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.
The Howze Mortuary, Inc. is a family owned and operated funeral home located in the Northern part of Greenville County. The mortuary is owned by Raymond “Bo” and Brynda Brown and they have been helping families in the area for the past 18 years.
The mortuary traces its roots back to 1948 when Harold Stillwell opened The Stillwell Mortuary in a two story home on North Poinsett Highway in Travelers Rest. Around 1950 Mr. Stillwell built a new modern facility just down the street and continued to serve the community until 1958.
Then in 1958 the mortuary was sold to James M. O’Dell and he continued operating at this location until 1963. In 1963 Mr. O’Dell decided it was time to grow so he bought a home at the corner of State Park Road and Poinsett Highway and remodeled it to become the new O’Dell Mortuary.
In August of 1972 Townes and Kathleen Howze purchased the mortuary from Mr. O’Dell. In 1973, the name was changed to The Howze Mortuary. On June 20, 1996 ground was broken for our current state of the art funeral home. On April 27th, 1997 a dream of the Howze’s to give the Travelers Rest area a new funeral home was realized. Our mortuary has a 200 plus seat chapel, 4 spacious viewing/visitation rooms and ample parking. We at The Howze Mortuary believe that personal service is the backbone of our business and for the last 38 years we have offered service that is second to none. In 2009 Raymond & Brynda Brown purchased the mortuary from the Howze family and will continue to give the Travelers Rest area the compassionate family oriented service that has been the main focus of our 62 year heritage.
Mission And Vision
In 1972 when The Howze’s purchased the O’Dell Mortuary they set out to provide the best service of any funeral home in the area. As a result of this vision the mortuary has become an intricate part of the Northern Greenville landscape for the past 38 years. The reason for the mortuary’s continued success is the care and personal service we give each family we serve. The staff of The Howze Mortuary believes that funeral service is a calling and because of this we have strived through the years to treat each family with dignity and respect. As a result of this never ending compassion that has been shown to so many families in the area, our mortuary is regarded as one of the best in the upstate. At The Howze Mortuary our motto is “Growing through Personal Service”.
Our Valued Staff
Raymond “Bo” Brown III, Owner/Manager /Funeral Director/Embalmer
Raymond and his wife Brynda purchased the mortuary from the Howze family in 2009. Raymond is a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer and has been with the mortuary since 1994. He is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. He was the South Carolina Funeral Director’s Piedmont Group Chairman in 1998 and has served on the North Greenville Hospital Advisory Council. He is a member of the Lions Club in Travelers Rest, the Travelers Rest Historical Society, National Railway Historical Society, Southeast Regional Vice President of the Railroadiana Collectors Association, Inc., and has a Christian Clown Ministry. Brynda is a life long resident of Travelers Rest and was born and raised in the community. She is also a member of the Travelers Rest Lions Club, Travelers Rest Historical Society, National Railway Historical Society and also helps with the Christian Clown Ministry.
Steven A. Norman, Assistant Manager/Funeral Director/Embalmer
Steve has been with The Howze Mortuary since 1998. Prior to that he had a successful seventeen year career with two fortune 500 companies working in materials management. He is a native of Tuscarawas County, OH and is a licensed South Carolina Funeral Director and Embalmer and also has his South Carolina Preneed License through the State of South Carolina Insurance Commission. Steve is a 1981 honors graduate of Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts earning a B.S. in Business Administration and a 2002 honors graduate of Piedmont Technical College earning an A.S. in Funeral Service. He is a member of the Piedmont Group of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Travelers Rest Lions Club and the American APICS Society. He is married to the former Laura Salvadori; son, Brian Norman a grad student at The University of South Carolina pursuing his doctorate in nuclear pharmacy; step-sons: Baine and Brad Dalton; grandson, Brian Bailey Dalton and family pets: Cubby, Bo and Edisto. Steve and his wife are members of Bethesda United Methodist Church in Powdersville, enjoy traveling and cooking together along with playing a little golf on the side.
Dean E. Weinmueller, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
Dean has been employed with The The Howze Mortuary since March 2002. Dean is originally from Vassar, MI and prior to working in Funeral Service, Dean had a successful career in Textile Manufacturing. Dean attended Bob Jones University and is a 2005 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA. He is a member of The National Funeral Directors Association along with the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association - Piedmont Group.Dean and his wife Teresa, who is an elementary school teacher at Dacusville Elementary, are members of Faith Bible Fellowship in Travelers Rest. They have two son's: Hans and Erich, who both work as Deputy's with The Greenville County Sheriff's Department and a grandson, Tyler.
Michelle Nicole Hawkins, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
Nicole has been with The Howze Mortuary since July, 2009. Originally from Liberty, SC, Nicole attended Piedmont Technical College where she earned her Associates Degree in Funeral Service in July of 2012. Nicole is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in South Carolina and a member of both the National Funeral Directors Association and the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association - Piedmont Group.
Matt Moyer, Advance Planning/Funeral Director/Embalmer
Matt has been with The Howze Mortuary since August, 2012. Matt is originally from Easley, SC having graduated from Piedmont Technical College, Funeral Service Program in July 2002. Matt is a licensed South Carolina Funeral Director/Embalmer and also has his State of South Carolina Preneed License. Matt is married to the former Susan Roberts of Greenville and they are members of Easley Bible Methodist Church in Easley. They have four children: Clark, Dalton, Duncan and Will.
