History & Staff

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

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

  • C. Todd Garrett

    C. Todd Garrett Senior Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Todd is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Tennessee. He is the manager of Garrett Funeral Home. He is a native of Damascus, Virginia, and attended Holston High School where he was the captain and quarterback of the football team. He attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Cincinnati, Ohio, where he graduated sixth in his class "Cum Laude" in 1992 with an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. He is a member of the Virginia Institute of Funeral Professionals, former president of the Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association, and member of the Damascus Citizens Club. He is a member of the First Baptist Church and has a son, Nicholas Peyton Garrett, and a daughter, Madison Nicolle Garrett.

  • Robert L. Linkous

    Robert L. Linkous Location Manager ~ Funeral Director ~ Embalmer

    Robert is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Tennessee. Robert is also a Licensed Insurance Agent in the Commonwealth of Virginia and currently is appointed with Global Atlantic Financial Group / Forethought Life Insurance Company. Robert is a 1986 graduate of Castlewood High School and a 2008 graduate of John Tyler Community College in Chesterfield, Virginia with an Associates Degree in Funeral Services. Robert and his wife, Sharon Bays Linkous, have three children, Marley Christine, Robert Hayden, and Aubrey James and currently lives in St. Paul, VA. Robert is a member of the Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association and is also 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.

  • Owen Parks

    Owen Parks Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer

    Owen is a native of Washington County, VA and is the son of Steve and Zaria Parks. Owen graduated in 2017 from Holston High School as class president and is currently serving his apprenticeship to become a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is also attending Virginia Highlands Community College and plans to enter mortuary college in the spring of 2019. He is a member of the Damascus Citizens Club and Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club.

  • 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.

  • Kim Ryburn

    Kim Ryburn Administrative Assistant

    Kim is a native of Smyth County, VA. She graduated from Chilhowie High School, Chilhowie, VA. She is a resident of Damascus, Washington County, VA since 2002. Kim has a son, Shane Ryburn. She loves spending time with family and friends.