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Our Staff

Our Staff's Commitment to You.


Our caring funeral professionals are dedicated to helping you create a meaningful funeral for your loved one.

 


We understand that losing a loved one is difficult, and our staff is available around the clock. Our full time support staff is also available to help you through the arrangement process, necessary paperwork, and other administration needs.

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Kimberly Farris Luke President/Owner
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David M. Farris Owner
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Barbara A. Farris Owner
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Mike Farris General Manager
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Stephen DeBord Funeral Director
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Sam Hess Funeral Director
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Amanda Perry Funeral Director
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Farris Blackson Administration/ Aftercare Coordinator
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Richard White Funeral Assistant/Grounds and Maintenance
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Deborah Lester Office Assistant
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Adam Wolfe Funeral Service Trainee
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Barbara Farmer Funeral Assistant
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Betsy Warden Funeral Assistant
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Bruce Stone Funeral Assistant
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Claude Worrell Funeral Assistant
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Danny Thompson Funeral Assistant
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David Hollifield Funeral Assistant
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David Robins Funeral Assistant
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Debbie Woods Funeral Assistant
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Jerry Leonard Funeral Assistant
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Jim McCall Funeral Assistant
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Linda Henley Funeral Assistant
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Mary Leonard Funeral Assistant
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Patsy Shelley Funeral Assistant
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Randy Price Funeral Assistant
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Wayne Guffey Funeral Assistant
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William Denton Funeral Assistant

Kimberly Farris Luke

President/Owner
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Graduated from Abingdon High School; obtained her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Richmond and her MBA at the University of South Carolina; has completed extensive graduate-level education in Social Work and Christian Counseling. Longtime active member of Woodland Hills Christian Church in Abingdon, Virginia; has served on boards of several local non-profit organizations; is a frequent speaker about grief, natural burials & cremations, and end-of-life planning; earned certification as Death and Grief Educator from Center for Loss; and is currently serving as Board Member with Selected Independent Funeral Homes, an international organization.

David M. Farris

Owner
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Graduate of William King High School. Attended Lincoln Memorial University and Emory and Henry College, then graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Has served in many leadership capacities including President of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, Chair of the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, President of the Board of Selected Independent Funeral Homes (formerly National Selected Morticians); has served on a variety of local civic organizations; former member of Rotary Club; longtime member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church and the Highlands Emmaus Community; enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, spending time at the beach, and exercising on the Virginia Creeper Trail.

Barbara A. Farris

Owner
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Graduate of William King High School and attended Johnston Memorial School of Nursing; licensed funeral director since the early 1970’s; longtime member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church and Highlands Emmaus Community; enjoys collecting antiques and spending time with family.

Mike Farris

General Manager
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Graduated from Abingdon High School; graduated from Virginia Military Institution with a B.A. in English and later graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Mike is a member of Howards Creek Baptist Church and is a proud Veteran U.S.A.F. (Captain). His favorite pastime is cooking meals and treats to share with his neighbors and friends.

Stephen DeBord

Funeral Director
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Graduated from Northwood High School and John A. Gupton College. Attends Valley View Assembly of God and is a member of the American Legion, V.F.W., and D.A.V. Enjoys boating and biking on the local trails.

Sam Hess

Funeral Director
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Graduated from Honaker High School and John Tyler Community College. Worked as a coal miner in the region.

Amanda Perry

Funeral Director
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Graduated from Harriman High School and John A. Gupton College and attends Abingdon Baptist Church. Favorite thing is spending time with her husband Matt and her canine companion Lulu.

Farris Blackson

Administration/ Aftercare Coordinator
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Graduated from Abingdon High School; earned a Bachelor’s degree in student ministry from King University; worked in children’s ministry prior to joining our firm. She is part of the fifth-generation of the Farris family to be involved with funeral service; she is a member of Highlands Fellowship.

Richard White

Funeral Assistant/Grounds and Maintenance
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Graduated from Abingdon High School and attends The Bridge.

