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

Our Beginnings

In 1935, the brand new Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home  was the only funeral establishment in North Danville. Starting the business in rented quarters, partners Jack H. Wrenn and C. C. Yeatts offered both funeral and ambulance services, which were fairly common at the time.

Shortly after starting the business, the partners acquired a stately residence on the corner of Baugh and North Main Streets and converted it into one of the finest funeral homes in Virginia. Later, they acquired and remodeled another residence on North Main Street, creating the first complete funeral chapel in Danville.

As a result of the caring, compassionate service the funeral home provided to the families of Danville, the business continued to grow, constructing a new facility in Westover Hills in 1986. The Westover Chapel is located near Danville Memorial Gardens and the Route 58 West bypass, which allows easy access from all areas of Danville, Pittsylvania County, Rockingham County, NC and Caswell County, NC.

In 2000, a crematory was added at the Westover Chapel in order to provide more personalized services to our families requesting cremation. Your loved one never leaves our care.

Late 2010 brought more changes to the Wrenn-Yeatts family as the former Marley Funeral Home property was acquired in Yanceyville, North Carolina.  In early 2011, the new Wrenn-Yeatts Memorial Funeral Home opened, providing the same quality funeral and cremation services to the citizens of Yanceyville and Caswell County.


Today, the Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Homes & Crematory are still locally owned and operated by Ryland and Scott Bennett, Jimmie Williams, and Keister Whitt, who dedicate themselves to maintaining and preserving the proud tradition of service that was started over 75 years ago.

We also believe that when you see our facilities that you can rest assured that the owners are right inside and we support our community by dealing with our friends and local businesses whenever possible.


Our Valued Staff

Ryland B. Bennett, CCO

Ryland B. Bennett, CCO, President, Funeral Service Licensee

Ryland began his career with Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Homes on September 23, 1955 and currently serves as President of the company.

He is married to the former Dorothy Yates and they have two sons, Mark Bennett, who lives in Blacksburg, VA and Scott Bennett, a partner with him in the business.

Ryland is a 1958 graduate of the John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science. He has been active with the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, serving as a past board member and on the Exhibits Committee.

He is a member of the Kentuck Baptist Church, a life member of the Danville Life Saving Crew and a member of the Kent Masonic Lodge. Ryland is also a volunteer with God's Pit Crew, a local disaster response organization.

He enjoys hunting, playing golf and traveling in his spare time.


Scott Bennett

Scott Bennett, Funeral Service Licensee

Scott is a second-generation funeral director following in the footsteps of his father, Ryland Bennett, and has been associated with Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Homes full time since 1985 and is the manager of the Westover Chapel. He is a graduate of George Washington High School and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service.

He is married to the former Jeannie Knapp and they have two children, Kathryn, who is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA and now lives in Nashville, TN, and John, a student at James Madison University.

Scott is a member of Kentuck Baptist Church, the Danville Kiwanis Club and Tuscarora Country Club.

In his spare time he enjoys playing golf.

Scott is available at either the North Main Chapel, the Westover Chapel and the Yanceyville location to serve families.


Jimmie Williams

Jimmie Williams, Funeral Service Licensee

Jimmie has been with Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home since 1979. He is the manager of the Yanceyville location and is also available at either Danville location to serve families.

Jimmie is married to the former Judy Hooker and they reside in the Mountain Hill Community of Ringgold. They have two sons, JB Williams and his wife Katie and Justin C. Williams (U.S. Navy) and his wife, Heather and two granddaughters, Grace Elizabeth and Emma James Williams.

Jimmie is a graduate of Dan River High School and the Gupton Jones Mortuary College and is a life member of the Danville Life Saving Crew.

In his spare time he enjoys hunting.


C. Keister Whitt III, CFSP CCO

C. Keister Whitt III, CFSP CCO, Funeral Service Licensee

Keister has been associated with Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Homes full time since 1983 and is manager of the North Main Chapel. He is a graduate of John Tyler Community College and a Virginia and North Carolina Funeral Service Licensee. He has been a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) since 1994.

Keister is married to the former Laura Wilkerson and they live in the Ringgold community. They have two daughters, Abby W. Chaney, a pharmacist and Leah Boyd Whitt, an employee of Campbell University and a grandson, David Gage Chaney.

He is a member of Kentuck Baptist Church.

Keister is a life member, past Captain (now Chief) and a National Registered Paramedic with the Danville Life Saving & First Aid Crew, Inc. He is also a member of the Ringgold Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department.

Keister served as President of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association for 2009-2010 and serves as Secretary for the Virginia Funeral Directors Association Foundation Board.


Chris Neal

Chris Neal, Funeral Service Licensee

Chris is a Danville native, the son of Rick & Frankie Neal. He is married to the former April Murphy and has one daughter, Rebecca Catherine Neal.

