Founder & Funeral Director
Doug Bevell is the founder of Wilmington Funeral & Cremation. He began a career in the funeral service profession in South Hill, Virginia with the former Crews Funeral Home and later served his apprenticeship with Oakey Funeral Service in Roanoke, Virginia. He was a 1981 graduate from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, Georgia.
After numerous years of service in the Southside Virginia community where he quickly learned the importance of giving a helping hand as a lifetime member and a former Captain of the Chase City Volunteer Rescue Squad. He served the community with dignity and respect for over 30 years and was past president of the Chase City Jaycees.
After running several successful funeral homes and before returning permanently to Wilmington in the early 1990s, Doug has shown both passion and heart as a member of the community and as a funeral home owner for those in need. His goal has been to serve families during the most difficult times during their life and so he created Wilmington Funeral & Cremation to change the face of funeral service in Wilmington and the surrounding areas.
Doug continues his passion and life long dream of serving families as a North Carolina licensed funeral director, licensee Crematory operator and a certified Life Celebrant. He is also a member of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association, as well as the National Funeral Directors Association, a member of the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, and the Wilmington Cape Fear Rotary club where he serves on the board of directors, as well as Creekside Yacht Club where he enjoys his time in his boat on the waters of the Cape Fear when not involved in the daily operations of the funeral home.