Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

In Memory of Nick Bliley



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Norbert M. Bliley Secretary & Treasurer

Norbert Bliley has been a part of Bliley's for more than 40 years. He started working part-time after finishing high school, went on to attend Southwood College, and completed his mortician degree from John Tyler Community College. He supports the family commitment to service, whether it's to individual families or the community as a whole. He's passed this commitment on to son, Carey, the company's president. When Norbert isn't spending free time with his family, he pursues his second passion - golf.

"Part of working with a family is letting them know that you truly care about them and what they are going through, and treating them like family. It's about sharing what defines us - compassion and respect."

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M. Carey Bliley President & CEO

Carey Bliley has been helping out in his family’s business since he was a child, though he didn’t formally join the staff until 1999. Growing up at Bliley’s helped shape his personal belief that this work is not just his profession, but his vocation. He has served as President of Bliley’s since 2006 and CEO since 2013. Carey graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a B.S. in Business Management in 1999 and from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service with a Degree in Funeral Service Education in 2001 (where he was the Valedictorian of his class). Professionally, Carey serves as a Trustee for the Selected Independent Funeral Homes Educational Trust and on the Board of Directors for Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Mount Calvary Cemetery, and Richmond Little League. He served previously on the Boards for Full Circle Grief Center (2009-2015), the Executive Committee of the Richmond Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (2012-2015) and Independent Funeral Homes of Virginia (2013-2017). In 2014, Carey was named by the National Funeral Directors Association as a Mentor for their “Meet the Mentors” program in Atlanta, GA. He has been married for 16 years to Jennifer A. Bliley and they have 3 kids, Josh (13), Jamie (10) and Sara Grey (7). Carey’s passions and interests are golf, coaching Little League baseball, playing the piano/organ, and working to change how Funeral Directors and families approach Funeral/Death Rituals.

"I try to develop a personal relationship with each family, establishing a lasting trust. I believe that being able to serve families this way is part of being a Bliley – to want to be there for others."

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Robert E. Brown Chief Operating Officer

Bob is honored to have been with Bliley’s for over 35 years. During this time, he has served families of the Richmond community as an Apprentice, Funeral Director, Location Manager and currently as the Chief Operating Officer. He attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and Virginia Commonwealth University. While not at work, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons while traveling, fishing, boating or relaxing at the beach.

“Bliley’s has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to express my passion for helping others during a most difficult time. Each new day at Bliley’s is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.”

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Alison Johnson Chief Financial Officer

Alison Johnson has recently joined the Bliley team bringing a wealth of experience from her many years serving as a senior financial manager in manufacturing and real estate development. Alison is responsible for all financial activities of the company, as well as assisting with Human Resources. Alison is a licensed CPA in the state of Virginia, with an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Indiana University. Alison, and her husband enjoy spending time together with their daughter, which they do whenever possible near the water, whether it’s the lake or the beach.

"I look forward to serving our families in the Bliley tradition of providing the best possible service and care. Our team works hard to provide quality service to everyone we serve, both internally and externally."

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James Barnett Pre-Need Manager

James Barnett joined the Bliley family in 1997 after earning his college degree in mortuary science. His primary focus is pre-need wherein he helps families plan and finance services that will best meet their future needs, will comfort the bereaved, and will demonstrate love, honor and respect for the deceased. James takes time to develop a personal relationship with each family he helps and works diligently to assist them in designing funeral services that meet their individual needs. James’ wife, Carey, also works for Bliley’s. James and Carey have two children: Jamie who is an ardent gamer, and Chandler who is an accomplished competitive swimmer. James is an avid fisherman. He loves spending time with his family camping, swimming, and relaxing at the river or at the beach.

“My desire it to assist individuals and families to create an advanced funeral plan in a stress-free environment that promotes open discussion, the opportunity to receive answers to all nature of questions, and includes strategies to reduce or eliminate the financial burden that might otherwise impact their families at the time of need. This advanced planning reduces a significant burden for bereaved families and allows them to focus on the memories of their loved one’s life rather than the details of death.”

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Colin Cluff Manager – Chippenham Chapel

Colin joined the Bliley team in 1991. When Colin was growing up in Orange Va., the father of a good friend was the local funeral director, so Colin learned very early the value and reward of assisting families during difficult times. He is a member and past president of the Central Chesterfield Ruritan Club, Colin serves his community as well as his clients. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. Which a majority of the time involves the water, whether the pool, river, lake or beach.

"My goal is to serve every client with the knowledge that I have made a lifelong connection, not just to an individual, but to a family."

