Staff

Once you request the services of Wells Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.

Our Staff: 

J. Wells Greeley
President and Funeral Service Licensee FSL #775 
 
J. Wells Greeley is a native and life-long resident of Haywood County. He is a 1970 graduate of Pisgah High School in Canton. He received a full athletic scholarship to play football for the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1975 earning a BS Degree in Mortuary Science. He joined his family-owned funeral establishment in 1975 and is currently owner and President of Wells Funeral Homes, Inc. & Cremation Services. In his tenure of employment and ownership, the family business has expanded to two locations and also is co-owner of Cremation Services of WNC, LLC. Wells is active in many civic affairs and is a member of First United Methodist Church of Waynesville. He is married to Kathryn C. Greeley and has two children, Jennifer Wells Greeley Jacobson and James Alexander "Alex" Greeley.

Don Cooper
Director of Funeral Service Operations FSL#1364

Don is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina. He is a 1983 graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service. He began his career in funeral service in 1979 and became licensed in North Carolina as a Funeral Director/Embalmer in 1983. Don is a member and past President of the Canton Lions Club and has also served as a past officer of the Canton Papertown Association. He is a former member of the Haywood County Schools Board of Education and a past member of the Haywood County Schools Foundation. He is also a Volunteer Mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Western North Carolina. Don first joined Wells Funeral Homes in 1983 and currently serves as Director of Funeral Service Operations.

 Canton Location

Joseph Sellars
General Manager & Funeral Service Licensee FSL #2018 

Joseph is a life-long resident of Haywood County and a 1982 graduate of Pisgah High School in Canton, NC. He graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1995 and has been associated with the funeral service industry since 1989. He has been a volunteer with the Canton Fire Department since 1983 and has also served with many civic organizations in Haywood County. He was a past member of the Canton Kiwanis Club from 1982 until 1999, serving as President for two terms, Vice-President for two terms, Secretary and Board of Directors. While a member of the Kiwanis, he also served as Lt. Governor for the Division of the Carolinas District of Kiwanis International and was the Carolinas Kiwanis Key Club Zone Chairperson for four years. He and his wife Patti have one daughter Makayla. Joe realizes the importance of a loving and caring family and this attribute carries over to the families he serves.

Ryan Jacobson
Funeral Service Licensee FSL #2640

 

Ryan is a native of Brighton, Michigan, but has spent the majority of his life in North Carolina. He graduated Cum Laude in 2003 from N. C. State University with a degree in Business Management concentration human resources. He is also a 2004 graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service. He is married to Jennifer Wells Greeley where they reside in Clyde, NC. Ryan's love of funeral service comes from caring for and helping families during their time of need.  Ryan is a member of Long's Chapel United Methodist Church and a part of the Big Brothers / Big Sisters Program of WNC and is the past President of Canton Lion's Club and on the Clyde Town Planning Board.  He also enjoys golfing, exercising and spending time with friends and family. He and his wife Jennifer have a son, Wells Patrick Jacobson, born December 7, 2011.

 

Mark Whittamore

Pre-Arrangement Specialist FSL #1011


Lonnie Hipps
Funeral Service Assistant

Lonnie is a native of Haywood County and has been associated with Wells Funeral Homes since 1985. He is the Choir Director for Crestview Baptist Church and his love of gospel music and song has enabled him to use his talents to minister to the needs of the families we serve.

Carolyn Anderson
Office Manager

Carolyn is a native and life-long resident of Haywood County, N.C. She graduated from St. Genevieve's of the Pines Secretarial School. She and her husband Ronald have three sons, Joey, Marc and Jeremy. Carolyn is an active member of Morning Star United Methodist Church. She worked at Blue Ridge Paper Products for 16 years and part-time for Wells Funeral Homes for five years before joining the staff at Wells Funeral Homes full-time in March of 2005. She enjoys walking, reading and going to the lake.

