Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

 

Our Mission Statement

"To Serve All Families With A Compassionate, Helpful, And Loving Spirit"

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Samuel James Lay General Manager info@crowellbrothers.com

Samuel James Lay is a native of Norcross, Georgia and resides in Duluth. He graduated from Norcross High School with the class of 2007 and went on to attend Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service with the class of 2014.  Samuel has been employed with Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory since February of 2007.  He is an attending member of Buckhead Church in Atlanta.  Sam oversees the day to day operations at the Peachtree Corners & Buford location and is a Certified Crematory Operator.  Starting in the funeral business at an early age, despite what others thought, he felt a call to help people in a time of need.  His love to help the families of this community is his driving force.  In his spare time he enjoys boating, traveling with friends, going to the beach and trying out new restaurants.

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Cody Crowell Operations Manager - Funeral Director & Embalmer cody@crowellbrothers.com

Cody is a third generation Crowell working at Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory since 2012.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Samford University. He is Salutatorian of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service class of 2017.  Cody is also a Certified Crematory Operator. He resides in Brookhaven, GA and is married to Allie Crowell.  Cody and Allie have a beautiful new baby girl, Indie Crowell.

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Buddy Weir Cemetery and Family Services Director buddy@crowellbrothers.com

Buddy has been with Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory for 12 years.  Buddy is a licensed insurance agent in the state of Georgia and is licensed for pre-need cemetery sales with the Georgia State Board of Cemeterians.  He is married to his wife, Tammi and has lived in Gwinnett County for over 35 years. Buddy enjoys spending his free time with his kids and family.

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Lori Holcombe Office Manager lori@crowellbrothers.com

Lori is the Office Manager at Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory.  She ensures the daily operations of the administration department run smoothly.  Since she joined the company in 2013, she maintains the accounting functions as well as all administrative duties that are necessary to serve all of our families.  Lori has worked in many aspects of facilities operations in the real estate and public service industries. She has been a resident of Georgia for many years and currently resides in Duluth with her daughter and son. Working with the bereaved has always been a calling for her. Lori spends her free time enjoying tennis, leading a small group at her church and enjoys long walks and a good book.

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Jessica Rivers Service Administrator jessica@crowellbrothers.com

Jessica is a New England native that moved to Georgia 4 years ago for the warmer weather and southern hospitality. She has 7 years experience in finance and has always had a calling for serving families to the best of her ability. She is excited to be working with a team of kind-hearted people and the opportunity to work closely with the families we serve. Jessica is an avid weightlifter and enjoys baking, hiking with her dog, and spending time with friends and family.

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Laura Moore Service Administrator

Laura joined Crowell Brothers in June of 2021 after a career in Veterinary Medicine and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.  Born and raised in Athens, GA, she now lives near Winder, Ga with her husband, Matt.  She considers it an honor to support the staff and to assist with families that need our help.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading and her two cats.  She and her husband have a goal to visit all the national parks.

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Brian Watson Funeral Director/Embalmer brian@crowellbrothers.com

Brian Watson, born in Gray, Georgia, took a summer job at the age of 18 with the local funeral home which would define his career.  He found his passion in dealing with people in a discerning time of their life when a loved one passes on.  Watson went on to excel at Gupton-Jones Mortuary College.

After graduating, he took his first job at Snow’s Memorial Chapels in Macon where he began to refine his skills as an apprentice funeral director.  Brian then moved to Atlanta where he became a senior director at A.S. Turner & Sons and later H.M. Patterson & Son before proudly joining the team at Crowell Brothers in April of 2022. 

Throughout his career, Brian has been honored to serve various prominent figures, from government officials to cooperation owners.  He believes that being well versed with different communities, cultures, and religious affiliations allows him to serve each person’s needs individually.

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John Goddard Funeral Director/Embalmer john@crowellbrothers.com

John Edward Goddard grew up in Reynolds, Georgia. John is a 5th generation licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in his family. The funeral business has been in the Goddard family since 1866. His family had Goddard Funeral Homes in middle Georgia until they sold them to SCI in the late 90’s.  

After graduating Jefferson State College with a degree in Applied Science,  John served his apprenticeship at McCullough Funeral Home in Warner Robins, GA. He then joined SCI where he served as the General Manager for Elliot and Sons Funeral Homes in Augusta, GA. He has a passion for serving families and helping people during tough times. He reassures families by helping them through the process of celebrating their loved one’s life by planning a service that fits their needs.

John resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He devotes his free time to his two kids, Taylor and Jack, and also has four dogs that he loves dearly. A die-hard Georgia Bulldog fan, John enjoys spending time at Lake Oconee with his family as well as watching the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta United play.

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David A. Alexander Funeral Director/Embalmer David@crowellbrothers.com

David is a fifth-generation funeral professional who grew up in Delaware County, upstate New York and graduated in 1983 from the mortuary science program at the State University of New York at Canton. He relocated to Georgia in 1996, and lives in Sandy Springs with his wife Lorry and step-son, Pierce. He is a member of Dunwoody United Methodist Church, and enjoys spending time with his family, working on Habitat for Humanity projects, playing guitar and driving his 1929 Model A Ford. David is honored to be able to apply his 35 years of experience in serving families with the Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory and Peachtree Memorial Park team.

