Each of the staff members at Gordon Funeral Service & Crematory, Inc. is committed to providing your family with the finest in personal care. In fact, for years, it’s been comforting for area families to know that we are available to help at any time of the day or night.

When a loved one dies, all you need to do is make one phone call. From that moment on, we’ll take on the responsibilities of the physical care of your loved one, and the emotional care of those left behind.

Please take a few minutes to get to know our staff. We’re sure you’ll find each of us to be all that you would hope for in a trusted funeral professional.

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M. Kelly Byrd
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Dan Popoff
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Tom Klopfenstein
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Freddie York
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Monica Griffin
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Teresa Tyson
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Sonya Gaddy
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Steve Weade
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Tommy Maness
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Judy Hinson
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Carol Gordon
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Johnny M. Gordon
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Linda G. Sims
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Freddie B. Gordon
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Harold E. Williams
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John Crook
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CA Hyatt

M. Kelly Byrd

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Owner/President, Funeral Service Licensee

Kellybyrd@gordonfuneralservice.com

 

Kelly Byrd is a resident of Union County, NC. He holds an associates degree in computer science and is a graduate of Kings Business College, Class of 1997, and holds an associate degree from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, Class of 2001, where he also served as Chaplain in the Theta Chapter of Pi Sigma ETA Fraternity.  

 

Kelly joined the family of Gordon Funeral Service & Crematory in March of 2001, and became manager & president in 2016 to allow the Gordons to semi-retire and spend more time with their families at home.

 

He is a National and State licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer, licensed Preneed Insurance Consultant, and a Certified Crematory Operator.

 

Devoted to his profession and community, he is a member of National Funeral Directors Association, the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association. He served on the NCFDA Education Committee, was appointed by the governor to serve over six years on the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service, where he served on numerous committees and was elected as Past Vice President & Past President for the board. Kelly also had the honor of serving with The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board on the Model Practice Act for a couple of years.

 

He enjoys traveling, singing, and spending time with his wife Julie, daughters Kiersten, Adelyn and his family. He is proud to serve the community of Union County, and is a member of Monroe Rotary Club and a Member of Lee Park Baptist Church. He counts it an honor to be on staff with Monroe’s most preferred funeral home, Gordon Funeral Service & Crematory.

Dan Popoff

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Dan Popoff, CFSP, is a National and a State Board Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and a Member of The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

Dan served his country in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1994.

He graduated in 1996 from The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in Pittsburgh, PA and has been a resident of the area for over 21 years. His experience in the funeral industry includes working as a staff funeral director/embalmer with a corporate funeral service provider in the Charlotte area, to being a former regional sales representative covering both North and South Carolina for a major supplier to funeral homes.

As a member of The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Dan earned the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, (CFSP), as one of only a handful of professionals to earn the designation which shows his commitment to service, education, and professional development. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History and two Master's Degrees, a Masters of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Death and Dying, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing.  Dan serves as an adjunct instructor at South Piedmont Community College in the Arts and Humanities Department.

He is an active member of St. Anthony's Orthodox Church. He has been with the Gordon family since 2016 and is honored to care for families in the Union County area.

Tom Klopfenstein

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Tom makes his home in beautiful Matthews, NC and was a former resident of South Bend, Indiana. He brings over 45 years of funeral service experience to the table; experience that includes funeral directing, embalming, funeral insurance for the purpose of prearranging and funding all types of services in the community.

 

In 1976, Tom began his career with the former Forest G. Hay Funeral Home of South Bend. He attended Indiana University with course study in Business and Language Arts. In 1979 he earned a B.A. degree from Indiana College of Mortuary Science.  He is a faithful member of Myers Park United Methodist Church where he is an usher and a Lay Reader.  He is the past president of the St. Joseph County Indiana Funeral Directors Association and is currently a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, North Carolina Funeral Directors Association, Rotary International where he is a Paul Harris Fellow, the National Exchange Club, the Men’s Christian Association International and is a former docent with the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. He is blessed to have two grown children and a beautiful granddaughter.

