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, President

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.

John L. Porter - Manager

Email: jporter@simpsonfuneral.com

John comes to Simpson Funeral Home after having served families in South Carolina for the last 21 years. He is a first generation funeral director who strives to serve each family to the best of his abilities. John is married to the former Cacey M. Jeffers and they are the parents to four sons. Their oldest son currently serves in the U.S. Marine Corps and they have a son who lives in South Carolina. The other two sons still live at home. John is fully licensed in Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

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 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 a leadership position within The Virginia Military Institute. Bradley, also serves as his VMI class of 2009 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.

Pete Dunker - Funeral Service Licensee

Phone: (540) 366-0707  |  Fax: (540) 366-0990

Pete joined our staff in January of 2017. Pete comes to us after serving 20 years as an Associate Pastor, 15 of those for a local church. He has received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Wheaton College, Masters in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary and Associates in Applied Science from Fayetteville Technical College. He received his funeral service license in March 2021. Pete feels blessed to be able to comfort families during their time of need. Pete and his wife April have three sons and make their home in the Daleville Community of Botetourt County. He and his family enjoy sports and anything to do with the outdoors.

Glen Markham - Funeral Assistant

Phone: (540) 366-0707 

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 

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.

Gilbert Yopp - Funeral Assistant

Rev. Walter Wood - Funeral Assistant

Phone: (540) 366-0707  |  Fax: (540) 366-0990

Pastor Walter L. Wood served New Life Temple for 31 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.

Janie Inge - Housekeeper

Phone: (540) 366-0707  

Janie has been with us since the beginning, making sure our facility is neat and tidy for the families we serve. Janie goes above and beyond for us.

Cathy Clemons - Office Assistant

Phone (540) 366 - 0707


Shirley H. Mills - Hostess, Greeter

Shirley Joined our staff in 2017, with twelve years experience as a Hostess and Greeter in funeral service. Shirley also owned and operated Scotty's Drug Store for five years, and was in management, in the retail business for sixteen years. Shirley has three children, two daughters and a son, six grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren. Shirley is a member of Hollins Road Church of the Brethren since cradle roll. Shirley enjoys serving others and is a asset to our staff.


Carol Parker-Hostess, Greeter


Veronica Grantham - Cosmetologist

Phone: (540) 366-0707

Veronica has been on our staff for 16 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.


Mickey Mixon-Office Assistant