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.
Founded in 1919, Davis Funeral Home in Clarksburg, WV is locally owned and operated and has been for over 80 years serving the families of Harrison County and surrounding areas under the same name. Davis Funeral Home was located at 443 West Pike Street and moved to the current 18,000 square foot facility located at 124 Olen Thomas Drive, Clarksburg in December of 2000. The facility sits off Rte. 98 on over 4 acres with plenty of parking and the only Chapel in Harrison and surrounding counties. David W Bolyard Jr. is one of the local WV born owners that was instrumental in taking the new facility and making updates to offer services to the families in 2013. We added the only Crematory in Harrison County with a Cremation Chapel and observation area. Other changes include a double lounge with reception area for meals during the viewing or a full reception setup after the service with a catering menu to help take the pressure off the family at a very difficult time. The people of Clarksburg, Bridgeport and surrounding areas have come to trust Davis Funeral Home as one of the leading providers of personalized funeral and cremation services in the area. We are proud to be Locally Owned and Operated and offering services that sets us apart.
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.
Jeff W. 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 the Human Resoureces Coordinator.
He brings with him a strong commitment and compassion to serving the families of this community in their most difficult time of need.
Rev. James Harris, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Rev. Harris is the son of the late Elder Johnnie and Mother Minnie Harris. He is the oldest of eight children.
Rev. Harris is married to Jeanne Harris. He is the father of four children, ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He is the step father of three children, and three grandchildren.
Rev. Harris is a retired Marine who served our country for twenty-six years and obtained the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant (E-9).
Rev. Harris is a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and is licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of West Virginia. He was a funeral director and embalmer at J.C. Battles & Sons funeral home in Cincinnati, Ohio, Williams Mortuary in Huntington, WV and Chatman Funeral Home in Logan, WV.
Rev. Harris has also pastored four churches in the past twenty-five years: John Gee AME church in Gallipolis, Ohio; Henderson Chapel AME Church, Wellsburg. West Virginia, Allen Chapel AME Church, Clarksburg, West Virginia and presently Bethel AME Church, Parkersburg, West Virginia.
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 a licensed director in WV and VA. Charles worked in the coal mines 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. He has a son, Charles II and a lovely grandchild, Ella Grace. He is a current resident of Bridgeport and travels home to the farm in Elkins for relaxation.
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."
Ray Higginbotham, Funeral Associate
Ray is a native of West Virginia and the son of Ray Higginbotham Sr. of Wallace, and
Margaret P. Davis McClung of Ireland, WV. He is a 1984 graduate of Lincoln High School, United Technical center and attended WV Business College. Ray worked for many years as a PCA, CNA, and caregiver for Veterans and the elderly. Ray is married to Brenda Kay (Capozzi), Higginbotham, who is employed at United Hospital Center as a Pharmacy Technician. Ray and his wife are active on the Life and Ministry of St. John’s Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It is a pleasure to serve the families of North Central WV.
Jimmy Mazzie, Insurance and Estate Specialist/Funeral Associate/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.
Luke Massey, Funeral Associate
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."
Elizabeth Rose Cunningham, Director of 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. 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
Rachelle Diana McIntyre-Nicholson, Attorney and Public Relations Director
Rachelle Diana McIntyre-Nicholson is a lifelong resident of Clarksburg, WV, and is the only child of Stanley Brad and Denise Brown McIntyre, also of Clarksburg. She is a 1995 graduate of Liberty High School, and went on to graduate cum laude with a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Corporate Finance from Fairmont State in 1999. She attended West Virginia University College of Law, graduating in May, 2002, and being admitted to the West Virginia State Bar Association in September, 2002.
Mrs. McIntyre-Nicholson began her practice in June, 2002, with the firm of Siegrist & White, PLLC, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and opened her own practice in October, 2004. She specializes in child abuse and neglect proceedings, divorce, child custody and support matters, property law and estate planning.
Rachelle is married to Jonathan W. Nicholson, of Salem, West Virginia, and they have two children. She will be providing estate planning assistance, probate support and general legal information to families serviced by Mountain Funeral Group and Cremations.
Beverly Hinkle Freeland, 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 associates 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. Before and after her husband's death, 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. Beverly married Richard Freeland in 2015 and has been blessed with four step children.
Denise McIntyre, Funeral Associate / Hairdresser
Annie Mazzie, Funeral Associate
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.
Barbara Dillard, Funeral Associate
Barbara is the daughter of the late James Carl and Ophilia K. Davis. She was born in Clarksburg, WV. She has one sister, Carrol Meeks.
Barbara began her career with Davis Funeral Home in January 2013.
She began her Federal Career with the U.S. Information in Washington, D.C. in August, 1963. She finished her Federal Career with the Social Security Administration in December 2003.
Barbara graduated from Washington Irving High School in 1963.
She was married to the late Robert L. Dillard for 45 years. They had one son, Kenneth W. Dillard. They were the grandparents of Tanisha, Kelsie, Kenneth, Jr., and Airon.
She was a member of the following organizations: PWA, The Black Heritage Festival, RCB, WI, RW, Kelly Miller Scholarship Association, Harrison County Democratic Women, East View Senior Citizens, Kelly Miller Association, Stonewood Lions Club.
Janie Venettozzi Watson, Funeral Associate
Evan Stumpie Bice, Funeral Associate
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 Associate
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.
Coy Bell, Funeral Associate
Paul "Ditch" Harclerode, Funeral Associate
A West Virginia native and a lifelong resident of Shinnston. Paul, a coal miner retired in 1995 from Consol Energy Robinson Run Mines. Paul started working at the funeral home in 2007. Married his high school sweetheart Karen (Shingleton) Harclerode and they have been married for over 51 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren. He enjoys golfing and camping at Big Bear. Paul loves his family, life and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Karen L Bolyard, Administrative Assistant/Funeral Associate
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 Associate
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.
Debbie K Hurst, Housekeeper
Debbie K. Hurst, working in the funeral home since the fall of 2009, joined Davis Funeral Home in 2014. She grew up in the Eastview section of Clarksburg, WV. A 1982 graduate of RW, Roosevelt Wilson High School. Married R. Taylor Hurst of the Eastview section of Clarksburg, WV, and they have two children. Debbie is also, a part time in home care for adults, working for the Harrison County Senior Citizen’s Center. Debbie is the daughter of the late Ernie & Ellen Grose. Debbie attends a church in Clarksburg.