James is a native of Blakely, GA and is a 1999 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, GA.  He was in the top of his class and served as his Senior Class President.  He has worked in the funeral industry for over 35 years and holds both licenses as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in North Carolina and Georgia.  Both license are extremely important to James, because of the "spirit of excellence" that he operates under.  He knows the family we serve will consistently receive the excellent and professional funeral directing and embalming service that they have become accustomed to expect from Smith-Holloway.  James' reputation precedes him in the funeral industry as one of the best embalmers in the country.  He is a 1988 graduate of Albany Tech, Albany, GA, majoring in Electrical Engineering and graduated with the highest academic honor - Suma Cum Laude.  James is also a Notary Public.

    His wife,  Karen,  is a native of Goldsboro, NC and a graduate of GHS Class of 1978.  She attended Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC and completed her Bachelors of Arts Degree majoring in Office Administration/Accounting in 1982.  She is also a 2010 graduate of Fayetteville Technical College, Fayetteville, NC - NC Funeral Directors Program.  Karen is an Ordained Minister and operates as a Pastor, Evangelist, and Teacher for over 25 years.  She is a Licensed Insurance Agent, Instructor for American Red Cross, Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics, and President of  Be Blessed Boutique LLC - a unique christian gift/apparel shop, located inside of the funeral home and a second loctation in downtown Goldsboro. She is the President of her high school - Class of 1978.

     James and Karen's ministry of Evangelism and Outreach, is in the forefront of everything that they do.  They understand that they have been Divinely called in the death care industry and that it is the vehicle and platform that God has called them to operate in.   Their main focus is to first, minister to the needs of the families at the time of the passing of their loved ones and help make the transition a little easier. And secondly, bridge gaps in churches, businesses, and communities to bring about love, unity, and peace in the Body of Christ. 

     James and Karen are the proud parents of one daughter, Kayla, 23, who graduated from Johnston Community College, May 2016 with an AA Degree and will complete her BS Degree, May 2020 from  NC A&T, in Business Management.  In the fall of 2019, she became a Licensed Insurance Agent and will be working with the funeral home.


Who We Are

James E. Smith


NC and GA License

Notary Public

Karen Holloway Smith

Vice President/Gen. Mgr.

Funeral Director

Insurance Agent


Kayla J. Smith

Licensed Insurance Agent

Our Commitment to You


Smith-Holloway Memorial Funeral Services LLC will always be committed to providing "Professional Services with Compassion, Dignity, Honor and Excellence".  We commit to not only provide attention to all of your needs during the arranging process, but will be there for you well after the funeral services are over.

Our Warm and Peaceful Facilities


Our cornerstone will be the use of our beautiful reception area for social gatherings during the visitation and/or funeral service, and will foster fellowship and uplifting memories.  A digitized "Memorial Tribute to Life" will be featured at the reception and/or homegoing service and will be made available to family and friends as a memorial keepsake.

The Foyer
The Foyer

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The Receptionist Area
The Receptionist Area

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The Viewing Area
The Viewing Area

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The Foyer
The Foyer

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Our Commitment
to the Community


We will always strive to reach out to the community in ways that will be beneficial.  First we will offer our facility to non-profit and the like organizations for programs.  We ourselves will offer seminars and workshops regarding funeral planning, the importance of insurance to cover final expenses, health and wellness issues, and other relevant concerns that are important to our community and beyond.

Our Dedicated and
Professional Staff


Our professional, dedicated, and loyal staff is here to meet all of your needs in a compassionate and senstive manner.   Our funeral attendants serve in an excellent way understanding that all the attention belongs to meeting the needs of the family and to always go beyond the call of duty - NOT BEING SEEN,  BUT HUMBLY BEING ABOUT SERVING THE FAMILY ONLY!!!  They continue to prove that they are faithful and loyal with true servant's heart when we are called upon to serve the family to the best of their ability.

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