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Our Staff


Cathleen T. Blanchard

Cathleen T. Blanchard

Manager/Funeral Service Licensee

Cathleen T. Blanchard is the Managing Partner and Funeral Director for Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations in Brevard, North Carolina. She has a daughter, son-in-law and two lovely grandchildren. Cathleen has been affiliated with Moore Funeral Home since 2005.  In this capacity, Ms. Blanchard leads and manages part-time employees serving a population of fifty thousand residents in the local and surrounding counties. 

She is a 1987 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, Georgia.  Graduating in a class of only 24% women students, she was a groundbreaker for women in the industry in Western North Carolina.  Her internship in Charleston, SC introduced her to the latest embalming and cremation techniques and she brought her talents to North Carolina.  She has shown tremendous initiative and consistent high quality in her professional endeavors. She helped bring a pet initiative consisting of a pet cemetery and pet cremations, along with green burial options, to Western North Carolina.  Cathleen has served at District Director, Secretary-Treasurer, and Past President for the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association.  Cathleen serves on the Transylvania County Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, and is the president of the Brevard Rotary for 2016 and 2017. It is her goal to always serve her families with the utmost integrity and dignity.


Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Licensed Funeral Director

Paul Smith has served in the funeral service industry in North Carolina and Alabama. Born in Griffin, Georgia, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Paul received training both as a vocalist, and pianist while at Mercer University.  He received his diploma in Funeral Directing from Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, NC.  Paul and his wife, Sherry, have been married for thirty-seven years and have two daughters, Amanda (husband Matt Norris), of Cullman, Alabama, and Danielle (husband J.B. Cuevas) of Brevard.  Paul has also been blessed with two grandchildren Stella Kate Cuevas, and Waverly Norris.  As ordained minister, Paul also serves as a deacon, and teaches the Adult 2 Sunday school class at First Baptist Church in Brevard. 

Telephone: 1-828-884-2139


Doris Brames

Administrative Assistant/Funeral Assistant

Doris moved to Brevard in 1974 from Homestead, Florida with her husband, and youngest daughter. Doris has three daughters and one granddaughter. She is a member of Glady Branch Baptist Church, and enjoys gardening and baking. 

Telephone: 1-828-884-2139


Rev. Bill Landreth

Funeral Assistant

Bill is a native of Transylvania County and has been a part of the funeral service industry for years. Because of his experience in serving families, he understands the needs of the bereaved.

Telephone: 1-828-884-2139


Allen McCrary

Funeral Assistant

Allen is a resident of Pisgah Forest where he lives with his wife of 37 years, Denise Johnson, who was his childhood sweetheart. He is a 20 year veteran of the U S Air Force. After retiring from the Air Force he worked at RFS Ecusta in Brevard until it closed and then sold appliances for Lowes in Brevard for over 5 years. Allen and his family are members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and he is a proud member of the Patriot Guard Riders. He has now joined our team hoping to extend his compassion and service to the community.

Telephone: 1-828-884-2139


James Hackler

Funeral Assistant

James Hackler has been a part of the Brevard community for over 38 years. He is a member of Bethel Baptist Church. He is retired from Transylvania County Schools. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Sharing House and past president of the Human Relations Council for the City of Brevard. He is the current President of the Brevard Lion's Club.

James was married to the late Peggy Wynn Hackler. He has six children, fifteen grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. James has a kind and compassionate heart for grieving families.

Telephone: 1-828-884-2139


Ron Nelson

Funeral Assistant

Ron Nelson and his wife Lucy have been part of the Brevard community for the past 22 years. Ron pastors Blantyre Baptist Church and is the manager of Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory, formerly Pisgah Gardens. Ron is the father of four daughters and grandfather of ten, Ron looks at the funeral industry as an extension of his ministry, to be a help and comfort to families in the most difficult time in their lives.

Telephone: 1-828-884-2139


Lori Swank

Lori retired to Brevard from Orlando, Florida in 2010 with her husband of thirteen years, Howard Thiele.  Lori brings with her a strong customer service and administrative background and excels in providing a caring and knowledgeable resource for our families.  Lori has one daughter, Jodie Gillon, who lives in Raleigh with her husband, Brandon and two children, Alex Moss and Kinsley Gillon.  In her spare time, Lori enjoys gardening, sewing, and cooking.


Howard Thiele

Howard retired to Brevard from Orlando, Florida in 2010 with his wife of thirteen years, Lori Swank.  Howard proudly served our country in the Army for 24 years and continues his contribution as Commander of the Transylvania County Honor Guard.  He extends this caring to all our veterans and their families as he does with all loved ones who enter our doors.  Howard has three children, ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  His hobbies include gun smithing and tinkering in his workshop.


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