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.

Our History

Our History

The Howze Mortuary, Inc., 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 30 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, Inc.. 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, Inc. believe that personal service is the backbone of our business and for the last 52 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 76 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 52 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, Inc. 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, Inc. our motto is “Growing through Personal Service”.

Our Valued Staff

  • Raymond “Bo”  Brown III

    Raymond “Bo” Brown III Owner/Manager /SC Licensed Funeral Director, FD2346/SC Licensed Embalmer, EMB1818

    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. Originally from Piedmont, SC, Bo is a 1977 graduate of Wren High School and 1996 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 and Bank of Travelers Rest Advisory Board. He is a member of the Travelers Rest Historical Society, National Railway Historical Society, President of the Railroadiana Collectors Association, Inc., Vice-President of the Carolina Railroad Heritage Association and has in the past had a Christian Clown Ministry. Brynda is a life long resident of Travelers Rest and was born and raised here in the community. She is also a member of the Travelers Rest Historical Society, National Railway Historical Society, Carolina Railroad Heritage Association and also helps with the Christian Clown Ministry. Bo and Brynda enjoy traveling and looking for Railroad Memorabilia along with meeting up with fellow collectors in attending shows around the country.

  • Steven A. Norman

    Steven A. Norman SC Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, FDE2686

    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 (now Fitchburg State University) 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 and the American APICS Society. He is married to the former Laura Salvadori, who works at The Center For Developmental Services in Greenville; son, Dr. Brian F. Norman, PharmD and his wife, Dr. Lauren (Mackey) Norman, PharmD and their daughter, Blakely Lauren Norman, step-sons: Baine Dalton and his son Brian Bailey Dalton and Brad Dalton and his children, Skylar Siena Rose Dalton and Eli Zayne Dalton along with their four legged companion dog, Luke and cats, Molly and Mokie. Steve and his wife are members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Easley, enjoy traveling to their second home in Riviera Maya, Mexico, attending auctions, attending music events, hiking and spending time in the kitchen cooking together. Along with playing a little golf on the side, Steve enjoys cheering on his Ohio State Buckeyes and has the aspiration of hiking the Appalachian Trail after his retirement.

  • Matt Moyer

    Matt Moyer Advance Planning Director/SC Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, FDE2739

    Matt has been with The Howze Mortuary since August of 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. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association - Piedmont Group. 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.

  • Kenny Rogers

    Kenny Rogers Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer - SC #4546 & GA #FD005762/EMB005361

    Kenny Rogers joined The Howze Mortuary in April of 2023. He graduated from Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, AL. with an AAS Degree in Funeral Service Education and soon thereafter obtained his Funeral Director and Embalmers License in the State of Georgia and is also a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer here in South. Carolina. Kenny is married to the love of his life, Sherri. They have 4 sons and 5 grandchildren with 3 of their sons all residing here in Greenville County. Kenny is actively involved in his church and in the school that his grandson attends. He has been an ordained minister since 1997. He enjoys playing the piano, organ, and bass guitar. His hobbies include golfing, hiking, and backcountry camping. He has a warm personality and truly cares for people, and it shows in the families that he has served through the years. He became seriously interested in the funeral profession at the age of 15 in Hogansville, GA. The Claude A. McKibben & Sons funeral home had served their family for generations. At age 16, he went and spoke with Mr. Claude Sr. and expressed his interest in coming to work for them. They did not have any openings at the time, but about 3 years later Claude Jr. and John McKibben offered him a job and he anxiously accepted. He learned a lot about the funeral profession from these two gentlemen and is forever grateful to them for giving him his first opportunity. About a year later he got married and moved away and left the profession, but it never left him. Deep down inside he knew that one day he would be working in funeral service. In 1994 he went to work for Martin & Hightower Funeral Home in Carrollton, Ga and worked there for three years before accepting a Pastoral position in South Georgia. In 2015 he found himself back in the Carrollton area and in June 2017 answered a call from Mr. Bryant Hightower offering him a place with Hightower Family Funeral Homes. Once again, he gladly accepted. He was honored to get to work alongside Mr. Hightower and glean from the years of experience that a 3rd generation Funeral Director/Embalmer had to offer. He is often asked, “Why did you choose this profession?” His answer is, “I feel that it is more of a calling and a ministry.” He’s always had a desire to help people in times of need and show compassion no matter what they are going through. The funeral profession affords this privilege. To earn the trust of the families we serve and walk with them through their journey of grief is truly fulfilling. Kenny is looking forward to getting to know the people in Travelers Rest and having a positive impact in the community that is Christ honoring. Finally, after years of their family being separated by many miles, the Lord has graciously brought them all back together to live close and be in the same church, Bethany Baptist Church of Travelers Rest.

  • Wilton Lee Miles Jr.

    Wilton Lee Miles Jr. SC Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, FDE#4526

    Wilton Lee Miles Jr. joined the staff of The Howze Mortuary in April of 2024. He is a graduate from South Georgia State College earning an Associate of Arts degree. Lee continued his education and graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia, with an Associate of Science in Funeral Service. Lee is a second-generation funeral director and embalmer who grew up working with his father in their family funeral home. He is compassionate and dedicated to helping families during one of the most difficult times in their life and providing services with dignity while creating enduring relationships with families in the Upstate of South Carolina.

