Excited about being able to participate and learn how to be a better leader

Robert Nunnaley of Pines Funerals in Carthage, NC, was chosen from a distinguished field of candidates to become the first recipient of the Selected Leadership Academy Scholarship. The scholarship was made available through a generous contribution from Meadow Hill Corporation, maker of Thumbies, and gives Nunnaley the opportunity to participate in the two-year program.

Nunnaley began his career in funeral service at the age of 18 with an apprenticeship at Thos. Shepherd & Son, Inc. in Hendersonville, NC. He then attended Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science and, after graduating, continued in Hendersonville as a funeral service licensee. Then, in 1990, Nunnaley relocated to Carthage to join Tommy Prickett of Fry and Prickett Funeral Home, and in 2000 he became a partner in the business, soon acquiring two other funeral homes in the area. Today, Nunnaley serves as Vice President and General Manager of Pines Funerals, the brand name of the three funeral home locations they operate.

“I really could not believe it,” said Nunnaley after learning of his selection. “Since receiving the phone call I have been so excited about being able to participate and learn how to be a better leader. Thank you to Meadow Hill for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Meadow Hill Co.“Selected Independent Funeral Homes stands for a level of excellence that is inspiring,” said David Gordon, Founder and President of Meadow Hill Corporation. “The families Mr. Nunnaley serves, the funeral homes he helps run and the communities in which he lives will benefit from his efforts.”

Nunnaley is enrolled in the 2013 Leadership Academy class and his entire registration fee is paid for 2013 and 2014. In addition, he will receive a reimbursement payment of $300 each year to help cover the cost of books, fees and other program-related expenses. Total estimated value of this scholarship at the end of two years is $4,500.