Our History

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 a family member dies where do we turn? Many of us turn to each other for help and support. Even with the best we can offer, there is help needed from a professional.. It is our mission at Forbis and Dick Funeral Service to provide your family with the care and support needed during this time of life transitions.

We too are a family. The Forbis family has been a part of the Guilford County community since the 1700′s. Forbis and Dick Funeral Service has been family owned and operated for five generations. This commitment to service shows that it is not only important to meet the current needs of the community but to continue building relationships. Forbis and Dick has a long standing commitment to this community; this is where we live, and plan to stay. You are the people we want to serve. When you need us, we will be there. This is the continual commitment of our locally owned and operated funeral home.

We offer you a staff of caring and committed employees; funeral service professionals, pre-need counselors, an aftercare staff, and an administrative support staff who all offer a sense of caring and compassion during your time of need. Because of our unwavering commitment to our communities, and the families that we are honored to serve, we have become the funeral home preferred by more families in the communities we serve.

We, at Forbis and Dick take every opportunity to be involved in our community, in the lives of those we serve in order to create personal relationships that will allow us to provide the individualized, sensitive service your family deserves.

We now invite you, through the use of this internet site, to meet us and to learn more about the services that we provide for you, the community.

  • Patrick Forbis

    Patrick Forbis, Funeral Director/Owner

    Patrick was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. He attended Kiser Junior High School and graduated in 1985 from Grimsley High School He worked in the family funeral home business during his high school summers. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business from East Carolina University in 1989, Patrick went on to receive his degree in Mortuary Science from Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1992. During his time at Fayetteville Tech, Patrick worked for a funeral home in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina. Patrick and his wife, Miriam, returned to Greensboro in 1992. Patrick has worked for the family funeral business since returning to his hometown.
    Patrick and his wife, Miriam, have three children. He loves supporting his children in their many activities, exercising, and collecting custom made knives. Patrick is extremely proud of his Grandfather, Arthur Lee Forbis, and is inspired and proud to continue serving the community and helping people as his Grandfather did.

  • Miriam Forbis

    Miriam Forbis, In-House Counsel

    Miriam was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. She attended St. Pius X Elementary School, Kiser Junior High, and Grimsley High School. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina State University in 1989, Miriam went on to attend the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University and received her Juris Doctorate in 1992. Following a law career in private practice, Miriam became In-House Counsel for Forbis & Dick in 2011. Miriam and her husband, Patrick, have three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, gardening, and scrapbooking. Miriam is thankful that Forbis & Dick is a locally, family owned funeral home that can help people and honor lives.

  • Joseph  Trippodo III

    Joseph Trippodo III, Funeral Director/ Manager

    Joe grew up in Upstate New York. He graduated from F.D. Roosevelt High School in 1996. Joe moved to Greensboro in 1997 to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro were he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science . Joe went on to receive an Associates degree in Mortuary Science at Fayetteville Technical Community College. He has worked for Forbis & Dick since 2010; a diverse family owned firm. Joe belives that paying proper tribute to those who have passed truly helps the greiving process.
    Joe lives in Greensboro with his wife, Josie and his daughter, Charleston. He loves to spend time with his family, Cooking, exercising, and traveling; especially to Charleston and North Carolina beaches.

  • David Noonkester

    David Noonkester, Funeral Director/Embalmer

    David is a native of Reidsville, NC. and has lived there all of his life. He is married to Regina Starnes from China Grove, NC. He graduated from Reidsville Senior High School, also a graduate from Appalachian State University with a degree in Biology and an Associate of Arts degree in Funeral Service from Fayetteville Technical Community College. He has been with Forbis and Dick Funeral Service for over 30 years. He was past President of the Greensboro Sertoma Club. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking and walking his dog.

  • Rodney Williams

    Rodney Williams, Funeral Director

    Rodney is a native of Reidsville, NC but has lived most of his life in the Brown Summit/ Monticello Communities. He attended Brightwood Christian Academy through his sophomore year and transferred to Northeast Guilford High School where he graduated in 1986. One week after graduation he started his apprenticeship at Forbis and Dick. He attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia where he became a member of the Theta Chapter of Pi Sigma Eta, the National Morticians Fraternity in 1988. After graduation he returned to Forbis and Dick where he now serves at a supervisor.

