Our Staff


Wilma Hodge Obaugh

Owner

Widow of William “Bill” Obaugh, Wilma stands as the matriarch of the family and the senior most staff member of the funeral home.  

Born July 31, 1928 in Highland County, she is the daughter of the late George Henry and Camilla (Hupman) Hodge. She is a graduate of the former Andrew Lewis High School in Salem and attended Mary Baldwin College.

She was married January 29, 1949 to William G. “Bill” Obaugh, who preceded her in death January 1, 1996. Wilma has four children G.W., Brent, and Kyle Obaugh all of McDowell and Donna (Obaugh) Ashby of Staunton. Wilma is also a grandmother of ten and great-grandmother of ten (soon to be eleven).

She is a member of the United Methodist Women and the McDowell United Methodist Church, where she has faithfully served as pianist for 45 years.  

Wilma began her service alongside her husband in 1966, after the passing of Roy G. Obaugh. From that point on, she assumed a vast majority of the clerical and managerial responsibilities of the business and continued to do so for the next thirty-two years.  At present Wilma is enjoying her partial-retirement from the funeral home and spends much of her time visiting with family and friends. Still, even in retirement, she continues to provide hairdressing, administrative council, and ensures daily that the funeral home continues to meet the bar she set and maintained throughout her career.  


G.W. Obaugh

Owner/Director

George William Obaugh, better known G.W., is the third generation funeral director to reside and operate the family business in McDowell. Native to Highland County, he was born March 21, 1952, the eldest son to William G. “Bill” and Wilma (Hodge) Obaugh. G.W. is a graduate of the Highland High School class of 1970 and earned his degree in Mortuary Science from John Tyler Community College. 

G.W. completed his apprenticeship under the tutelage of Herbert Small of E. Alvin Small Funeral Home and the late O. Kenneth Updike (then of Henry Funeral Home). In 1973, following the completion of his apprenticeship G.W., became licensed and joined his father in McDowell.

He is the father of three sons, Bryan of McDowell, Ben of Moneta, and Bryce Obaugh of St. Paris, Ohio, as well as a daughter, Beth (Obaugh) Linkenhoker of Moneta. Additionally, he is a proud grandfather to five grandsons and five granddaughters.

An ardent outdoorsman, G.W. enjoys all types of fishing, trapping, and hunting…with special emphasis toward turkey season.   


Bryan S. Obaugh

Director

Bryan marks the fourth generation employed in the family business. Born June 28, 1978, he is the eldest son of G.W. Obaugh and Lisa Crigler. He is a graduate of William Byrd High School as well as Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science. Prior to attending Gupton-Jones, he served an apprenticeship under the direction of Lee A. Flora, of Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, and Victor E. Connor, now of Connor-Bowman Funeral Home and Crematory. Having met his prerequisites for licensure, Bryan completed his board examination and joined his father in the fall of 2000.

He and his wife, Megan Catherine (DeMarco) Obaugh reside outside of Monterey with son, Liam Francis and border collie, Callie.  Bryan attends McDowell United Methodist Church, as well as Mass with his wife at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Franklin, WV. 

He is a member of the Highland County EDA,  Past-President and member of the Stonewall Ruritan Club, Highland Masonic Lodge No. 110 A.F. & A.M., as well as a Past- President and former Board Member to the Highland County Chamber of Commerce.  

During his free time, Bryan enjoys time spent rock climbing, snowboarding and trout fishing…or he may be found working around his family’s farm.  


Connie F. Simmons

Office Assistant

Connie began her work with Obaugh Funeral Home in October of 1993.  She was born a twin daughter to Jean (Hatcher) Simmons and the late Edward “Jake” Simmons. She is a graduate of the Highland High School Class of 1973.

Connie resides outside of McDowell with her husband, David, and dog, Mixie.  She is a member of the Doe Hill United Methodist Church. 

