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.
Jami R Zander Location Manager
Jami is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Tennessee. She was born and raised in southwest Virginia and graduated with her Mortuary Degree from John Tyler Community College in 2012. Jami was humbled by the sting of loss at an early age with her mother's untimely passing and felt the calling to serve others. Jami joined our team in November of 2020 as Location Manager of Blevins Funeral Home and Cremation Services. She is married with one son and two step-daughters. Jami enjoys spending time with her family and friends, North Carolina Tar Heels basketball, and Oakland Raiders Football.
Robert L. Linkous Funeral Director ~ Embalmer
Robert is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Tennessee. Robert is a 2008 graduate of John Tyler Community College in Chester, Virginia with an Associates Degree in Funeral Services.
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 currently attending John Tyler Community College in Funeral Services. He is a member of the Damascus Citizens Club and Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club.
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 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.
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.
Terry Davidson Administrative Assistant
Terry currently lives in Bristol, TN and has returned to Blevins on a part-time basis.
Scott Greene Family Services Counselor
Scott is a native of Johnson City and graduated from Daniel Boone High School. He is a licensed life insurance agent, with several years of experience. He is an ordained minister, having worked extensively in youth ministries and served as Youth Pastor at several local churches. Scott and his wife Patti live in Bluff City. They have one son, Scott (and daughter-in-law Maryl) and one granddaughter, Amber. They attend Chinquapin Grove Baptist Church. Scott joined our staff in 2018 as a pre-need counselor and has also worked in cemetery and monument sales. His duties with us have recently expanded to include assisting our families full-time in aftercare consulting and pre-arrangement planning.