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    GREGORY HAROLD "GREGG" HAMPTON   Boone, North Carolina

    GREGORY HAROLD "GREGG" HAMPTON of Boone, NC died September 5, 2020 at the age of 61. A licensed funeral director for over 40 years, he was vice president of Hampton Funeral Service, which was established by his parents, Barney and Tommie Hampton in 1974.

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    BERNARD "BUD" S. SKAJA, SR   Park Ridge, Illinois

    BERNARD "BUD" S. SKAJA SR of Park Ridge, IL died August 30, 2020 at the age of 89. A 1951 graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he was a funeral director and a senior partner at Skaja Terrace Funeral Homes of Niles.

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    MARY REBECCA "BECKY" KAPPEL   Lebanon Junction, Kentucky

    MARY REBECCA "BECKY" KAPPEL of Lebanon Junction, KY died August 29, 2020 at the age of 72. A retired funeral director and embalmer, she worked alongside her husband, Tommy in co-owning the Kappel Funeral Homes in Lebanon Junction and Boston for nearly 34 years. A 1990 graduate of the Mid-America College of Funeral Service, she was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and served two terms as president of the Women's Auxiliary of...

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    MARY S DILLEY   Flemingsburg, Kentucky

    MARY S. DILLEY of Flemingsburg, KY died August 28, 2020 at the age of 81. She worked alongside her husband, Pete Dilley, as a funeral director and co-owner of the Harris-Dilley Funeral Home in Bladensburg and North-Dilley Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.

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    LEWIS HUNTER WARNER   Winston Salem, North Carolina

    LEWIS HUNTER WARNER of Winston Salem, NC died August 27, 2020 at the age of 76. A licensed funeral director for forty-eight years, he had a lifelong career as a funeral director at Vogler's Funeral Home, now known as Salem Funeral Home.

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    JANICE L EARL   Forsyth, Illinois

    JANICE L. EARL of Forsyth, IL died August 26, 2020 at the age of 46. She worked as a receptionist at the Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home in Decatur for the past twenty-three years. A spokesperson for Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, she served on the convention committee of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association and was the former chairperson.

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    THOMAS F VERDI   Pulaski, Pennsylvania

    THOMAS F. VERDI of Pulaski, PA died August 26, 2020 at the age of 54. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he worked as a licensed funeral director and pre-need manager of the Noga Funeral Home Inc for the past year.

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    LARRY DEAN MORRISON   Lexington, North Carolina

    LARRY DEAN MORRISON of Lexington, NC died Au-gust 22, 2020 at the age of 75. He began his career in funeral service as a teenager at Piedmont Funeral Home in Lexington, as an ambulance attendant. He later became president of the firm. For four decades, Morrison served as co-owner, corporate secretary and general manager of Davidson Funeral Home. A graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Funeral Service, he was president of the North Carolina...

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    CHARLES "CHARLIE" H. VORNHOLT   New Bremen, Ohio

    CHARLES "CHARLIE" H. VORNHOLT of New Bremen, OH died August 19, 2020 at the age of 95. A retired funeral director, he owned and operated the Vornholt Funeral Homes in New Bremen and New Knoxville for thirty eight years. He spent several years directing funerals with Miller Funeral Homes in Saint Marys and Knoxville. A 1948 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.

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    WILLIAM PENN TROY , SR   Mullins, South Carolina

    WILLIAM PENN TROY SR of Mullins, SC died August 15, 2020 at the age of 76. He served his apprenticeship with Foxworth Funeral Home in Mullins before establishing Troy's Funeral Home. In 1988 he expanded his services to Loris, SC where he opened the doors to Legette-Troy's Funeral Home. Troy held a funeral directors license in North and South Carolina and was Governor of the South Carolina Morticians Association, Inc in District 6. A graduate of...

