Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Morris Funeral Home began in 1919 near the end of World War I as Reynold’s Undertaking Service.  Started by Gus Reynolds, the great uncle of Gus Morris, Jr., it was located near the Thomas Wolfe Home on Spruce Street.  A County Commissioner and heavily involved in Asheville politics, Mr. Reynolds brought his nephew, William T. “Bill” Morris into the family business in 1925.  Bill Morris (grandfather of Gus Morris, Jr.)  took over the business from his uncle Gus following his retirement in 1934.  During his time in the leadership of Morris Funeral Home, Bill moved the business location to the 100 block of Merrimon Avenue also changing the name to Morris Funeral Home.  Gus Morris, Sr. joined his father in the family business in 1962 and following the death of his father in 1971, became the third generation of the Morris family to own and operate the funeral home. During Gus Sr.'s time managing Morris Funeral Home, he relocated the business to 304 Merrimon Avenue by building a new funeral home in 1966. This new location included a chapel and large reception rooms filled with beautiful antiques and paintings which had been passed down from previous generations.  Always looking to enhance the services offered to families served by Morris Funeral Home, Gus Sr. oversaw the installation of a crematory in 1982 making this another first for Buncombe County.  Gus Morris, Jr. joined the funeral home family business in 1985 and worked alongside his father until Gus Sr.’s retirement in 1990.  Gus, Jr. continues the family business today, with the same business principles and values of those before him.  Recently, his son Seth Morris joined the staff making him the fifth generation of Morris Funeral Home. We are proud that in 2019, the Morris family will celebrate 100 years of service to the families of Western North Carolina.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Why Us?

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond with kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

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.

Convenience

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.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Gus Morris Sr.

Gus Morris Sr.

Gus Morris, Sr with his great-grandson, Abram Morris
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Gus Morris Jr.

Gus Morris Jr.

Owner/Funeral Director
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Seth Morris

Seth Morris

Steven E. Hundley

Steven E. Hundley

Manager / Director of Funeral Service Operations / C.C.O. / Secretary of the NCCA
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Duane Alexander

Duane Alexander

Director of Advance Funeral Planning
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Kevin P. Mukosiej

Kevin P. Mukosiej

Funeral Director
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Lisa Russell Burrell

Lisa Russell Burrell

Office Administrator
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Plumie Hall

Plumie Hall

Housekeeping
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Our location.

Learn exactly where we are, plus how and when to arrive.