Deborah Lester

Office Assistant
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Graduated from Abingdon High School and Virginia Highlands Community College, and attends Abingdon Bible Church.

Adam Wolfe

Funeral Service Trainee
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Graduated from Temple Christian School; works part-time as a transfer attendant for Faithful Pets,;attends and is an ordained associate minister at Gospel Tabernacle Church.

Barbara Farmer

Funeral Assistant
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Graduated from Galax High School, VA Institute of S.S., Wythe Community College, and Union College School of Theology Seminary; works at and is a member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church; serves on the board and is an officer of United Way; on the board of SWVA Hospice, 4H Board, Chairman of Faith in Action, and member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Betsy Warden

Funeral Assistant
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Graduated from Patrick Henry High School and the VA Academy of Hair Styling; retired from Highlands Union Bank; attends Shady Grove United Methodist Church; is a member of Southview Extension Club, and VA Association of Family and Community Education.

Bruce Stone

Funeral Assistant
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Graduated from Marion High School in Marion, NC; attends Shady Grove United Methodist Church; is a member of the Abingdon Masonic Lodge 48.

Claude Worrell

Funeral Assistant
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Graduated from Hillsville High School; is a retired state police officer of 45 years; attends Pleasant View United Methodist Church; is a member of the Abingdon Masonic Lodge 48.

Danny Thompson

Funeral Assistant
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Graduated from Virginia High School and Victory Bible College; works as chaplain at the SWVARJ and the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry; attends Rosedale Baptist Church; is a member of Highlands Emmaus Community and the Ikito Martial Arts in Abingdon.

David Hollifield

Funeral Assistant
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Graduated from Troutman HS in North Carolina; is a consultant for Concrete Coatings Company, Inc.; attends St. Thomas Episcopal Church; is a member of Abingdon Masonic Lodge 48.

David Robins

Funeral Assistant
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Graduated from Patrick Henry High School; is a school bus driver for Washington County Public Schools (VA); attends and is the pastor of Gospel Tabernacle Church; is involved with the youth and children’s activities at church.

Debbie Woods

Funeral Assistant
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Graduated from Abingdon High School and the VA Academy of Hair Styling; works at Deb’s Hair Den; attends the West Main Street Freewill Baptist Church.

Jerry Leonard

Funeral Assistant
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Graduated from John S. Battle High School; works for VDOT; attends Greendale Chapel; is a member of the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited Association, and the Kettle Foot Rod & Gun Club.

Jim McCall

Funeral Assistant
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Graduated from Abingdon High School, East Tennessee State University, and University of Virginia; works as a teacher at Abingdon Elementary; attends Abingdon Baptist Church; is a member of WCEA, VEA, and NEA.

Linda Henley

Funeral Assistant
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Linda is a graduate of Patrick Henry High School and a member of Gospel Tabernacle Church. She and her husband Darrell co-pastored at Gospel Tabernacle for 21 years until her husband's retirement. She feels her work at Farris Funeral Service is a continuation in the ministry of helping others.

Mary Leonard

Funeral Assistant
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Graduated from Abingdon High School and Virginia Highlands Community College; retired after 40 years in Pharmaceuticals; attends Greendale Chapel where she assists the youth director with the Good News Club and the Upward Bound Basketball League.

Patsy Shelley

Funeral Assistant
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Graduated from Abingdon High School and attends Greendale Chapel.

Randy Price

Funeral Assistant
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Graduated from Valley High School in Pine Grove, WV, Fairmont State College, and Emory and Henry College; works at Teleperformance, attends and is a member of Damascus Road Baptist Church in Abingdon.

Wayne Guffey

Funeral Assistant
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Graduated from Business College in Charlotte and is a member of the Abingdon Masonic Lodge 48

William Denton

Funeral Assistant
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Graduate of Abingdon High School; attends Greendale Chapel; is a member of the Meadowview Civic Club, the Historical Society of Washington County, VA, and Abingdon Rotary Club.