Richard H. “Dickie” Horne, Chairman of the Board, Funeral Director, Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, C.A.N.A. Certified
Richard H. “Dickie” Horne serves as president, chairman of the board of Horne Funeral Service, funeral director and he is also a certified C.A.N.A. crematory operator.. He is the son of the late C. Hubert Horne and has been associated with the funeral home since 1962.
A licensed funeral director since 1969, he has been active through the years in various civic organizations. Dick is a former member of the Christiansburg Rescue Squad where he served as Training Officer and since 1975 he has served as an active member of the Christiansburg Fire Department where he served as secretary and treasurer for over twenty two years.
He has been an ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Church since 1968. Dick has served as Chaplain and as a member of the board of directors of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, is a past president of the Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association. He was a Charter member of the board of Directors Independent Funeral Homes of Virginia.
A local history buff, he is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Museum.
Brian R.H. Horne, President, Funeral Director, Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and C.A.N.A Certified
Brian Richard Hubert Horne is a third generation funeral director and serves as President of the firm. He is also a certified C.A.N.A. crematory operator.
Brian is A graduate of Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA, he has been active in the profession since 1992.
Brian lives in Christiansburg, he has four daughters, Grayce, Quinn and Makenna, daughter Rachel was married in 2016 to Daniel Altizer and the also live in Christiansburg.
Brian is an active member of the Christiansburg Vol. Fire Department (since 1997), where he serves on the Board of Directors and is a past vice president of the Southwest Virginia Firefighters Association. He also serves as a Life Member of the Shawsville Vol. Rescue Squad (active from since 1989) and is an Honorary Member of the Christiansburg Vol. Rescue Squad (active from 1994-1997, Honorary since 1997).
Brian is active in the VA Funeral Directors Association, serving as a member of the Board of Directors 2018 - 2020 and has served as Chairman of the Convention Exhibits Committee, where he has served since 2001. He is a past president of the Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association and a member of Independent Funeral Homes of Virginia where he has served on the Board of Directors. Brian is also active with the Selected Funeral Directors Association (Member by Invitation only, and only family owned firms). By involvement with these associations we are able to network with funeral directors across the country to learn more and better serve the families that call on us at there time of need.
Johnny S. Muncy, Manager, Vice President and Funeral Director
Johnny Muncy graduated from the Mortuary Science Program at John Tyler Community College in Chester, Virginia. He joined Horne's in 1996 and currently serves as Vice President and Manager of our firm.
A native of Lee County he has been active in the funeral profession since 1994. A Funeral Service licensee, Johnny possesses an easy, personable manner that naturally puts people at ease. Johnny is active in the VA Funeral Directors Association. He has served as the past president of the Southwest Funeral Directors Association and is a member of Independent Funeral Homes of Virginia, by involvement with these associations we are able to network with funeral directors across the country to learn more and better serve the families that call on us at there time of pre-need or at the time of at-need.
Johnny and his wife, BJ, and their daughter Olivia and son Rex, reside in Christiansburg. They are active in autism advocacy in the New River Valley.
V. Craig Helvey, Funeral Director and Manager Horne Monument Sales, C.A.N.A. Crematory Certified
Craig Helvey is a Funeral Service Licensee and has been with Horne's since 2007. He graduated from John Tyler College of Mortuary Science in 2003. He is also a certified C.A.N.A. crematory operator. He serves as one of Horne's pre-need councilors and oversees the Monument and Memorial Division of the company.
Craig is a native of Covington, Virginia and brings varied funeral service and crematory experience.
Craig resides in Christiansburg. Craig has been active in volunteer firefighting and Rescue since 1985, and is currently an active member of the Elliston Volunteer Fire Department, he is also active in the Montgomery County Swift Water Rescue Team.
Hope M. Stanley, Funeral Director, Care Center Supervisor
Hope Stanley is a native of Princeton, West Virginia, Hope relocated to pursue her passion for serving others by attending the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where she graduated in the fall of 2013. Hope received the Executive Women's International Award and was an active member of the service sorority Delta Gamma Pi.
