Our Exceptional Staff

Garrett DuVall
Funeral Director & Owner

Garrett DuVall is a native of Addison, New York.  He was a teen when longtime funeral director Leland Flint first introduced him to the funeral business.  Initially, Garrett performed maintenance and lawn care around the funeral home.  While maintaining the funeral home, Garrett observed the compassion that Mr. Flint offered the families who came to him for assistance.  Garrett decided to become a funeral director so that he could one day offer that same kind of help to families in their time of need.

Garrett graduated from Addison Central School in 2004.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Keuka College in 2008, and then attended Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science. Graduating in the Spring of 2009, Garrett completed his residency, and in November of 2010, realized his dream of serving as a funeral director in his home town of Addison.

 Garrett has two children, Noah and Ethan, who reside with him at the funeral home in Addison. Garrett is proud to be a part of the Addison community. In Garrett's leisure time, he enjoys spending time with family, and especially playing with his sons.

Peter Russell,
Funeral Director & Owner

Peter Russell was born in New Jersey and raised in Endwell, New York.  He graduated from Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton, class of 1988.  In 1990, Pete graduated from SUNY Canton with an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science.  From 1990 to 1995, Pete was a funeral director for funeral homes in Ogdensburg and Elmira, New York.   In 1995 Pete began his employment at Carpenter’s Funeral Home and in 2007 he became the Licensed Manager for Carpenter’s Funeral Home.  In 2014 Pete graduated once again from SUNY Canton with his Bachelor's Degree in Funeral Services Administration and he is on the Advisory Board for the curriculum.  Pete is also a funeral director for Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Corning.

Pete is married to Rebecca (Lewis) Russell and they have two sons, Chad and Nathan, and a daughter, Arianna.  He is a member of the Corning Kiwanis Club and the Campbell American Legion.  He is also a parishioner at All Saints Parish in Corning and attends St. Joseph the Carpenter Church in Campbell.  

Pete feels that each day is different in the funeral home business. "You meet new people and develop relationships with them as they plan an important and meaningful event in a person’s life, a funeral.  For some, it is the first time that they have been part of the planning process and they don’t know what to expect.  I enjoy guiding them through the process, paying particular attention to their needs and wishes.  I feel that the “thank you” that you receive following the planning and funeral is extremely rewarding."

Kelly Copp
Funeral Director & Owner

Kelly was born and raised in Watertown, New York.  She graduated from Watertown High School in 2003. While in high school, Kelly was on the varsity swim team.  She attended SUNY Brockport, graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology.  She went on to the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, graduating in 2008.

Kelly completed her residency at the Brew-Finch Funeral Homes in Auburn, New York.  She then moved to the Southern Tier area, working as a funeral director for two different firms over a period of two and half years.  Kelly joined the staff of Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home in March of 2012.  She is also a funeral director for Carpenter's Funeral Home and Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, both in Corning.

Recently, Kelly graduated from the Leadership Academy sponsored by the New York State Funeral Directors Association, Inc.  The Leadership Academy discusses pressing issues facing funeral directors and business professionals alike. The program identifies New York State licensed funeral directors of excellence for their potential to become leaders in local, state, and national funeral director associations. 

Kelly and her husband Dan reside in Corning. They are very active in the greater Corning community. Kelly is an All Saints Parish parishioner and member of the Corning Rotary Club, serving on the Membership and Habitat for Humanity committees.  She is also serves as a director on the local Salvation Army Board.  In her spare time, she loves going to the gym, being outside, reading, cooking, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Kelly says, “I am so proud of my profession and what I do for others.  There is no feeling more rewarding than knowing you've made a family's difficult time that much easier.  I strive every day to continue to learn and grow as a funeral director.”