Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park

2205 Williamsburg Drive Gastonia, NC


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    Karen S Allen

    General Manager

    Careers come and go and may change from time to time but when your job is your passion it becomes your life and ministry. Karen considers her career as a funeral director a special ministry. Her genuine concern and care for those she serves brings meaning and fulfillment when she helps families during the most difficult time in their life.

    Karen began her career in the funeral industry in 1987 in Raleigh, North Carolina. During this time she served her apprenticeship and finished her funeral education at Fayetteville Technical College. After becoming a licensed funeral director in North Carolina she served in many capacities in the funeral industry, including helping others with pre-arranged funerals and compassionately serving families at the time of need as a funeral director.

    She is proud to serve with the Dignity Memorial® team as a location manager for the Carothers Funeral Homes in Gastonia, Dallas and Stanley.

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    Andrew May

    General Manager

    Andy has devoted his career to funeral service, managing funeral homes and cemeteries all over the Southeast for more than 25 years. He graduated from Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama, with a degree in mortuary science and says, “I love helping families through their worst times. I know how hard it can be, since I lost both parents and have gone through the process of making funeral and cemetery arrangements for people I loved.”

    Andy is an avid college football fan, a member of the Gaston County Veterans Council and Gaston Healthcare Resource Group. He is also a 2018 graduate of the Gaston Area Chamber of Commerce leadership program.

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    Donald James Gloege

    Funeral Director

    Donald joined the funeral profession in September 2015 and is trained as both a funeral director and an embalmer. Funeral service is a second career for Donald as he was in human services before joining the staff at Carothers Funeral Home. He is committed to providing excellent care to each family he serves. As a detail-oriented person, Donald says, "I believe that families are under enough stress when they lose a loved one and I am committed to making the funeral planning and services as stress-free as possible." He considers it an honor and privilege to serve families during their time of need.

    Donald has been a resident of the local area since 2004. A California native, Donald has lived in Kentucky, Michigan and upstate New York, but calls North Carolina home. He is an active member of First Baptist Church in Shelby. Both Donald's wife and his daughter are school teachers in local school districts. He is a University of North Carolina football and basketball fan and enjoys working out at the YMCA.

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    Scotty has been serving families in the funeral profession since 2002. Having many talents and abilities, he is an asset to the team and "wears many hats." Scotty says that "the funeral director should be the most trusted person in the community." He is honored and privileged to care for each loved one and strives to never take a family's trust for granted.

    A native of Tennessee, Scotty moved into the Gastonia, Dallas and Stanley area in March 2015 and instantly became a part of the community he now calls home. He is a United States Marine who is a member of the American Legion in Gaston County and a member of the Marine Corps League. In his spare time Scotty loves to run and walk the local trails, play golf, which he says he’s not that good at, and meet new people in the community. He’s a huge fan of the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs, not to mention the teams of the University of Tennessee.