden Chamber of Commerce - 2011
Past- Chairman of Eden YMCA
Past- President of Eden Jaycees - 1986
Past- President of Eden United Way - 1990
Past- Chairman of United Way of Rockingham County Consolidation Committee - 3 years
Past- Member of:
Board of Directors of Help, Inc.
Board of Directors of Rockingham Community College Foundation
Board of Directors of the Eden Red Cross
Local Board of Directors - Gate City Savings & Loan
Rockingham County Partnership for Economic Development

James M. Fair Jr.

Funeral Director - Embalmer - Pre-Need Counselor - Retired/Part-time
Charles Edward Fair Jr.

Assistant Funeral Director

Graduated Morehead High School - 1968
Graduated Rockingham Community College - 1972
Graduated Gupton College of Mortuary Science -1981
U.S. Army Veteran - Vietnam - Two tours of duty 1970-1971
Member Veterans of Foreign Wars
Member American Legion

Tonia Cairo

Funeral Director - Pre-Need Director

Tonia is a native of Albermarle, NC but has called Eden home since 1983. She became interested in funeral service while working with Hospice of Rockingham County. Tonia has now been with Fair Funeral Home for over 20 years. She received her funeral directing license in 1996. Currently, she works as the office manager, funeral director , as well as Pre-Need Director.

Tonia has four children, Austin, Drake, Isabela and Zoe. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Eden where she enjoys playing with the Handbell Choir.

Jon R. Wood

Funeral Director - Embalmer - Pre-Need Counselor

Graduate of Morehead High School 1994
Graduate of FTCC with degree in full-service Mortuary Science with honors
Graduate of Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming with a degree in Reconstruction Surgery
License in North Carolina and Virginia
Member of Kiwanis
Vice-President of South Side District of the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers
Member of the Fraternal Order of Embalmers of the United States
Member of Ruffin-Stacey Baptist Church

Matt J. Fisher

Funeral Service Apprentice

Graduate of Morehead High School class of 2004
Joined the Marines and spent time on active duty from 2004-2008 with deployments in Iraq, Ukraine, and Bahrain. Following active duty Matt joined the Marine reserves from 2009-2012. Graduate of East Carolina University Class of 2006 with a BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology
He is currently persueing his Funeral Service Education at FTCC for Funeral Director - Embalmer
Matt has worked for Fair Funeral Home from Decemeber of 2008 to Current

Curtis Jefferson

Assistant Funeral Director
Paul Moore

Assistant Funeral Director
Part-time

Ken Tuttle, Sr.

Assistant Funeral Director

Virginia A. Tuttle - Wife
3 Children & 6 Grand-Children
Member Centenary United Methodist Church
Graduated from Stoneville High School - 1959
Certificate of Management Education - N.C. State University
Retire from Unifi as Planning Manager after 43 years service in textiles
Presently serving as Fir Commissioner for Shiloh Fire Department
Volunteer Fireman - Shiloh Fire Department - 1969-1983
Past member of Rockingham Personel Association and Board of Directors - American Red Cross - Eden

Reece Pyrtle

Assistant Funeral Director

Reece Pyrtle is a lifelong resident of Rockingham County and a 1985 graduate of Morehead High School in Eden. He is a 1989 graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Reece joined the Eden Police Department in May 1990 and has held a variety of positions over the years. On March 2, 2009, he was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Eden. Reece retired as the Chief of Police from the Eden Police Department in January 2018.
Reece was elected Commissioner for Rockingham County on November 8, 2016.
Organizations he serves or has served on include:
Present Vice Chair of the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners
Lifetime Member of The NC Chief of Police
Board of Directors, Eden Boys & Girls Club
Board of Directors, Project SAFE Rockingham County
Board of Directors, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council of Rockingham County
Past President of Board of Directors, Eden Boys & Girls Club
Past Vice Chair of Salvation Army, Rockingham County
Past Executive Board Member, Eden Rotary
Past Board Member, Eden Chamber of Commerce
Past Board Member, Communities in Schools
Past Member, North Carolina Domestic Violence Commission
Past Member, Eden Rotary
Past Board Member, Salvation Army Advisory Board of Eden
Past Board Member, Salvation Army of Rockingham County
Reece is married to Valerie, an educator, and they have one daughter - Ainsley. Reece is a member of Trinity Wesleyan Church. When not working, Reece enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.

Bobby Cox

Assistant Funeral Director

Graduated from Morehead Highschool Graduated from RCC
Degree in Criminal Science
Degree in Fire Science
Retired from City of Eden Fire Dept
and Leaksville Station 210 Fire Dept as rank of Captain
16 years in Law enforcement
Member of The First Church of The Brethren
Married to Pam Hudson Cox
with 5 grandchildren

Lanney Gilley

Funeral Director and Pre-need Director

Lanney Gilley, a native of Eden, attended Morehead High School, graduating in 1972. He is married to Anna Land Gilley and has two children; daughter, Lanna and son, Justin; and three granddaughters, Peyton, Grace and Bethany. In his younger years he was a paramedic for Rockingham County EMS before coming to Fair Funeral Home in 1987. Lanney attended Fayetteville Technical College where he studied Funeral Directing and became licensed with North Carolina in 1990. His hobbies include horseback riding and camping with his family.
Retired/Part-time

Kevin Dunovant

Assistant Funeral Director

Graduate of Morehead High School 2005
Graduate of John Wesley University 2011 with a double major in Pastoral Ministry and Bible/Theology
Became an Ordained Minister of the Wesleyan church in 2013
Member and Assistant Pastor of Trinity Wesleyan Church
Member of UNC Rockingham Hospital Chaplains Association
Past Director of Student Life/Admissions Counselor of John Wesley University
In his free time he enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Bruce Carter

Assistant Funeral Director
Part-time

Chris Higgs

Member Sunset Avenue Church of God - Asheboro, NC
Graduated with Honors Morehead High School - 2005
Bachelors of Science in Business Administrations and Minor in Religion - Lee University
Real Estate License - March 2011
Beginning Funeral Service Education in August at Fayetteville Technical Community College
Member of Young Professionals, Mason Leaksville Lodge 136, church choir, volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club, church league softball and volleyball, volunteer for church missions and upsilon XI
Part-time

Jason McGhee

Part-time Assistant Funeral Director

Graduate Basset High School - 1997
Member of Osborne Baptist Church
Eden Resident since 2001
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.