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Brit Crowell Funeral Director/Embalmer Apprentice brit@crowellbrothers.com

Brit started working for Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory in 2012.  He is a 2012 graduate from Maryville college where he earned his degree in Business Management.  He is also a 2016 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Certified Crematory Operator through the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA).  Brit resides in Duluth and enjoyes hiking with his dog and reading.

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Waring C. Murray, CFSP Funeral Director/Embalmer Waring@crowellbrothers.com

Waring joined the staff of Crowell Brothers in 2011.  Waring is a 1997 honor graduate of Gupton - Jones College of Funeral Service and became a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in 1998. He earned his CFSP certification in 2005 and became a certified crematory operator in 2013. Waring holds memberships with the Georgia Funeral Directors Association, The Academy of Graduate Embalmers, the National Funeral Directors Association and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Waring is a former board member of the River Oak Swim and Racquet Club where he served as Treasurer for 14 years. Waring enjoys cooking and flying in his spare time.

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William "Max" Aldridge, Jr. Funeral Home Assistant maldridge@crowellbrothers.com

Max has worked for Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory for over 10 years.  Max attended North East Louisiana University, spent 10 years in the United States Army and a 1996 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and is a Certified Crematory Operator. He is also been a Notary for Gwinnett County for 22 years.  Max resides in Duluth and is married to his wife, Marliss Anglin Aldridge. They have one son, Cayce McDonald Aldridge.

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Bradley Ledford Funeral Home Assistant BradleyL@crowellbrothers.com

Bradley Ledford joined Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory in 2017. After years of searching for the right career to help others, he found his love for caring for families with us here at Crowell Brothers, and is currently apprenticing to become a funeral director. Bradley has been married to his lovely wife Molly for two years.

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Stacy McCorkle Funeral Home Assistant

Stacy was born and raised in Metter, Georgia.  After graduation, he attended the University of Georgia where he completed a Business degree from the Terry College of Business and met his wife of 37 years.  They later added a son to their family who is now 28.  Stacy began his career by working in various positions at Graybar Electric Company for 35 years until he retired in 2016. He is a resident of Johns Creek where he attends St. Brigid's Catholic church.  When not working, Stacy enjoys UGA tailgates, golf and travel.

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Richard Smith Funeral Attendant

Richard is originally from Talladega, Alabama and his family moved to Norcross, Georgia when he was 10. He is currently living in Duluth with his wife Harriet and they have been married for 45 years.  They have one daughter and three grandsons. Richard has been assisting Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory since 2018 and loves the opportunity to serve others.  Richard enjoys fishing on Lake Lanier on his off days and spends time at the football and baseball fields (including trips to Cooperstown, New York) watching his grandsons play baseball.

Samuel James Lay

General Manager
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Samuel James Lay is a native of Norcross, Georgia and resides in Duluth. He graduated from Norcross High School with the class of 2007 and went on to attend Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service with the class of 2014.  Samuel has been employed with Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory since February of 2007.  He is an attending member of Buckhead Church in Atlanta.  Sam oversees the day to day operations at the Peachtree Corners & Buford location and is a Certified Crematory Operator.  Starting in the funeral business at an early age, despite what others thought, he felt a call to help people in a time of need.  His love to help the families of this community is his driving force.  In his spare time he enjoys boating, traveling with friends, going to the beach and trying out new restaurants.

Cody Crowell

Operations Manager - Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Cody is a third generation Crowell working at Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory since 2012.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Samford University. He is Salutatorian of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service class of 2017.  Cody is also a Certified Crematory Operator. He resides in Brookhaven, GA and is married to Allie Crowell.  Cody and Allie have a beautiful new baby girl, Indie Crowell.

Buddy Weir

Cemetery and Family Services Director
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Buddy has been with Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory for 12 years.  Buddy is a licensed insurance agent in the state of Georgia and is licensed for pre-need cemetery sales with the Georgia State Board of Cemeterians.  He is married to his wife, Tammi and has lived in Gwinnett County for over 35 years. Buddy enjoys spending his free time with his kids and family.

Lori Holcombe

Office Manager
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Lori is the Office Manager at Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory.  She ensures the daily operations of the administration department run smoothly.  Since she joined the company in 2013, she maintains the accounting functions as well as all administrative duties that are necessary to serve all of our families.  Lori has worked in many aspects of facilities operations in the real estate and public service industries. She has been a resident of Georgia for many years and currently resides in Duluth with her daughter and son. Working with the bereaved has always been a calling for her. Lori spends her free time enjoying tennis, leading a small group at her church and enjoys long walks and a good book.

Jessica Rivers

Service Administrator
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Jessica is a New England native that moved to Georgia 4 years ago for the warmer weather and southern hospitality. She has 7 years experience in finance and has always had a calling for serving families to the best of her ability. She is excited to be working with a team of kind-hearted people and the opportunity to work closely with the families we serve. Jessica is an avid weightlifter and enjoys baking, hiking with her dog, and spending time with friends and family.

