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 Northern Virginia 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, Funeral Service Licensee
Scott is a second-generation funeral director following in the footsteps of his late ather, 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 graduate of James Madison University and now lives in Richmond, Va.
Scott is a member of First Baptist Church 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, 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, 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 lives in the Ringgold community. They have two daughters, Abby W. Chaney (Alan), a pharmacist and Leah Whitt Jarvis (Kevin), owner of Olive and Wit, LLC and two grandsons, Gage and Hayden Chaney.
Keister is a life member with over 43 years of active service and a National Registered Paramedic with the Danville Life Saving & First Aid Crew, Inc. He is also a firefighter/paramedic with the Ringgold Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, serving as President of the board.
Keister served as President of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association for 2009-2010 and serves as Vice President for the Virginia Funeral Directors Association Foundation Board of Trustees.
Chris Neal, Funeral Service Licensee
Chris is a Danville native, the son of Frankie Neal and the late Rick 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, CFSP, Funeral Service Licensee
Meghan joined the Wrenn-Yeatts staff in September of 2008. She graduated from John Tyler Community
College in 2012 with an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science. She received her Certified Funeral
Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation in February of 2021.
She then went on to graduate from Mid-America College of Funeral Services in March
of 2022 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Funeral Service Management. She also received a
certification in Thanatology for End of Life Professionals and Green Burial Practices.
Meghan enjoys painting, music and spending time with her husband, Chris and her two children, Scarlett
and Isabelle. Meghan has been active with the Danville Symphony Orchestra.
She is available to serve families from the North Main, Westover and Yanceyville locations.
Gary W. Goodson, Jr., CCO, Assistant Manager of Crematory Operations, Funeral Service Licensee
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. After the retirement of Don Harris, he took over the role of Assistant Manager of Crematory operations.
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 and attends Ringgold Baptist Church.
He is married to Bonnie and he has three daughters, Christy Stream, Allison Case and Kelsey Case Riddle. He enjoys NASCAR and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Matthew Pruitt, Funeral Intern
Matthew is a native of Ringgold and a graduate of Westover Christian School. He is attending the Funeral Service Program at John Tyler Community College.
Andrea Evans, Office Manager
Andrea works out of the North Main Chapel, is a notary, and is available to assist families with insurance and veteran's claims.
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.
Leonard L Haraway, Funeral Assistant
Leonard retired as a Captain with the Danville Fire Department after 37 years of service. He is a life member of the Danville Life Saving and First Aid Crew where he had served in numerous roles including Captain (now Chief) for two terms. Leonard has 61 years of experience in funeral service; he has worked with several generations of the Barker family at Barker Funeral Home in North Danville and is a member of Lighthouse Bible Church. We welcome Leonard to our family at Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Homes where he is available to serve families at any of our three locations
Terry Martin, Funeral Assistant
Ralph McCubbins, Funeral Assistant
Morris Stowe, Funeral Assistant
Henry Stowe, Funeral Assistant
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 Sides Burnett and Bryan Sides. He enjoys spending time with his five grandchildren and playing golf.
Barry joined the staff of Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Homes in 2015 to give care and support to those families suffering loss.
Sam Farthing, Crematory Operator
Mary Dalton, Funeral Assistant
Wade Rowland, Funeral Assistant
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 over 40 years as a volunteer fireman with the Yanceyville Volunteer Fire Department. Billy is an avid golfer and he also enjoys hunting.
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, 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, 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.
Richard Guill, Funeral Assistant
Rick Durham, CCO, Retired
Rick decided to leave us at the end of 2020. Enjoy your second retirement.
Don Harris, CCO, Retired
Don announced his intent to retire in early 2020 and we were fortunate to have him remain with us until December 31, 2020. Best wishes to Don and Judy as they both enjoy retirement.
Charles Briggs, Retired
Mr. Charles Briggs served faithfully at our Yanceyville location until his health declined.