History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

After 30 years of service to the community with other funeral homes, Joel A. “Tony” Wright and his family decided to serve the community from their own funeral home. After several years of searching, the dream to serve became a reality with the purchase of the Old South Martinsville School at 220 Business South. 

The abandoned school building has been renovated into a spacious, modern funeral facility including an on-site crematory. 

Entering our 7th year, we will serve over 300 families.  Our experience allows us to provide quality funeral services, tailored specifically to your needs. We are also proud to announce the opening of our own perpetual-care cemetery, Fair Haven Memorial Park, located at 18960 A.L. Philpott Highway on 58 East, one half mile past the Old Country Store.  

We are involved in many local organizations, including church membership, the Ruritan Club, the Kiwanis Club, the Martinsville UpTown Rotary Club, the American Red Cross, the Martinsville / Henry County Chamber of Commerce, as well as memberships in the National Funeral Directors Association, and state-wide in the Southside Funeral Directors Association and Virginia Funeral Directors Association.

Our desire is to provide quality service that is affordable to members of our community who have lost a loved one.

Our Valued Staff

Tony Wright

Tony Wright, Manager

Tony began serving and apprenticing with a local funeral home in Bassett after graduating from Lee University. He went on to attend Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and received his bachelor's degree before serving professionally. He enjoys working on his ’67 Camaro and spending time with family.

Betty Hensley Wright

Betty Hensley Wright, Operation Manager

Tom Hensley

Tom Hensley, Operation Manager

Ruth Ratcliff

Ruth Ratcliff, Funeral Director

Ruth attends Martinsville Church of Truth in Martinsville, Virginia. She enjoys spending time with her dogs and working in her flower gardens.

Shannon Bowling

Shannon Bowling, Office Manager

Shannon attends Stanleytown's Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Stanleytown, Virginia. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her three grandchildren.

Nancy Beeson

Nancy Beeson, Funeral Attendant / Webmaster

Nancy serves as Secretary-Treasurer and council member at Collinsville Pentecostal Holiness Church in Collinsville, Virginia. She loves reading mystery novels, walking, yoga, and spending time with her family.

Glen Stump

Glen Stump, Maintenance / Funeral Attendant

Mary Stump

Mary Stump, Funeral Attendant

Mark Norman

Mark Norman, Funeral Attendant/Funeral Service Intern

Mark serves as an Associate Minister at Mountain View Baptist Church in Martinsville, Virginia. He is a volunteer EMT for Ridgeway District Volunteer Rescue Squad Inc. He loves to travel, read the Bible, play the piano, sing, and help others.

Leon Hairston

Leon Hairston, Funeral Attendant

Donna Mason

Donna Mason, Secretary / Insurance Coordinator

She attends Friendly Worship Center in Ridgeway, Virginia. She enjoys crafts, walking, and watching her children play sports.

Sheri Hale

Sheri Hale, Maintenance

Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson, Funeral Director

Eric likes to coach basketball and attends Bible Way World Wide Church in Danville, Virginia.

Michelle R. Graves

Michelle R. Graves, Funeral Service Intern

From Danville Virginia
Dedicated and active Member of Bethel Baptist Church
She loves listening to music, fellowshipping with family and friends; and she has a compassion for helping others

Martin Salgado

Martin Salgado, Funeral Attendant

Leroy Hairston

Leroy Hairston, Funeral Attendant

Joe Gravely

Joe Gravely, Aftercare/Grief Counselor

Tamisha Adams

Tamisha Adams, Funeral Attendant

Bill Bingham

Bill Bingham, Funeral Attendant

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson, Funeral Attendant

Avery Neil Pressley

Avery Neil Pressley, Funeral Attendant

Johnny Johnson

Johnny Johnson, Funeral Attendant

Beth Hodge

Beth Hodge, Funeral Attendant/Funeral Service Intern

Beth loves to spend time with her husband and two children, watch football, sing, travel, and read. Beth is a member of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Martinsville, VA. She is a 2006 graduate of The College of William and Mary and a 2013 graduate of Liberty University.