Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home

515 North Elm Street Greensboro, NC


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    Michael D Geary

    General Manager

    Michael Geary was born and raised in Clarion, Pennsylvania. He is a 1983 graduate of Clarion Limestone High School and attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania for 2 years before enrolling in Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Following graduation in 1987, Mike began his career with Hanes Lineberry Funeral Homes, where he remains today.

    Mike is married and is the father of 3 children. He is a member of Saint Pius the Tenth Catholic Church and the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club and enjoys biking, skiing and all things outdoors.

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    William M Sears

    General Manager

    William "Mike" Sears started working in a funeral home at age 16 riding ambulances. Under the mentorship of the funeral home's owner, Mike worked there while attending high school and college and grew to understand funeral service.

    Upon graduation from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, he and his wife packed all their worldly possessions in a small U-Haul and came to North Carolina. For over 25 years Mike was the general manager of a large manufacturing company which served Triad funeral homes. Retiring early, he joined Hanes Lineberry in 2002 and has been the location manager of the Sedgefield location since 2007.

    Recognizing all families are different and have separate needs, Mike enjoys working with the families and finds it very rewarding to help them during one of the most trying times of their lives.

    Mike and his wife have 2 children and 1 grandchild. They both enjoy spending time with family and he loves fishing with his son and grandson—catching a fish is a bonus.

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    Stephen Alan Sells

    General Manager

    Stephen “Alan” Sells was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. He graduated from Southeast Senior High School in 1987. After graduating from high school he attended Guilford Technical Community College and earned a degree in business administration in 1992, followed by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied accounting. He then attended Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science and graduated in 1995.

    Alan began his career at Hanes-Lineberry a month after graduation in August of 1995. While employed with Hanes Lineberry, Alan also became a certified pre-need counselor and became a licensed insurance agent.

    In addition to his funeral home family, he is married with 3 children, has been blessed with 3 grandchildren and resides in Jamestown, North Carolina. Alan is a member of Gate City Baptist Church and Sedgefield Country Club and enjoys volunteering in various fundraising projects for non-profit organizations in his community.

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    Angela Erin Geary

    Funeral Director

    Erin Geary, a native of Paris, Illinois, graduated from Paris High School and attended Indiana Sate University before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. After her service, she graduated from Fayetteville Tech Community College where she earned her funeral service licensee degree. She joined the staff of Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Services in 2000 and in 2006 was awarded the certified funeral service practitioner designation.

    Erin and her husband live in Greensboro and are the parents of 3 children. Erin is an active member of the Business Women of the Triad, volunteers with Reading Connections and enjoys playing the piano, reading and spending time with family.

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    Beth A Harrington

    Funeral Director

    Beth was born in Greensboro and has lived here most of her life. She is a graduate of Page High School and Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, where she received an associate degree. She began a career with Hanes Lineberry Funeral Service in December 2001.

    Beth is a member of Saint Pius the Tenth Catholic Church and enjoys going for walks with her dog, Buster, in many of the beautiful parks of Greensboro.

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    Ellen Lajune Spruill

    Funeral Director

    Ellen L. Spruill was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a degree in industrial technology, manufacturing. She worked for Xerox Corporation in Rochester, New York, for 11 years as an engineer and product line manager. She then worked 6 years for Eaton Corporation in Sanford, North Carolina, as a trainer and continuous improvement coordinator.

    Ellen is a 2004 funeral service graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College and has been employed at Hanes Lineberry as a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 2007. She is also a graduate of Pfeiffer University with a Master of Science degree in Christian education.

    She serves as the associate pastor at Saint John’s United Methodist Church. Ellen is a member of a local pastors group, is an NCA&TSU Aggie certified alumni recruiter and a notary public. Ellen enjoys sports, the theatre and spending time with family and friends.

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    Malcolm N Whitaker

    Funeral Director

    Malcolm "Neil" Whitaker was raised in the southeastern North Carolina town of Wallace. He started working part time in funeral service in his junior year of high school in 1965. He graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science and worked with Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point, where he lived for 40 years before coming to Hanes Lineberry at Sedgefield in 2010.

    Over the years Neil has been a company trainer for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Federal Trade Commission. He is also a certified instructor for the funeral home’s outreach program, Dignity Memorial Escape School®, teaching children to make smart choices in bad situations.

    He is a member of Covenant Church United Methodist as are his daughter and 2 granddaughters. An old car buff, Neil owns a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe convertible with 19,000 original miles and collects vintage funeral, NASCAR and advertising memorabilia.

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    Albert Shuler Lineberry


    Albert S. Lineberry Jr. (Al) grew up in Greensboro and attended Lindley Elementary, Kiser Jr. High and Grimsley High School. He then graduated from Wingate College and the Wake Forest University School of Business. He joined his dad in 1968 at Hanes Lineberry and earned his North Carolina funeral director license. Al has served all the offices within the company and is still very active today.

    He has served leadership positions in many community, state, national and international organizations and now is active in promoting local education in the youngest years of a child’s life through the board of directors of Guilford Child Development and Ready for School, Ready for Life initiatives. His hobbies include enjoying his family, church (he attends First Presbyterian), community, anything with water, golf and traveling. He is married to Virginia (Ginni) Schenck Lineberry and has a daughter, son-in-law and 2 wonderful granddaughters.