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.

About Us

Sawyer Funeral Home & Cremation Services is a highly personal, full service funeral home and cremation service provider offering Affordable Cremations and Affordable Funerals to Belhaven NC, Washington, NC, Greenville, NC Williamston, NC and all surrounding counties.  With nearly 20 years of professional service, Jimmy Sawyer maintains the highest professional standards while providing each family a personal funeral service at a much more  affordable price than most funeral homes in our area.  

We understand that planning a funeral in a traditional funeral establishment can add additional stress and emotions on to the feelings you are already feeling after the loss of someone special to you.  With this knowledge and from many years of feedback  from  families; we have learned that families welcome the opportunity of making funeral arrangements in surroundings that they feel safe and comfortable in. That is why we come to you, allowing you  to be in your home with your family.  However, if  you are welcome to make arrangements in our funeral home as well if you prefer.  


Jimmy D. Sawyer

Jimmy D. Sawyer, Funeral Director

Jimmy D. Sawyer, began his funeral career in September of 1997 when he began working with Evans Funeral Home in Edenton, NC. His humble beginnings gave him the opportunity to learn all aspects of the funeral industry. He was giving the chance to trained with two of the best funeral directors in the area. After a few months, he begin studying for his funeral director license at Fayetteville Technical Community College.

After receiving his funeral director licenses, he continued to work Evans where he devoted his life to serving the families in the community. In 2000 he was given a great opportunity of becoming the general manager of the funeral home which was owned by Stewart Enterprises. In 2002 he was named Manager of the Year for the Eastern Region. Jimmy enjoyed his involvement with the company, but continued to have the need and desire to have the funeral home locally owned. With this desire, Jimmy along with a close friend, purchased the funeral home in 2004 and continued to operate it serving many families over the next few years.

The success of the business came because of their strong compassion for the people they served. This gave them the opportunity to open a second location in Williamston in 2008. Shortly after opening, Jimmy decided to focus 100 percent on the new location. As this business continued to grow, he realized that most of the families they were serving really didn't utilize the building. They preferred using their own churches for the visitation and funerals. With this information, he moved out of the building at the end of 2010. This is were Jimmy D. Sawyer Funeral Director Licensee was born.

By offering this unique type of service, his staff is able to spend more time with each family we serve, focusing on their needs and making sure they are all met. This also allowed us to offer a much more affordable funeral and cremation service to all of eastern NC. Contact me and let me show you how we can provide your family with a quality personalized service while helping you stay within your budget.

As our business continued to grow, we realize that it was time to open a funeral home building to allow us to serve our families better. In 2015, we began the process of planning for our location. We are proud to announce our funeral home open in May of 2017.


Danny W. Long

Danny W. Long, Funeral Director

Danny W. Long is a retired school counselor and teacher and a licensed funeral director.

He grew up in the Rocky Hock section of Chowan County, the son of the late O.C. and Mary Long. After graduating from Chowan High School, he received a BS in Elementary Education and a MA in counseling from East Carolina University. He retired after 30 years of service with the Edenton-Chowan Schools and Danny has been working with Jimmy in funeral service since 2000. "It has been my pleasure to have worked with Jimmy over the past several years. We are a dedicated team, dedicated to providing the best quality of personal service to our families when they need us the most. Your families are our families and we will treat you in that very special way.