Fayetteville funeral home to serve customers despite its damage from Matthew

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A Fayetteville funeral destroyed by Hurricane Matthew will be able to accommodate its customers as another funeral home just a few blocks away has offered to help.

Paye funeral home
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The Paye Funeral Home on Murchison Road has thousands of dollars in damages. Furniture, along with clothes and three organs were ruined when Matthew dumped at least 12 inches of rain in Fayetteville.

The flooding was so high Ellen Gladden couldn’t get to her business for two days.

“The mud and the dirt all over the place. The mold is coming in now. We had some beautiful furniture and it’s destroyed,” Gladden said.

Just a week before Matthew hit, the funeral home had new carpeting and new flooring installed.

But even with no building, the Paye Funeral Home will continue as a business.

Just a few blocks away, the Jernigan Warren Funeral Home offered their assistance when they heard of the damages.

“When they have to service a family, we offered our facility so they can meet the family here, seeing they in can’t go inside of their own facility,” said Jernigan Warren operations manager James Lancaster. “We will try to accommodate them for using our facility in lieu of their facility for service and what have you.”


Through all of the loss, Gladden is remaining positive in a big way.

“It’s all prayed out and cried out and you know what I say? This is a lemon, but we are going to make lemonade and God is good,” Gladden said. “We are very lucky to be alive. We have our family and if the people of the Fayetteville community will continue to support us. It’s going to be alright.”

The U.S. Small Business Administration said Friday a Business Recovery Center has opened in Cumberland County.

That center is aimed to help businesses affected by Hurricane Matthew and the flooding that followed.

SBA representatives will be able to provide information about disaster loans.

The center will be locatd at:

  • Small Business & Technology Development Center at Fayetteville State University
  • Small Business and Economics Building, Suite 306, Rooms A & D
  • 1200 Murchison Road
  • Fayetteville, North Carolina

The center will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

It will be open Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. starting Oct. 22.

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