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Arthur Thornton Manager – Staples Mill Chapel

After serving his country in the U.S. Army, Arthur Thornton went on to pursue a career in pharmacy but never let go of his dream to become a Funeral Director to provide comfort and care to families in need. A native of New Kent County, Arthur joined the Bliley family in February of 2006 as an apprentice before earning his degree in Funeral Services from John Tyler Community College and becoming a licensed Funeral Director. As the Director of the Internment of Angels program and Noah’s Children’s Liaison, Arthur has proven his love and compassion for families who have suffered the loss of a child through his work with the Interment of Angels program.

"It has been an honor and a blessing over the years to provide a helping and healing hand to a fellow human being during their most difficult time and guide them through a journey that requires compassion, respect and understanding"

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Eric Bliley Manager

Eric is part of the fourth generation of the Bliley family leadership. His father was the late Joseph W. Bliley, III, former President of Bliley’s. Eric graduated from Trinity Episcopal High School in 2002 and received his BA degree in Business Management from Lynchburg College in 2006. From there he attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service for his Associate's Degree in Funeral Service. He became a licensed Funeral Director in February in of 2009. Eric is married and has two sons. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf at every level. Eric brings passion and vision for the future, to continue the Bliley family tradition and reputation to the Richmond community.

"I encourage all families to bring their unique traditions to Bliley's. I strive for families to have full confidence and satisfaction with their choices while in my care. It is my goal to help families take that first step into the unknown when losing someone they love, and guide them through this journey."

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Daniel Woodfin Manager – Central

Daniel joined the Bliley’s team in early 2018. He was born and raised in Chesterfield County. After his service to our country in the U.S. Army, Daniel worked as a manager for a large insurance company for over 10 years. After the passing of his father in 2010, he went back to school to earn his degree in Mortuary Science, graduating Cum Laude in 2014 from John Tyler. Daniel and his wife Lindsie are the proud parents of 4 boys. They enjoy baseball, biking, fishing and camping with their family.

"Working for a family owned company affords me the opportunity to provide each family with the empathy, care, support and respect that each of us deserves as human beings. It is an honor to walk with families throughout this journey and build lifelong relationships with them as well."

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Chuck Christopher Pre-Need Advisor

“Most people don’t Plan to Fail, they just Fail to Plan.”

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Jennifer Moss Director of Community Outreach

Since 2016, Jennifer Moss has served as the Outreach and Education Director for Bliley’s Funeral Home in Richmond Virginia. Since the inception of the program for Bliley’s she has researched Selected Outreach Programs across the U.S., researched available resources, networking opportunities in RVA and tailored the program to the RVA needs to be successful. In a short time, Ms. Moss has provided presentations to over 50 groups and have utilized the space at the funeral home to host over 100 events to get the community into our building and make them a community partner in the death industry. Currently, Ms. Moss is a co-founder of the annual conference “The Art of Dying”, presenting the continuum of care from ACP through Palliative Care, Dying, Death and Grief.

Utilizing marketing, networking, community service and programs developed to provide comfort to bereaved, the program has been wildly received in the Richmond Bereavement Network, Senior Resource Network and to the families that we serve.

Prior to employment at Bliley’s Ms. Moss served as a Community Outreach liaison for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Victim Compensation Program where she provided education on victim’s rights in the criminal justice field for over 15 years. Ms. Moss holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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Rob Hagan Post Service Care

What happens after the funeral? When everyone has gone home and now begins dealing with things as well as your own grief, who is there? We do not leave you alone in your journey after the graveside or memorial service. This is what attracted me to the Post Service Care Coordinator position at Bliley’s. Getting families their death certificates, a VA grave marker, VA Burial Benefits, grief support, a lawyer, estate sales expert, or any question that arises I am here to assist the family or find the help they need. Bliley’s continues to walk this journey with you.

"What appeals to me most about this work is the privilege of accompanying individuals through a crucial stage of their lives in whatever way I can. Grieving can be a difficult but life-giving process. I hope to facilitate that with them."

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Allen Melton Funeral Director

Allen joined Bliley’s in 1994 and has and has spent time as Funeral Director at all three locations, most recently at the Staples Mill Chapel. Allen is a lifelong resident of Hanover County, graduate of Lee Davis High School and John Tyler Community college. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, taking care of his home and traveling to historic places around Virginia.

“In the years I’ve been with Bliley’s I’ve grown so much personally and professionally. I’ve learned life is so precious and fragile. It is my goal to make each family I meet with comfortable and at ease with our Bliley family. I get great satisfaction in knowing I’ve helped in some way to create a unique celebration of life and to help the family start healing”

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Michael Williams Funeral Director

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Mike Pate Funeral Director

“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.”

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Randy Duncan Funeral Director

Since 1989, I have been serving families, as a director, in their time of need. This calling has been so rewarding for me in that I am helping others. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to help my fellow man and truly being a part of something bigger than myself. For me this is what life is about.

