We started in December, 2009 as an independent provider, wanting very much to offer area families something we felt was greatly needed in funeral service: value. We believe value plays a tremendous role in designing personal, individual service without creating obscene financial burdens. Our day to day operations center around our personal and professional efforts to explore new ways to serve our Client Families personally, professionally and lovingly. Our business model has proven what we've always known: quality funerals do not have to cost the small fortune that many providers charge. It also enables us to assist families with planning arrangements in the comfortable surroundings of their own home or church.
Formerly licensed as independent provider, FSL-Melanie Little Funerals, LLC, we are extremely pleased and thankful to continue providing the best service we possibly can as DAVIS-LITTLE FUNERALS, LLC.
We hope you will consider us as your funeral service provider. We trust that you will find this site informative and helpful and encourage you to feel free to contact us with any questions.
As one of few women in our area to successfully enter the funeral service field in the mid 1990s, Melanie Little has dedicated herself to learning and growing within the industry, always seeking to improve the service she provides. She graduated from FTCC with the Associate of Science Degree in Funeral Service and is duly licensed as a Funeral Director and Embalmer by the NC Board of Funeral Service. After almost ten years in the industry, she recognized the need for and felt the calling to establish her own business that would offer the same professional services as other providers but with a more personal approach and low overhead business model.
The concept itself is not completely unheard of and in fact is reminiscent of funeral service just a few generations ago, before the realization of the potential wealth that could be made from death and grief. Her efforts to make funerals more affordable, personal, and value oriented have been met with great appreciation by families all over the Nash-Edgecombe-Wilson areas.
Keeping in mind her own struggles in the early years, she has graciously served in mentor and training capacities for several local FSE students as they embarked on their own funeral service careers.
Melanie currently resides in Rocky Mount with her two children, Zoe' and Tripp.
Phil’s working career began on an Edgecombe County tobacco farm during his teen years. After graduating from high school, he was offered a position at Planters National Bank in 1982. Through several mergers and acquisitions, he advanced to management in the Information Technology world, more specifically in software development support and implementation. After 28 years in the banking world, his banking career ended and he migrated to the funeral industry as a part time funeral assistant. He developed a passion for serving families and was afforded the opportunity to go back to school full time where he earned a diploma in funeral directing and an associate’s degree in business administration. He had the opportunity of serving his apprenticeship under his business partner, Melanie Little and is now licensed by the NC State Board of Funeral Service.
He is currently pursuing a degree in Funeral Service Education.
Phil Davis and Melanie Little share the same ideals and funeral philosophies with a concentration in funeral consumer education to make sure those in need of death care services understand the options that are available, but not always clearly articulated when emotions tend to escalate. Phil and Melanie worked together several years, and later realized they could better support the community by venturing out in a joint business relationship which began in 2011.
Phil lives in Red Oak with his wife, Dawana and their three rescue pets, Marlee, Rosie, and Abbey. They attend Northside Community Church and enjoy ministering through music.
Sarah is a native of Tarboro, NC where she graduated Tarboro High School in 2014. After high school, she attended William Peace University. During her summer breaks from college, she shadowed Melanie and found a growing interest in the funeral service industry. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2018, she began working in a food testing laboratory in Wilson, NC. Realizing the lab-life wasn’t a career that she enjoyed, she reunited with Melanie and Phil and completed her Associate of Science Degree in Funeral Service from FTCC and a month later, her licensing-required apprenticeship. Three months after graduating, she was duly licensed as a Funeral Director and Embalmer by the NC Board of Funeral Service.
Sarah’s path to funeral service was not direct but was certainly instrumental in discovering her life’s purpose. Being a younger person in the industry does not hinder her abilities, but rather allows her to embrace the newer changes in funeral service and adapt to better serve families in every way possible. Her addition to the Davis-Little team has been greatly received as she works with families and contributes to the daily operations in many capacities.
She now resides in Rocky Mount with her husband, Matt and two rescue dogs, Rex and Raptor.