Hope graciously accepted an apprenticeship with Horne Funeral Service in October, 2013. She resides in Christiansburg and is eager to help serve families in the New River Valley and beyond.
After serving her apprenticeship of 3,000 hours required by the Virginia State board of Funeral Directors, Hope sat for her state board exam on May 30, 2015 and received her approval to serve families alone on Tuesday, June 10, 2015. She also was offered a career with Horne's, and has accepted. Hope looks forward to many years of serving families in the New River Valley and the surrounding area.
In her free time she enjoys gardening, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
John Jay Hines, Crematory Supervisor, C.A.N.A. Certified, and Funeral Assistant
Jay Hines joined the staff at Horne's in 2004 and currently serves as the Supervisor of our in-house crematory which is a part of our main facilities. Horne's has the first "in-house" crematory in the New River Valley.
Jay is a certified C.A.N.A. crematory operator, a funeral assistant, assisting with visitations and funerals services, and is responsible for the general maintenance of our building and grounds.
He is a Pulaski County native and resides there with his wife, Gail. They have one son, one daughter and three grandsons. A life long resident of the New River Valley, Jay and his family live in the Hiwassee Community.
He and his wife are members of the Cornersview Pentecostal Holiness Church in Snowville.
Jay's hobbies include woodworking and water skiing.
Jeanine Maxwell, Administrative Assistant
Jeanine joined the staff at Horne's in January, 2011 as a secretary for the Funeral Home. Jeanine is a lifelong hometown resident and is a member of Blacksburg First Wesleyan Church. She now serves as an Administrative Assistant.
When Jeanine is not enjoying cooking or playing in her landscaping, she loves to spend her time with her four beautiful daughters and granddaughter.
Jerry Trump, Maintenance Supervisor
Jerry Trump is a Christiansburg native and has been a full-time employee at Horne's since 2008.
Jerry serves as a funeral assistant as well as being our maintenance supervisor.
He is a Life Member of the Christiansburg Rescue Squad and has served with the squad for over a decade. Prior to this he served as a member of the Riner Volunteer Fire Department.
Jerry enjoys spending time with his dog, Harlei.
Philip B. Johnston, Chaplain / Funeral Assistant
Philip joined our staff in January 2, 2017. He is a native of the New River Valley and Roanoke County. Philip is a graduate of Dayspring Christian Academy and Calvary Baptist Bible College in King, NC. In 2009 Philip served in the military with the Army National Guard which led him to a deployment in 2011 to Iraq. Upon return he served in law enforcement with the Salem Police Department and the Virginia Tech Police Department. He is married with 3 children and resides in the Town of Christiansburg.
Philip serves as the Chaplain in assisting families with ministerial needs and conducts services during their time of loss. As well as being a chaplain, He serves as a funeral assistant. Philip is also the Youth Pastor at Open Door Baptist Church.
Jack Tawney, Funeral Assistant
Jack joined Horne's staff in 2014 after moving to Christiansburg from Giles County. He brings with him over 20 years of funeral service experience. Prior to working at Horne Funeral Home Jack worked part time at Kendell Funeral Home in Giles, VA.
Jack currently lives in Christiansburg with his wife Martha Tawney and enjoys spending time with her as well as working outside.
Quinn Alexandra Horne, Funeral Assistant
Quinn is the daughter to Brian and Amy Horne, and the granddaughter to Richard and Pat Horne.
She began working at our families business in January 2018. She is planning to follow her father, and will be a forth generation funeral director.
She is a 2019 Senior at Pathway Christian Academy in Christiansburg.
Autumn Marie Brianna Sheppard, Funeral Assistant
Autumn Sheppard of Pilot, Va. has been employed with Horne Funeral Home since July 9, 2015. Autumn is a Funeral Assistant, and assists with visitations and funerals services. She is currently attending Auburn High School and will graduate on June 2, 2019.
Autumn will be attending college in the fall at NRCC where she will receive her business administration degree. Autumn then hopes to gain a mortuary degree.