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Sarah Smith Funeral Director

Sarah joined Bliley’s in January of 2014, after receiving her Associates Degree in Funeral Services from John Tyler Community College in December 2013. After completing her Apprenticeship, she became a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in September 2015. Born and raised in Richmond and a lifetime member of Derbyshire Baptist Church. Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and family, completing jigsaw puzzles, reading, traveling and watching football, basketball and baseball.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve the families of Richmond during their most difficult times. I want to help them celebrate the life of their loved ones through this journey, build lasting relationships with them, support and care, as well along the journey.

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Steve Beasley Funeral Director/Administrative Assistant

Just as Jesus said, "Even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve," I believe I have been called to serve my fellow man, offering peace of mind, comfort, respect and understanding during their time of grief.

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Tom Tatum Funeral Director

Tom, a Richmond native, has been with Bliley’s since 1985. Tom’s easy going demeanor forges a strong connection to the needs of the families we serve. His years of experience have allowed him to facilitate many personalized ceremonies and meet individual needs. Tom lives in Chester with his wife, Lori, they have a daughter and have recently welcomed a grandson. When Tom is not working, you can find him bowling or on a beach.

“I enjoy supporting families in their greatest time of need and delivering them the excellent level of service that Bliley’s is known for.”

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William Perkins Care Center Funeral Director

After searching for a career change from pastoral care, I found Funeral Service to be an open door. The Bliley Family Funeral Home let me enter that door years ago, giving me the opportunity to exercise the gifts and talents for those who are faced with human crisis. My career dream is being fulfilled every day I enter the sacred place called Bliley’s.

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Sara Staehle Wise Funeral Director

Sara found her calling for funeral services when she was working with hospice patients in the nursing field. Ultimately, she felt compelled to change her major in Nursing to Funeral Services and graduated from John Tyler Community College in 2015. She was born and raised in Louisville, Ky., but her extended family is native to the Richmond area. She and her two daughters live in Midlothian and are members of Central Baptist Church. In her free time, Sara serves on the parent volunteer committee at her daughters’ preschool and enjoys crafting of every kind.

“My occupation allows me the opportunity to express and apply my deep level of compassion for others, supporting them in their time of need. I enjoy helping each family tell their story using their treasured traditions, as well as adding unique and personalized details. Being part of the Bliley’s team allows me to provide truly individualized service to the families we serve.”

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Kimberley St. Clair Funeral Director

"Just think, you're here not by chance, but by God's choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else-you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace can't give you. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation." - Roy Lessin

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Max Heinzel Funeral Director

After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A. in 2003, a long history in customer service led Max to pursue a career as a funeral service professional. He joined the Bliley team in 2017 as a member of the transfer team upon graduating with honors from John Tyler Community College. His dedication to families and his eye for detail led him through his apprenticeship and to his position as a funeral director at the beginning of 2019, where he continues to serve the Richmond community.

“I believe that being open to everyone’s unique stories and ideas about what makes a funeral special is at the heart of what we do here at Bliley’s. I’m honored to be in a position to help a family celebrate their loved one’s life in a way that is personal and dignified.”

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Stacy Beasley Funeral Director

"I count it a privilege and a pleasure to serve families, enjoying time spent getting to know them and their loved ones. I value the importance of honoring the lives of those we love and acknowledging the impact they have made on our own lives. To allow someone to share your memories and moments is such a gift and to carry out the wishes of those we have loved and lost is among the first steps toward health and well-being. I believe every person deserves dignity and respect and appreciate the opportunity, as part of the Bliley team, to provide guidance and support to our community."</em

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Carey Barnett Funeral Director/Administrative Assistant

Carey Barnett joined the Bliley family in 1999 after earning her college degree in mortuary science. Carey is dedicated to the Bliley ideals of serving bereaved families with compassion, honor and respect. She takes time to develop a personal relationship with each family she helps and works diligently to assist them in designing services that meet their individual needs. Carey’s husband, James, also works for Bliley’s. Carey and James have two children: Jamie who is an ardent gamer, and Chandler who is an accomplished competitive swimmer. She loves spending time with her family camping, swimming, and relaxing at the river or at the beach.

"My desire is to provide every family the proper forum to grieve and to say good-bye in a way that honors their loved one and allows them to take away a good positive memory of their loved one’s life."

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Jim Rivera Correa Translator/Funeral Director Assistant (Traductor/Asistente Director Funerario)

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I always like to help people in any way I can. I am passionate about aviation. I graduated from high school in 2007, received my bachelor degree in Aviation Management in 2014 and moved to Richmond in 2016. I am currently pursuing the completion of my pilot license. Since I was little I have always been interested in mortuary services. One of my dreams is to become a funeral director and own my own Funeral Home. Hopefully after completing my pilot license, I will begin the process to obtain my funeral director license. Another goal that I have is to figure out a way I can combine my two passions of being a pilot and a funeral director. On my time off I like to travel and watch movies.

“I am very honored to help and support people during the most difficult time of their life and help them through a journey that needs understanding and compassion.”

