Bunn Ray Yelverton started to take care of the family business when his father began to get sick in 1956. He and his wife Doris Vail Yelverton along with his uncle Oscar cared for the deaths in the Fremont community. 1962 -Bunn Ray & Doris restored the Adrian Bogue residence, 306 East Main Street, Fremont and moved the funeral business from the General Merchandise Store downtown. Doris Vail Yelverton was the first woman in Wayne County to become a licensed funeral director.
From the time that I was young, I, Elliott R. Futrell, knew I wanted to be a funeral director. In the 8th grade at Eureka School, we lost a classmate and I was asked to be a pallbearer, but when I got to the church all of the pallbearer positions had been filled. I felt disappointed and Bunn Ray Yelverton noticed and being the compassionate person he was, he found a new position for me. He asked me to help him at the end of the service, by rolling out the casket with him.
From this moment, Bunn Ray let me be a part of the funeral business. Even though I was young, I tried to help Bunn Ray. I rode in the flower truck with the flowers, helped his mother Elmira set up the church for services and assisted Bud Applewhite the grave digger with hauling the flowers from the church to the gravesite and also setting up the equipment to fill in the grave.
Like his father, Ralph Yelverton, Bunn Ray Yelverton took care of families and their funerals embraced compassionate, sympathy and understanding. The Yelvertons’ could make a funeral run like clockwork with no pressure. Ralph Yelverton and Elliott Futrell grandfather William Arthur Bogue were cousins.
1971 – Elliott R. Futrell – Founded Futrell Funeral Service Inc. at 107 North George Street, Goldsboro. Elliott served his internship in Durham at Hall-Wynne & Co. and was graduated of Cincinnati College of Embalmer & Funeral Service. On November 24, 1976, Elliott R. Futrell bought Yelverton Funeral Home, 306 East Main Street, Fremont, who had been in the funeral business since 1898. In Fremont he operated under the name of Yelverton – Futrell Funeral Service. On August 15, 1978 Elliott R. Futrell bought Ormond – Worley Funeral Home, 105 East First Street, Princeton, which was formally the Pittman Funeral Home and operated under the name of Futrell Funeral Service.
2007 – Elliott R. Futrell, Elizabeth A. Futrell & Jonathan M. Lane – Founded Evergreen Memorial Service on Hwy 70 West of Goldsboro at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery which they already owned. They wanted to offer a funeral service at a fair price with outstanding service. In 2017 they change the name to Evergreen Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation.