John W. Forbis, Funeral Director/ CEO
John was born in Guilford County, NC and is the son of the late A. Lee and Lillian W. Forbis. He graduated from Greensboro High School and grew up in Greensboro and the McLeansville community in his younger years. Prior to graduation from High School he worked at Forbis and Murray Funeral Home which soon became Forbis and Dick Funeral Home. He is a former two term mayor of Greensboro and has served on numerous state, city and county committees. John is a long-time member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Greensboro and Greensboro Kiwanians Club and a former member of the Greensboro Jaycees.
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, 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, 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.
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 and senior embalmer and funeral director.
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, 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.
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.
Cole Lashley, Funeral Director
Cole is a graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with a diploma in Funeral Directing. He began his career as a Funeral Director with Forbis and Dick in February of 2021. Cole and his wife London live in Greensboro with their two (soon to be three) small children. He loves to spend time with his family, cooking, hunting, and fishing.
Bryan Stevens, Provisional Funeral Director
Bryan is a native of Greensboro. He is a 2001 graduate of Grimsley Senior High School, as well as a 2016 graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with a Funeral Directing Diploma. He has worked at Forbis & Dick since 2004 and has a provisional funeral director’s license. Bryan is married to Megan Stevens, and has 2 children, son Jordan and daughter Madison.
Robert Whetstone, Funeral Director
Robert “Bob” Whetstone Joined the Forbis and Dick Family in February 2021, bringing 30 years of experience. Bob was called into funeral service while in High School in his hometown of Akron OH. He attended Anderson College in Anderson, IN and Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA. Bob has been licensed in NC and VA as a Funeral Service Licensee since 1992 and is a CANA Certified Crematory Operator.
Bob resides with his wife Debbie and their two canine children, Spencer and Penny in Stokesdale, NC. His blended family includes children Sean Shropshire and his wife Jessica, Lyndsey Chilton and her husband James, and Joshua Whetstone. But the most rewarding are the five (and soon to be six) grands and great-grands that call him “GrandBob.” Bob and his wife are very active at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church in Colfax and he volunteers at High Point Hospice Home. He enjoys cooking, being an amateur beekeeper, gardening and DIY projects and Case knives.
Penny Whetstone, Therapy Dog
Penny is a Golden Retriever and was born April 29, 2019 in Oak Ridge NC at Summer Oaks Kennel. She is in training as a Therapy Dog with Bob Whetstone being her handler. She entered the funeral business around the time she turned 10 months old and can be seen frolicking the halls at the N Elm St location. Penny loves tearing apart squeaky toys, playing tug of war and keep away, any kind of treat, belly rubs, back scratches, and high 5’s.
John McLendon, Provisional Funeral Director
John is originally from Mississippi. He is currently a Provisional Funeral Director
and joined Forbis and Dick in 2014 to begin his second career. He holds a
bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting / Journalism from Evangel University as well as
two professional designations, CMD and CDM. John was in corporate strategic
marketing communications for 30 years prior to serving in funeral service. His
mission is to help families navigate through one of the lowest points in their life,
with professionalism, compassion, and a servant’s heart. John resides in
Greensboro with wife Robin. He has 2 grown daughters and they both reside in
Ron Shoffner, Funeral Director/ Manager
Ron is a native of Guilford County. He is a graduate of Southern Guilford High School and an Army veteran. Ron’s career in Funeral Service began with Forbis & Dick in 1979 and he received his degree in Mortuary Science from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 1998. Ron also manages Guilford Cremation Service and previously served as the Vice President of the North Carolina Cremation Association. He and his wife Lisa have three daughters and six grandchildren. He is a member of New Goshen United Methodist Church.
B. Keith 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.
Heather Forbis-Grice, Funeral Director
After a career in aviation, she felt the calling to the business her grandfather began in 1938.
Proud to be family owned & operated, Heather is grateful to be part of a business that still places importance on putting the family first and honoring your word.
She has a BS in Communications from Appalachian State University and has been licensed as a Funeral Director since 2002.
Heather enjoys spending time with her husband, Woody Grice & daughter, Baby Dawg Grice, traveling the world or relaxing at the beach.
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, 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.
JJ Moore, Managing 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.
Todd Harmon, Funeral Director/ Manager
Todd Harmon began his funeral service career with Forbis & Dick Funeral Service in 1992 as an Advance Planning Counselor. Since that time, he has moved to the at-need side of the company and has worked at both our Guilford Chapel and Stokesdale Chapel. He has been manager of our Stokesdale Chapel since 2002. He is a graduate of High Point University and received his funeral service degree from Fayetteville Community College.
In his spare time, he enjoys yardwork, home improvement projects, and Caribbean cruises.
Brad Steele, Advanced Planning Funeral Director
Brad grew up in South Carolina. He received his Associate Degree in Mortuary Science from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 2000. Most of his career has been spent focusing on helping families plan their funeral/cremation services in advance. He believes that when individuals prearrange their services it leaves their families better prepared to handle their loss,and celebrate the life lived.
Brad and his wife Tarah have 4 children.
Joshua Bugajski, Advance Planning Funeral Director
Joshua began his vocation in Funeral Service in 2013 after a decade working in Critical Care Nursing. He holds a Diploma in Funeral Directing from Fayetteville Technical Community College, and an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He joined Forbis & Dick in 2021 as an Advanced Planning Funeral Director. Being dually licensed as a funeral director, embalmer, and preneed director in NC & VA, he owns an embalming service of which he travels in various parts of the state serving several firms.
Joshua is very active in the funeral service community and organizations such as The Green Burial Counsel, The British Institute of Embalmers, the NFDA, the ICCFA, and CANA. He has been featured for funeral service-related articles in Indy Week Magazine and student research journals related to environmentally friendly funeral practices at the University of Oslo, Norway.
In his spare time, Joshua loves to paint with watercolors and is a member of the NC Watercolor Society. He also enjoys taking his camper to the mountains of NC, vegetable gardening, pasta-making, and traveling with his spouse and two rescue dogs.
He is excited to join Forbis & Dick and serving our community with their pre-planning needs!