Autumn’s interests include spending time with her family as well as playing drums and playing tennis.
Wendell Flinchum, Funeral Assistant
Wendell is a Native of Christiansburg and is married to Sharon Flinchum of Christiansburg.
He attended Virginia Tech University and graduated from Bluefield College and FBI National Academy. After 29 years of faithful service with Virginia Tech Police Dept he retired after serving as Chief of Police for 7 years. Wendell was invited to join Horne's staff just after he retired from Virginia Tech Police Department in 2014. He has been a welcomed addition to our staff.
Wendell is a past member of the Christiansburg Rescue Squad and is a Member of Trinity Baptist Church where he attends with his wife and daughter.
Harvey Boothe, Funeral Assistant
Harvey Boothe became a welcome addition to our part-time staff in 2011 after a long career with the Radford City School as director of technology.
As one of our funeral assistants, Harvey can be seen helping families at the funeral home, area churches and at gravesides.
Harvey's interests includes spending time with his two grandsons and daughters as well as spending time on his diary farm.
Regina Meredith, Receptionist Funeral Assistant
Regina Meredith is a long-time resident of Christiansburg.
She recently retired after 13 years from Salem High School as a school counselor. Prior to that she taught at Carroll County High School, Hillsville Intermediate, Glen Cove Elementary, and Christiansburg High School (teacher and counselor). She retired from public education after 41 years of serving many students and families.
For a number of years Regina has wanted to be a part of Horne Funeral Service once she retired. She came to work February 2019.
Gratton Thompson, Funeral Assistant
Gratton Thompson has been a part-time funeral assistant since 2001.
He is a Christiansburg native and retired after serving several decades as Timekeeper for the Town of Christiansburg.
Gratton is the longest serving active member of the Christiansburg Fire Department, having served since 1961. He has served as Captain of the department since 2012 and prior to that he served as a Lieutenant for 30 years.
Gratton and his wife, Cora, are active members of the Harbor of Hope P.H. Church in Christiansburg.
Edward Trump Jr. RETD., Funeral Director, CFSP, Certified C.A.N.A. crematory operator & Former Vice President and Office Man
Edward J. Trump, Jr., long time employee of Horne Funeral Service, Inc., resigned in March 2013 due to failing health.
Trump was employed to work at Sunset Cemetery in Christiansburg by Hubert Horne in the summer of 1971. Following that summer he was hired by Horne as an employee of the then Richardson-Horne Funeral Home in October of 1971.
Trump served his funeral director's and embalmer's internment under Horne and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1975.
Hubert Horne purchased the remaining Richardson stock in 1972, and in 1987 he and his son, Dick, gifted several shares of stock of the funeral home to Trump. In 1996 Trump was made Vice President of the firm, a position he held until March 31, 2014.
In 2013 Trump, a diabetic, suffered the first of several strokes and soon became unable to work. He resigned effective March 31, 2014.
Richard H. (Dick) Horne, CEO of Horne Funeral Home, said Trump is now a paid consultant of the firm. Horne said that Trump's resignation, both as an employee and as Vice President of the firm was "an emotional, heart-wrenching time for all concerned." He continued, "Eddie has for the past 40+ years been to me the brother I never had. His health situation has been a blow to the firm's employees as well as to me personally."
Horne's son, Brian, currently president of the funeral home, said "my dad and Eddie have long been my mentors. We all greatly miss Eddie's everyday presence and his knowledge."
Trump said that "The Horne family has been exceptionally good to me through the years and I have enjoyed and appreciate the many years I have worked with them."
Grover Nixon, Assistant Funeral Director
Grover Nixon has been a member of our part-time staff since 1989.
He was first associated with our firm from 1948-1954 and held a Assistant Funeral Director's License. He entered the U. S. Army in 1954 and upon completion of his military service, he became a physical therapist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salem for 32 years. Upon retirement he again became associated with the funeral home and is a valuable member of our staff.
A Christiansburg native, he has been married to the former Opal Testerman for over 60 years. They have one daughter, Lisa and three grandsons.
