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

  • Eddie  E. Gullett

    Eddie E. Gullett President/General Manager

    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 Mills Chapel Church in Castlewood, Virginia. Eddie is the son of the late 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 is a life long resident of the St. Paul-Castlewood area and 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 the youngest son of Shirley Hobbs Linkous of Castlewood, VA and the late Charlie Linkous. Robert is a Member of Calvary Baptist Church, Castlewood, VA.

  • Amanda Salyer Harris

    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.

  • 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.

  • Joshua L Dearry

    Joshua L Dearry Funeral Assistant

    Joshua lives in Coeburn, Virginia and has recently married his wife, Hannah. He enjoys hiking, photography, and playing music. He and his family have a gospel singing group, "Darrell Milgrim and the Dearry Family" and we enjoy singing for the Lord.

  • Elizabeth Powers

    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.


In Memoriam

  • Jess  Johnson

    Jess Johnson Founder

    Our Castlewood Funeral Home family, and our Castlewood community, experienced a great loss when Jess passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, October 8, 2020, at his home.

    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. On October 1, 1991, Castlewood Funeral Home opened, and the firm received its first call on that day. Throughout the years, Jess served the Castlewood Community faithfully with professionalism and care. He faithfully would answer calls at all hours of the day and night, and always sought to comfort those grieving.

    He is survived by his wife, Rita Slemp Mullins Johnson, the light of Poppa’s life, Aaron Burton; one son, Jessie “Jay” Johnson, III and wife, Penny of Castlewood, Virginia; one daughter, Rebecca Woodruff and husband, Timothy of St. Paul, Virginia; four grandchildren, Jessie Johnson IV and wife, Jannike of Castlewood, Virginia, Nathan Johnson and wife, Megan of Castlewood, Virginia, Josh Castle and wife, Rebecca of Castlewood, Virginia, and Olivia Castle; six great-grandchildren, Cayden and Conner Castle, Nolan Johnson, Henry Johnson, Kaitlyn Castle, and Aliaynna Woodruff; and several nieces and nephews.

    Jess’ example and passion to serve and care for families will always inspire us at Castlewood Funeral Home. He honored the lives of everyone that came into his care, and leaves a great legacy for us to follow. The Castlewood Funeral Home family and our whole Castlewood community will greatly miss this humble servant…