 

“I have always wanted to be helpful to others and to serve bereaved families in a supportive, dignified and compassionate manner. I will seek to continue the traditions established by Gordon Funeral Service & Crematory who have dependably and professionally served the community by offering affordable traditional funeral and cremation services. I believe funerals and memorial services are important as they recognize the dignity and purpose of life and offer us a way to celebrate that life. I am profoundly honored to be a part of the Gordon funeral family and I consider it a privilege to continue the timeless tradition of the Funeral.”

 

Freddie York

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Freddie York is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science. He played an active role in the school’s esports program as a club officer and spent time working on developing new software with his friends in the CodeNine software development club.


Freddie is a lifelong member of Lakeview Baptist Church and serves as a member of the IT committee, the AV  committee, and the Upward ministry committee. Freddie helped to get the church started with live-streaming at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and he strives to bring viewers the best possible experience that he can.


At Gordon Funeral Service, Freddie is a Funeral Service Trainee and IT/AV specialist.  He assists in computer related tasks as well as the production for services that are held in our chapel. Outside of those duties, Freddie also works as a video editor for our service recordings and is responsible for taking those recordings and finalizing them to be uploaded for families to watch and share.


Outside of work, Freddie enjoys live-streaming, video editing, and exploring the Charlotte area on his Onewheel. Freddie records his travels and edits them together in software to make short enjoyable music videos as a hobby.

Freddie is the oldest son of Scott and Angie York. He has one younger brother named Ian, a dog named Chester, and  some chickens.

Monica Griffin

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Monica Baucom Griffin is a lifelong resident of Union County, NC. She currently resides in the Fairview community with her husband, Richard and their four children, Reagan, Wriston, Macie and Maggie. Monica enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is an active member of Hope Second Advent Christian Church, and an avid volunteer with Union County Public Schools.

Monica joined the Gordon Funeral Service family in 2017 and handles many of the administrative duties. Monica considers it an honor to serve families in their time of need.

Teresa Tyson

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Teresa R. Tyson, a native of Union County is a graduate of Tabernacle Christian School in Monroe.

After a 41 year career as a Commercial Lines Underwriter with The Hartford Insurance Group, she retired in December, 2020 and joined Gordon Funeral Service in February, 2021.

Teresa is an active member of Grace Baptist Church where she has been the pianist for over 30 years.  She also enjoys playing piano for many of the assisted living homes around Monroe.  She loves to cook for her church family and friends.

Teresa enjoys traveling and camping with her family, son Ryan and daughter-in-law Lea Ann, daughter Taryn and son-in-law Don Duncan and wonderful grandchildren Jordy and Jake Tyson.

Teresa is proud to be a part of Gordon Funeral Service and is honored to serve our community.

Sonya Gaddy

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Sonya W. Gaddy is a lifelong resident of Union County, NC and a graduate of Piedmont High School.  She currently resides in Unionville with her husband, Tommy.  They have a son, Lucas, daughter-in-law, Lea, granddaughter, Ryan Jean and a grandson on the way.  She has been an active member of Antioch Baptist Church all of her life. 

 

Sonya joined the Gordon Funeral Service family in 2006, and handles many of the administrative duties.  She is honored to assist the families at Gordon Funeral Service. 

Steve Weade

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Steve comes to us having spent the last 24 years serving families in both Roanoke, Va. and Charlotte, NC.

He currently resides in Matthews and has been a member of the Gordon Staff since 2020. He attended East Mecklenburg and UNC Charlotte.

He spends his off time playing mandolin, banjo and guitar and has been playing since he was 12. Occasionally he plays at The Vine Methodist Church for Sunday services. He also spent much of his time in Virginia as an owner and guide of Virginia Anglers Services, a fly-fishing service. He is also a self-described music festival fan and has been attending them since the late 1990's.

Steve's true source of pride is his daughters, Emily who currently lives in Washington State and Elizabeth who lives in Matthews.

Tommy Maness

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Tommy Maness is a life- long resident of Union County. He and his wife Ann live in the Unionville community. They have been married for 42 years. Tommy has owned and operated The Weathered Wood Shop, A custom picture framing business for 37 years. Tommy and Ann have two children and three grandchildren.

 

Although Tommy has only been with Gordon Funeral Service for a short time, he has found it very rewarding to be able to assist families in their time of need.

Judy Hinson

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Judy Hinson is a lifelong resident of Union County, NC. She has been married to Dwayne Hinson for 52 years and is the proud mother of Tina Fillmer and Stan Hinson and grandmother of 7 children, Judy loves her family and friends. She retired from Alltel Corporation, and has been employed with Gordon Funeral Service for 15 years, where she enjoys serving others.

