Jess Johnson Founder
Jess began working part-time at Huff-Cook Funeral Home in St. Paul, Virginia in May of 1964. On June 1, 1965, he began working full-time at Huff-Cook, where he remained until the end of 1990. He has been a licensed funeral director since 1970. He is a member and Past Master of the St. Paul Masonic Lodge #343 A.F. & A.M., a 32nd Degree Mason in Scottish Rite in the Roanoke Consistory, a member of the Jericho Shrine Temple, the Clinch Valley Chapter #152 order of the Eastern Star, and past president of the Castlewood Lions Club. He is married to the former Rita Slemp Mullins. He has two children, a daughter, Becky Woodruff, a son, Jay Johnson, four grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Eddie E. Gullett President
Eddie is a 1978 graduate of Castlewood High School and a 1981 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he became a member of Pi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity. Eddie was also an employee of Huff-Cook Funeral Home in St. Paul and Castlewood. He is a member of the St. Paul Masonic Lodge #343 A.F. & A.M., Clinch Valley Chapter #152, O. E. S. of St. Paul, and past president of the Castlewood Lions Club. He attends the Assembly of God Church in St. Paul, Virginia. Eddie is the son of Frankie O. and Alice Salyer Gullett of Castlewood, Virginia. He is married to the former Twilia Yvonne Taylor, and they have two children, Steven Eugene and his wife, Jessica Lawson Gullett, and Amanda Brooke and her husband, William Matthew Sargent, one granddaughter, Hannah Grace Gullett and one grandson, Carson Ryan Gullett.
Robert L. Linkous Funeral Director and Embalmer
Robert L. Linkous, a life long resident of the St. Paul-Castlewood area, 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. 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, and live in St. Paul, Virginia. 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 and attends Calvary Baptist Church.
Edward L. Kiser Funeral Assistant
Edward graduated from Ervinton High School in 1966. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Dante, Virginia. He has two daughters and three grandchildren. He is a Veteran of the United States Army and he served in the Vietnam War and is a recipient of the Purple Heart. He is a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Gravel Lick, Virginia.
Amanda Salyer Harris Administrative Assistant
Amanda is a 2004 graduate of Castlewood High School and a lifelong resident of Russell County, Virginia. She attended Virginia Highlands Community College and went on to become a business manager at a local chain of convenient stores. She is the daughter of Donnie and Janet Salyer of Castlewood, Virginia. She married her husband, Ryan on June 25, 2016 and has two step children, Tristan Ryan and Annaica Grace, and one son, Ryland Lane. She enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.
Andrew N Jessee Funeral Assistant
Andrew has lived in Lebanon, VA all of his life. He graduated from Lebanon High School and currently attends VA Highlands Community College. He has two sisters, one of which lives in Minot, North Dakota. His father is George Jessee and his mother is Lisa Jessee. Andrew attends Grosses Creek Baptist Church in Chilhowie, VA. He loves sports and any kind of outdoor activity.
Tayler Ervin Funeral Assistant
Tayler is a 2014 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School in Lugoff, South Carolina. He and his wife, Kaylin, reside in Castlewood, Virginia. Tayler is also employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation and is a member of Rosedale Baptist Church. Tayler has interest in hunting and fishing as well as sports such as football and basketball.
Joshua L Dearry Funeral Assistant
Joshua lives in Coeburn, Virginia and has recently married his wife, Hannah. I enjoy hiking, photography, and playing music. My family and I have a gospel singing group, "Darrell Milgrim and the Dearry Family" and we enjoy singing for the Lord.
Dennis Skeens Funeral Assistant
Dennis grew up in Nickelsville, Virginia and went to Twin Springs High School until his senior year, where he transferred to Gate City High School. He worked 4:30 p.m. till 12:30 a.m. at the Kingsport Press. Him and his wife, Phyllis live in Castlewood, Virginia. He has two children, Sabrinia Monk and husband, William and Michael Skeens and wife, Ashley; two step children, Nancy Fox Skeens and Jody Smith and husband, Scotty; four grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. He enjoys traveling, fishing and spending time with his family. He and his wife are members of the House of Prayer Church in Castlewood, Virginia.
Elizabeth Powers Administrative/Funeral Assistant
Elizabeth graduated from Ervinton High School, Nora, VA and was employed as a secretary there for two years. She graduated from Southwest VA Community College and Clinch Valley College, now UVA at Wise. She retired from the Russell County School Board, serving at various times as a Library Clerk, School Secretary, and Teacher at Dante, Clinch River, Castlewood, Copper Creek, and Cleveland Elementary Schools. Elizabeth is married to David Powers and they have three children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She is an active member of Calvary Baptist Church on Gravel Lick where she also teaches Sunday School. Elizabeth enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, word jumbles, and spending time with and traveling with her family.