Grover is a dedicated Christian and is an active member of the Christiansburg Church of the Brethren, where he serves as a Deacon.
He is a Life Member of the Christiansburg Rescue Squad, having served as an active member for 19 years.
With much regret Grover retired from our staff in June 2018, to take up sky diving. LOL, Grover taught each of us so much, and for that we thank you! Grover enjoy your retirement, you have earned.
Hubert Horne, Late: Owner and Funeral Director
The late Hubert Horne was associated with the funeral home for 57 years, from 1940 until his death in January 1997.
A Southwest Virginia native, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and then graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1946.
He married the former Louise Slusher, of Christiansburg, in 1945. Hubert was active in numerous civic and church organizations, including the Lions Club, Highway Safety Commission, and the Masons and was a Deacon in the local Presbyterian Church.
He was a charter Member of the Christiansburg Rescue Squad, serving as it’s second Captain and, at the time of his death was a Life Member. He was one of the first persons to be inducted into the squad’s ‘Hall of Fame.’ In 1995 he received the Virginia Funeral Directors Association’s “Golden Service Award” for fifty years of service to the funeral profession.
James Epperly, Assistant Funeral Director
James A. Epperly is a native of the Cambria section of Christiansburg and a long-time member of Horne's part-time staff, having been with the funeral home since 1973.
James is well known in the community , having retired as Captain from the Christiansburg Police Department in 2002 following 37 years of faithful service to the community.
He and his wife, Phyllis, are active members of Faith Missionary Baptist Church and have two children and three grandchildren.
Unfortunately Jim retired from our staff in September of 2018 after many years of service here at Horne. Enjoy your retirement Jim, you deserve it!
Patricia K. Horne, Corporate Secretary-Treasurer, Receptionist
June 25, 1950 - March 30, 2018 (Richard and Pat's 49th wedding Anniversary)
Patricia K. Horne is the wife of Richard H. Horne and the mother of Brian R.H. Horne. They also have a daughter, Dr. H. Leveta Horne, who lives and practices in Florida.
A native of Christiansburg, she attended Radford University and taught for a number for the Floyd Ward School of Dance and a number of years at Ferrum College.
Pat had been a member of the Horne Funeral Service Board of Directors since 1989 and at the time of her death she was the secretary-treasurer of the corporation.
Pat was a lifelong member of St. Paul United Methodist Church until she became a Southern Baptist after she was married in 1969.
She was a Past Worthy Matron of the local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Colonist.
Pat had worked part-time at the funeral home since 1987 as a receptionist and a member of our office staff.
Allen H. DeSchon was a member of our professional staff for 17 years, from 1987 until he retired in December 2004.
A native of Winchester, Virginia, Allen began his career in funeral service in 1955. He graduated from the Cincinnatti College of Embalming in 1957.
Allen passed away in December 2005. He is remembered as having been a true Southern Gentleman, always willing to assist those in need and, especially those less fortunate than himself.
Edward (Mr. Ed) Trump Sr.
Ed Trump, Sr. passed away in October 2008. After over 35 years of service with VDOT, having worked on bridge construction and as a heavy equipment operator, Ed retired in 1993. He then became a part-time funeral assistant with Horne Funeral Service until his death some 15 years later.
Ed was a member of Cedar Springs Church, a proud honorary member of Christiansburg Rescue Squad and a lifetime resident of the Rogers community.
Horne Funeral home is proud to continue the practice of greeting family and friends as they arrive for a service. This of course often means withstanding some harsh winter winds, snow and even ice. Without any regard for the weather, Ed would always greet drivers with a warm smile as they pulled into our driveway.
Ed will be eternally missed by his extended family at the Horne Funeral Home.
Richie Lee Mills, Funeral Assistant
Richie Mills joined our staff in 2018. Richie assist during visitations and funeral services as part of our part-time staff.
Richie graduated from Christiansburg High School and he is a native to Christansburg, VA.
Richie's interest include hunting and fishing as well as spending time with his daughter. Richie enjoys meeting new people and making new friends.