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.


Tommy Sparrow

Funeral Director’s Assistant

Tommy Sparrow, funeral director’s assistant, is a native Charlottean – growing up in the Dilworth community. He is a graduate of Myers Park High School and immediately following his graduation he served in the United States Army Airborne serving in Vietnam. Tommy is a member of The American Legion, Patriot Guard Riders and the Charlotte Harley Group. He is an active and a huge supporter of local and state veteran organizations. While Tommy is not assisting and caring for the families we serve, he enjoys riding his Harley and spending time with his family.


Anne Ellington

Community Relations

Anne has been an active member of the community for many years. An early member of the Mint Hill Business Association, she has also served on the Executive Board of Sharon Towers, a continuous care retirement community here in Charlotte. A former deacon and elder at the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, she has served as a Stephens Ministry counselor for many years, providing support to individuals and families coping with loss and special difficulties.

Anne is a Community Relations Representative for Ellington Funeral Services, helping us develop supportive relationships with Caregiver and Community groups throughout the Charlotte Region. She is also a member of the funeral home’s board of directors. Creating a supportive, caring environment for individuals and families is one of her top priorities. She says, “it’s important to recognize what people need and take those needs seriously. And then do, whatever can be done, to make things easier for them. One thing everyone on our staff knows is that, in times of difficulty, kindness matters.”


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, Anthony began working with Ellington Funeral Services part-time in 2015. In 2017, he began working as the Office Manager in an effort to better serve families in their time of need. Anthony is currently enrolled at Fayetteville Technical Community College in the Funeral Directing program. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.