Laura Moore

Service Administrator
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Laura joined Crowell Brothers in June of 2021 after a career in Veterinary Medicine and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.  Born and raised in Athens, GA, she now lives near Winder, Ga with her husband, Matt.  She considers it an honor to support the staff and to assist with families that need our help.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading and her two cats.  She and her husband have a goal to visit all the national parks.

Brian Watson

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Brian Watson, born in Gray, Georgia, took a summer job at the age of 18 with the local funeral home which would define his career.  He found his passion in dealing with people in a discerning time of their life when a loved one passes on.  Watson went on to excel at Gupton-Jones Mortuary College.

After graduating, he took his first job at Snow’s Memorial Chapels in Macon where he began to refine his skills as an apprentice funeral director.  Brian then moved to Atlanta where he became a senior director at A.S. Turner & Sons and later H.M. Patterson & Son before proudly joining the team at Crowell Brothers in April of 2022. 

Throughout his career, Brian has been honored to serve various prominent figures, from government officials to cooperation owners.  He believes that being well versed with different communities, cultures, and religious affiliations allows him to serve each person’s needs individually.

John Goddard

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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John Edward Goddard grew up in Reynolds, Georgia. John is a 5th generation licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in his family. The funeral business has been in the Goddard family since 1866. His family had Goddard Funeral Homes in middle Georgia until they sold them to SCI in the late 90’s.  

After graduating Jefferson State College with a degree in Applied Science,  John served his apprenticeship at McCullough Funeral Home in Warner Robins, GA. He then joined SCI where he served as the General Manager for Elliot and Sons Funeral Homes in Augusta, GA. He has a passion for serving families and helping people during tough times. He reassures families by helping them through the process of celebrating their loved one’s life by planning a service that fits their needs.

John resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He devotes his free time to his two kids, Taylor and Jack, and also has four dogs that he loves dearly. A die-hard Georgia Bulldog fan, John enjoys spending time at Lake Oconee with his family as well as watching the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta United play.

David A. Alexander

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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David is a fifth-generation funeral professional who grew up in Delaware County, upstate New York and graduated in 1983 from the mortuary science program at the State University of New York at Canton. He relocated to Georgia in 1996, and lives in Sandy Springs with his wife Lorry and step-son, Pierce. He is a member of Dunwoody United Methodist Church, and enjoys spending time with his family, working on Habitat for Humanity projects, playing guitar and driving his 1929 Model A Ford. David is honored to be able to apply his 35 years of experience in serving families with the Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory and Peachtree Memorial Park team.

Brit Crowell

Funeral Director/Embalmer Apprentice
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Brit started working for Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory in 2012.  He is a 2012 graduate from Maryville college where he earned his degree in Business Management.  He is also a 2016 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Certified Crematory Operator through the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA).  Brit resides in Duluth and enjoyes hiking with his dog and reading.

Waring C. Murray, CFSP

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Waring joined the staff of Crowell Brothers in 2011.  Waring is a 1997 honor graduate of Gupton - Jones College of Funeral Service and became a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in 1998. He earned his CFSP certification in 2005 and became a certified crematory operator in 2013. Waring holds memberships with the Georgia Funeral Directors Association, The Academy of Graduate Embalmers, the National Funeral Directors Association and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Waring is a former board member of the River Oak Swim and Racquet Club where he served as Treasurer for 14 years. Waring enjoys cooking and flying in his spare time.

William "Max" Aldridge, Jr.

Funeral Home Assistant
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Max has worked for Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory for over 10 years.  Max attended North East Louisiana University, spent 10 years in the United States Army and a 1996 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and is a Certified Crematory Operator. He is also been a Notary for Gwinnett County for 22 years.  Max resides in Duluth and is married to his wife, Marliss Anglin Aldridge. They have one son, Cayce McDonald Aldridge.

Bradley Ledford

Funeral Home Assistant
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Bradley Ledford joined Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory in 2017. After years of searching for the right career to help others, he found his love for caring for families with us here at Crowell Brothers, and is currently apprenticing to become a funeral director. Bradley has been married to his lovely wife Molly for two years.

Stacy McCorkle

Funeral Home Assistant
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Stacy was born and raised in Metter, Georgia.  After graduation, he attended the University of Georgia where he completed a Business degree from the Terry College of Business and met his wife of 37 years.  They later added a son to their family who is now 28.  Stacy began his career by working in various positions at Graybar Electric Company for 35 years until he retired in 2016. He is a resident of Johns Creek where he attends St. Brigid's Catholic church.  When not working, Stacy enjoys UGA tailgates, golf and travel.

Richard Smith

Funeral Attendant
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Richard is originally from Talladega, Alabama and his family moved to Norcross, Georgia when he was 10. He is currently living in Duluth with his wife Harriet and they have been married for 45 years.  They have one daughter and three grandsons. Richard has been assisting Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory since 2018 and loves the opportunity to serve others.  Richard enjoys fishing on Lake Lanier on his off days and spends time at the football and baseball fields (including trips to Cooperstown, New York) watching his grandsons play baseball.