History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Lowe-Debord Funeral Home in Matthews began as a joint venture of Mr. Jim Lowe of Burlington, NC, and Mr. John DeBord of the Charlotte area. Mr. Lowe ultimately became the sole owner of the funeral home and the name was changed to Lowe Funeral Home. Over the years the funeral home has grown out of a reputation for personal service not normally associated with the larger funeral service providers in a metro region such as Charlotte. Now with the purchase of the business by Michael and Julie, Lowe-Neddo Funeral Home will continue on in that same spirit of personal service while embracing a renewed passion for providing significance, value, and services unique to the funeral service profession.

Over the years, funeral services have lost value, funeral homes have kept names of individuals long gone from the profession, and costs have escalated to the point that just a few years ago, the Charlotte Observer wrote an article about the high cost of funerals in Charlotte and claiming that Charlotte was one of the most expensive cities nationwide to die in. Slowly, the significance of the life lived has fallen below the value of profits, sales, marketing plans, and traditions that are continued on for no reason other than they were done before so they should be done now. With this in mind, funeral service providers focusing on "simple" or "direct" services began to appear but still fall short as not every life lived is "simple" and "direct".  Life is about love, it is about laughter, and it is about letting yourself experience it. That is what Lowe-Neddo Funeral Home is about. Lowe-Neddo is about helping you recreate that experience, to remember those moments, to celebrate those memories so that in the midst of sadness, you can laugh and love again.

To do this, Lowe-Neddo Funeral Home is about doing things differently:

We are about giving you the choice of coming to us or having us come to you and knowing either way, you receive the same level of attention, care, and information.

We are about helping you compare costs to ensure you both stay within your budget and create a service that is both meaningful and significant to you.

We are about providing access to the latest technology and ideas designed to not only help those who are close but also those who cannot be close due to distance or other circumstances. Online access to memorial tribute videos, memories and well wishes posted by other friends and family, and soon to arrive live webcasting so those who cannot attend in person can still view services in real time online from anywhere in the world all work together to ensure a meaningful experience for everyone.

"But what about costs?" Face it, in today's economy, cost is a greater factor than ever when trying to stay within your means and work with a budget. There just isn't the excess money to waste on less personal services, less meaningful services, and services that can be done exactly the same way by a more efficient funeral provider. In 1984, the Federal Trade Commission enacted the Funeral Rule which was designed to help consumers navigate the often confusing world of funeral pricing by mandating price disclosures without obligation to anyone who inquires. Today, almost 30 years later, the confusion still exists as there is little standardization in the format of these price lists, funeral homes are inflating itemized services and then offering large package discounts designed to give the impression of "savings", and some funeral homes present "bottom line" package figures while others choose to advertise a lower price and then add in a multitude of additional costs which are required but not part of the package. If it sounds confusing, you are not alone. Even seasoned funeral service professionals can have difficulty comparing costs. To help you in this, Lowe-Neddo Funeral Home, at no cost or obligation to you, will personally discuss with you the costs amongst any providers you may be wondering about and aid you in ensuring you are comparing "apples to apples". In fact, we archive and make available hard copies of competitors' prices so you do not have to try to obtain them yourself. If price is a concern, we can put your mind at ease and help ensure you stay within your means. Overpaying is never dignified, and with no cost or obligation for us to assist you in this, neither is doing so because you didn't know.

Finally, let us introduce you to our newest service, a service unmatched in our area. When your family experiences a death, what is one of the first things you realize you must do? Yes, that is right, you must "go to" the funeral home. Some funeral homes have attempted to alleviate this by offering to come to you if you cannot make it to them. While the effort is appreciable, it is still secondary to going to the funeral home and the experience is often second rate compared to what you would experience if you went in to them. Lowe-Neddo has done away with this and created the Mobile Memory Center. The Lowe-Neddo Mobile Memory Center is a complete funeral home office on wheels designed to come to you. Not simply a secondary option, our Mobile Memory Center specializes and focuses on those elements you typically come into a funeral home for. Using technology geared for this purpose, our Mobile Memory Center ensures you experience the same level of care as you would receive in our funeral home. We believe that on one of the most difficult days of your life, the choice of whether you come to us or we come to you should be made by you and should be made in the full confidence that both options are first rate and offer you the best experience possible. In fact, with many families today choosing services at their church, Lowe-Neddo Funeral Home can proudly offer our services to all who call upon us, not just those who live in our area, thereby allowing anyone who can use our services to experience and benefit from them. Why should that be limited by geography when it doesn't need to be?

