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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.


Rick Harwood, Owner/Operator
Email: rickharwood@bellsouth.net
Office Phone: 828-669-2977
Fax: 828-669-4185

Rick was born in Michigan to Evelyn Harwood and the late Emory Harwood, but has been a lifelong resident of Black Mountain.  He graduated from CD Owen High School in 1974.  After graduating from high school, he was employed with Miller Funeral Home in Black Mountain for 22 years, of which he then attended and graduated from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in 1996.  He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer with over 30 years experience in the funeral industry.
Rick is married to Linda Greer Harwood who is employed with the firm part time as a funeral service assistant.  They have two children, Amber Harwood Puckett and Aaron Harwood.  
Rick is a member of Mountain View Baptist Church where he has served as a Deacon and on the Hospitality Committee.  He is also a member of the Black Mountain Rotary, Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Chamber of Commerce, The Better Business Bureau, and the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association (NCFDA).
In his spare time, he enjoys working in the yard, camping, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.  

Amber Harwood Puckett, Funeral Service Licensee/Pre Need Consultant
Email: amberharwood@bellsouth.net
Office Phone: 828-669-2977
Fax: 828-669-4185

Amber was born and raised in Swannanoa; she is the daughter of Rick and Linda Greer Harwood, owners of Harwood Home for Funerals; graduating from CD Owen High School in 1998.  She attended Gardner Webb University and graduated from Western Carolina University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.  She is a member of the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority where she was the Chapter Life Vice President and now acts as one of the advisors for the chapter.  Amber then moved to Atlanta to pursue an education in Mortuary Science; graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 2004.
After moving back to NC, she pursued a career in Crime Scene Investigations with the Winston Salem Police Department.  She then moved back to Black Mountain/Swannanoa Valley where she began working at Harwood Home for Funerals in 2007 when her father purchased Miller Funeral Home.  She is a funeral service licensee and is the Pre Need Consultant at the firm.  
Amber is married to Tyler Puckett and they have two children, Gavin and Gabriella.  She is a member of Biltmore Baptist church. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, traveling, playing sports, and spending quality time with her family and friends.  

Tyler Puckett, Funeral Service Licensee

Tyler is a native of Stuart, VA where he attended Patrick County High School.  He later moved to Mount Airy, NC where he graduated from Mt. Airy High School in 2002.  Tyler attended Surry Community College, later attending and graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 2004 with an Associate's Degree in Funeral Service.  Tyler started working in the funeral industry with Moody's Funeral Services in Mount Airy.  While attending school in GA, he worked for Parrott Funeral Home, Inc in Fairburn, GA.  After graduating, he worked his apprenticeship at Madison Funeral Home, Inc and later that year received his license.
Tyler has since worked for Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home, Inc. in Winston Salem, NC.  Tyler is married to Amber Harwood Puckett and they have two children, Gavin and Gabriella.  Tyler is a member of Biltmore Baptist Church.  In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, traveling and sports.  

Tiffany Huffman, Funeral Service Licensee
Email: TiffanyNHuffman@ymail.com
Office Phone: 828-669-2977
Fax: 828-669-4185

Tiffany is a 2010 graduate of Reynolds High School and a 2011 graduate of Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service where she received her Associates of Science in Funeral Service degree.  She is the daughter of Doug and Jan Huffman. She is a licensed funeral director and embalmer.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.  

Roger Capps, Funeral Director
Office Phone: 828-669-2977
Fax: 828-669-4185

Roger Capps and his wife Janice, both retired educators, live in East Asheville. Both of them retired from Owen district schools after 30 years of service to the public schools of North Carolina. They are long time members of Beverly Hills Baptist Church. Their one son Greg and his wife Julia, also residents of East Asheville, have three children. Rogers interests are trout fishing, reading, handyman projects, baking cakes, walking their three Bichon dogs, and spending time with family, especially the three grandchildren.

Roger is a graduate of Asheville-Biltmore College, Appalachian State University, and most recently Fayetteville Technical College. In August of 2011, he received his Funeral Service Director's diploma from Fayetteville Tech.

Roger feels his latest mission in life is to work with families to help them through one of the most difficult times of their life - the death of a loved one.