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John DeGiorgio Certified Funeral Celebrant

John is an In-Sight Institute Certified Funeral Celebrant. He has been caring for families in grief and celebrating funerals in the Richmond area for over 25 years. He brings his expertise, care and compassion to help families plan a funeral ceremony for their loved one that is profoundly personal and meaningful.

John will schedule a special meeting with your family where he will listen to your stories and invite family members to share memories, anecdotes and special moments from your loved one’s life. John will guarantee that the needs of your family and the desires of the deceased are honored through clear and ongoing communication with you. He brings a treasure of resources and experience as together you plan a meaningful experience. With John, each funeral ceremony honors the life of the deceased. The time he spends with your family and the celebration of your loved one’s life offers the opportunity to begin the healing process so necessary for you and your family’s lives.

“I deeply believe that every family needs to be given the opportunity to honor and revere their loved one’s life. At a funeral ceremony, we come together to mourn, grieve, remember, and both cry and laugh. I feel called to help families do in death what they did in life, because their beloved lives on forever within their heart.”

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Jenny Bliley Internment of Angels Program Coordinator

I am very honored to be a part of this wonderful program and my hope is that we are truly providing grieving parents the opportunity to begin the healing process after such an unexpected loss.

“Sometimes love is for a moment, sometimes love is for a lifetime, sometimes a moment is a lifetime.” Author unknown

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Donna Harris Care Center Director

Donna joined the Bliley’s team in 2000 after working over 23 years with another funeral home. A native of Ashland, Va., Donna was educated in Hanover County Public Schools. In 1974 (and for many more years) it was difficult for women to get into the profession of Funeral Directing, so Donna attended Longwood College (now Longwood University) with the intention to teach and coach. After her junior year, she left Longwood to pursue her lifelong desire to become a Funeral Director. Donna earned her Mortuary Science Degree from John Tyler Community College where she later realized her passion for teaching when she was asked to teach the Embalming Lab. Among her professional accomplishments, Donna is a member of Pi Sigma Eta (National Mortician’s Fraternity) Past President of the Central Embalmers Skills in Springfield, Missouri. As a longtime member of the Bliley’s Care Team, Donna continues to hone her embalming and restorative skills as well as train apprentices. Donna still lives in Ashland in a 101 year old farm house that had been her grandparent’s home. Surrounded by nearly 82 acres of timber land, pasture and hay fields, she enjoys frequent visits from deer, turkey, hawks, ground hogs, blue birds, cardinals and pole cats. She shares her home with Willie and Lillie, her beloved dachshunds.

“I was definitely ‘called’ to be a Funeral Director. I love serving people especially at this time when they need help the most. I strongly believe in the value of viewing a deceased loved one and every time I prepare a deceased individual, I strive to always give the family and friends the opportunity to say ‘good bye’. Even after all these years, my love for this work continues to grow, and I still work to find better ways to achieve the best results. Funeral Service has been a very rewarding career and I look forward to many more years of service.”

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Jennifer Watkins Care Center Funeral Director

It is a blessing to me to help make it possible for our families to see their loved one, one last time.

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Tom Barrett Care Center Funeral Director

Tom was welcomed by the Bliley family in 1992 after serving five years as a funeral director in the U.S. Navy. Prior to Tom's service to our country he began his career in Monroe, NY upon completion of his BA in Biology, St. Michael's College, Colchester, Vt.(1978) and A.A.S. in Mortuary Science, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY(1980). Bliley’s supports Tom in maintaining his NY funeral director license to enable one of their own to oversee their services in New York. Tom's passion for funeral directing comes from his family of educators, coaches and business professionals and their love and support for that service that is only well done.

"To be of service to everyone at such a turning point in their personal, family and cultural lives is a heartfelt and soulful privilege and honor."

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Lisa Anderson Administrative Assistant

Lisa was in born in Richmond and raised in Ashland, VA. She is now raising her two sons in Richmond. She has worked at Bliley’s for 26 years. During her time at Bliley’s, she has worked with many dedicated, caring, and talented people.

“It’s my honor to serve the families that come through our doors, knowing in my heart I helped someone at a time when true care is needed.”

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Lydia Driggers Administrative Assistant

Lydia Driggers or better known as the” bracelet/angel lady”, spent 35 years in the communication field. After retiring she wanted to return to working and helping people. She was offered a job at Bliley’s approximately 18 years ago. She was very familiar with Bliley’s, as this was the funeral home that her family had always used over the years. She feels very blessed when returning home each day with the satisfaction of knowing that she has helped families in different ways.

“It is my goal each day to treat families the way I would want to be treated, especially since they have lost a loved one”.

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Kim Kremer Executive Assistant

“Every day I try to show people that they are loved and cared for by just being helpful in any way possible.”

