The history of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home and Crematory reaches back to 1836, when Henry Brown founded H.J. Brown Coffin House in Raleigh. Since then, five generations have done everything they can to make Brown-Wynne Funeral Home and Crematory one of the more complete mortuary establishments in North Carolina. Ours is the oldest business in the city and the oldest funeral home in the state. Tradition is very important to us, and yet we are always looking forward, adapting and caring for Raleigh’s families in unique ways.
Flexible event space
Facility is available to host your personal events
Flexible chapel space
Our chapel can be used for hosting your religious events
- Piano/organ on site
- Onsite crematory
- Cremation remembrance jewelry
- Cremation viewing suite
- Option for home delivery of ashes
Option for mail delivery of ashes
Sent through postal mail service, signature required.
Arrangements by phone or email
Complete funeral planning, including electronic signature, without needing a funeral home visit
- Catered events
- Large reception area
Services available to support planning events
Tribute video production
Services available to create a tribute video for the service or obituary from photos and videos.
- Intimate reception area
Space available for corporate and organization meetings
- Black car service
- Police escort available
- Ritual washing
Free Funeral Planning Resources
Funeral planning can seem overwhelming. These guides can help you every step of the way—from choosing between traditional burial planning and cremation, designing a religious ceremony or a celebration of life, and deciding on cemetery property or filing for veteran's benefits.
There was a problem submitting the form, please try again.
Our building and personalized funerals
Brown-Wynne Funeral Home and Crematory offers catering options and personalized funerals, including traditional chapel services, large visitations and contemporary celebrations. Our location was remodeled in 2006 and now offers the Wynne Center, the largest celebration of life facility in the Raleigh area. The Wynne Center is equipped for all kinds of gatherings, whether you desire a full-size banquet meal or finger foods and beverages.
Please let us know how we can make your loved one's service a special and meaningful ceremony. We help create personalized funerals with custom touches—a dove release, musicians, themed decor and much more.
Cremations for Raleigh
Not everyone knows that there are many cremation options. If you are interested in cremation, the funeral home team can explain the process and different options. From a direct cremation without a memorial service or a witness cremation to a full funeral service before or after the cremation and more, we help you understand this increasingly common choice—and handle all of the cremation arrangements.
Brown-Wynne Funeral Home and Crematory has two on-site crematories, offering a significant convenience for you. Instead of your having to coordinate with two facilities, we handle all of the details for cremations right here. During the cremation process, you and your family are welcome to stay close to your loved one in our private committal chapel.
We’re always here
Please contact us if you need immediate assistance or more information about our services. We are here for every question, and we would love to schedule your tour of the Wynne Center.
Henry Brown founded the H.J. Brown Coffin House in Raleigh in 1836. He'd operated the funeral services business for more than 30 years when, in 1868, he helped transfer 267 Confederate soldiers from Rock Quarry Cemetery to Oakwood Cemetery.
When Henry died in 1879, he left his well-respected funeral home to his son, John W. Brown, who became the first president of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association. In 1915, Henry’s grandson, Fab Brown, brought motor-driven hearses to the business. This pattern of innovation is a hallmark of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home and Crematory to this day.
Relocations over the years
Brown-Wynne has grown along with Raleigh and the surrounding cities. The original building site was at the corner of Dawson and Morgan. The home moved to the corner of Hargett and Salisbury in 1889 and again in 1928 to Hillsborough Street.
In 1954, Robert W. Wynne Jr. built a new home on the corner of St. Mary’s and North streets. He also had the foresight to expand to Cary in 1969 and the Millbrook community in 1973.
175 years and counting
In 1991, Brown-Wynne became part of the Dignity Memorial® network, North America’s largest network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers.
In 2011, Brown-Wynne Funeral Home and Crematory celebrated its 175th anniversary. We’re pleased to say that in the same year Henry J. Brown was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame for his business leadership and contribution to our great city.
View other Brown-Wynne Funeral Homes locations.
"I was so upset and not looking forward to having to go to a funeral home and make arrangements. But after an hour with a very nice man, Mark Blake, I felt so much better. We chatted about all sorts of..."See More
Verified Cremation Customer
"My experience was outstanding. True professionals."
Verified Cremation Customer
"The whole experiece exceded our expectations. Mark was great and so was everyone at Brown Wynne. I would not use anyone else if they were in that area."
"I can not say enough about the professionalism of the staff. Hall, Mark, Paul, and Danielle were all just outstanding. I would absolutely recommend Brown Wynne to family and friends."
Verified Cremation Customer
"Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on St. Mary's Street provided comfort and professional service as we mourned the loss of our father several years ago, and mother quite recently. The staff members were always..."See More
Verified Burial Customer