Our Care Team

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met.


Elizabeth P. Walker, Owner/Trustee


Stephen W. Mitchell, General Manager, Funeral Service Licensee

Stephen joined the Walker's Funeral Home team as General Manager in September, 2017. Prior to being at Walker's, Stephen was employed with Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home (1993-2015) and Hall-Wynne Funeral Service (2016), both located in Durham.

Stephen is married to Debra, and has two children, stepson Zachary, and daughter Riley. He received his degree in Mortuary Science in 1988 from SUNY Canton, Canton, NY, and has been licensed in North Carolina since 1993.

Stephen grew up in the small town of Hamilton, NY, home to Colgate University, but has called the Triangle home since 1993. He enjoys ACC sports, golfing, racing, the beach and the mountains.


Jasper Dixon, Funeral Director/Pre-Need Specialist

As a long-standing member of the Walker's Funeral Home staff, Tink has given families the best of care for over 25 years. "I so appreciate the opportunity to attend to their needs during what I know to be one of the most difficult times in their lives. Each day provides me with an opportunity to make a difference, to share my experience and knowledge, and help families find some measure of comfort after loss." 

He graduated from Helena High School in 1953, and then enlisted in the U.S. Army, to be stationed in Germany. After his discharge, Tink attended Piedmont Technical Business School, and passed the North Carolina Funeral Board Exam in 1988. 

Tink is a retired member of the Hurdle Mills Volunteer Fire Department. He is currently an active member of the Masons, the Exchange Club, and Berry's Grove Baptist Church.


Chad Thomas Hefner, Funeral Director/Preneed Specialist

Chad T. Hefner grew up in a small town near Hickory, NC. As a young man, he learned about a local funeral home having to play a tape recording of “Taps” for a graveside funeral service. Since he played trumpet in high school, Chad called the funeral home and offered his assistance. He played for a service and enjoyed the experience of helping a family in their time of need. After some soul searching and prayer, Chad decided to further his education and became a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Pre-need specialist. He graduated with honors from Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, NC. Chad has twelve years of experience in the funeral service industry. He is also a Certified Crematory Technician. Chad joined the staff of Walker’s Funeral Home in 2017. At Walker’s, Chad assists families with funeral arrangements, pre-need arrangements, monument sales and service. Chad is married and has one child. He enjoys music, gardening, spending time with his family, friends and Labrador Retriever. He is a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church where he sings in the choir. Chad and his family reside in Chapel Hill. 


Nick Bryant, Funeral Assistant

Nick is a Durham native with over fifteen years experience working in funeral service. He joined the Walker's staff in 2014.

He is retired from IBM, and is a member of the Quarter Century Club. Nick is also a charter member of the Redwood Fire Department in Durham County and served as their chief for over 25 years. Mr. Bryant is a member of the NC State Fireman's Association and the Durham County Fire Chief's Association. 

Nick and his wife Penny have two children and two grandchildren.


Jerry Perry, Funeral Assistant

Jerry Perry is certified to perform cremations. He lives in Mebane with his wife and son.


Johnny Shanklin Jr., Funeral Assistant & Equipment Manager


Carl Wall, Funeral Assistant


Ralph Braswell, Funeral Assistant & Equipment Manager


Sam Woods, Funeral Assistant


R.J. Hamlett, Funeral Assistant