Norbert M. Bliley

Secretary & Treasurer
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Norbert Bliley has been a part of Bliley's for more than 40 years. He started working part-time after finishing high school, went on to attend Southwood College, and completed his mortician degree from John Tyler Community College. He supports the family commitment to service, whether it's to individual families or the community as a whole. He's passed this commitment on to son, Carey, the company's president. When Norbert isn't spending free time with his family, he pursues his second passion - golf.

"Part of working with a family is letting them know that you truly care about them and what they are going through, and treating them like family. It's about sharing what defines us - compassion and respect."

M. Carey Bliley

President & CEO
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Carey Bliley has been helping out in his family’s business since he was a child, though he didn’t formally join the staff until 1999. Growing up at Bliley’s helped shape his personal belief that this work is not just his profession, but his vocation. He has served as President of Bliley’s since 2006 and CEO since 2013. Carey graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a B.S. in Business Management in 1999 and from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service with a Degree in Funeral Service Education in 2001 (where he was the Valedictorian of his class). Professionally, Carey serves as a Trustee for the Selected Independent Funeral Homes Educational Trust and on the Board of Directors for Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Mount Calvary Cemetery, and Richmond Little League. He served previously on the Boards for Full Circle Grief Center (2009-2015), the Executive Committee of the Richmond Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (2012-2015) and Independent Funeral Homes of Virginia (2013-2017). In 2014, Carey was named by the National Funeral Directors Association as a Mentor for their “Meet the Mentors” program in Atlanta, GA. He has been married for 16 years to Jennifer A. Bliley and they have 3 kids, Josh (13), Jamie (10) and Sara Grey (7). Carey’s passions and interests are golf, coaching Little League baseball, playing the piano/organ, and working to change how Funeral Directors and families approach Funeral/Death Rituals.

"I try to develop a personal relationship with each family, establishing a lasting trust. I believe that being able to serve families this way is part of being a Bliley – to want to be there for others."

Robert E. Brown

Chief Operating Officer
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Bob is honored to have been with Bliley’s for over 35 years. During this time, he has served families of the Richmond community as an Apprentice, Funeral Director, Location Manager and currently as the Chief Operating Officer. He attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and Virginia Commonwealth University. While not at work, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons while traveling, fishing, boating or relaxing at the beach.

“Bliley’s has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to express my passion for helping others during a most difficult time. Each new day at Bliley’s is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Alison Johnson

Chief Financial Officer
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Alison Johnson has recently joined the Bliley team bringing a wealth of experience from her many years serving as a senior financial manager in manufacturing and real estate development. Alison is responsible for all financial activities of the company, as well as assisting with Human Resources. Alison is a licensed CPA in the state of Virginia, with an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Indiana University. Alison, and her husband enjoy spending time together with their daughter, which they do whenever possible near the water, whether it’s the lake or the beach.

"I look forward to serving our families in the Bliley tradition of providing the best possible service and care. Our team works hard to provide quality service to everyone we serve, both internally and externally."

James Barnett

Pre-Need Manager
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James Barnett joined the Bliley family in 1997 after earning his college degree in mortuary science. His primary focus is pre-need wherein he helps families plan and finance services that will best meet their future needs, will comfort the bereaved, and will demonstrate love, honor and respect for the deceased. James takes time to develop a personal relationship with each family he helps and works diligently to assist them in designing funeral services that meet their individual needs. James’ wife, Carey, also works for Bliley’s. James and Carey have two children: Jamie who is an ardent gamer, and Chandler who is an accomplished competitive swimmer. James is an avid fisherman. He loves spending time with his family camping, swimming, and relaxing at the river or at the beach.

“My desire it to assist individuals and families to create an advanced funeral plan in a stress-free environment that promotes open discussion, the opportunity to receive answers to all nature of questions, and includes strategies to reduce or eliminate the financial burden that might otherwise impact their families at the time of need. This advanced planning reduces a significant burden for bereaved families and allows them to focus on the memories of their loved one’s life rather than the details of death.”

Colin Cluff

Manager – Chippenham Chapel
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Colin joined the Bliley team in 1991. When Colin was growing up in Orange Va., the father of a good friend was the local funeral director, so Colin learned very early the value and reward of assisting families during difficult times. He is a member and past president of the Central Chesterfield Ruritan Club, Colin serves his community as well as his clients. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. Which a majority of the time involves the water, whether the pool, river, lake or beach.

"My goal is to serve every client with the knowledge that I have made a lifelong connection, not just to an individual, but to a family."

Arthur Thornton

Manager – Staples Mill Chapel
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After serving his country in the U.S. Army, Arthur Thornton went on to pursue a career in pharmacy but never let go of his dream to become a Funeral Director to provide comfort and care to families in need. A native of New Kent County, Arthur joined the Bliley family in February of 2006 as an apprentice before earning his degree in Funeral Services from John Tyler Community College and becoming a licensed Funeral Director. As the Director of the Internment of Angels program and Noah’s Children’s Liaison, Arthur has proven his love and compassion for families who have suffered the loss of a child through his work with the Interment of Angels program.