Naomi Reece Henderson
Funeral Service Support

Naomi is a native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, N.C. She was a 1970 graduate of Pisgah High School and a 1971 graduate of Continental Hair Styling Academy. Naomi is the pianist for her church and secretary/treasurer for the ladies auxiliary. She is married to Curt Henderson and has three children and the loves of her life are her six grandchildren. Naomi's compassion for people who are in grief and the way that she love to help people whenever and however that she can; makes her an asset to funeral service.

 Waynesville Location

Daniel R. Pottinger, Jr.
General Manager & Funeral Service Licensee FSL #1979

Dan is a second-generation funeral service licensee who has resided in Haywood County since 1992. He and his wife, Stacey, have a daughter, Courtney, and a son, Zack. Dan enjoys many outdoor activities. Dan is a Mason and Shriner. Dan first joined Wells Funeral Homes in 1999 and currently serves as Manager of the Waynesville location. Dan believes it is important to be compassionate, understanding, and show attention to every detail when serving families.

Jennifer Wells Greeley Jacobson
Funeral Service Licensee FSL #2659

 

Jennifer is a native of Haywood County, NC and currently resides in Clyde. She is married to Ryan Michael Jacobson. She attended and graduated from N. C. State University with a B. S. Degree in Business Management and the University of Minnesota with a B. S. Degree in Mortuary Science. Jennifer is honored to be the 5th generation of her family to work in the business and strives to serve all families to the highest capacity as her family precedents have. Her love of funeral service comes from being able to help and serve families in their time of need.  Jennifer is a member of Long's Chapel United Methodist Church and is also involved in the Haywood County Community Foundation.  she is a board member of the Medwest Haywood Foundation Board and is involved with the Haywood Young Professionals.  In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys running, swimming and biking and participating in triathlons.  She and her husband Ryan have a son, Wells Patrick Jacobson, born December 7, 2011.

Peggy Farmer
Office Manager
 
Peggy is a native and life-long resident of Haywood County. She is a 1969 graduate of Pisgah High School and received an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Administrative Office Technology and a Word-Processing/Desktop Publishing Certificate in 1992 from Haywood Community College. Peggy owned and operated her own desktop publishing business before joining the Wells staff in 2001 as Office Manager for the Waynesville location. In addition to the daily operations of the business office, Peggy's attention to detail and experience in desktop publishing has enabled her to assist families with the personalization needed to create meaningful and memorable tributes to honor the life of families' loved ones. Peggy knows that being attentive to the needs of families is an important part of the funeral service and understands that lives are changed dramatically when a loved one passes away.  Peggy is married to Ronnie Farmer and lives in the Bethel Community just outside of Waynesville. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, quilting with her mom, and collecting button dolls and Hallmark collectibles.

Robin Henson
Funeral Service Support

Robin is a native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, N. C. She worked for Haywood County Schools for the past 27 years as a teacher's assistant and has worked for Wells Funeral Homes for 4 years. Robin is married to Wayne Henson, and they have two daughters; Candie Sellers and Shannon Putnam and grandchildren, Morgan and Mason Putnam. Robin is a member of High Street Baptist Church in Canton and serves as the Sunday school secretary. She enjoys going to antique auctions, shopping, working in her flower gardens and spending time with her family. Her compassionate and caring nature is a comfort to the families served.

Dave Brening

Dave is a native of the Midwest, including Port Huron, Michigan, Marion, Indiana, and Rockford, Illinois. He and his wife recently relocated to Waynesville and have two sons finishing high school and a daughter attending college in Indiana. He graduated from Rock Valley College in 1974, George Williams College/Aurora University in 1976with a degree in Psychology and from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1980. For more than 30 years, Dave has served families in the funeral industry. His recognition of individual needs and attention to detail have supported many during their grief journey.

Prior to funeral services, Dave was a director for the YMCA. His interests include bicycling, traveling, and fishing. He has been actively involved in United Methodist Men and looks forward to establishing his home in Western North Carolina.

 

2 locations: Canton, NC, 828-648-2371 and Waynesville, NC, 828-456-3535

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