    Rodney Married Kelly Garrett in 1989 and they have one son Patrick. Rodney is the son of the late William "Ted" and Iva Jones Williams. He is a lifelong member of Brown Summit United Methodist Church. He is a former WWII Naval Reenactor aboard the Battleship, USS North Carolina, and a current Civil War Artillery Reenactor. He is also a member of the S.C.V. and the M.O.S.B historical societies where he has held numerous State and National offices. He has a great love for history and enjoys working around his home and in his vegetable garden and can be seen riding the back roads of Brown Summit in his Vintage Army Jeep.

  • Kevin Matthews

    Kevin Matthews, Funeral Director

    Kevin was born in South Carolina and moved to Greensboro at an early age. He began his career in funeral care in 2008 after working for several years as a co-owner with his family’s business. He earned his B.A. degree from UNC-Greensboro and completed his funeral studies at Fayetteville Technical Community College before becoming a licensed funeral director in 2011. He also completed his M.A. degree in Biblical counseling at Luther Rice College and Seminary. Kevin considers his work as a funeral director to be a calling and ministry as he serves families who have lost a loved one.
    He and his wife, Claudia, have two daughters, one married and the other is a college student. The Matthews enjoy taking short trips, beach vacations and spending time with family during the holidays. Kevin enjoys many styles of music and plays the drums.

  • Chris Skoog

    Chris Skoog, Funeral Director

    Chris is a 1983 graduate of Grimsley Senior High School, Greensboro and 1990 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, Atlanta, Ga. He has over 30 years of experience in the funeral service industry and has been employed with Forbis and Dick since 2000. He and his wife Susan have two sons, Sam and Stewart and enjoys all sports, spending time with family and traveling.

  • Woody Grice

    Woody Grice, Funeral Director

    Woody was born in Cary NC and moved to Greensboro in 2000 to work for Forbis & Dick Funeral Service. He attended NC State University and Fayetteville Technical Community College Mortuary Science Department. Woody is married to Heather Grice and has three cats and a little dog. He is member of the Nathaniel Greene Kiwanis Club. Woody enjoy woodworking and travel.

  • Robert Price

    Robert Price, Funeral Director

    Born and raised in Mt. Olive, NC, Robert was trained in funeral service at Seymour Funeral Home in Goldsboro and in 1994, obtained his degree in Mortuary Science from Fayette Technical Community College in Fayetteville. He has worked with Forbis and Dick Funeral Service since 1998, first at their daughter locations of Eaton Funeral Service in Mocksville and Burroughs Funeral Home in Walnut Cove, and most recently, at their primary location on North Elm Street in Greensboro. Robert and his wife, Bonnie, make their home in Mocksville, and together they have four children and nine grandchildren. A 32nd degree Mason, Robert is a member of the Masonic Lodge in Walnut Cove and a member of the Scottish Rite in the Greensboro Valley. Robert is steadfast in his Christian faith and looks forward to serving people of all faiths and backgrounds through his work at Forbis and Dick Funeral Service.

  • John Mclendon

    John Mclendon, Funeral Director Apprentice

  • Ron Shoffner

    Ron Shoffner, Funeral Director/ Manager

  • B. Kieth Fesperman

    B. Kieth Fesperman, Funeral Director


    Keith started his career in funeral service in 1990 in his hometown of Salisbury, NC. He received his funeral service degree from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 1993. He has been with Forbis an Dick since 2004 and is dedicated to serving families in their time of need.
    He and his wife, Kelly have a daughter, Daisy. They are active members of Hayworth Wesleyan Church in High Point, where Keith serves as a trustee and Chairman of the Board for Hayworth Christian School.