Jonathan Norris, Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer
Jonathan has been with The Howze Mortuary since February, 2015 and is a graduate of Wade Hampton High School. He started serving his Apprenticeship in March 2016 and will be enrolling in the Funeral Service Program at Piedmont Technical College. Jonathan has recently became a father to a son, Liam Wade Norris, enjoys playing golf in his spare time and spending time with his family and dog Chuck.
Tabitha (Ables) Kepner, Part Time Associate
Tabitha has been with The Howze Mortuary since June 2011. She resides in Marietta and is a student at Piedmont Technical College - College of Funeral Service in Greenwood, SC.
Russell Ellenburg, Part Time Associate
Russell has been with The Howze Mortuary since October 2012. Russell and his wife Hazel live in Travelers Rest and are members of Woodside Church of God.
Benny Holmes, Part Time Associate
Benny has been with The Howze Mortuary since September, 1999. Benny grew up in Travelers Rest, graduating from Travelers Rest High School and is a fireman with the Wade Hampton Fire Department - Pelham Road. He is married to the former Aubrey Walker of Travelers Rest and they have one son, Tyler and reside in Taylors.
Jim Kowalczyk, Part Time Associate
Jim has been with The Howze Mortuary since May 2012. Jim is a retired CFO/Accountant hailing from Chicopee, Massachusetts and is married to the former Linda Frigon. They have 5 children and 5 grandchildren. His wife is a nurse with The Greenville County School System and they reside in Greer.
Doug Lupo, Part Time Associate
Doug has been with The Howze Mortuary since 2005. Doug is a Menswear Specialist at Belk's, Haywood Mall and worked for the former Brockman's Menswear in Greenville. He and his wife Ramella live in Mauldin.
Jerry McCarson, Part Time Associate
Jerry has been with The Howze Mortuary since October 2007. Jerry and his wife Renee live in Travelers Rest and attend Renfrew Baptist Church.
David McCauley, Part Time Associate
David has been with The The Howze Mortuary since December 2004. David retired from J.P. Stevens - Slater Plant and also the U.S. Post Office. He and his wife Sara Jane attend Foothills Baptist Church in Travelers Rest and enjoy camping. They have a son and daughter and enjoy spending time with their families and the grandchildren.
Stephen E. McCombs, Part Time Associate
Stephen has been with The Howze Mortuary since January, 2014. Stephen is a life long resident of northern Greenville County graduating from Slater High School and is retired from the Travelers Rest Post Office. His wife Libby works at Gateway Family Medicine here in Travelers Rest and they reside in Marietta.
Ben Plumblee, Part Time Associate
Ben has been with The The Howze Mortuary since May 2004. Ben and his wife Carol reside in the Locust Hill Community and are members of Locust Hill Baptist Church. They have a son and a daughter along with three grandchildren.
Greg Robertson, Part Time Associate
Greg has been with The The Howze Mortuary since April 2003. He is the Fire Chief for the City of Travelers Rest and is a lifelong resident of Travelers Rest, graduating from Travelers Rest High School. Greg and his wife Freddie are members of Enoree Baptist Church and have three children and three grandchildren.
Derrel Robinson, Part Time Associate
Derrel has been with The Howze Mortuary since May 2003. Derrel has been the pastor at Oolenoy Baptist Church in Dacusville since 2007. Derrel grew up in Marietta, graduating from Travelers Rest High School and Fruitland College in NC. Prior to being called to the ministry, Derrel worked at both J.P. Stevens and Milliken Textile Manufacturing facilities. He has ministered in Seneca, Piedmont and Marietta and enjoys hunting, fishing and an occasional game of golf. Derrel and his wife Freda have three sons, Michael, Adam and Jacob.
Roy Wood, October 26, 1926 - March 18, 2015
Roy was an Associate with The The Howze Mortuary since December 1984 having passed away March 18, 2015. Roy, who was a lifelong resident of Travelers Rest, retired from the U.S. Post Office, Travelers Rest where he was a rural rout carrier for years and was a Navy Veteran of WWII. Roy and his wife of 51 years, Delane Baker Wood, who passed away in February of 2008, are survived by their children: daughter: Lisa DeLane Wood, sons: Barry Wood and wife Diane, Greg Wood and wife Terri, Mark Wood and wife Jackie, Scott Wood and wife Stephanie along with 12 grandchildren. Along with working at The Howze Mortuary, Roy who loved golf, was a Ranger at Furman University Golf Course for 25 years and was of the Baptist faith where he and Delane were members of The First Baptist Church of Travelers Rest.
Charlton Townes Kathleen Abell Howze, Former Owners 1972 - 2009
Townes & Kathleen purchased the mortuary in 1972 from James O’Dell.
Townes was a graduate of Cincinnati College of Funeral Service and was a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer for 45 years. Townes served on the South Carolina Board of Funeral Service from 1995 to 1998; honored with the South Carolina Funeral Director’s Piedmont Group Funeral Director of the Year in 2005; Chosen to receive the National Service Award from the Rotary Club of the Foothills in 1995 and was also a member of the Bank of Travelers Rest Advisory Board. Mr. Howze passed away in August of 2008.