"It has been an honor and a blessing over the years to provide a helping and healing hand to a fellow human being during their most difficult time and guide them through a journey that requires compassion, respect and understanding"

Eric Bliley

Manager
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Eric is part of the fourth generation of the Bliley family leadership. His father was the late Joseph W. Bliley, III, former President of Bliley’s. Eric graduated from Trinity Episcopal High School in 2002 and received his BA degree in Business Management from Lynchburg College in 2006. From there he attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service for his Associate's Degree in Funeral Service. He became a licensed Funeral Director in February in of 2009. Eric is married and has two sons. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf at every level. Eric brings passion and vision for the future, to continue the Bliley family tradition and reputation to the Richmond community.

"I encourage all families to bring their unique traditions to Bliley's. I strive for families to have full confidence and satisfaction with their choices while in my care. It is my goal to help families take that first step into the unknown when losing someone they love, and guide them through this journey."

Daniel Woodfin

Manager – Central
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Daniel joined the Bliley’s team in early 2018. He was born and raised in Chesterfield County. After his service to our country in the U.S. Army, Daniel worked as a manager for a large insurance company for over 10 years. After the passing of his father in 2010, he went back to school to earn his degree in Mortuary Science, graduating Cum Laude in 2014 from John Tyler. Daniel and his wife Lindsie are the proud parents of 4 boys. They enjoy baseball, biking, fishing and camping with their family.

"Working for a family owned company affords me the opportunity to provide each family with the empathy, care, support and respect that each of us deserves as human beings. It is an honor to walk with families throughout this journey and build lifelong relationships with them as well."

Chuck Christopher

Pre-Need Advisor
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“Most people don’t Plan to Fail, they just Fail to Plan.”

Jennifer Moss

Director of Community Outreach
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Since 2016, Jennifer Moss has served as the Outreach and Education Director for Bliley’s Funeral Home in Richmond Virginia. Since the inception of the program for Bliley’s she has researched Selected Outreach Programs across the U.S., researched available resources, networking opportunities in RVA and tailored the program to the RVA needs to be successful. In a short time, Ms. Moss has provided presentations to over 50 groups and have utilized the space at the funeral home to host over 100 events to get the community into our building and make them a community partner in the death industry. Currently, Ms. Moss is a co-founder of the annual conference “The Art of Dying”, presenting the continuum of care from ACP through Palliative Care, Dying, Death and Grief.

Utilizing marketing, networking, community service and programs developed to provide comfort to bereaved, the program has been wildly received in the Richmond Bereavement Network, Senior Resource Network and to the families that we serve.

Prior to employment at Bliley’s Ms. Moss served as a Community Outreach liaison for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Victim Compensation Program where she provided education on victim’s rights in the criminal justice field for over 15 years. Ms. Moss holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Rob Hagan

Post Service Care
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What happens after the funeral? When everyone has gone home and now begins dealing with things as well as your own grief, who is there? We do not leave you alone in your journey after the graveside or memorial service. This is what attracted me to the Post Service Care Coordinator position at Bliley’s. Getting families their death certificates, a VA grave marker, VA Burial Benefits, grief support, a lawyer, estate sales expert, or any question that arises I am here to assist the family or find the help they need. Bliley’s continues to walk this journey with you.

"What appeals to me most about this work is the privilege of accompanying individuals through a crucial stage of their lives in whatever way I can. Grieving can be a difficult but life-giving process. I hope to facilitate that with them."

Allen Melton

Funeral Director
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Allen joined Bliley’s in 1994 and has and has spent time as Funeral Director at all three locations, most recently at the Staples Mill Chapel. Allen is a lifelong resident of Hanover County, graduate of Lee Davis High School and John Tyler Community college. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, taking care of his home and traveling to historic places around Virginia.

“In the years I’ve been with Bliley’s I’ve grown so much personally and professionally. I’ve learned life is so precious and fragile. It is my goal to make each family I meet with comfortable and at ease with our Bliley family. I get great satisfaction in knowing I’ve helped in some way to create a unique celebration of life and to help the family start healing”

Michael Williams

Funeral Director
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Mike Pate

Funeral Director
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“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.”

Randy Duncan

Funeral Director
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Since 1989, I have been serving families, as a director, in their time of need. This calling has been so rewarding for me in that I am helping others. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to help my fellow man and truly being a part of something bigger than myself. For me this is what life is about.