  • Jonathan R. Norris

    Jonathan R. Norris Full Time Associate, Non-Licensed

    Jonathan has been with The Howze Mortuary since February of 2015 and is a graduate of Wade Hampton High School. He holds his Certificate in Funeral Directing from the Funeral Service Program at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, SC. Jonathan is married to the former Chelsea Snyder and they have four children, Liam Wade Norris, Amelia Rose Norris, Baker Thomas Norris and Hazel Jane Norris along with their family pet dogs, Chuck, Willow and Scout. Jonathan enjoys playing golf in his spare time and spending time with his family and friends.

  • Doug Godfrey

    Doug Godfrey Part Time Associate, Non-Licensed Staff

    Doug has been with The Howze Mortuary since March of 2016. Doug has been in the ministry for 23 years and is currently the pastor of Little Mountain Baptist Church in Wellford, SC. Doug and his wife Amy live in Lyman, SC and they have three children: Morgan, Sam and Luke along with a new granddaughter, Macie Illa Grace Godfrey. Doug is employed with The Greenville County School System and proudly served his country in The United States Marine Corps. having served in Iraq.

  • Dave Hamblen

    Dave Hamblen Part Time Associate, Non-Licensed Staff

    Dave has been with The Howze Mortuary since November of 2016. Originally from Lima Ohio, Dave is a retired Respiratory Therapist with Spartanburg Regional Hospital. Dave and his wife Laurie are residents of Easley, SC and enjoy traveling to the beach and spending time with their family, especially their grandchildren.

  • Benny Holmes

    Benny Holmes Part Time Associate, Non-Licensed Staff

    Benny has been with The Howze Mortuary since September of 1999. Benny grew up in Travelers Rest, graduating from Travelers Rest High School and is a Lieutenant with the Wade Hampton Fire Department - Wade Hampton Blvd. He has one son, Tyler, along with 5 stepchildren: Emma, Noah, Eli, Owen and Alex. Benny is married to Measha Holmes and they enjoy traveling to the mountains and the beach.

  • Joseph Hudson

    Joseph Hudson Part Time Associate, Non-Licensed Staff

    Joseph joined The Howze Mortuary in September of 2019. He is currently the Minister of Music at Cleveland First Baptist Church in Cleveland, SC. Joseph is a graduate of Travelers Rest High School and has furthered his education at North Greenville University. In his spare time, Joseph is an avid collector of railroadania and enjoys fishing with friends.

  • Del Huff

    Del Huff Part Time Associate, Non-Licensed Staff

    Del has been with The Howze Mortuary since February of 2020. He attended Travelers Rest High and Greenville Technical College where he earned his AS Degree in Electricity/Electronics. Del and his wife Kim started Splash Pools Inc. here in Travelers Rest and owned the business for 28 years before selling in 2016. Del is a veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force and retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2011. Del and Kim are members of Locust Hill Baptist Church.

  • Jerry Norris

    Jerry Norris Part Time Associate, Non-Licensed Staff

    Jerry has been with The Howze Mortuary since September of 2016. Jerry is the elder statesman in the Norris trio that works here at The Howze Mortuary. Jerry and his wife Patricia are members of Clearview Baptist Church in Travelers Rest.

  • Randall Norris

    Randall Norris Part Time Associate, Non-Licensed Staff

    Randall "Pistol" Norris has been with The Howze Mortuary since June of 2016. He is married to the former Sherry Goodreau and they are members of Clearview Baptist Church in Travelers Rest and reside in Greenville. Randall is the father of Jonathan Norris who is a Funeral Director Assistant here at the mortuary; two daughters, Lindsay Barker and Lauren Swan, and is the son of Jerry and Patricia Norris. Randall is employed with Blackhawk, Inc. and in his spare time he loves to fish, has a clown ministry with clown name "Pistol", sings with the group "Heartsound Quartet" and dresses as Santa during the Christmas season.

  • Dean E. Weinmueller

    Dean E. Weinmueller Retired SC Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, FDE3213

    Dean was employed with The The Howze Mortuary from March of 2002 until his retirement this past June of 2024. 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 are members of Freedom Baptist Church in Berea and Teresa is retired from Pickens County School District and recently retired as the Administrative Assistant here at the mortuary. They have two sons: Hans Weinmueller, wife Kathie and grandson Tyler and Erich Weinmueller and his wife Andrea. Both of his sons are Deputy's with The Greenville County Sheriff's Department. We wish Dean and Teresa a wonderful retirement and thank each of them for their unselfish time they devoted to the mortuary and service to the residents to northern Greenville County.

  • Teresa Weinmueller

    Teresa Weinmueller Retired Administrative Assistant, Non-Licensed Staff

    Teresa joined The Howze Mortuary in June of 2021 as an Administrative Assistant and recently retired this past June of 2024 along with her husband Dean Weinmueller. Teresa is the wife of Dean Weinmueller who was a Funeral Director here at The Howze Mortuary. She is a retired school teacher from the Pickens County School District and a member of Freedom Baptist Church in Berea. She is the proud mother of her two sons: Hans Weinmueller, his wife Kathie and their son, Tyler along with her son Erich Weinmueller and his wife Andrea.We wish Teresa and Dean a wonderful retirement and thank them both for their devotion to the mortuary and service to the residents of northern Greenville County.