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Staff

Donald E. Wilson is President of Evergreen Memorial Trust. He is a seasoned veteran in cemetery management, with more than thirty-five years’ service that began at Evergreen Burial Park and has now expanded to four additional cemetery locations in southwest Virginia. Born and raised in Mason City, Iowa, Don is a graduate of the University of Iowa. His three children and two grandchildren all live in the Roanoke area. He is active in a number of community service organizations, serving a term as President of the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke. Don is a board member of the Historical Society of Western Virginia and the Local Office on Aging where he serves as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels. dwilson@evergreenmemorialtrust.com.

Tommy D. Whitaker has been a Family Service Director with Evergreen Burial Park since 2004. Tommy is a 1982 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science. He and his wife, Jeanne, have two children, Zachary and Emily. Tommy enjoys playing church softball, working in his yard, and riding his motorcycle. Tommy and his family are members of Raleigh Court United Methodist Church. twhitaker@evergreenmemorialtrust.com

Melissa A. Light is Office Manager for Evergreen Memorial Trust. Her nearly thirty years experience with Evergreen brings confidence to families that the administrative aspects of commitment wishes are exactingly documented and carried out. Melissa and her husband, Doug, reside in Roanoke with their Boston terrier, Mackie Jack. When not at home, they exercise their passion for traveling on their motorcycle. mlight@evergreenmemorialtrust.com

Blair Graninger adds additional depth to the Evergreen group of exceptional Family Service Counselors. A native of western Virginia (Allegheny County), she has lived the past 17 years in Franklin County, where she serves that community at Mountain View Memorial Park and Forest Rest Natural Cemetery. Blair enjoys working closely with families to assist them through difficult times in making good choices for their loved ones, and welcomes the opportunities presented with each individual family. When not assisting other families, she dedicates herself to her own, spending as much time as she can enjoying outdoor activities with her daughter, playing the piano, and singing in her church choir in Rocky Mount. bgraninger@evergreenmemorialtrust.com

Fred Allard brings the caring heart of a counselor to those who choose Evergreen Memorial Trust to meet their needs in planning final arrangements for themselves or their loved ones. He joined our staff as a Family Service Counselor in November of 2017 and serves at our Mountain View Cemetery and Green Hill Mausoleum locations. Fred holds a graduate certificate in advanced biblical counseling from Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation and ministered for a time as a lay counselor in his home state of Pennsylvania before he and his wife Karen moved to Virginia in 2007. Fred sees his role with Evergreen as an extension of his counseling ministry as he calmly listens and guides people with compassion and comfort through what, for some, can be stressful or difficult decisions. He approaches life with faith and good humor and enjoys reading, music, and sharing quiet evenings in deep conversation with his wife by the firelight on their deck. fallard@evergreenmemorialtrust.com

Steve Haldren is a Family Service Counselor with Evergreen Memorial Trust the Mountain View Cemetery location. Steve was born and raised in Vinton, and is a graduate of Virginia Western Community College and The Marine Corps Recruit Depot; Parris Island, SC. His number one priority is to treat each individual and their family with grace, respect, and dignity. Steve has an extensive background in the animal health industry and understands the bond between families and their furry friends. shaldren@evergreenmemorialtrust.com

Katrina Stanton joined the Evergreen team in 2018 at our Mountain View location in Vinton. Originally from the heart of North Carolina, she has been in Roanoke since 2016. When not at work you can find her spending time with her daughter, Violet, at the gym, or relaxing at home with their two cats (Goose and MiMi). Her goal as a Family Service Counselor is building lasting relationships with families who will have confidence in her and the service they receive. kstanton@evergreenmemorialtrust.com

Tommy Ferrell joined Evergreen Burial Park staff as a family counselor in April 2019. Tommy was born and raised in Roanoke and is a graduate of Northside High School. He and as wife Karen, (aka “Girlfriend”) live in Daleville with their youngest son Ben. Their other three children, Kristen, Trae, and Logan are out of the nest. Tommy has served in a pastoral capacity and demonstrates a very caring attitude. Tommy enjoys spending time with his family and friends and a round of golf whenever the opportunity presents itself.  tferrell@evergreenmemorialtrust.com