Sarah Smith

Funeral Director
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Sarah joined Bliley’s in January of 2014, after receiving her Associates Degree in Funeral Services from John Tyler Community College in December 2013. After completing her Apprenticeship, she became a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in September 2015. Born and raised in Richmond and a lifetime member of Derbyshire Baptist Church. Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and family, completing jigsaw puzzles, reading, traveling and watching football, basketball and baseball.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve the families of Richmond during their most difficult times. I want to help them celebrate the life of their loved ones through this journey, build lasting relationships with them, support and care, as well along the journey.

Steve Beasley

Funeral Director/Administrative Assistant
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Just as Jesus said, "Even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve," I believe I have been called to serve my fellow man, offering peace of mind, comfort, respect and understanding during their time of grief.

Tom Tatum

Funeral Director
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Tom, a Richmond native, has been with Bliley’s since 1985. Tom’s easy going demeanor forges a strong connection to the needs of the families we serve. His years of experience have allowed him to facilitate many personalized ceremonies and meet individual needs. Tom lives in Chester with his wife, Lori, they have a daughter and have recently welcomed a grandson. When Tom is not working, you can find him bowling or on a beach.

“I enjoy supporting families in their greatest time of need and delivering them the excellent level of service that Bliley’s is known for.”

William Perkins

Care Center Funeral Director
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After searching for a career change from pastoral care, I found Funeral Service to be an open door. The Bliley Family Funeral Home let me enter that door years ago, giving me the opportunity to exercise the gifts and talents for those who are faced with human crisis. My career dream is being fulfilled every day I enter the sacred place called Bliley’s.

Sara Staehle Wise

Funeral Director
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Sara found her calling for funeral services when she was working with hospice patients in the nursing field. Ultimately, she felt compelled to change her major in Nursing to Funeral Services and graduated from John Tyler Community College in 2015. She was born and raised in Louisville, Ky., but her extended family is native to the Richmond area. She and her two daughters live in Midlothian and are members of Central Baptist Church. In her free time, Sara serves on the parent volunteer committee at her daughters’ preschool and enjoys crafting of every kind.

“My occupation allows me the opportunity to express and apply my deep level of compassion for others, supporting them in their time of need. I enjoy helping each family tell their story using their treasured traditions, as well as adding unique and personalized details. Being part of the Bliley’s team allows me to provide truly individualized service to the families we serve.”

Kimberley St. Clair

Funeral Director
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"Just think, you're here not by chance, but by God's choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else-you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace can't give you. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation." - Roy Lessin

Max Heinzel

Funeral Director
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After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A. in 2003, a long history in customer service led Max to pursue a career as a funeral service professional. He joined the Bliley team in 2017 as a member of the transfer team upon graduating with honors from John Tyler Community College. His dedication to families and his eye for detail led him through his apprenticeship and to his position as a funeral director at the beginning of 2019, where he continues to serve the Richmond community.

“I believe that being open to everyone’s unique stories and ideas about what makes a funeral special is at the heart of what we do here at Bliley’s. I’m honored to be in a position to help a family celebrate their loved one’s life in a way that is personal and dignified.”

Stacy Beasley

Funeral Director
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"I count it a privilege and a pleasure to serve families, enjoying time spent getting to know them and their loved ones. I value the importance of honoring the lives of those we love and acknowledging the impact they have made on our own lives. To allow someone to share your memories and moments is such a gift and to carry out the wishes of those we have loved and lost is among the first steps toward health and well-being. I believe every person deserves dignity and respect and appreciate the opportunity, as part of the Bliley team, to provide guidance and support to our community."</em

Carey Barnett

Funeral Director/Administrative Assistant
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Carey Barnett joined the Bliley family in 1999 after earning her college degree in mortuary science. Carey is dedicated to the Bliley ideals of serving bereaved families with compassion, honor and respect. She takes time to develop a personal relationship with each family she helps and works diligently to assist them in designing services that meet their individual needs. Carey’s husband, James, also works for Bliley’s. Carey and James have two children: Jamie who is an ardent gamer, and Chandler who is an accomplished competitive swimmer. She loves spending time with her family camping, swimming, and relaxing at the river or at the beach.

"My desire is to provide every family the proper forum to grieve and to say good-bye in a way that honors their loved one and allows them to take away a good positive memory of their loved one’s life."

Jim Rivera Correa

Translator/Funeral Director Assistant (Traductor/Asistente Director Funerario)
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I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I always like to help people in any way I can. I am passionate about aviation. I graduated from high school in 2007, received my bachelor degree in Aviation Management in 2014 and moved to Richmond in 2016. I am currently pursuing the completion of my pilot license. Since I was little I have always been interested in mortuary services. One of my dreams is to become a funeral director and own my own Funeral Home. Hopefully after completing my pilot license, I will begin the process to obtain my funeral director license. Another goal that I have is to figure out a way I can combine my two passions of being a pilot and a funeral director. On my time off I like to travel and watch movies.

“I am very honored to help and support people during the most difficult time of their life and help them through a journey that needs understanding and compassion.”

