In the year 1902, Mr. E. A. Hannah and his wife arrived in Mount Airy from Indiana to go into business as a harness and coffin dealer. In 1915, Wade C. Moody, a young local resident, was hired by Hannah to be the janitor and to handle the two horses that pulled the funeral coach.
In 1918, Moody married and was later drafted into the army for two years in World War I. Upon returning to Mount Airy, he was re-hired by Hannah. By this time, Mr. Hannah was in failing health and sold a part of the funeral business to Mr. Moody. Then, in 1920-21, Mr. Hannah sold the rest of the business to Mr. D.E. Nelson, and the funeral business then became the Nelson-Moody Funeral Home.
In 1927-28, Mr. Nelson sold his half to Mr. Wade Moody, and the name was changed to Moody Funeral Home. The business was then moved to the corner of Market and Franklin streets, and Mr. Moody became the sole owner.
In 1935, Dennis W. Moody, the son of Wade C. Moody, joined his father in the business. But like his father before him, Dennis had to leave the business temporarily to serve his four years in the Armed Services.
In 1947-48, Dennis became the President of Moody Funeral Home, which then extended into Dobson, North Carolina and Stuart, Virginia. This made the total of three facilities, which is what there is today. Dennis W. Moody, Jr. joined his father in 1969-70, and was with the business until his death in 1983. Robert H. Moody, current President, joined the firm in 1978. As we are in the fourth generation of serving the people of Northwest North Carolina and Southwest Virginia, our charge is to live up to the slogan which Dennis W. Moody, Jr. created: