History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
The residents of Newburg, WV and surrounding communities now have a local funeral home available to help take care of their needs during their personal times of grief. Bolyard Funeral Home is owned and operated by David Bolyard, Jr. Originally from Birds Creek (in Newburg Area), Dave opened the Bolyard Funeral Home for his hometown community in 2007, and has now become an owner and operator of a family of funeral homes in Preston, Taylor and Harrison County. We are a family oriented West Virginia company that is owned by two local partners: David Bolyard and Morgan Mayfield. Both of these West Virginia born funeral directors have lived and worked in the funeral industry within the surrounding area of northern West Virginia for most of their lives. By working together within our family of funeral homes, we are able to give personalized service at an affordable price and we added our own crematory to the family in 2013 and now your loved one never leaves our care. The saying "Caring Makes a Difference" has been a driving force behind David and serving the families at all of our locations.
Our Valued Staff
David W Bolyard Jr., Owner/Managing Director
David W Bolyard, Jr., born and raised in Newburg, WV, graduate from Preston High School in 1993, attended Fairmont State University and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1998. From High School, throughout college and upon graduation, he worked for Taylor Funeral Home, Newburg, Davis Funeral Home in Clarksburg, WV, Bartlett Funeral Home, in Grafton, WV. David took a short stint from the funeral business and worked in the financial industry in several key positions and was a top producer and award winner for several years to gain the knowledge to become a successful business owner here in WV. With the illness of his grandmother in 2005 and her passing in 2006, this was the turning point in my life for me to get back into profession I was called to do. Dave felt the need to return home and opened a state of the art funeral home in southern Preston County. I purchased the Newburg Fire Department and started a complete remodel on the 2 large buildings totally over 5000 square feet making it the Bolyard Funeral Home that opened in 2007 and purchasing the acre across the street to have parking. In the last few years, I did a large amount of work in real estate with rehabbing and selling several homes and keeping some for rental. That experience helped him to put the plans together for his funeral home and other projects in the future. I later bought the Rotruck-Lobb Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel in Newburg in September of 2008. I then renovated that building into the home of the new Preston-Taylor main billing office and the Newburg Clinic. The opportunity can for me to buy Davis Funeral Home in Clarksburg and Bartlett Funeral Home in Grafton and was able to close on the deal with my business partner, Morgan Mayfield on July 21, 2009. In 2011, we were able to add Greathouse Funeral Home in Salem and Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston. I am currently the President for our family of funeral homes we operate and was an integral part of putting the deals together. I look forward to my part in the funeral business because he believes it will be beneficial to the families we serve. I believe that by pooling their resources with the family of six funeral homes, we will be able to provide the families we serve with a wider and more affordable selection of services and funeral goods. The key is to use your growth for purchase power, which is passed on to families, while still retaining the “small town” personal relationships with the families you serve. I am very active in the community: I was past president of the Preston Memorial Hospital Foundation and currently still on the board and President of the Preston County Commission Building Committee. I am very active in volunteering my time to many organizations and supporting many of the community organizations across the county and surrounding counties. I feel a large part of my success is giving back to the ones that support me.
Karen L Bolyard, Secretary/Funeral Attendant
Karen L. Bolyard is a secretary and funeral attendant for Bolyard Funeral Home in Newburg, WV and helps out at other locations when needed. She also works part-time as a mail courier in the Morgantown Area for the U.S. Post Office. Karen graduated from Newburg High School in 1975. She previously worked at Preston Memorial Hospital, Rosewood Nursing Home, and Belldina's Pharmacy. She is married to David W. Bolyard Sr., and they reside in Newburg (Birdscreek Community). Karen has three children, David W. Bolyard Jr., Shelley L. Bolyard, and Derek M. Bolyard. She also handles B & S memorials which was founded in 1995.
Joyce A Shahan, Funeral Attendant
Joyce A Bolyard Shahan, resides in Fellowsville with her husband Pete. Joyce recently retired as Postmaster at Arthurdale Post Office. Very active member of Harbor of Life Church. She is currently attending West Virginia Christian University. Joyce and Pete have two grown sons, Travis and Troy.
Nancy C Bartlett, Funeral Assistant/Director of Public Relations
Nancy C. Bartlett is a funeral assistant with Mountain Funeral Group. She has been employed at Bartlett Funeral Home since 2003. She is a Taylor County native, having been born and raised in the Webster community. Nancy graduated from Sand Fork High School in Glenville, WV in 1967. She began working at Wilson Florist in 1968, and bought the shop in 1976. She owned and operated Nancy Bartlett flowers for 26 years and retired in 2002. When not serving “her families” at the funeral home, she is an avid Grafton High School Bearcats fan as well as a WVU football fan. She is a member of the Webster Baptist Church and trustee of the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Nancy cherishes the friendships she has made with the families we serve and is the most friendly door attendant we have at Bartlett Funeral Home. She is unmatched in her ability to put people at ease, and families find a comforting soul and a unique character in Nancy.
Morgan Mayfield, Owner/Funeral Director
Morgan Mayfield is a third generation funeral home proprietor. He is the operator of Morgan Funeral Home of Reedsville, WV and a partner of Mountain Funeral Group. He graduated from Valley High School in Masontown, WV in 1972. He attended West Virginia University and received a Bachelor's degree in Accounting in 1977. He graduated with honors from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1979. After finishing his education, Morgan Mayfield took over the family business and had the new facility built in 2000 at its present location. He began his career working for his family owned Morgan Funeral Home but also worked for Taylor Funeral Home in Newburg, WV. When Mr. Richard Taylor fell ill prior to his retirement, Morgan assisted him by taking care of all the day to day business needs for approximately four years. Morgan resides in Reedsville, WV. He also has done contract work for Mancinelli Funeral Home in Morgantown, WV; Browning Funeral Home in Kingwood, WV; and Hastings Funeral Home in Morgantown, WV. He has been a parade marshal for the Preston County Buckwheat Frestival for over 25 years. He continues to serve the people of Preston and surrounding counties with the same dedicated service taught to him by his grandfather, mother, and father. He is an avid sportsman having been an Elk Hunting guide in Wyoming and Idaho. He is a life member of the NRA, an amateur photographer, and enjoys waterskiing. His philosophy is, “Try to put yourself in that first row, where a family is sitting during a funeral service, so that you might always remember how they are feeling during this difficult time and so that you are able to serve them in a way that will help ease the pain of losing a loved one."
Jeff Heitger Jr., Funeral Director/ Embalmer
Jeff is a fifth generation licensed funeral director and embalmer and has over 17 years of service, he worked for the Davis Weaver Funeral Home for 7 years before joining the staff of Davis Funeral Home in January 2014. He is a licensed West Virginia Funeral Director and embalmer since November 2007 and a licensed Ohio Funeral Director and Embalmer since January 2003. Jeff, a graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science with an Associate Degree in Specialized Business and Funeral Management and a Diploma in Funeral Directing and Embalming. He received his Bachelor of Business Degree in Specialized Professional Studies in Funeral Service from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Active in the community, Jeff is an I Team member at Lifepointe Church, Clarksburg Kiwanis, and Clarksburg B.P.O. of Elks. He is also on the Board with the Central West Virginia Soccer Association and Jerry West Youth Basketball League.
Jeff married Angela M. (Mainella) Heitger, a West Virginia native, born in Fairmont, West Virginia. They have two children, Drew Anthony and Christian Jordan (CJ). His wife works at the Mentor Network as an administrative Assistant.
He brings with him a strong commitment and compassion to serving the families of this community in their most difficult time of need.
Louie Male, Funeral Director / Embalmer
Louie G. Male was born in Clarksburg, WV and is a native of Lumberport, WV. Upon graduating from Lumberport High School in 1973, he attended Fairmont State College. Louie served his apprenticeship at Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston, WV, and graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1977. Upon graduation, he worked for various funeral homes in the area, and was employed by Davis Funeral Home and Bartlett Funeral Home from 1996 through 2006. Louie has been dedicated to serving families for over 37 years. He is a member of local 39 Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons in Morgantown, WV, and a member of Enterprise United Methodist Church. He currently resides in Westover with his wife, Julie.
Charles Lowther, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Charles Lowther was born and raised in Elkins, WV and has over 20 years in the funeral business. He is alicensed director in WV and VA. Charles worked in the coalmines for 25 years and his passion is being in the funeral business. His story has a unique twist with his family owning the Lowther farm where Davis Funeral Home now sits. Son, Charles II and his lovely grandchild, Ella Grace. He is a current resident of Bridgeport and travels home to the farm in Elkins for relaxation.
Janie Venettozzi Watson
Funeral Administration and Attendant
Beverly Hinkle, Administrative Assistant
Beverly grew up in the Stealey area of Clarksburg, daughter of the late Howard W. and Glenna Dean Burnett Shriver. She graduated from Washington Irving High School, obtained an assoicated dgree in retail management from Fairmont State College and a degree in Medical coding and billing from United Technical Center. She worked for Chick-fil-A at Meadowbrook Mall for 15 years and for Home Health Care Services as an order verifier. In 1996, she married the late Scott I. Hinkle who was a funeral director at Greathouse Funeral Home. Their children, Breanna and Tyler Hinkle are very active in sports and when not working or in church, you can find Beverly near the soccer field, basketball court or a ball diamond. She is a memeber of the Fellowship Bible Church in Bridgeport and also attends Duff Street United Methodist Church in Clarksburg. As a single mother since her husband's death, she is a very busy person who enjoys meeting people and being involved in church and school activites. She has assisted her in-laws and her husband in the funeral business for years and is a compassionate and caring person who relates well to people in their time of need.
Evan Stumpie Bice, Funeral Assistant
Evan “Stumpie” Bice is a graduate of Washington Irving High School and the Southern Institute of Graphic Art and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Salem College. He is retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Company with 32 years of service. Stumpie is a lifetime member of the NRA, a member of the Board of Directors of the Harrison County Heart Association, and an active member in the Clarksburg Lions Club where he presently serves as Chairperson of the Sight and Welfare Committee and as the District 29-I Zone Coordinator of the WV Lions Sight Conservation Foundation. He is also the recipient of the Leonard Jarrett Award in Lionism. Stumpie is a member of the CERT division of Homeland Security. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Bridgeport and are members of the Simpson Creek Baptist Church. They are the parents of one daughter, Heather, and her husband Mark, and have one grandson, Tyler.
Wayne White, Funeral Attendant
A West Virginia natvie born in Harrison County. He grew up in the Stealey section of Clarksburg. The son of the late Robert E. and Geneive White. A 1960 graduate of Washington Irving High School. A graduate of Gordon Military College Barnsville, Ga. majored in business, a graduate of Allegheny Technical Institute for Electronics Pittsburgh, Pa. with Electronic Technician Degree. Retired from 3M company with 19 years service as a master Electronic Technician. Retired from Mylan Pharmaceuticals maintenance department as an air handler/filter technician. Was a member of Pace (United steel workers) 5-097 as a union stewart. A licensed WVA Realtor since 1981. Married to Frances Jean Kroll, she is a West Virginia native born in Harrison County. Wayne and Jean attend Trinity Assembly of God in Fairmont. They have two daughters Jennifer L. White and Deborah J. White. They attend Stealey Assembly of God.
Walter Barth, Funeral Assistant
Walter retired from Verizon Telephone Company with 37 years of service. He was the Corporate Affairs Manager for North Central West Virginia and was responsible for personel, community, and government relations. Walter has been in the Funeral Home business for 15 years and associated with Davis Funeral Home for 13 years. He has been active in many state, county, and community projects since his retirement in 1991. Walter was the past executive Director of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Harrison County Development Authority, Councilman for the City of Bridgeport, and served on the Development Authority and Planning Commission for the city.
He currently serves on the boards of United Hospital Center, United Physician Care Center, and the West Virginia United Health System. Walter is a former football Coach at Bridgeport High School and currently serves the school being responsible for athletic facilities and equipment. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus Lodge 942 and the Clarksburg Elks Lodge 482. Walter is married to Lorraine DeFazio Barth and they have 2 children: Darletta Stout of Bridgeport and Ron Barth of Libertyville, Ill. They also have 5 grandchildren. He is a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Bridgeport.
Coy Bell, Funeral Attendant
Elizabeth Rose Cunningham, Director of Pre-planning and Aftercare
A native of Harrison County, Elizabeth Rose Cunningham, brings her skills and life experience to our funeral homes to develop extended services as Director of Aftercare, ministering to families and the community. Founder and president of the non-profit organization, Live Your Live Foundation, Elizabeth has had a successful career as a Certified Events Coordinator and Travel Manager and is currently working toward a Life Coach certification. Formerly, Elizabeth Lynn Huffman, she is an inspirational speaker and published author. Her book, Porch Swings and Fire Flies : Creating Life Out of Loss, chronicles the difficulties and triumphs of her journey as a young widow and mother creating a new life out of loss. She is the mother of Ryan Rose and Jennalea Rose Wallace and the wife of Pastor David Cunningham
Barbara Dillard, Attendant
Amanda Seti, Funeral Attendant
Tracy A Smith, Funeral Attendant
Tracy has worked at Dorsey's Funeral Home since2009. He graduated from East Fairmont High School Class of 1959. Tracy was in the US Army during 1960 to 1963. He is a retired Coalminer from Robinson Run Mines # 95 with 33 years of service. He currently lives in Worthington, WV with his wife Carolyn Satterfield Smith of 48 years. They are the proud parents of three children, Brenda, Jeffery and Bryan; four grandchildren, Micheala, Jessica, Amanda and Joshua. He attends Bethel Baptist Church in Fairmont regularly. Tracy was a past District Governor, Lions 29 L where he has been a 47 year member, Masonic Lodge St John’s 324, 44 year Trustee of Cemetery Board and was former Mayor.