John DeGiorgio

Certified Funeral Celebrant
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John is an In-Sight Institute Certified Funeral Celebrant. He has been caring for families in grief and celebrating funerals in the Richmond area for over 25 years. He brings his expertise, care and compassion to help families plan a funeral ceremony for their loved one that is profoundly personal and meaningful.

John will schedule a special meeting with your family where he will listen to your stories and invite family members to share memories, anecdotes and special moments from your loved one’s life. John will guarantee that the needs of your family and the desires of the deceased are honored through clear and ongoing communication with you. He brings a treasure of resources and experience as together you plan a meaningful experience. With John, each funeral ceremony honors the life of the deceased. The time he spends with your family and the celebration of your loved one’s life offers the opportunity to begin the healing process so necessary for you and your family’s lives.

“I deeply believe that every family needs to be given the opportunity to honor and revere their loved one’s life. At a funeral ceremony, we come together to mourn, grieve, remember, and both cry and laugh. I feel called to help families do in death what they did in life, because their beloved lives on forever within their heart.”

Jenny Bliley

Internment of Angels Program Coordinator
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I am very honored to be a part of this wonderful program and my hope is that we are truly providing grieving parents the opportunity to begin the healing process after such an unexpected loss.

“Sometimes love is for a moment, sometimes love is for a lifetime, sometimes a moment is a lifetime.” Author unknown

Donna Harris

Care Center Director
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Donna joined the Bliley’s team in 2000 after working over 23 years with another funeral home. A native of Ashland, Va., Donna was educated in Hanover County Public Schools. In 1974 (and for many more years) it was difficult for women to get into the profession of Funeral Directing, so Donna attended Longwood College (now Longwood University) with the intention to teach and coach. After her junior year, she left Longwood to pursue her lifelong desire to become a Funeral Director. Donna earned her Mortuary Science Degree from John Tyler Community College where she later realized her passion for teaching when she was asked to teach the Embalming Lab. Among her professional accomplishments, Donna is a member of Pi Sigma Eta (National Mortician’s Fraternity) Past President of the Central Embalmers Skills in Springfield, Missouri. As a longtime member of the Bliley’s Care Team, Donna continues to hone her embalming and restorative skills as well as train apprentices. Donna still lives in Ashland in a 101 year old farm house that had been her grandparent’s home. Surrounded by nearly 82 acres of timber land, pasture and hay fields, she enjoys frequent visits from deer, turkey, hawks, ground hogs, blue birds, cardinals and pole cats. She shares her home with Willie and Lillie, her beloved dachshunds.

“I was definitely ‘called’ to be a Funeral Director. I love serving people especially at this time when they need help the most. I strongly believe in the value of viewing a deceased loved one and every time I prepare a deceased individual, I strive to always give the family and friends the opportunity to say ‘good bye’. Even after all these years, my love for this work continues to grow, and I still work to find better ways to achieve the best results. Funeral Service has been a very rewarding career and I look forward to many more years of service.”

Jennifer Watkins

Care Center Funeral Director
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It is a blessing to me to help make it possible for our families to see their loved one, one last time.

Tom Barrett

Care Center Funeral Director
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Tom was welcomed by the Bliley family in 1992 after serving five years as a funeral director in the U.S. Navy. Prior to Tom's service to our country he began his career in Monroe, NY upon completion of his BA in Biology, St. Michael's College, Colchester, Vt.(1978) and A.A.S. in Mortuary Science, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY(1980). Bliley’s supports Tom in maintaining his NY funeral director license to enable one of their own to oversee their services in New York. Tom's passion for funeral directing comes from his family of educators, coaches and business professionals and their love and support for that service that is only well done.

"To be of service to everyone at such a turning point in their personal, family and cultural lives is a heartfelt and soulful privilege and honor."

Lisa Anderson

Administrative Assistant
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Lisa was in born in Richmond and raised in Ashland, VA. She is now raising her two sons in Richmond. She has worked at Bliley’s for 26 years. During her time at Bliley’s, she has worked with many dedicated, caring, and talented people.

“It’s my honor to serve the families that come through our doors, knowing in my heart I helped someone at a time when true care is needed.”

Lydia Driggers

Administrative Assistant
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Lydia Driggers or better known as the” bracelet/angel lady”, spent 35 years in the communication field. After retiring she wanted to return to working and helping people. She was offered a job at Bliley’s approximately 18 years ago. She was very familiar with Bliley’s, as this was the funeral home that her family had always used over the years. She feels very blessed when returning home each day with the satisfaction of knowing that she has helped families in different ways.

“It is my goal each day to treat families the way I would want to be treated, especially since they have lost a loved one”.

Kim Kremer

Executive Assistant
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“Every day I try to show people that they are loved and cared for by just being helpful in any way possible.”