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.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Our History

On 1923, a group of local investors built a building on Moore Street in Bristol, Virginia and founded Bristol Funeral Home, Inc. On April 1, 1928, Les Blevins and J. B. Akard, pioneer undertakers associated with the undertaking department of a local furniture company, purchased the business and changed the name to Blevins-Akard Funeral Home, Inc.

When the Akards left Blevins-Akard to start their own firm in 1933, Les Blevins changed the name of the firm to Blevins Funeral Home and continued to operate from the Moore Street location for the next 20 years. In 1953, Blevins was forced to find a new location quickly because the building's owners wanted to demolish it to expand a business next door. Following a hasty search, Blevins purchased a former residence at 417 Lee Street, about four blocks from the original location.

In 1964, Charles Copenhaver, R. E. Smith, and C. J. Trinkle, all employees of Blevins Funeral Home, purchased the firm from the Blevins family and began planning for the construction of a new building behind the present building. In October of 1965, they moved the funeral home into the new location and demolished the old building for parking. In 1988, Blevins became part of Heritage Family Funeral Services.


Our Valued Staff

Steve W Howard

Steve W Howard, Manager and Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Steve was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is a proud veteran of the United States Navy serving during operation Freedom. He graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1998. Steve has one son, Stephen W. Howard, Jr. He has been a resident of Bristol, Virginia for the past 6 years, and is an active member of the Washington County, VA Moose Lodge. Steve is dedicated in serving the families of our community.


Robert L. Linkous

Robert L. Linkous, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Robert is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Tennessee. He is also a licensed Insurance Agent in the Commonwealth of Virginia and currently is appointed with Settlers Life Insurance and Forethought Life Insurance Company. He is a 1986 graduate of Castlewood High School and a 2008 graduate of John Tyler Community College in Chesterfield, Virginia, in Funeral Services. Robert and his wife, Sharon Bays Linkous, have three children, Marley Christine, Robert Hayden, and Aubrey James. Robert is a member of the Castlewood Lions Club and is active in other community organizations. Robert is the youngest son of Shirley Hobbs Linkous and the late Charlie Linkous of Castlewood, Virginia.


Brent  Buchanan

Brent Buchanan, Funeral Director & Embalmer

Brent is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at Blevins Funeral and Cremation Services. He is a Bristol native and resident, and a graduate of Sullivan East High School. He holds a BS from East Tennessee State University and is a member of the Bristol Chapter of the Kiwanis Club.


Terry Davidson

Terry Davidson, Administrative Assistant

Terry is an Administrative Assistant at Blevins Funeral & Cremation Services. Originally from Bristol, TN and a graduate of Sullivan East High School, she received an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Virginia Highlands Community College and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Terry lives in Abingdon, VA.


Ken  Tester

Ken Tester, Funeral Assistant

Kenneth Tester, a lifelong resident of Bristol, is an Assistant Funeral Director. He is treasurer of the Virginia Chapter of the Post Q of the Travelers Protective Association, a member of the Gideons, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He and his wife Martha are members of Fellowship Chapel.


Toni Teaster

Toni Teaster, Funeral Assistant

Toni Teaster, is a lifelong resident of Bristol, VA and serves as a Funeral Assistant. She is a graduate of David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She currently lives in Bristol, VA with her husband, Chris and two children. She enjoys photography, gardening, and refinishing antiques.


Vann Seal

Vann Seal, Funeral Assistant

Vann is a life long resident of Bristol and retired from Electro-Mechanical Corporation after 31 years of service. Vann has a Bachelor of Theology degree from V.B.C. Bible Institute, entering the ministry in 1987. He currently pastors Pleasant View Baptist Church in Glade Spring, VA. He and his wife Dianne live in Bristol, VA and have four children and 13 grandchildren.


Jonathan Cross

Jonathan Cross, Funeral Assistant

Jonathan is life long resident of Bristol, Tn. He is a graduate of Sullivan East High School, Class of 2014. He currently attends Belle Meadows Baptist Church, Bristol, VA.


James Dzuba

James Dzuba, Funeral Assistant

James is a Funeral Assistant who is a graduate of Virginia High School and lived most of his life in Bristol, VA. He holds a BS from East Tennessee State University and is looking to pursue higher education in the near future. He is recently and happily engaged to Morgan Teaster with plans of marriage in September.