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

Letchworth Funeral Home is located at 101 West 7th Street in the rural farming town of Scotland Neck in Halifax County. It is independently owned by Buddy Letchworth. The first funeral held was done by Buddy Letchworth on May 5, 1996 without a funeral home. Seeing the need was here for a funeral home, and the community being behind us, we began working toward building the funeral home in July 1996. After many months of hard work, the funeral home was completed, and we held open house on May 4, 1997. 

Our Valued Staff

Buddy  Letchworth

Buddy Letchworth, Owner

Buddy has been in the funeral business since 1973. He was born in the small fishing village of Davis on the coast of North Carolina. Upon moving to Scotland Neck in 1993, he was the manager of Scotland Neck Branch Funeral Home until 1995. Buddy is a member of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, the Scotland Neck Masonic Lodge Number 689, member of the New Bern Valley Scottish Rite, member of the Sudan Temple, past president of the Scotland Neck Kiwanis Club, and member of the Rocky Mount Shrine Club. Buddy is the proud father of three sons, Trey, Davis, and Hunter; and one grandson, Gauge.

Shirley  Hopkins

Shirley Hopkins, Office Manager

Shirley was born in Goldsboro, NC and raised in Four Oaks, NC. She moved to Scotland Neck in 1999. Shirley was married to Murray Simmons of Scotland Neck until his death in 2002 and married John Hopkins of Hobgood in 2005. She is a member of Hobgood Baptist Church and a proud mother to two sons, Shawn and Tyler. Shirley has been with Letchworth Funeral Home since 2000.

Charles  Suit

Charles Suit, Funeral Service Attendant

Charles was born in Buffalo, New York and married Dorothy Baisey of Scotland Neck. He founded and operated Teltronic of Baltimore in Baltimore, MD for over 35 years. Charles and Dorothy moved to Scotland Neck in 2003. He is the proud father of a son and daughter, a member of Victory Baptist in Roanoke Rapids, and a Scotland Neck Town Commissioner. Charles has been with Letchworth Funeral Home since 2003.

James  Gunnells

James Gunnells, Funeral Service Attendant

James was born in Birmingham, Alabama and moved to Scotland Neck in 1965. He ran Gunnells Insurance Agency in Scotland Neck for many years. James was married to Joy Phillips of Scotland Neck until her death in 2004 and married Deborah Lilley of Scotland Neck in 2006. He is a Scotland Neck Town Commissioner and a member of the First Baptist Church of Scotland Neck. James has been with Letchworth Funeral Home since 2005.

Pete Davis

Pete Davis, Funeral Service Attendant

Pete was born and raised in Scotland Neck. He married Debby Partin and together they ran Family Cleaners in Scotland Neck for over 30 years. Pete is the proud father of two sons and a daughter and a member of the First Baptist Church of Scotland Neck. Pete has been with Letchworth Funeral Home since 2013.

Walter Hubble

Walter Hubble, Funeral Service Attendant

Walter was born in Lebanon, Virginia and moved to Scotland Neck in 1996. He worked at Paul Bruce in Scotland Neck, Milcraft in Rich Square, and Lowes Home Improvement in Rocky Mount. Walter married Jane Kirkland of Scotland Neck in 1999 and is a member of Victory Praise and Worship Center in Scotland Neck. He is the proud father to one son, Michael, and one daughter, Angela, and has been with Letchworth Funeral Home since 2015.