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.

Chad Thomas Hefner, Manager - Hillsborough Location, Funeral Service Licensee

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. 

  Adam Baynard, Manager - Mebane Location, Funeral Service Licensee

Adam Baynard joined the staff of Walker’s Funeral Home in January 2018.  He is from “Small Town Friendly” Rutherford County, North Carolina.  A 1999 honor graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College, Adam was the recipient of the President’s Award.  Adam is actively involved in the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association (NCFDA), where he serves on assorted committees and has contributed articles to the Tarheel Director.  In 2013, Adam was selected to attend a program put on by the National Funeral Directors Association at the prestigious Harvard University Faculty Club in Boston, where he learned from three of the top funeral providers in the United States.  Recently, Adam has been selected as a recipient of a Funeral Service Foundation Career Development Award.  Adam is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in North and South Carolina with over twenty years’ experience of serving families in their time of need.  He resides in the triad area and in his free time enjoys spending time with his family, watching UNC Tarheel sporting events, cooking and traveling.

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, Certified Crematory Operator, Funeral Assistant

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

Carl Wall, Funeral Assistant