Donald E. Wilson is President of Evergreen Memorial Trust. He is a seasoned veteran in cemetery management, with more than thirty years service at Evergreen Burial Park. Born and raised in Mason City, Iowa, Don is a 1980 business graduate of the University of Iowa where he was a four-year letterman on the varsity swimming team. He is married to the former Lisa Ver Wey of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They are the parents of Benjamin, Jessica, and James. Don is active in a number of community service organizations, serving a term as President of the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke, and continues to be a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

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.

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.

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.

Nihkolas Tipton has been a Family Service Counselor with Evergreen Burial Park since the beginning of 2017. Nihkolas is a resident of the Grandin area and has lived here since 2010. He is originally from Rochester, Michigan, where he was born and raised. Nihkolas enjoys being outdoors in the mountains with his two dogs, Oliver and Lucky, and is an active member of the Grandin Road Business Association. Nihkolas brings a true dedication and concern to helping insure that our friends and families are handled with the utmost care and respect.

Kathryn Wallace joined the Evergreen Burial Park staff as a Family Service Counselor in July 2017. Originally from northern Michigan, Kathryn settled in this area 36 years ago. She and her husband, Hank, enjoy living in the woods in Botetourt County where they do organic gardening and food preservation. During their “off time,” they keep busy doing prison ministry. Kathryn is passionate about caring for people and helping families.

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.

Etta Wheeler is the mother of three lovely girls, wife to Don for 46 years, and a native of Roanoke her entire life. Attending local schools and ministering in her local church, Vinton Baptist, her passion to serve people has increased to fulfill joy assisting those in need. Serving at a prominent law firm for 18 years created a steadfastness within her soul to understand the depth of people’s concerns and provide the compassion to do all within her power to direct their mind and heart toward peace. Her greatest joys are all embraced through relationships of serving. In her spare time, she loves having coffee on the porch with Don and their little Maltese Killer Frost, and taking long walks by the lake.