Our Committed Staff
Kelly L. Copp, Funeral Director/Owner
Kelly was born and raised in Watertown, New York. After graduation Kelly 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 Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service in March of 2012. Kelly is also a funeral director for Carpenter's Funeral Home in Corning and Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home in Addison.
Kelly was a 2014 graduate of the inaugural class of the Leadership Academy sponsored by the New York State Funeral Directors Association, Inc. The Leadership Academy covers pressing issues facing funeral directors and business professionals alike. The education program was designed to identify NYS licensed funeral directors of excellence who have the 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, active member and Director of the Corning Rotary Club, also participating on the Membership Committee, and a Director on the Board of the local Salvation Army. In her spare time, she loves going to the gym, being outside, reading, cooking and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Kelly said, “I love my profession, and helping others. There is no feeling more rewarding than knowing you've made a family's difficult time that much easier."
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. Then 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 F
uneral Services Administration and he is on the Advisory Board for the curriculum. Pete is also a funeral director for Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home in Addison.
Pete is married to Rebecca (Lewis) Russell and they have 3 children: sons Chad and Nathan, and daughter Arianna. He is a member of the Corning Kiwanis Club and the Campbell American Legion. Pete is also a parishioner at All Saints Parish in Corning and he 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 desires. I feel that the “thank you” that you receive following the planning and funeral is extremely rewarding."
Garrett DuVall, Funeral Director/Owner
Garrett is a native of Addison, New York. He was introduced to the funeral profession as a teen. Garrett’s original mentor was the late Lel
and Flint, a funeral director and funeral home owner in Addison, New York. Leland’s empathy for the families he served and the life-long bonds that he built with those families is what attracted Garrett to the funeral profession.
In 2004, Garrett graduated from Addison Central School. 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 under the professional guidance of the Carpenter family. In November of 2010, he received his funeral director’s license. Since receiving his license, Garrett has been a funeral director for Phillips Funeral Home, Carpenter's Funeral Home as well as manager of the Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home.
Garrett is the proud parents of two boys, Noah and Ethan. He attends the First Baptist Church in Addison. In his leisure time, Garrett enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, and especially playing outside with his children.
Garrett’s satisfaction in funeral service comes from the relationships that he builds with the families he serves. Garrett’s desire is to ensure that he fulfills the wishes of families while providing a specialized service that is a fitting tribute to the loved one.
David E. Carpenter, Consultant
Former Owner and President, David Carpenter of Painted Post and Fort Meyers, FL continues his involvement with the funeral home in a consulting position. He brings a lifelong history of commitment to funeral service to the team.
David was born and raised in Corning, New York where he lived over Carpenter's Funeral Home. He graduated from the former Corning Northside High School in 1962, and went on to attend Taylor University, North Carolina State University and Simmons School o
f Mortuary Science.
He began his career at Carpenter’s Funeral Home in 1968 as a third generation funeral director. In 1990 David returned to Corning where he and his brother purchased Phillips Funeral Home. David's wife Brenda managed the Endoscopy Department at Corning Hospital where she retired in 2004.
David is a member of the Corning Rotary Club, past President of Corning Meals on Wheels and serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board. David and Brenda are active members of the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church in Painted Post, NY and McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Meyers, FL where they enjoy their winters.
Funeral Service has been a lifelong passion for David. “Watching my grandfather, my father and some wonderful funeral directors throughout the country selflessly serve bereaved families inspired me to return to Corning to develop a business built on those same foundational principles.”