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.  Our current staff of funeral directors has over 75 years of combined service in North Carolina.  We pride ourselves by our involvement in our National Association, as well as our State Association.  We are also actively involved in several civic clubs, and local Chambers of Commerce.  "Our Family Serving Yours" says it all.  We are honored to be considered to be your funeral service provider.

Elizabeth P. Walker, Owner/Trustee

Stephen W. Mitchell, Manager - Chapel Hill, Funeral Service Licensee

Stephen joined the Walker's Funeral Home staff 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 AAS degree in Mortuary Science in 1988 from SUNY Canton, Canton, NY.  He received his New York license in 1989, and his North Carolina license in 1993.  He is a member of the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club.

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.

 Rodney V. Gerringer, Funeral Service Licensee, Chapel Hill

A native of Alamance County, Rodney joined the staff at Walker's Funeral Home in May of 2019.  Rodney received his license as a funeral director and embalmer in 1997.  He is married to Cindy Knighten Gerringer, and they have two children, Tiffany and Tamra, and four grandchildren, Tyson, Alaysia, Aiden, and Reagan.

A 1984 graduate of Cummings High School, Rodney received his degree in Mortuary Science from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA.  He is a member of Kinnett Baptist Church in Burlington, NC.

Nick Bryant, Funeral Assistant, Chapel Hill 

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.

Barbara Whitman, Funeral Assistant, Chapel Hill

Barbara joined the staff of Walker's Funeral Home in Chapel Hill in October, 2018.  She was raised in Durham, relocating to Chapel Hill over 15 years ago.  She is a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Durham.

Barbara is an active volunteer with Wreaths Across America, annually placing wreaths at the graves of fallen soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery.  She is the proud mother of nine children, and seven grandchildren.

Chad Thomas Hefner, Manager - Hillsborough,  Funeral Service Licensee 

Chad joined the staff of Walker’s Funeral Home in 2017.  He grew up in a small town in Alexander County, North Carolina.  Chad was a 2006 Honor Graduate from Fayetteville Technical Community College.  He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in North Carolina who assists families with funeral arrangements, pre-need arrangements, monument sales and service. He and his family reside here in Orange County.  In his spare time, Chad enjoys music, woodworking and spending time with his family and friends.  

Jasper "Tink" Dixon, Funeral Director, Hillsborough (Retired)

Jasper A. Dixon, known as Tink, grew up in Hurdle Mills, NC and resides there today with his wife Shelby.  He served in the U.S. Army, is a Mason, and a member of Berry's Grove Baptist Church.

 He has worked in funerals since the age of 17, received his Funeral Directors license in 1988, and has been part of our team for over 18 years.    

Carl Wall, Funeral Assistant, Hillsborough 

Thomas W. Brown “Tommy”, Manager - Mebane,  Funeral Service Licensee 

Tommy joined the staff of Walker’s Funeral Home in September 2018. Previously he was with Rich and Thompson Funeral service, Burlington-Graham for over 28 years.  Tommy is a native of Mebane and a graduate Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta. Tommy and his wife, Tammy Coffey Brown, reside in Graham. They have two children, a daughter, Audrey Dale Brown and a son, Thomas William Brown, II. Tammy has two older daughters, Nickole Foust Jones and husband Josh and Brooke Elizabeth Clark. They have three grandchildren, Peyton, Hudson and Emerson Jones.

Tommy attends Bellemont United Methodist Church in Burlington, and is a retired member of the Graham Fire Department.  He enjoys spending time with family and friends and being involved with his children’s sports activities. Tommy’s hobbies include camping, boating and manicuring his lawn.

Seth Bowden, Funeral Apprentice, Mebane 

Seth Bowden, who comes to us from Rich and Thompson Funeral Services in Burlington and Graham has joined the staff of Walker’s Funeral Home and Crematory of Mebane .

Seth is a native of Alamance County and the son of Ken and Mary Bowden. He is married to Erica Shambley Bowden, who works at the House of Hair in Haw River and they have one son, Cayson. Seth graduated from Southern Alamance High School in 2006 and attended Fayetteville Technical Community College. He is a member of Riverdale Baptist Church in Burlington. Seth is an avid Duke, Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers fan. Seth has been serving families for over 12 years. 


Diana Herrington, Administrative Assistant, Mebane                              

Diana joined the Staff at Walker's Funeral Home in September, 2018.  She grew up in the small town of Odin, Illinois, and relocated to North Carolina in 2002 to aid in taking care of her family.   

Diana has a heart for aiding seniors and their families.  She believes her role in serving Seniors in her local area is both a mission and a blessing.  Diana has aided in the help of her mother’s care and was the sole care provider for her Father in Law for several years.  

She has spent 30 years leading business organizations, honoring critical strategic decision making skills and learning how important both people and passion can be to achieving successful outcomes.  She uses her skills and passion assisting clients and their families.  

Diana has 3 children, Katelyn, Caleb and Ericka.  She enjoys taking trips with them to Illinois, the beach and mountains.    She now resides in Hillsborough with her two youngest children.

Jerry Perry, Certified Crematory Operator, Funeral Assistant, Mebane 

Jerry Perry is certified to perform cremations, and currently manages our crematory, located at our Mebane location. He lives in Mebane with his wife and son.