  • Karen  Jenkins

    Karen Jenkins, Funeral Director/Celebrant

    Karen began her career in the funeral service industry in 2012 with Forbis and Dick Funeral Service. She graduated from Greensboro College in 1999 where she studied religion and ethics. Coming from a backround in parish ministry with the United Methodist Church, she serves both as a funeral director and chaplain. She recently became a licensed Funeral Celebrant as well.
    Karen grew up in Stokesdale, North Carolina. She and her husband, Bob, currently reside in Summerfield. They have one daughter, a wonderful son-in-law and two grandchildren. They are also pet parents to Biscuit, a Schnauzer mix and, when she has time, Karen loves to quilt.

  • Mike  Owens

    Mike Owens, Funeral Director

    Mike began his funeral career as a funeral associate in 2003. He earned his funeral service degree from Fayetteville Technical Community College in May 2014. Mike enjoys helping families at their time of grief and considers it a “ministry to hurting souls”. Mike and his wife, Becky, have three children and seven grandchildren, all residing in the Greensboro area. Mike is a deacon at his church as well as a teacher in the Men’s Sunday School Class. He enjoys fishing, woodworking, Panther’s football, and Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey.

  • Daniel (Danny) E. Long

    Daniel (Danny) E. Long, Funeral Director/ Manager

    Danny is a third-generation licensed funeral director and the fifth person in his family to be in the death care profession, and has been in the business since 1971. Born in Thomasville, NC; Danny attended Guilford College and Piedmont Technical College and is an Air Force veteran. He currently resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife, Judy, and their beloved miniature schnauzer, Syler. They enjoy traveling, the mountains, sports, flower gardening, and DIY projects.

  • JJ Moore

    JJ Moore, Preplanning Funeral Director

    JJ started his association with Funeral Homes, selling Insurance to the families they served in 1977 in Star, NC. He got his Funeral Director license in April of 2010 from Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville. JJ lives in Robbins, in northern Moore County, and is a member of Brown’s Chapel Christian Church, where he serves as Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, and Cemetery Director. He is married to his wife, Jo Ann for 46 years, and has 3 daughters, and 3 grandchildren. He is also a Mason, of Elise Lodge #555 in Robbins, and serves as their treasurer. JJ loves to travel and spend time with his family, and considers serving our families as Ministry.

  • Terry Smith

    Terry Smith, Funeral Director/ Manager

    Terry started his funeral service career in 1998 at a local area funeral home. He obtained his degree in Funeral directing from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 2004. Terry is a lifelong resident of Rockingham County. Terry and his wife, Ruth have been married for more than 30 years and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. He and his wife were volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America for over 30 years as well as serving on the United Way Appropriations Committee. As funeral home manager, Terry is very active in sponsoring and attending many of Stokes County activities.

  • Wayne  Marion

    Wayne Marion, Funeral Director

    Wayne started his career in funeral service at Burroughs Funeral Home in May of 2010. He obtained his degree in funeral service from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 2012. Wayne is currently the Pastor of Isom Baptist Church where he has served for over 10 years. He and his wife Gwen have been married for more than 40 years and have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Being a local minister, Wayne is involved in numerous community activities.

  • Todd Harmon

    Todd Harmon, Funeral Director/ Manager

  • Howie Terry

    Howie Terry, Funeral Director/ Manager

  • Carl Lambert

    Carl Lambert, Funeral Director/ Manager

    Carl Lambert,CFSP, manager, started his career in 1987 with Eaton Funeral Home in Mocksville. He has served the community
    There for over three decades. He obtained his degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1987
    And is also a graduate of Liberty University. He is a resident of Mocksville along with his wife Kim. Together they have three grown children, Allison, Hayley, and Jacob. Carl has been very active in the community having served as Chairman of the Davie County Schools Board of Education, Mocksville Rotary Club president, Davie YMCA President, and Davie County United Way board just to name a few. He a member of the Mocksville Masonic Lodge and is a member of First United Methodist Church. Carl was originally certified by The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice in 1993 and continues to hold the distinction of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner
    for the past 25 years consecutively.

  • Nicholas Miller

    Nicholas Miller, Funeral Director