Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.
Our Experienced Staff
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 B. Wommack
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. He currently serves as Secretary of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association.
Dale is a 2000 graduate of The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a native of South Carolina and a second generation funeral director. He and his wife, Salinda live in Oconee County with their children, Luke and Parker. Dale is a member of Ray's United Methodist Church. He and his family enjoy many outdoor activities together.
James is a 1995 graduate of Gupton Jones College. He is a native of Habersham County and currently resides in Madison County. He is an active member of the Academy of Graduate Embalmers and has served families at Lord and Stephens since 2009. He attends Athens Church with his wife, Elizabeth and daughters, Bella and Allie.
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.
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 and their daughter, Cadence and son, Lucas. Ryan is a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He has been instrumental in organizing several local 5K events and enjoys endurance running.
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 spending time with family and friends. She and her husband, Chad reside in Hull. She has been with Lord and Stephens since 2011.
Whitney is a 2017 honors graduate of Piedmont Technical College with an Associate's Degree in Funeral Service. She has been with Lord and Stephens since 2015. In 2010, Whitney graduated with her bachelor's degree in art history from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She also holds a master's degree in art history from Indiana University in Bloomington.
A Tennessee native, Whitney now lives in Athens with her husband, Matthew. She is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
As a native Athenian Ray has worked and served the people of our community in several different capacities including: wholesale/retail hardware sales, chemical process operator, bi-vocational and full-time ministry (Bible College-Liberty University), and insurance.
Ray and his wife Carol live in Winterville, Ga. They have two grown children Lindsie and Tyler and two grandchildren.
In his spare time Ray enjoys hunting, fishing, biking, reading, and anything his granddaughters want him to do.
His life motto is... growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.
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.
Insurance and Death Certificate Specialist
Tabitha and her husband, Chad have lived in the Athens area for several years. They enjoy fishing, traveling and spending time with their families. Tabitha has been serving families with insurance claims at Lord and Stephens since 2014.