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.
M. Kelly Byrd
Funeral Service Licensee, Embalmer
Kelly Byrd is a resident of Union County, NC. He holds an associate’s 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 Owner & 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 NC 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, flying, 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, and serves as a board member for Health Quest. He counts it an honor to be on staff with Monroe’s most preferred funeral home, Gordon Funeral Service & Crematory.
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.
Freddie B. Gordon
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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
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
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.
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.
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