Chris is a 2001 graduate of George Washington High School and a 2005 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service.

He is a member of Vandola Baptist Church. Morotock Lodge # 210 A.F.& A.M. and Danville Scottish Rite Bodies.


Meghan Justine King

Meghan Justine King, Funeral Service Licensee

Meghan joined the Wrenn-Yeatts staff in 2008 and is a 2012 graduate of John Tyler Community College. She enjoys reading, drawing, music and spending time with her two children, Scarlett and Isabelle and her husband, Chris. Meghan is active with the Danville Symphony Orchestra.

She is available to serve families from the North Main or the Westover Chapels.


Earline S. Mills

Earline S. Mills, Bookkeeper

Earline is the bookkeeper with Wrenn-Yeatts. Before coming to the funeral home she had worked over 35 years with Sears as assistant manager of operations.

As bookkeeper she is responsible for most of the administrative tasks at the funeral homes. Earline's office is located at the North Main Chapel.

Earline is married to Thomas Mills and has two children, Cindy Carter and Darryl Mills, two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.

She is a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, serves as a honorary board member with the Danville Cancer Association and is a member of the Dan Pitts Chapter of ABWA.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking and playing cards.


Charles Case Jr.

Charles Case Jr., Funeral Assistant

Charles began his second career in funeral service in 2004 after closing his family business, Case Auto Sales. Charles lives in North Danville and has been a member of Third Avenue Christian Church since he was 15 years old.

He is married to Bonnie and he has three daughters, Christy Stream, Allison and Kelsey Case. He enjoys NASCAR and spending time with his children and grandchildren.


Laten Ford, CCO

Laten Ford, CCO, Funeral Service Apprentice

Laten joined the staff of Wrenn-Yeatts in 2012 and works at the North Main and Westover Chapels. Presently, Laten is serving his apprenticeship to become a funeral service licensee and is attending Fayetteville Technical Community College Mortuary Science Program.

Laten is a 2014 graduate of Westover Christian Academy and is a resident of the Ringgold Community. In his free time Laten enjoys playing golf and volunteering for political organizations and campaigns.


Wesley Barker

Wesley Barker, Funeral Assistant

Wesley joined the staff of Wrenn-Yeatts in 2003 and works part time at the North Main Chapel. He is a resident of the Ringgold community and attends the Tabernacle where he sings in the choir.
Wesley was a 1959 graduate of Danville Technical Institute majoring in Business and Accounting. He worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and retired after 32 years of service.
Wesley is married to the former Violet Wilkerson and has two sons, Keith and Kevin Barker.


Richard Guill

Richard Guill, Funeral Assistant


Terry Martin

Terry Martin, Funeral Assistant


Ralph McCubbins

Ralph McCubbins, Funeral Assistant


Morris Stowe

Morris Stowe, Funeral Assistant


Robert Hudgins

Robert Hudgins, Funeral Assistant


Darryl T. Myers

Darryl T. Myers, Funeral Assistant

Darryl has been a native of Danville and Pittsylvania County his entire life. After graduating from Dan River High School in 1968 Darryl joined the Virginia National Guard and completed 6 ½ years of service. In 1978 he received his Associate Degree in Police Science, while being employed as a Danville Police Officer. During his 28 years of service he wore many hats; patrol, K-9 handler and instructor, Dare Instructor, undercover drug and regular investigator. During this time he met and married Karen Clark Myers and they have been married for over 30 years.
Darryl has been with the Elks for over 25 years and held the office of Exalted Ruler of the Danville Lodge, District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, and Virginia Elks Association President. He is currently a Trustee with the VEA and remains a member of the Fraternal Oder of Police. In the past he has been a member of the Ringgold Fire Department, Danville Life Saving Crew, and the American Legion.
Darryl retired from police work and now finds himself working for Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home in Danville. He has been teaching Sunday School for 15 years at Moffett Memorial Baptist Church.
He enjoys hanging out at home, motorcycle riding, listening to and attending bluegrass music festivals.


Keith Motley

Keith Motley, Funeral Assistant

Keith Allen Motley joined the staff at Wrenn-Yeatts in February of 2015. Keith is a current co-owner of Piedmont Siding and Windows of Danville, VA, which he has been working with since the age of 18.

He is a graduate of George Washington High School. He believes that his work with the funeral home is fulfilling a passion to help others during their time of grief. He is a Christian and a member of Shermont Baptist Church.

He is married to Melissa Daniels Motley and has two daughters Devin and Addison.


Gary W. Goodson Jr.

