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.

Our History

Our History

In January of 1991, a large tract of land overlooking Highway 58 in Castlewood was purchased from Mr. Trinkle Phillips, a local businessman, and an 8400 square foot building was designed.  C&R builders of Castlewood served as the contractor for the building, and construction began in the spring of 1991.

On October 1, 1991, Castlewood Funeral Home opened, and the firm received its first call on that day.  The original associates of the firm were Jess Johnson, Eddie Gullett, Bert McCoy, C.B. Parrott, and Twilia Gullett.  In early 1994, because of the increasing number of families served by Castlewood Funeral Home, Randy Bryant joined the staff.

Our Valued Staff

  • Jess  Johnson

    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

    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

    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.

  • Anita D. Bentley

    Anita D. Bentley Administrative Assistant

    Anita is a 1974 graduate of Bluefield High School in Bluefield, West Virginia and a 1984 graduate of Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, Virginia. She resides in Castlewood, Virginia with her husband, Danny. She has two sons, John Thomas “J.T.” Bentley, who is deceased, and Cody Alan Bentley, who is a teacher at Broadway High School in Rockingham County, Virginia. Anita owns and operates Anita’s Bookkeeping in Castlewood, Virginia.

  • Edward L. Kiser

    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

    Amanda Salyer Harris Administrative Assistant and Funeral 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.

  • Cathy Powers Farmer

    Cathy Powers Farmer Administrative Assistant and Funeral Assistant

    Cathy is a 1987 graduate of Castlewood High School. She attended Southwest Virginia Community College and Mountain Empire Community College. She has been worked in Home Health since 2000. She is married to Stephen Farmer and they reside in Norton, Virginia. She has a daughter, Caitlyn Parker who resides in West Lafayette, Indiana and is a professor at Perdue University, stepson, Chase who resides in Coeburn, and two step grandchildren, Abbie and Easton. She is also, the Mom of five rescue dogs, Bella, Harley, Lily, Lola, and Dixie. She enjoys spending time with her husband, riding the motorcycle, gardening, cooking and taking care of her dogs.

  • Andrew N Jessee

    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

    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

    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

    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.