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

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 - Post 254 - Eden, NC

Sean M. Gillen, CFSP

Funeral Director - Embalmer - Pre-Planning Counselor

Native of Ohio, Resides in Martinsville, VA., with his wife, Kim.
1993 Graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science
Licensed as Funeral Director and Embalmer in Ohio, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia and North Carolina
Member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsville; Knights of Columbus, Masonic Lodge, American Legion and a member of Academy of Funeral Service.
Honorably discharged from the military with 14 years of service, E-6 Rank
Sean and his wife, Kim, have 5 children and 3 grandchildren.

Stephen Gammons

Part-Time/Assistant Funeral Director

Resident of Rockingham County
Graduate of Rockingham High School - Class of 2016
Graduate of Rockingham Community College (Associates Degree) - 2018
Graduate of BLET (RCC) - 2019
Former Employee for The City of Eden
Active Employee as a State Trooper for The North Carolina State Highway Patrol
Hobbies include playing golf and hunting with friends and family
Married to my beautiful wife Sydney Simpson Gammons

Debra Seaver

Assistant Office Manager

Debra Seaver is a native of Huntsville, AL but has lived in Eden for the past 17 years.
After moving to Eden, Debra became employed at Morehead Memorial Hospital where she worked for many years as Office Manager in the ENT Department.
After leaving the hospital she became Sales and Marketing Director for Brookdale Senior Living, now retired, she works part time in the office here at Fair Funeral Home.
Debra studied at UAB where she received her degree in Dental Hygiene.
She now lives with her husband, Dennis, and they both attend Immanuel Friends Church.
She enjoys playing golf, reading and spending time with family, friends and three grandchildren.

Leslie Simpson

Assistant Office Manager

Leslie Simpson is a resident of Eden, NC and a 1994 graduate of Morehead High School.
Leslie was employed by Lewis Veterinary Clinic for eight years and continues to work part time with Ashley Latham Photography. She and her husband, Glenn; own Simpson Landscape and Lawn Care.
In her free time Leslie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She especially enjoys spending time with her nephews Hudson and Gavin. She also enjoys reading, cooking and quilting.

Bobby Cox

Assistant Funeral Director

Graduated from Morehead High School
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

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.

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 Former Pastor of Trinity Wesleyan Church
Former Pastor of First Wesleyan Church - Asheboro
Pastor of First Wesleyan Church in Eden 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

Gregory C. Light

Part-Time/Assistant Funeral Director

Retired Police Chief
Police Chief
Administrative Captain
Established Eden Police Department's Computer Crimes Unit - A resource used by both EPD and other local law enforcement agencies
Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Instructor - Rockingham Community College
Past Member Community Baptist School Board
Past Member Rockingham County Mental Health Focus Group
Past Member United Way of Rockingham County
Past Member Triad Crisis Intervention Training Committee (Rockingham, Stokes, Forsyth, and Davie Counties)
Past Member of Eden Chamber of Commerce
Past Member of the North Carolina Domestic Violence Commission Board
Past Member HELP Incorporated of Rockingham County
Upward Sports League Director for Community Baptist Church

Michael McNamara

Assistant Funeral Director

Graduate of West Carteret High School 1977, Morehead City, NC
Owner White Glove Carpet Care 1986-2018, Elizabeth City, NC
Graduate of Mid-Atlantic Christian University 1998 majoring in Bible/Theology with minors in Pastoral Care and Counseling
Ordained as a Minister of Christ 1994
Currently serving as Preaching Minister of Draper Christian Church
In his free time he enjoys time with family and playing golf with friends

James M. Fair Jr.

Funeral Director - Embalmer - Pre-Need Counselor - Retired/Part-time
Curtis Jefferson

Assistant Funeral Director

Retired - Part-Time

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.

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
Retired from Unifi as Planning Manager after 43 years service in textiles
Presently serving as Fire Commissioner for Shiloh Fire Department
Volunteer Fireman - Shiloh Fire Department - 1969-1983
Past member of Rockingham Personnel Association and Board of Directors - American Red Cross - Eden