Obituaries

Charles Carter
B: 1925-12-07
D: 2017-11-16
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Carter, Charles
Frances Bowers
D: 2017-11-16
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Bowers, Frances
Wade Bowden
B: 1968-02-22
D: 2017-11-15
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Bowden, Wade
Willie Porterfield
D: 2017-11-15
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Porterfield, Willie
Robbie Lewis
B: 1950-12-04
D: 2017-11-14
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Lewis, Robbie
Milton Dendy
B: 1915-05-17
D: 2017-11-14
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Dendy, Milton
Vern Hammond
D: 2017-11-13
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Hammond, Vern
Donald Weaver
B: 1936-12-04
D: 2017-11-12
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Weaver, Donald
Pramila Patel
B: 1937-02-16
D: 2017-11-12
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Patel, Pramila
Richard Hindt
D: 2017-11-12
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Hindt, Richard
Melissa Smith
B: 1976-12-28
D: 2017-11-11
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Smith, Melissa
Patrick Bunn
B: 1981-12-17
D: 2017-11-11
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Bunn, Patrick
Cedrick Bianchi
B: 1941-05-15
D: 2017-11-11
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Bianchi, Cedrick
Janice Flanagan
D: 2017-11-11
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Flanagan, Janice
Flo Carter
B: 1930-12-18
D: 2017-11-10
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Carter, Flo
Charles Harris
B: 1923-03-12
D: 2017-11-09
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Harris, Charles
Carol Huff
D: 2017-11-08
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Huff, Carol
Catheryne Grogan
D: 2017-11-07
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Grogan, Catheryne
Donald Draper
B: 1940-09-03
D: 2017-11-07
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Draper, Donald
John Reilly
B: 1931-11-02
D: 2017-11-06
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Reilly, John
Roger Winston
B: 1943-02-25
D: 2017-11-04
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Winston, Roger

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Tom Lord, Owner

Licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer
Tom is a 1977 graduate of Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service.  He served 6 years on the Board of Georgia Funeral Directors Association and served 3 years on NFDA Policy Board.  Tom currently serves on the Georgia State Board of Funeral Service.  He and his wife, Melissa reside in Oconee County.  They have five children and two grandchildren and are members of Beech Haven Baptist Church.

Jason Wommack, Manager
Email: jwommack@lordandstephens.com

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
Jason is a 1994 graduate of Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service and has been employed with Lord and Stephens since 1995.  He and his wife, Mandy live in Oconee County.  In his spare time, Jason enjoys traveling, motorcycle riding and UGA sports.

Dale Rogers

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
Dale is a 2000 graduate of The Cincinnatti College of Mortuary Science.  He is a native of South Carolina and a second generation funeral director.   He and his son, Parker live in Oconee County.  Dale is a member of Oglethorpe County Rotary Club and attends Ray's United Methodist Church.

James Johnson

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
James is a 1995 graduate of Gupton Jones College.  He is a native of Habersham County and currently resides in Madison County.

Talmadge Hall

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
Talmadge is a 1959 graduate of Kentucky School of Embalming. From 1963 until 1995, he owned and operated Hall's Funeral Home in Franklin County.  Several years following his retirement, he began his employment with Lord and Stephens.  Talmadge has 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

Ryan Huddleston

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
Ryan is a 2009 graduate of Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service.  He is a native of Gwinnett County and currently resides in Athens with his wife Jennifer.  Ryan is a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Katie Power

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
Katie is a 2013 honor graduate of Piedmont Technical College with an Associate's Degree in Applied Science and a major in Funeral Service. She serves as Deputy Coroner for the Madison County Coroner's Office. In her spare time, she enjoys bass fishing, fitness and cycling and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband, Chad reside in Winterville. She has been with Lord and Stephens since 2011.

Eric Buffington

Apprentice Funeral Director / Embalmer

Eric graduated from The University of Georgia in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in Religion. He also holds a master's degree in theological studies and has extensive training as a clinical chaplain and counselor. He is a native of Gillsville, Georgia, where he currently resides with his wife, Kimberly. Eric has three teenage sons. In his spare time he enjoys reading, writing, watching science fiction movies with his boys, and the Green Bay Packers, of whom, he is proud stock holder.

Whitney Burkhalter

Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer
Whitney is a 2010 graduate from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, where she received her bachelor’s degree in art history. She also holds a master's degree in art history from Indiana University in Bloomington. She is currently seeking her Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service from Piedmont Technical College. A Tennessee native, Whitney now lives in Athens with her husband, Matthew. She is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Cameron Harrelson

Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer
Cameron was born and raised in Baxley, Georgia and moved to Athens in 2013 to attend the University of Georgia. He joined the staff of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home in 2015. He enjoys playing piano, attending church, and being involved in politics.

Ivy Spicer

Cemetery Manager
Ivy is a 2011 graduate of the University of Georgia with a Master's degree in Historic Preservation. A native of Caroline County, Virginia she currently resides in Athens.

Rita Ingham, Office Manager

Rita has been with Lord and Stephens since 2000.  She and her husband Rev.John Ingham live in Oconee County.  

Deanna Barrick, Accounts Manager

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Deanna holds a Masters Degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology, maintains licensure in the state of Tennessee and is presently completing coursework in Grief Counseling.  Following their marriage in 1999, Deanna moved to Athens and currently resides in Clarke County with her husband, David.  Her hobbies include snow skiing, boating and all outdoor activities.  Although living in the heart of DAWG country, she remains a committed and loyal VOLS fan.

Tabitha Fuller

Secretary

Roger Croy, Facility Manager

Assistant Funeral Director
Roger has been employed with Lord and Stephens since 1993.   He and his wife Susan live in Madison County with their children Dalton and Calina. Roger is an avid fisherman.