Our family history is interwoven with the history of Charlotte and surrounding communities. Previous generations of our family, along with current members and associates, have been providing funeral care in the local area combined for 100 years. Our Funeral Directors have served thousands of individuals and families all across the Charlotte/Mecklenburg region. Their experience and reputations for personal care and utmost professionalism are well known. Our family and associates pride ourselves on being people you can trust, who provide care you can rely on.


Carl M. “Mickey” Ellington Sr.

President/Sr. Funeral Director

Mickey is a native of Mint Hill and a licensed Funeral Director. He has dedicated over 60 years to caring for families in their greatest time of need with compassion and professionalism. He is a Life Member of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church and is currently serving as an Elder. Mickey is passionate about contributing to the community and has served as Mint Hill Town Commissioner for over 14 years. He is a member of the Mint Hill Masonic Lodge, Oasis Shrine Temple and the Mint Hill Lions Club. Mickey and his wife Anne enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.


Derek W. Hunter

Sr. Funeral Director
Derek W. Hunter, our senior funeral director, and embalmer started his career at the age of 16 in his native Thomasville, Georgia. Upon graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, GA, in 1993, he moved to Charlotte, NC where he began, his loved profession of serving others, in the historical home at 727 E. Morehead Street with McEwen Funeral Services. Over the years, Derek has served thousands of families in the Charlotte and Mecklenburg County area. He is a member of The National Funeral Directors Association and The North Carolina Funeral Directors Association. Although Derek’s passion is helping families during their most difficult hours, he enjoys cooking, entertaining family and friends, camping and most anything outdoors.

Victor Orr

Funeral Associate

A lifetime resident of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, Vic first began working part time with this family owned funeral home in 1967. He was also going to college and working with the Mecklenburg County Police Department from which he retired after 30 years, the last 9 years serving as Chief of Police. Married to his wife, Judy, since 1965 they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. He and Judy are members of Philadelphia Presbyterian church in Mint Hill and Vic continues to enjoy his work at the funeral home helping others in their time of need.


Anthony Sholar

Office Manager

A former resident of Chinquapin, NC, moved to the Charlotte area in 2015. Anthony began working with Ellington Funeral Services part-time in 2016 assisting families, and funeral services. In an effort to better serve families in their time of need, he began working as the Office Manager in 2017. Anthony brings a lot of knowledge to our home. He is a 2007 graduate of James Sprunt Community where he obtained his Associate Degree in Accounting and a 2014 graduate of Ashford University where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. In 2020, Anthony felt the calling to further help our home and the families we serve and enrolled in the Funeral Directing program at Fayetteville Technical Community College. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.


In Loving Memory

June 11, 1947 – September 26, 2020

Tommy Sparrow

Former Funeral Director’s Assistant

Thomas Grady Sparrow, Jr. passed away on the morning of the 26th of September, 2020. He was born at Charlotte Memorial Hospital on the 11th of June, 1947 to Thomas Grady Sparrow, Sr. and Doris Warner Sparrow.

Tommy, T-Bird, or T-Tommy, as he was affectionately known, was a native Charlottean – growing up in the Dilworth community. He was a 1966 graduate of Myers Park High School. Upon graduating, he went to serve our Nation by enlisting in the United States Army Airborne, serving in Vietnam. After serving, he worked with his father at their family-owned business, Robinson Electric. From there, he started working full-time with McEwen Funeral Services on Morehead Street. In 2013, he began working with Ellington Funeral Services on 727 East Morehead Street as a dedicated funeral associate.

During his time in the funeral industry, he assisted many families. Tommy was well known for his dedication, commitment, respect for families, and his ability to outwork anyone else hands down. There was nothing that Tommy couldn’t do.

Tommy had a keen love for bluegrass music, motorcycles, and the water. Back in the day, Tommy loved to water ski and had the scars to prove it. Often on weekends, Tommy would drive throughout North Carolina going to bluegrass shows. When the weather was nice, he absolutely loved riding his motorcycle – a Harley Cruiser. Tommy was a member of The American Legion, Patriot Guard Riders, and the Charlotte Harley Club. He was very active and a huge supporter of the local and state Veteran organizations.

Tommy is survived by his wife, Gail Trippodo of the home, daughter Ginny Sparrow Hastings and her husband, Derek of Charlotte, NC, stepson Justin Trippodo, and his wife Lauren of Concord, brother, Warner Sparrow, and wife Linda, of Troutman, NC, two grandchildren: Ryder and Mason, along with many cousins, other family members, and friends who will miss him dearly.

Tommy was an integral part of who we are at Ellington Funeral Services and he will surely be missed.