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    WANDA FERN THOMAS   Miami, Oklahoma

    WANDA FERN THOMAS of Miami, OK died August 14, 2020 at the age of 96. A licensed funeral director for 65 years, she worked alongside her husband William Paul Thomas at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Picher, which they established in 1948. A second location in Miami was opened in 1991 and in 2005 the Commerce location was established. Thomas was a 50-year member of the Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors...

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    TODD J. KENDRICK   Atlanta, Michigan

    TODD J. KENDRICK of Atlanta, MI died August 9, 2020 at the age of 45. A licensed funeral director since 1998, he served families of Montgomery County alongside his dad, Russell Kendrick at the Green Funeral Home. Upon his dad's retirement in 2007, Todd obtained ownership of the firm. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in mortuary science from the Wayne State University in 1977.

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    JOHN ANDREW COWAN   Van Wert, Ohio

    JOHN ANDREW COWAN of Van Wert, OH died Au-gust 8, 2020 at the age of 47. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a funeral director with Cowan & Son Funeral Home for twenty-two years.

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    JOHN L. FREUND   Marengo, Illinois

    JOHN L. FREUND of Marengo, IL died August 4, 2020at the age of 70. A funeral director, he apprenticed with George R. Justen & Son Funeral Home before working at the Warner & Flagg Funeral Home in Crystal Lake. He owned and operated the Freund Funeral Home in Wonder Lake from 1978-1983. He purchased Cooper Funeral Home in Marengo and then formed Marengo-Union Funeral Home. In 1992 Freund purchased the Querhammer Funeral Home in Crystal Lake,...

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    FRANK R. PISARSKI , SR   Stevens Point, Wisconsin

    FRANK R. PISARSKI SR of Stevens Point, WI died August 14, 2020 at the age of 88. He began working as a funeral director at his parents firm, Pisarski & Sons Funeral Home in Roseland. In 1973 he purchased the former Dzikoski Funeral Home in Stevens Point, renamed it Pisarski Funeral Homes. He continued to own and operate the business until his sons Frank Jr and David purchased it in 1999. Pisarski graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary...

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    CYNTHIA MESSINA   Coral Springs, Florida

    CYNTHIA MESSINA of Coral Springs, FL died August 1, 2020 at the age of 58. Originally from Cleveland, OH, Cindy moved to Florida for a career with SCI. A funeral director for 35 years, she was the manager at Kraeer Funeral Home in Coral Springs. She was a graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

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    EDWARD "ED" GILLAR   Bryan, Texas

    EDWARD "ED" GILLAR of Bryan, TX died July 29, 2020 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director and mortician for over fifty-four years, he worked at Hillier Funeral Home and later Memorial Funeral Chapel. A Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, he was a member of the Mt. Calvary Cemetery board.

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    JAMES W PIRKLE   Washington, Indiana

    JAMES W. PIRKLE of Washington, IN died July 29, 2020 at the age of 85. In1957 he joined the Gill Brothers as funeral director/mortician and upon their retirement in 1974, Pirkle assumed ownership of the firm. He owned and operated it alongside his wife, Margaret for over fifty years. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.

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    KRYAN "KY" MILLER   Hermiston, Oregon

    KRYAN "KY" MILLER of Hermiston, OR died July 28, 2020 at the age of 74. In 1972 he began working for Wilson Funeral Home in Midland and later served as manager. Miller became the sole shareholder in 1987 and renamed it Wilson Miller Funeral Home. He then moved operations from Ashman Street to its current location on Saginaw Road, which is where he lived with his dogs until he moved to Oregon. He graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary...

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    LOIS P VILLASEÑOR   Austin, Texas

    LOIS P. VILLASEÑOR of Austin, TX died July 28, 2020 at the age of 87. A funeral director for over 40 years, she was the founder and owner of Mission Funeral Home. A 1961 graduate of the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, she was the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Texas Funeral Service commission as a 1989 appointee. Villaseñor served six years before being asked to serve as the commission's interim director.

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