Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met.

Allen Simpson - Owner, Manager
Email: asimpson@simpsonfuneral.com  |  Phone: (540) 366-0707  |  Fax: (540) 366-0990

Allen is the second of three sons born to Adolphus R. "Sonny" and Leo Sisson. A Native of North Roanoke County, Allen is a 1973 graduate of Northside High School and Roanoke County Educational Center (now known as the Arnold R. Burton Vo-Tech Center). After High School Allen served his internship with Oakey's Funeral Service in Roanoke. He is a graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, and the National Foundation of Funeral Service, School of Management. He is married to the former Sharon Knowling, a science teacher at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Roanoke City. Allen is a member of Northview United Methodist Church and the Rotary Club of Roanoke.

Ronald Clarke Ayles - Funeral Director, Embalmer
Email: rayles@simpsonfuneral.com  |  Phone: (540) 366-0707  |  Fax: (540) 366-0990

Ron joined our staff in November of 2005.  A native of Connecticut, he moved to Virginia in September, of 1996 with his wife Cindy Canady Ayles, a native of Iowa. They have four (4) children, three (3) grandchildren, Jethro, Spartacus, and Jace. and reside in Rocky Mount, Virginia and attend St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Ron graduated from The American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York and is a licensed in Virginia and Connecticut as a Funeral Director and Embalmer.

Bradley Simpson - Funeral Intern
Email: bsimpson@simpsonfuneral.com |  Phone: (540) 366-0707  |  Fax: (540) 366-0990

Bradley Simpson has grown up in the funeral business, his mother and father having founded Simpson Funeral Home & Crematory. Bradley's funeral service career began in the garage (washing cars) and in the yard (mowing the yard and pulling weeds) while going to middle and high school. Bradley is a 2003 graduate of Northside High School where he played on the varsity basketball and soccer teams. After his high school graduation, he continued his education at the Virginia Military Institute, graduating with the class of 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Business and Economics with a concentration in entrepreneurship. While at VMI he served as Alpha Company Executive Officer and President of the "Big Red Club", as well as a member of Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity upon graduation. Also after graduation he became a member of the Institute Society at The Virginia Military Institute. Bradley, also serves as his VMI class agent. Bradley is also a graduate of John Tyler Community College where he earned a degree in Mortuary Science. He also is a Notary Public in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Bradley is married to Ashley Blackman Simpson, formerly of Richmond, Virginia, and they have a baby girl, Payton Leo Simpson. In his leisure time he enjoys golfing, and is a strong supporter of VMI and VMI athletics as well as Tennessee Volunteers Football.

Glen Markham - Funeral Assistant
Phone: (540) 366-0707  |  Fax: (540) 366-0990

Glen joined our staff in 2004. Like all the Assistants, Glen gives his all in making sure the family’s request are met and pays close attention to the details. Glen is married to Sue Sprinkel Markham of Fincastle and they reside in Roanoke County with their dog, Dolly.

He and his wife attend the Williamson Road Church of the Brethren, was employed by Red Bird Garage and Towing for 22 years before purchasing the business and was owner/operator for additional 25 years before retiring. Glen is also responsible for maintenance the on the vehicles and upkeep on the building.

Richard Woods - Funeral Assistant
Phone: (540) 366-0707  |  Fax: (540) 366-0990

Richard joined our staff in March of 2006 after retiring 31 years from the Postal Service and ending as Postmaster in the Daleville office. A native of Roanoke County. Married to Debbie Woods and they have 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren. Richard and his wife attend North Roanoke Baptist Church. In his time away from the funeral home Richard enjoys bowling and gardening. Along with the other staff members he is a detailed oriented person making the family's time here at the funeral home comfortable as possible. Richard maintains the roses and flower gardens around the funeral home, and along with Glen the upkeep on the building.

Ken Journell - Funeral Assistant
Phone: (540) 366-0707  |  Fax: (540) 366-0990


Dennis Yeatts - Funeral Assistant

Phone (540) 366 - 0707

Dennis joined our staff in 2013. He now lives in Vinton, Virginia with his wife, Kathy. They raised three children and enjoying spoiling their seven grandchildren, Dennis is very active in his church, Mineral Springs Baptist Church where he teaches Sunday School, and works with the children in the Awana Program. Among Dennis' duties at Simpson Funeral Home are he helps with funeral, visitation, and with any headstones or grave markers families are in need of.

Veronica Grantham - Cosmetologist
Phone: (540) 366-0707  |  Fax: (540) 366-0990

Veronica has been with our staff for 11 years and a licensed cosmetologist for 27 years. She graduated from Lord Botetourt High School as well as Botetourt Vocational School. She enjoys music and was a member of Sing-Out Roanoke Valley for 5 years. Veronica is Owner/Operator of Grantham Hair Design in Roanoke.

Janie Inge - Housekeeper
Phone: (540) 366-0707  |  Fax: (540) 366-0990

Rev. Walter Wood - Funeral Assistant
Phone: (540) 366-0707  |  Fax: (540) 366-0990

Pastor Walter L. Wood served New Life Temple for31 years as Senior Pastor. He has served as a local Pastor, conference board member, conference superintendent, and served on the World Missions Board of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. He presently serves as a Planned Giving Officer for Stewardship ministries. He attended and graduated from Holmes Bible College in 1955, graduated from Emmanuel College School of Christian Ministries in 1976 and received as Honorary Doctorate from Maranatha College in 1996.

Pete Dunker - Funeral Director Intern
Phone: (540) 366-0707  |  Fax: (540) 366-0990

Pete joined our staff in January, 2017. Pete comes to us after serving 20 years as a Associate Pastor for a local church. He has received his Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Masters in Christian Education. He is currently attending classes at Fayettville Tech. to become a licensed Funeral Director, to help comfort families during their time of loss. Pete and April have been married for 9 years and they have 3 sons, Jonah, Josiah, and Joshua and they reside in Daleville, Virginia.