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Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

David L. Cook

David L. Cook

Owner/ President

With a passion for people, David brings a life time of service and dedication to the community. Having a background in psychology, David is able to offer comfort to the families we serve. David is the CEO and Founder of the Artist's Music Guild, a non-profit, which ushers in educational programming to title one schools that orchestrates a nationally broadcast award show bringing in music legends to Union County to perform with the students. David's career in the entertainment industry has brought him several major industry awards and acclaim but moreso has afforded him experiences and situations that develop creativity helping to form Everlasting Tributes to the families we serve.

Telephone: 1-704-821-4484


K. Clay Cox

K. Clay Cox

Owner/ Vice President

Growing up on a farm in a small community in Alamance County (Snow Camp) Clay learned the values of hard work and dedication.  He began his career in Funeral Service while attending Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga. Working with Independent Funeral Homes, he discovered the importance of celebrating the community and the family of those he serves. Clay also worked for Service Corporation International and is the former General Manager of McEwen Funeral Service and Sharon Memorial Park. Clay takes great pride in offering Everlasting Tributes to celebrate the life of the loved one we serve. From Catered Receptions during visitations to Customized Memorabilia displays, Clay and the Staff of Life and Legacy will customize the gathering of your family.

Telephone: 1-704-283-9333

Email: KClayCox@gmail.com


Mike Jean

Mike Jean

General Manager/Funeral Service Licensee

Joining the Life and Legacy team in 2019, Mike comes to us with over 40 years of experience in Funeral Directing, Funeral Home Management and PreNeed Arranging. Mike is married to his lovely wife Dianne and they have 2 daughters, Michaella and Caitlin, and a sweet granddaughter Alivia.  

Telephone: 1-704-821-4484


Jason Funderburk

Jason Funderburk

Family Services

Most known for his Southern Gospel Singing voice, Jason comes to Life and Legacy looking to expand his ministry. He has been with the company since 2016 and made the decision to leave his retail sales role to focus more on his ministry. Jason enjoys helping to make families comfortable during their difficult times and also making the Everlasting Tributes to memorialize the deceased.


Nelson Helms

Nelson Helms

Funeral Director Assistant/ Intern

Growing up in Union County, Nelson comes to Life and Legacy with an earnest desire to assist families. New to  Funeral Service, he looks forward to learning the techniques to become a Funeral Service Licensee. Nelson's family has been served by Life and Legacy numerous times so he has had the opportunity to see both sides of our service. We are proud to have Nelson on our team. 

Telephone: 1-704-821-4484


Kyle Carter

Kyle Carter

Funeral Assistant/ Intern

With a powerful testimony of how God changed his life, Kyle joins the Life and Legacy team as a Funeral Assistant and Intern. Kyle has lived in Union County all of his life, he attended High School in Monroe. He is passionate about learning the profession and working in the community that he knows and loves.

Mayor Michael Alvarez

Mayor Michael Alvarez

Family Services

Mayor Alvarez was elected to serve the Town of Indian Trail November of 2011 and began working for Life and Legacy July of 2018. Michael feels that working for the firm allows him the opportunity to give back to the community and offer comfort to those we serve. 

Telephone: 1-704-821-4484


Karen Versaci

Karen Versaci

Office Assistant

Karen began working for Life and Legacy in 2016 and has been a dedicated staff member since. She enjoys her work for the firm and is dedicated to the mission of Life and Legacy. She brings class and nobility to the Funeral Home. She enjoys meeting new people and works to bring comfort to all those we serve.

Telephone: 1-704-821-4484


Ann Moore

Ann Moore

Office Assistant

Ann has been a resident of Union County all of her life. She worked as a Book keeper for an insurance firm and has worked in Funeral Service since 1991. Ann brings dignity and class to the staff of Life and Legacy. She is proud to be a part of the Team.

Telephone: 1-704-821-4484


Linda Newton

Linda Newton

Family Services

Linda comes to Life and Legacy after being a family we served, when her husband passed in 2018. She brings to our team over 40 years of corporate office experience that brings creative ideas to our firm. She enjoys her horses; riding and camping in different areas of N.C., S.C., TN and VA. We are excited to have Linda on our team. She is a joy to work with and a blessing to the families we serve. 


Barbara Cox

Barbara Cox

Office Administrator

Having several years of administration experience for large corporations, Barbara comes to us with an in depth knowledge of book keeping and business support. Barbara works as a consultant for Life and Legacy with a main focus on required documents for the State Board. She is Clay's mother and is one of the few people that know how to handle his perfectionist personality. Barbara served as the Office Manager for Thomasville Funeral Home and is well versed in Funeral Service regulations. She also is creative and enjoys interior design. 

Telephone: 1-704-821-4484


Jeanne Johnson

Jeanne Johnson

Musician

We are blessed to have Jeanne on staff here at Life and Legacy- Good Shepherd Chapel. Jeanne is available to sing and play piano for  families for funerals and memorial services. Offering southern gospel music for many years across the USA, she and her late husband Bob traveled with the Speer Family for many years.  Serving on the staff at PTL and appearing on the Bill Gaither Homecoming Series. We count it an honor to have Jeanne and her talented ministry available to the families we serve. 


Dottie Brewer

Dottie Brewer

Office Assistant (Retired)

Mrs. Dottie served the Funeral Home from its inception. She maintained the books along with overseeing the office. In August of 2018, Dottie made the decision to retire to read books and make floral arrangements. Several of the beautiful flowers displayed in the Funeral Home are crafted by Dottie. Although retired, Dottie remains an intricate part of Life and Legacy.



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