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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

Tom Lord

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 B. Wommack

Jason B. Wommack

General Manager

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.

Email: jwommack@lordandstephens.com


Dale Rogers

Dale Rogers

Lead/Managing Funeral Director

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

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.

Email: drogers@lordandstephens.com


James Johnson

James Johnson

Funeral Director/Embalmer

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. 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.

Email: jjohnson@lordandstephens.com


Talmadge Hall

Talmadge Hall

Funeral Director/Embalmer

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

Ryan Huddleston

Funeral Director/Embalmer

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.

Email: rhuddleston@lordandstephens.com


Katie Power

Katie Power

Funeral Director/Embalmer

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 spending time with family and friends. She and her husband, Chad reside in Hull. She has been with Lord and Stephens since 2011.

Email: kpower@lordandstephens.com


Whitney Burkhalter

Whitney Burkhalter

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

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.

A Tennessee native, Whitney now lives in Athens with her husband, Matthew. She is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Email: wburkhalter@lordandstephens.com


Craig Burnett

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: craigblordandstephens@gmail.com


Ray Finger

Ray Finger

Advanced Planning Specialist

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.

Email: raylfinger@lordandstephenspreplan.com


Levi Oldham

Levi Oldham

Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer

Levi is a resident of Arnoldsville and a 2018 graduate of Oglethorpe County High School. He plans to attend Ogeechee Technical College in the spring to pursue his mortuary science degree. 

In his free  time, Levi enjoys hunting, fishing, and off-roading. 

Email: loldham.lordandstephens@gmail.com


Deanna Barrick

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

Tabitha Fuller

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.

Email: tfuller@lordandstephens.com


Dawne Townsend

Office Manager

Dawne came to Lord & Stephens in April 2018. A native of North Carolina,

she moved to Athens 31 years ago to attend the University of Georgia and chose to stay after graduation.

Dawne has over 25 years of experience in the human resources field.

She and her husband are members of Hull Baptist Church and enjoy camping trips together.

They have 2 grown children and a Jack Russell Terrier.

Email: dawnetownsend4@gmail.com


Ivy Spicer

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.


Roger Croy

Roger Croy

Facilities 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.


Josh Willis

Facilities Staff



Ryan Taylor

Facilities Staff



Tim Hale

Support Staff

Assistant Funeral Director


Rita Ingham

Rita Ingham

Support Staff

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


O.P. and Paula Jones

Support Staff

Assistant Funeral Director


Larry Fair

Assistant Funeral Director



Frankie Gabriel

Assistant Funeral Director

After Hours Support Staff


Ben Jeffers

Assistant Funeral Director

After Hours Support Staff


Mark Jones

Assistant Funeral Director



Chuck McCants

Assistant Funeral Director



Nathan Palmer

Assistant Funeral Director

After Hours Support Staff


Mitchell Sartain

Assistant Funeral Director



Jimmy Stokes

Assistant Funeral Director



David Wall

Assistant Funeral Director

After Hours Support Staff


Bubber Wilkes

Assistant Funeral Director



Jean Dickens

Visitation Attendant



Sue Dyer

Visitation Attendant



Barbara Easterwood

Visitation Attendant



Pat Gunter

Visitation Attendant



Teresa Isbell

Visitation Attendant



Delores Wages

Visitation Attendant



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