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, 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 graduate of James Madison University.
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), an employee of North Carolina State University and two grandsons, Gage and Hayden Chaney.
Keister is a life member with over 41 years of active service 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 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 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, 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.
Laten Ford, CCO, Funeral Service Licensee
Laten joined the staff of Wrenn-Yeatts in 2012 and is a Danville native.
Laten is a 2014 graduate of Westover Christian Academy and is a 2017 graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College.
He is married to the former Kristen Lindsay. In his spare time he enjoys traveling and playing golf.
He is available to serve families from the North Main or the Westover Chapels.
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.
Andrea Evans, Office Manager
Gary W. Goodson Jr., Funeral Intern
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. In 2018, he began his funeral service studies and is a licensed intern.
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
Richard Guill, Funeral Assistant
Ralph McCubbins, Funeral Assistant
Morris Stowe, Funeral Assistant
Henry Stowe, Funeral Assistant
Darryl Myers, Funeral Service 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.
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.
Josh Craddock, Funeral Assistant
Don Harris, CCO, Assistant Manager - Crematory Operations
Rick Durham, CCO, Crematory Technician
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, 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.
Charles Briggs, Funeral Assistant - Yanceyville