Throughout her employment, Connie remains a fundamental element to the efficiency of our office and the overall service of the funeral home.  Additionally, she provides monument sales to the families of Highland County and the surrounding areas.  


Roy Brent Obaugh

Funeral Assistant

Brent is the second son of the late Bill Obaugh and has been assisting with funerals for over thirty years.

A Highland County native, Brent is a graduate of Highland High School and Ferrum College.  Brent resides in McDowell, where he operates a section of the family farm known as the “Flesher Place”. He is a member of the McDowell United Methodist Church and a dedicated member of the Stonewall Ruritan Club.  


Don Ferrell

Funeral Assistant

Don joined the staff in January of 2011.  He is the son of the late Howard James and Shirley (Newcomb) Ferrell and step-son of the late Kenton K. Simmons. Don attended school in Monterey and ultimately graduated from Osborne High School in Manassas, Virginia.  

Since his return to Highland County in 2001, Don has remained very involved within the community. He currently serves as board member to the Highland County Recreation Commission, Secretary of the Highland County Electoral Board, Treasurer of the Highland County Evangelistic Association, and golf coach for Highland High School.  Don is also a faithful member of the Blue Grass United Methodist Church, where he serves as Lay Leader and Adult Sunday School Teacher.  By trade, Don enjoys his work as a carpenter, but claims “not nearly as much as playing golf."   


Granvil G. Griffin, Sr.

Funeral Assistant

 Granvil, or “Tom” as he is known locally, became a member of our staff in December of 1994.  Tom was born October 1, 1934 in Swoope to the late Herbert Kenton and Hazel (Fink) Griffin. He is a graduate of Churchville High School Class of 1953.  

 Tom is married to his wife of 57 years, the former Janet Losh. Together, they have three children, six grandchildren, and three beautiful great-granddaughters. He is a member of McKendree United Methodist Church, Lay Speaker for the McDowell UMC Charge, and a former member of both the Stonewall Ruritan Club and McDowell Volunteer Fire Department.

 Since joining our staff seventeen years ago, Tom has been an invaluable part of Obaugh Funeral Home and remains so today. Always willing to answer the call of serving others, Tom can be counted on at any hour of any day, and truly represents the best qualities of the funeral industry.


John “Jack” Kilgallen

Funeral Assistant

 Jack is the most recent addition to the funeral home staff, beginning his employment in December of 2012.  He and his wife, Ann purchased a home and property in Monterey in the late 1980’s and relocated to Monterey from Springfield, VA in 2000.  Jack retired 
from the U.S. Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in 1991 after twenty-six years of military service. He also retired from a second career with Elsevier Science, Inc. after fifteen years serving as their Chevy Chase, MD, Administration and Facilities Manager. He is the proud father of Jackie (Kilgallen) Simmons, who is married to Kevin and is grandfather to Ryan, all of Staunton, VA.  Jack attends St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, is a devoted member of the Monterey Lion’s Club, and belongs to the Knights of Columbus.  


Brandi H. Bussard

Office Assistant

Brandi H. Bussard was born May 24, 1983, the youngest of five children to the late Richard and Bonnie Hicks of Monterey.  She is a native of the county and a 2001 graduate of Highland High School. As a 16 year old sophomore Brandi started working at The Recorder newspaper through the work release program and began full-time employment there following graduation.  She spent almost 18 years with The Recorder before joining Obaugh Funeral Home in March 2017.

She and her husband, Douglas W. Bussard reside in Monterey with their beautiful daughter, Brooklyn Skye and their nine “fur-babies.” The family holds membership with and attends Blue Grass United Methodist Church.  Additionally, Brandi is an active member of the Blue Grass Ruritan Club and fosters animals with the Highland County Humane Society. 

Brandi enjoys her free time by spending it outdoors with family, hunting morels, gardening, hiking, riding trails, and playing on the Highland County Recreation Commission’s co-ed summer softball league with her team the Strait Liners.



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