Thom Alonso, Funeral Attendant
Thom is a retired letter carrier from the Shinnston Post Office with thirty one years of service. He is a graduate of Notre Dame High School and attended West virginia Business college. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, National Active and Retired Federal Empoyees and National Association of Letter Carriers. He and his wife Cherie live in Shinnston and are the proud parents of two daughters Pam Kitchens, of Dallas, Texas and Maranie Warren of Columbus, Ohio and three grandchildren. Thom was Vice President for seven years before becoming President for thirteen years of NALC Branch 4458 representing nineteen post offices in north central West Virginia until retirement. He was the Health Benefits Representative of NALC Branch 4458 for Thirteen years. A US Army Vietnam veteran he was in recruiting in Louisville, Kentucky for the last thirteen months of service. Before working the postal service Thom was business coordinator for C & P Oil and Gas Company and Imperial Corporation. Thom is currently accountant for Communication Workers of America Local 2004 and was accountant for several businesses before retiring including Communication Workers of America Local 2011. Thom and his wife are members of Saint Ann Catholic Church in Shinnston.
Paul Harclerode, Funeral Attendant
Jane Napier, Aftercare Counselor
Ellen “Jane” Napier of Maple Lake, Bridgeport, joined the staff of Davis funeral Home in 1990. She is a graduate of Washington Irving High School and attended WV Business College. Jane is a member of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women’s Group. Jane and her husband Troy are the parents of one son, the late Timothy Troy, and one daughter, Tammy Jane, of Newport News, VA.
Jimmy Mazzie, Insurannce and Estate Specialist/Funeral Attendant/Organist
A previous funeral home employee since fall of 2009. He grew up in the Northview section of Clarksburg, WV. A 1976 graduate of Liberty High School, where he was feature twirler. He, also, attended Fairmont State College and majored in music education. Retired from Verizon after 30 years of service and last 9 years as a system technician and, also, CWA Local 2011 Union President (from 2002-2008). He is the son of the late Russell J. Mazzie, Sr. and Mary L. (Roveto) Mazzie of Clarksburg, WV. He attends St. James Catholic Church in Northview and has been Liturgical musician (Organist) for over 42 years. He is a member of the Knight of Columbus #872 of Clarksburg and Clarksburg Columbian Club.
Annie Mazzie, Attendant
Previous employee of a former Funeral Home for 6 years. A native of Taylor County growing up in Grafton. The daughter of the late Sam and Catherine Veltri. 1969 graduate of Grafton High School. Retired in 2006 with 32 years of service with the Dept. of Health and Human Resources as telephone operator/clerical. Also, works at the Harrison County Court House part-time in the Housekeeping Department. She attends St. James Catholic Church in Northview where she is a lector. She is married to Jimmy Mazzie.
Luke Massey, Funeral Attendant
Luke Massey, a lifelong resident of Preston County and Arthurdale, West Virginia, is currently a freshman at Fairmont State University, where he will earn his Associate's Degree in Administrative Office Management and later pursue a degree in Mortuary Science at the Pittsburgh Insitute of Mortuary Science. He is a 2013 graduate of Preston High School in Kingwood, where he served as Student Body President and President of the Christian Fellowship Club. Luke is active in his community; being a member of the Valley District Lions Club and Kingwood Rotary and attends the St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Kingwood where he plans to become a confirmed member in the Spring of 2014 . He also volunteers much of his time to other local civic and community organizations. He is a friend to all and has never met a stranger. Luke began his funeral service career in July 2011 and brings with him a fresh, new outlook on how to better serve the families of Preston County and the Valley District Area. Families find a friendly and comforting soul in Luke, who is able to relate well to people in their time of need. In his spare time, Luke enjoys traveling, reading, being outdoors, music, helping his neighbors and spending time with his family and many friends. Luke has aspirations of pursuing a career as a funeral director, so that he may continue helping others and so that he may establish a legacy of caring and compassion in Preston County. When asked why he chosen funeral service as a career, he will respond by saying: "I felt God call me into funeral service years ago and life is about helping people. That is what I want my life's legacy to be: serving families and communities who have given so much to me."