Our History

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

The owners of Evergreen Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation are Elliott R. Futrell who started as an Embalmer & Funeral Director full time in 1960 in Durham, NC.  Jonathan M. Lane who started as an Embalmer & Funeral Director full time in 1997 in Wilmington, NC.  Elizabeth A. Futrell who started as a child in the funeral business following her father and helping on funerals, but today assists on a part-time basis and other times while working full-time at Duke University Medical Center in Durham.  Our funeral home descended from the Yelverton Funeral Family who originally served the Eureka and Faro Communities of Wayne County, NC.  Evergreen Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation began serving families in 2007 and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery began 1963.

Futrell Funeral Service, Inc

107 North George StreetGoldsboro, NC

In business from 1971 to 1984 on George Street serving Wayne County and the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Yelverton – Futrell Funeral Service

East Main StreetFremont, NC

In business from 1976 to 1984 on East Main Street serving Wayne, Wilson , Johnston, and Greene County.  From 1886 to 1919 operated as Yelverton Undertakers Co. and then 1920 to 1938 it operated as Yelverton Brothers and then 1939 to 1976 as Yelverton Funeral Home.

Stanley – Yelverton Funeral Home

201 West Chestnut St.Goldsboro, NC

In business from 1936 to 1963 serving Goldsboro, Wayne County, Duplin County and Johnston County.  Owners were Frances Stanley, Embalmer and Funeral Director and Ralph A. Yelverton, Funeral Director.

Nathan B. Stanley started making caskets at 301 South Center Street for the Government during the War Between the States and arranged with the railroad to forward the soldiers back home for burial to the families of Goldsboro. In 1870 the Stanley’s started manufacturing caskets and coffins at the back of 208 East Walnut Street and in the front of the building they had the Goldsboro Undertaking Co.  His son Frances West Stanley in 1887 became the first licensed Embalmer in East North Carolina.  In circa 1900 the name was changed to Carl Stanley & Sons, then when his son Frances Stanley took over the business in 1928 he changed the name to Stanley Funeral Home.