History & Staff

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.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Our History

Founded in 1919, Morris Funeral Home and Cremation Service has been serving families in the Asheville/Buncombe County area longer than any other funeral home. Family owned and operated for close to 100 years, Morris Funeral Home is under the direction of the fourth generation of Morris family members.

Our Guiding Philosophy

Our establishment is operated by a staff of highly trained, local personnel, people who make their homes in Asheville, people who are interested in this community because they live here, just as do those they serve. This special interest is reflected in the friendly, courteous attention at Morris Funeral Home, a personal interest in the welfare of neighbors and fellow citizens.

Because we at Morris Funeral Home have never been content with just "ordinary" funeral service, we have established a reputation highly regarded in Asheville - a reputation for thoughtful, dignified service under all circumstances. At Morris Funeral Home we serve just as we would like to be served.


As a full-service company, we handle all the related details of planning ceremonies. From our facility, we can assist you in selecting cemetery property, making arrangements for burial outside the area, purchasing flowers and purchasing monuments for the cemetery.

Services, Products and Prices

We offer the greatest number of choices in our region. Our charges are clearly itemized and presented before you make any decisions. Of course, our fees usually change annually, so feel free to call for current prices.

Our Valued Staff

Gus Morris Jr.

Gus Morris Jr., Owner/Funeral Director

Gus, Jr. joined the family business in 1985 and has been a licensed funeral director for over 25 years. After his father's retirement in 1990, he became the fourth generation funeral director of Operations for Morris Funeral Home. A native of Asheville, he graduated from Asheville High School in 1978 and was a psychology major at UNC Asheville. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Asheville and active in many clubs and organizations. He has three children, Lindsey, Seth and Aaron and one grandson, Olivier.

Gus Morris Sr.

Gus Morris Sr., Retired/Owner

A native and lifelong resident of Asheville, Gus, Sr. retired in 1990 from day to day funeral home management operations. He was a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill wth a BS in Business Administration, he is a veteran of the US Marine Corp. and has been a licensed funeral director since 1962. He was formerly active in various civic organizations. He and his wife, Mary reside in Asheville. In addition to his son, Gus, Jr. he has a daughter, Lisa, four grandchildren and one great grandson.

Duane Alexander

Duane Alexander, Advance Funeral Planning Director

Duane David Alexander began his career in 1993 after serving nine years in the United States Army. As a veteran of the Persian Gulf War, he knows of the importance of recognizing the people that serve our Country. He has joined the National Veterans History Archival Institute for the purpose of assisting veterans in recording their time in service, preserving their military record and officially placing it on file with the Library of Congress. As a licensed funeral director, Duane has been with Morris Funeral Home for over 18 years and manages the advance funeral planning services department. He has been a Rotarian since 1997 and has served at a club level as secretary, and president, and at the district level, as assistant district governor. He has one son, Benjamin, who Teaches Latin in Lexington, SC.

Lisa Russell Burrell

Lisa Russell Burrell, Office Administrator

A native and lifelong resident of Hendersonville. Lisa joined the staff of Morris Funeral Home in 2006. She has been in funeral home administration for over twenty years. She has two sons, Michael and Cameron and three grandchildren, Bryson, Lawren and Natalie.

Steven E. Hundley

Steven E. Hundley, Manager/Director of Funeral Service Operations/C.C.O./Secretary of the NCCA

Steven comes from Western Pennsylvania. He graduated with honors from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B. S. degree in Communications Media. After several years of working in radio in Charlotte, NC, Steven returned to Pennsylvania to pursue a new career in the funeral industry. He attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and obtained his North Carolina licenses in both funeral directing and embalming at Morris Funeral Home. Making sure that families and their loved ones are cared for with the utmost respect and dignity is a responsibility that he takes very seriously. He enjoys outdoor activities and he has played guitar for over thirty years and performed throughout the southeast with a professional variety band.
Steven is a Certified Crematory Operator with certification by the NFDA (National Funeral Directors Association). He also serves as the Secretary of the North Carolina Crematory Authority, a 5 member committee of the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service.

Kevin P. Mukosiej

Kevin P. Mukosiej, Funeral Director

Kevin came to the Morris Funeral Home family in December of 2013. A native of Augusta, Maine, he moved to the Buncombe County area, graduating from Enka High School and later graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, GA. He received his funeral service license in August of 2010 and is looking forward to a long career in funeral service. He currently attends St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #8923, and in his off time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle and spending time with his friends and family.

Ronnie Brockwell Jr.

Ronnie Brockwell Jr., Funeral Service Assistant

Ronnie was born and raised in Western North Carolina. His funeral service career began almost 15 years ago as a part time after school job. Besides his tenure at the funeral home, Ronnie has also worked for Buncombe County EMS. Taking great pride in his work, Ronnie pays attention to detail and strives to make sure that every family's needs are met. In his free time, Ronnie enjoys going to the gym and spending time with his family and friends. He is a member of Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church.

Peter D. Bain

Peter D. Bain, Funeral Director/Embalmer

A native of New Jersey, Pete began his career in funeral service in 1960; celebrating 50 years of service in July 2010. He has worked in firms in Washington, DC, Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He and his wife, Stephanie Richardson-Bain, live in Hendersonville, share a blended family and three cats. Pete has 2 children, Andrew and Amy and 6 grandchildren. Stephanie has a daughter, Gretchen. He is a member of The Apple Valley Model Railroad Club and The Professional Car Society.

Plumie Hall

Plumie Hall, Housekeeping

The member with the longest tenure of the Morris Funeral Home staff, Pat has been working with this family since 1968. As the caretaker of the precious antiques and furnishings at the facilities, she is responsible for keeping the building beautiful. Often, Pat will be found caring for the staff, making sure we have the TLC needed to continue to care for the families we serve. Pat was married to Gilbert Hall for over 45 years before his death in July of 2002. She and Gilbert raised five children and they have fourteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.