Welcome to Haywood Funeral Home



In August of 1914, Charles Albert "Doll" Haywood, Sr., Colonel James H. Young, and eight other investors came together and organized the Raleigh Undertaking Company. A horse-drawn hearse was the modern transportation of the day.

"Doll" had completed his course for embalming at Brown Funeral Home in Raleigh, and in 1923 established a business office at 322 East Cabarrus Street. This was done after having operated from 310 East Davie Street for six years.

Building upon the success of the Raleigh Undertaking Service, "Doll" renamed the business to the Raleigh Funeral Home, and added ambulance service to St. Agnes Hospital for $3.00 per trip. Years later around 1953, this service was phased out. The name was again changed in 1964 to become what is known today as Haywood Funeral Home, Incorporated. After the passing of "Doll" in 1980, the torch was passed to the next generation along with his ideology of providing efficient and dignified services, knowledgeable professional staff, economical cost and sympathetic understanding in a family's time of bereavement. David Haywood, Jr., Charles A. Haywood, Jr., John P. "Top" Greene, and Linda P. Haywood immediately took the torch and carried forward the ideals until their passing.

His son, David Lorenzo Haywood, Sr., along with grandsons, Orrin Ray Haywood, Jr. and Karl Stephen Anderson now continue to build upon the success of the founder and the family. In 1995 the Company relocated to 2415 South Wilmington Street and extensively renovated the old Gray Funeral Home facility. The purchase enabled Haywood to better serve a growing and diverse community.

We at Haywood appeal to individuals who are looking for a well established, respected, community supportive, and family-operated service provider.

Our goal, is to make continuous improvements by offering our families the best value for their money and by assisting each in making informed decisions regarding a meaningful tribute for their loved one.

With over 90 years of successful growth, we have the expertise to accommodate any wish, and want to be the service of choice! So call us today at (919) 832-2835 and experience a world of difference.