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Macon Funeral Home

261 Iotla Street, Franklin, NC 28734

Macon Funeral Home

261 Iotla Street, Franklin, NC 28734

Our Staff

All of our licensed directors adhere to the highest standard of ethical practices and are committed to ensuring that all of your needs are attended to. Their commitment to the community and genuine compassion toward families are but a few of the characteristics that make them outstanding in their field.  We are proud to have them on our staff.


Larry Buchanan, Owner/ Manager/ Funeral Director/ Embalmer
Email: maconfuneralhome@frontier.com
Website: www.maconfuneralhome.com
Office Phone: 828-524-5540
Fax: 828-349-0818
Mobile Phone: 828-342-2887

Larry is a native of Macon County. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1982 and graduated with academic honors from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1992. He was a member of the Phi Sigma Eta Fraternity. Larry holds a N.C. Funeral Director and Embalmer License.

He is married to Missy (1986)  they have two children, Matthew (1995) and James (1998). Larry served as former secretary of the Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is a member of First Assembly of God where he served as former Sunday School Teacher and former deacon.

Melissa 'Missy' Buchanan, Owner/Office Manager/ Insurance Agent
Email: maconfuneralhome@frontier.com
Website: www.maconfuneralhome.com
Office Phone: 828-524-5540
Fax: 828-349-0818
Mobile Phone: 828-342-2905

Missy is a native of Macon County and a 1987 graduate of Franklin High School. She is a licensed insurance agent.

Missy is married to Larry (1986) and they have two children, Matthew (1995) and James (1998). She is a member of First Assembly of God Church.

Brian Hylton, Assistant Manager/Funeral Director/ Embalmer/ Insurance Agent
Email: maconfuneralhome@frontier.com
Website: www.maconfuneralhome.com
Office Phone: 828-524-5540
Fax: 828-349-0818

Brian is a native of Macon County. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1989 and graduated with honors from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1990. He was a member of the Phi Sigma Eta fraternity. Brian holds a N.C. Funeral Director and Embalmer license and is a licensed insurance agent. He joined the staff of Macon Funeral Home in 1991.

He and his wife, Tanya, have one daughter, Hannah, who is a student at WCU. Brian is a member of the Franklin Lions Club and a member of the South Macon Baptist Church. He is a coach and former board member of the Macon County Soccer Club.

James Guffie, Funeral Assistant
Email: maconfuneralhome@frontier.com
Website: www.maconfuneralhome.com
Office Phone: 828-524-5540
Fax: 828-349-0818

James is a native of Macon County.  He graduated from Franklin High School in 1978.  James has worked for Macon Funeral Home since January 2006.  He is a member of Prentiss Church of God.

James has one daughter, Michaela and a granddaughter, Aspen Belle who was born March 11, 2016.


Steve Reeves, Funeral Assistant and Aftercare Coordinator
Email: maconfuneralhome@frontier.com
Website: www.maconfuneralhome.com
Office Phone: 828-524-5540
Fax: 828-349-0818

Steve is a lifelong resident of Macon County.  He graduated from Franklin High School in 1966, and has two associate degrees from SCC and a State Electrical Contractors License.  
Steve is a Vietnam War veteran serving from 1968-1969.  He has been in the ministry for 32 years, serving as pastor at Prentiss Baptist Church from 1976-1979, Sugarfork Baptist Church from 1980-1987 and Iotla Baptist Church from 1987-2007.  Steve joined the staff of Macon Funeral Home in 2007.  He is married to Debbie (1970); they have two children, son, Steven of Asheville; daughter, Ginny of Franklin; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Victoria McKay, Office Assistant
Email: maconfuneralhome@frontier.com
Office Phone: 828-524-5540
Fax: 828-349-0818

Tori is a resident of Macon County and graduated from Franklin High School in 2008, when she then joined the staff full-time at Macon Funeral Home. She was married in 2012 to Gabe McKay, who is also a native of Franklin. They have two sons, Tytus (2014) and Tucker (2016).

Jerry Blanton, Funeral Assistant
Email: maconfuneralhome@frontier.com
Website: www.maconfuneralhome.com
Office Phone: 828-524-5540
Fax: 828-349-0818

Jerry is a native of Macon County.  He graduated from Franklin High School in 1985 and from Western Carolina University in 1992 with a B.S.B.A. degree in Management.  Jerry has worked for Macon Funeral Home since June 2005 and has been employed by U.P.S. since 1988.  Jerry is married to Lindy and they have two sons, Tyler and Logan.


Mike Tallent, Funeral Assistant
Email: maconfuneralhome@frontier.com
Website: www.maconfuneralhome.com
Office Phone: 828-524-5540
Fax: 828-349-0818

Mike is a native of Macon County and a 1975 graduate of Franklin High School.  Mike has worked for Macon Funeral Home since February 2006 and is a retired  paramedic from Macon County EMS where he worked since its inception on August 1, 1979.

Mike is married to Sallie and they have two daughters, three grandsons and one granddaughter.


Matthew Buchanan, Funeral Assistant
Email: maconfuneralhome@frontier.com
Website: www.maconfuneralhome.com
Office Phone: 828-524-5540
Fax: 828-349-0818

Matt is a native of Macon County.  He is the son of Larry and Missy.  He graduated from Franklin High School in 2013 and is a student at WCU.  Matt has worked at Macon Funeral Home since 2012.

Mike Arnold, Funeral Assistant
Email: maconfuneralhome@frontier.com
Website: www.maconfuneralhome.com
Office Phone: 828-524-5540
Fax: 828-349-0818

Mike is a native of Macon County, but graduated from high school in Monongahela, PA, where his family had moved in 1967.  He returned to Franklin in 1972.  He worked for UPS until his retirement in 2009 after 35 years of service.  After retirement from UPS, Mike went to work for Meineke Car Care Center and served as manager there for four years before joining the staff at Macon Funeral Home in 2014.  He and his wife, Nita, have been married for forty years and have four children and five grandchildren.  He is a member of Cowee Baptist Church where he is a deacon.

Bobby Parrish, Funeral Assistant
Email: maconfuneralhome@frontier.com
Website: www.maconfuneralhome.com
Office Phone: 828-524-5540
Fax: 828-349-0818

Bobby is a native of Macon County and graduated from Franklin High School in 2012.  He has been employed by Mountain Cabinet and Closet Solutions for three years and joined the staff of Macon Funeral Home in 2015.  Bobby is a member of Cartoogechaye Church of God.  Bobby and Kaya were married October 25, 2014; they have a daughter, Caroline Grace who was born March 27, 2016.



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