Lowe-Neddo Funeral Home... it's about significance and value...it's about love and laughter...it's about letting yourself live and learning to do so again. Please allow us the privilege of serving you in any capacity we may and you will see why Lowe-Neddo Funeral Home is not only different, but better because of it. 


Our Valued Staff

Michael and Julie Neddo

Michael and Julie Neddo, Owners

Michael and Julie bring their varied backgrounds of service to their community together to provide a whole new and unique level of service to the families they are privileged to serve through Lowe-Neddo Funeral Home.

Michael is originally from the Midwest. Growing up in a small rural town, Michael was instilled with the values of community and service. After graduating from high school, he moved to Milwaukee and began his apprenticeship in funeral service. He attended college in Milwaukee and earned a degree in Mortuary Science, graduating with full honors as the Salutatorian of his class. He received his funeral director license and continued to practice in Milwaukee before moving back to his hometown and working in the funeral homes owned by his family. There he remained until taking a position of Regional Vice President of Operations for the southeastern United States with a nationwide funeral service provider which brought him to Charlotte where he has been since.

Julie is originally from the northeastern United States. After high school, she pursued her dream of teaching through a formal setting. With her love of family, children, and service to those in more need than most, she completed her Bachelor's Degree from Ithaca College in New York as well as her Master's Degree from the University of New York in Albany. She has used her talents focusing on and educating children with learning and behavioral disabilities where she has found great reward in helping them see the value of themselves and their abilities. With her parents living in Charlotte, she relocated here and taught in both Union County and Mecklenberg County schools with her most recent position as a middle school Extraordinary Child Resource Teacher for Queens Grant Elementary and Middle School in Mint Hill.

Now, with the purchase of the former Lowe Funeral Home of Charlotte, Michael and Julie bring Lowe-Neddo Funeral Home to the service of their community. Michael brings a small town background, corporate experience and skills on utilizing the latest technology and services, and a passion for serving those who call upon him. Julie brings a passion for service to those in need, the education and training to make the most out of every experience, and the skills and talents of recording life's experiences through scrapbooking and memory based heirlooms. Together, they bring an unequaled blend of skills and talents designed to help each and every family deal with death in their own unique way. Their goal with each and every family they have the honor of serving is to provide both value and significance so that each memorial to a life lived is as beautiful and valuable to those who remain as the life it represents.


David Dorsey

David Dorsey, Funeral Ambassador


Lee T. Dixon

Lee T. Dixon, Funeral Director


Michael Neddo

Michael Neddo, Owner and Funeral Director


Edward J. Lynch III

Edward J. Lynch III, Director of Family Services / Monument Specialist

A native of Milford/Birmingham, Michigan,who recently relocated to Charlotte, Ed is excited to be working at another family owned and operated funeral home. Ed’s family has been in funeral service since 1948 and currently operates seven nationally recognized locations in the metropolitan Detroit area. Named after his father, the founder of Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Ed has worked in funeral service since childhood and has spent time working with all seven locations. A 1979 graduate of Brother Rice High School, where he was an All-State athlete, Ed went on to study Psychology at Western Michigan University on a football and baseball scholarship.

With nearly forty years of experience, Ed has become proficient in multiple aspects of funeral service, from the personal care of the deceased to meeting with families to directing large-scale funerals. He also specializes in custom cemetery markers and monuments, as well as municipal and ecclesial columbarium installations. He looks forward to sharing such expertise with the Charlotte community, and especially with the families he personally serves.

Active in the community throughout his career, Ed has been a youth football coach, a renowned public speaker, and has served on the boards of multiple organizations, including the National Association of Christian Business Administrators (N.A.C.B.A.), the Substance Abuse Advisory Council for Oakland County Health Division, the Huron Valley Advisory for Safe and Drug Free Schools, Nominating Committee for Milford Citizen of the Year Award, Milford Police Athletic League, the Highland Business Association, the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce, Holy Spirit Catholic Church Parish Council, and the Knights of Columbus Council #8500. He is also a three-time recipient of the Golden Apple Award from the Huron Valley School Administration Board for exceptional contributions to the lives of students.

Ed is the proud father of Edward IV, Joseph, and Patti-Rose Lynch, and grandfather to Edward V, Hailey Jade, and David Joseph Lynch