Judy is very active at Midway Baptist Church, and she enjoys serving in the choir and cooking for her church family. Judy also enjoys hosting family reunions at her homestead, a 3-generation home built by her grandparents. She enjoys the outdoors, especially gardening and landscaping. Judy also loves to travel and has taken three cross-country trips visiting 45 states.

Carol Gordon

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Carol B. Gordon is a lifelong resident of Monroe, NC and Union County.

She has worked with Gordon Funeral Service since 2007. Being employed with such a caring staff has given her opportunities to share with individuals that have found themselves in her same situation--that of losing a spouse and other family members.

Carol has a son, Jimmy Gordon, Jr. and a daughter, Amy Yermack and her husband, Michael and a grandson, Triston. She spends most of her time keeping her grandchildren, Kathryn and Kennedy Yermack. She enjoys attending Lee Park Church, where she has been involved in several bible studies.

Carol enjoys being on staff with Gordon Funeral Service and hopes that in some way she can be an inspiration to all who use our service.

Johnny M. Gordon

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Funeral Service Licensee (Semi-Retired)

Johnny is a native of Union County, a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Past President of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association, member of the National Funeral Directors Association, member of the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church and the Monroe Rotary Club, where he is a Paul Harris Fellow.

He is married to Carolyn Simpson Gordon and they are the parents of three daughters and grandparents of three grandchildren.

He formerly served on the board of the Fairview Volunteer Fire Department.

Johnny has faithfully served the families of Union and Cabarrus Counties for 58 years.

Linda G. Sims

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Linda Gordon Sims is a lifelong resident of Monroe and Union County, NC. She has served as Secretary/Treasurer of Gordon Funeral Service & Crematory for over 35 years.

She is a member of First Baptist Church, Monroe, NC. She enjoys spending time with her son, Brian and his wife, Natisha. In her leisure time, she enjoys shopping and spending time at her second home in Cherry Grove, SC.

Freddie B. Gordon

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Funeral Director (Semi-Retired)

Freddie is dedicated to the funeral profession and has been a licensed funeral director for over 35 years and a member of the N. C. and National Funeral Directors Associations.

Freddie is a lifelong resident of Monroe and Union County. He is married to Anna Williams Gordon and has one daughter, Merrill Gordon Sawyer, who is married to Jeffrey Sawyer. Freddie and Anna are proud grandparents of Ava Kate Sawyer and Campbell Sawyer.

Freddie is a graduate of Campbell University, a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Monroe, where he has served on the Vestry. He is a former member and Past President of the Monroe Kiwanis Club; and past member and President of the Board of Directors of Turning Point, a shelter for women and children who suffer from domestic violence. 

Harold E. Williams

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National & State Board Certified Funeral Director and Embalmer

Harold is a native of Anson County, NC and a long-time resident of Mecklenburg and Union County. He is a graduate of Marshville High School and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, class of 1965 and National Foundation of Funeral Service School of Management, Evanston, Illinois.

He has been in the funeral service industry for 57 years, the past 13 with Gordon Funeral Service and Crematory.

He is an active member of Marshville United Methodist Church, where he sings in the Chancel Choir, is a member of United Methodist Men and serves on the Board of Trustees. He enjoys spending time with his family; wife, Ann; children Mary Anna Efird and husband, Marty, who have three children, Callie, Julian, and Mamie; and son Jason Williams and wife, Heather, who have two daughters, Miah & Anna. He is also a member of East Gate Masonic Lodge #692 AF & AM and currently serves on the Board of Union County Residential Services.

John Crook

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CA Hyatt

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C.A. Hyatt is a native to the Unionville Community. He currently lives in the Town of Fairview. C.A. graduated from Unionville High School and Kings College in Charlotte, N.C. He retired from ATE Specialty Materials where he was a cost Analyst. C.A. is an active member of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church. He has operated a furniture repair and refinishing business for over 35 years. C.A. served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

C.A. was married to the late Alice Jane Price for over 52 years. He has four children and twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

C.A. has worked at Gordon Funeral Service for over 5 years. He enjoys serving families in their time of need.