Gary W. Goodson Jr., Funeral Assistant

Gary has lived his entire life in Danville and Pittsylvania County. He graduated from George Washington High School in 1977 and has an Associate Degree in Administration of Justice from Danville Community College. He owns and operates Dan River Investigation LLC (a Private Investigative Agency).

Gary is married to the former Cindy Hullender and they live in Ringgold VA. Their daughter Cari is married to David A. Craddock and has three children, Joshua Alan, Bronson Wayne and Britton Kay-Cin.

In 2011, Gary retired from Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office where he served as Fire and Arson Investigator, Drug and Fugitive Investigator and Chief Deputy. Gary is a member of Lakewood Community Church in Ringgold where he teaches Sunday school, is a choir member, is on the Board of Stewards and is a Trustee for the Church.

Gary is an active member with Angel Search and Rescue (ASAR) and serves as director of the Search and Rescue Tracking Institute (SARTI) both these groups are professional volunteer search teams that look for lost and missing individuals in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a life member of the Danville Life Saving Crew.

Gary started working with Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home in October 2015 and is available at the North Main or Westover Chapel.


Barry Sides

Barry Sides, Funeral Assistant

Barry is a native of Danville and a graduate of G.W.H.S. and Averett University. He retired in 2012 after 39 years with the United States Postal Service. He served as Postmaster at Blairs and Ringgold. Barry is an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he serves on several committees and sings in the choir. He is a Board member for Danville Speech and Hearing Center and the Arc of the Southside. Barry is married to Frances Johnson Sides and they have two children, Whitney Burnett and Bryan Sides. He enjoys spending time with his five grandchildren and playing golf. Barry joined the staff of Wrenn-Yeatts in 2015 to give care and support to those families suffering loss.


Don  Harris, CCO

Don Harris, CCO, Assistant Manager - Crematory Operations


Rick Durham

Rick Durham, Crematory Technician


Billy Hodges

Billy Hodges, Funeral Assistant - Yanceyville

Billy Hodges is a native and lifetime resident of Caswell County. He joined the part time staff of Wrenn-Yeatts in 2010 after retiring from the North Carolina State Government. He is a graduate of BarlettYancey High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University.

He is married to Brenda Hodges and they have one daughter, Dr. Laura Beth Hodges, General Dentist and son-in-law Jared Calhoun of Yanceyville.

Billy is an active member of Prospect United Methodist Church where he serves on various committees. He has served for 40 years as a volunteer fireman with the Yanceyville Volunteer Fire Department. Billy is an avid golfer and he also enjoys hunting.


Brenda Hodges

Brenda Hodges, Receptionist - Yanceyville

Brenda Wood Hodges is a native and lifetime resident of Caswell County. Having retired from the position of Aging Services Director after 32 years of service with the Caswell County Government, she joined the part time staff of Wrenn-Yeatts in 2012. Brenda is a graduate of Barlett-Yancey High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Averett University.

She is married to Billy Hodges and they have one daughter, Dr. Laura Beth Hodges, General Dentist and son-in-law Jared Calhoun of Yanceyville.

Brenda is an active member of Prospect United Methodist Church where she serves on various committees. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, baking and puppeteering.


Bruce Clayton

Bruce Clayton, Funeral Assistant - Yanceyville

Bruce joined the staff of Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Homes in 2012 and works part time at the Yanceyville location. Before coming to the funeral home he retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company as the Aero Compliance Manager with over 35 years of service. He graduated from Bartlett Yancey Senior High School and Averett University majoring in Business Administration.

He is married to the former Stephanie Clayton and lives in West Yanceyville. He is a member of Prospect United Methodist Church. They have one son, Stuart H. Clayton and his wife, Lesley and a grandson, Matthew P. Clayton of New Bern, NC.

He enjoys spending time with his grandson and attending his sporting events. He also enjoys hunting, farming and his cows.

Bruce is available at the Yanceyville location of Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Homes to serve families.


Stephanie Clayton

Stephanie Clayton, Receptionist - Yanceyville

Stephanie joined the staff of Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Homes in 2012 and works part time at the Yanceyville location. Before coming to the funeral home she served Caswell County for thirty years with the Department of Social Services and retired as an Accounting Technician and Supervisor. She is a graduate of Bartlett Yancey Senior High School and attended Averett University.

She is married to Bruce M. Clayton and lives in West Yanceyville. Stephanie has been a life-long member of Prospect United Methodist Church. They have one son, Stuart H. Clayton and his wife, Lesley and a grandson, Matthew P. Clayton of New Bern, NC.

She enjoys spending time with her grandson and attending his sporting events. She also enjoys flowers, baking and antique auctions.

Stephanie continues to enjoy serving the people of Caswell County by working at the Yanceyville Chapel of Wrenn-Yeatts.


Charles Briggs

Charles Briggs, Funeral Assistant - Yanceyville