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. 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.

  • Terry Davidson

    Terry Davidson Administrative Assistant

    Terry is an Administrative Assistant at Blevins Funeral & Cremation Services. She is 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 Bristol, TN.

  • 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.

  • Ken  Tester

    Ken Tester Senior Funeral Assistant / Retired

    Kenneth Tester, a lifelong resident of Bristol, is a Senior Funeral Assistant. 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 is active with Meals on Wheels in the Bristol Community. 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.

  • 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 Bachelor of Science Degree from East Tennessee State University and is looking to pursue higher education in the near future. James and his wife, Morgan Teaster Dzuba live in Bristol, TN.

  • Jonathan Cross

    Jonathan Cross Funeral Assistant

    Jonathan Robert Lee Cross, is a lifelong resident of Bristol, TN. He graduated from Sullivan East High School and goes to Belle Meadows Baptist Church. He is married to Hannah Cross, whom he met at church years ago. Jonathan states that he wants to have a career where he helps people in their time of need, and feels that this job is where God’s led him. Jonathan spends his free time at home, going out with his wife, and helping out his family in any way possible.