About Us | Bartlett Funeral Home

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.

Our History

Bartlett Funeral Home is Taylor County’s oldest continually operating business, and has been a long standing tradition among the people of Taylor, Preston, Barbour and other surrounding counties.  Since its inception in 1908, the Bartlett Funeral Home and its associates have professionally tended the needs of several thousands of families grieving the loss of loved ones.

The funeral home was formerly located on Walnut Street in Grafton, WV.  Bartlett Funeral Home is currently at 202 McGraw Avenue in Grafton, WV.   The tradition had its beginning under the name of Perine and Bartlett Furniture and Undertaking Company.  This partnership offered the finest in funeral service and merchandise to the people of Taylor and surrounding counties until 1920 when the furniture line was dropped and the partnership dissolved.

The Bartlett and Bolin Company was formed, engaging in the “undertaking” business only.  That business was located in the three story brick structure built by G.T. Bartlett, Sr. at 314 Walnut Street, Grafton.  This facility included a chapel and other facilities for funeral service.  In the next few years this partnership was also dissolved, thereby forming the Bartlett Funeral Home. 

In 1928 Mr. Bartlett purchased the renowned Joseph Pugh home on McGraw Avenue to house his business and family.  Joseph Pugh was a sugar and wholesale grocery magnate. This 30 room mansion, built in 1914, is a wealth of architectural beauty.  Although the interior has been extensively redecorated, the talent of the original designers and craftsmen is still evident throughout.  G. T. Bartlett, Sr. remained the sole owner until his son, General Thomas Bartlett, Jr. and daughter Mildred Bartlett Tucker became partners.  

In the late 1950’s the business was incorporated as Bartlett Funeral Home of Grafton.  Mr. Bartlett continued serving the people of the area with the finest in facilities, motor equipment and professionalism through the 1960’s and 1970’s until approaching retirement age.

In 1979 Bartlett Funeral Home was merged with Davis Funeral Home, a long respected Clarksburg Firm, in an effort to preserve the finest traditions in funeral service which the people of Grafton and surrounding counties had come to expect.  On July 1, 1979 Bartlett Funeral Home became a wholly owned subsidiary of Davis Funeral Home.

In 1982 the interior of the building was extensively re-decorated and the exterior was painted and repaired to its original condition. 

Bartlett Funeral Home is a locally owned and operated and returned to those roots in 2009.  That gives us a total of over 90 years of local people and owners serving the local community.  We are also proud to say that Bartlett Funeral Home is Taylor Counties only funeral home to own and operate a crematory and your loved one never leaves our care.

It is the goal of the owners and staff of Bartlett Funeral Home to serve our fellow citizens in Taylor County and the surrounding communities with a final gift of integrity and fair pricing, so that we may be a beneficial and charitable part of this community.


Our Valued Staff

David W  Bolyard Jr.

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.


Nancy C  Bartlett

Nancy C Bartlett, Funeral Associate/Director of Public Relations

Nancy C. Bartlett is a funeral assistant with Mountain Funeral Group. She has been employed at Bartlett Funeral Home since 2003. She is a Taylor County native, having been born and raised in the Webster community. Nancy graduated from Sand Fork High School in Glenville, WV in 1967. She began working at Wilson Florist in 1968, and bought the shop in 1976. She owned and operated Nancy Bartlett flowers for 26 years and retired in 2002. When not serving “her families” at the funeral home, she is an avid Grafton High School Bearcats fan as well as a WVU football fan. She is a member of the Webster Baptist Church and trustee of the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Nancy cherishes the friendships she has made with the families we serve and is the most friendly door attendant we have at Bartlett Funeral Home. She is unmatched in her ability to put people at ease, and families find a comforting soul and a unique character in Nancy.


Charles  Lowther

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 alicensed director in WV and VA. Charles worked in the coalmines 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 son, Charles II and his lovely grandchild, Ella Grace. He is a current resident of Bridgeport and travels home to the farm in Elkins for relaxation.


Louie  Male

Louie Male, Funeral Director / Embalmer

Louie G. Male was born in Clarksburg, WV and is a native of Lumberport, WV. Upon graduating from Lumberport High School in 1973, he attended Fairmont State College. Louie served his apprenticeship at Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston, WV, and graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1977. Upon graduation, he worked for various funeral homes in the area, and was employed by Davis Funeral Home and Bartlett Funeral Home from 1996 through 2006. Louie has been dedicated to serving families for over 37 years. He is a member of local 39 Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons in Morgantown, WV, and a member of Enterprise United Methodist Church. He currently resides in Westover with his wife, Julie


Jeff  Heitger Jr.

Jeff 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 an administrative Assistant.
He brings with him a strong commitment and compassion to serving the families of this community in their most difficult time of need.


James Harris

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.


Morgan  Mayfield

Morgan Mayfield, Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer

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."


Karen L  Bolyard

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.


Jimmy  Mazzie

Jimmy Mazzie, Insurannce 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.


Ray Higginbotham

Ray Higginbotham

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.


Beverly  Freeland

Beverly 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 assoicated 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. As a single mother since her husband's death, she is a very busy person who enjoys meeting people and being involved in church and school activites. 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.


Janie Venettozzi  Watson

Janie Venettozzi Watson, Funeral Associate


Evan Stumpie  Bice

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

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

Coy Bell, Funeral Associate


Barbara  Dillard

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.


Elizabeth Rose  Cunningham

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


Tracy A  Smith

Tracy A Smith, Funeral Associate

Tracy has worked at Dorsey's Funeral Home since2009. He graduated from East Fairmont High School Class of 1959. Tracy was in the US Army during 1960 to 1963. He is a retired Coalminer from Robinson Run Mines # 95 with 33 years of service. He currently lives in Worthington, WV with his wife Carolyn Satterfield Smith of 48 years. They are the proud parents of three children, Brenda, Jeffery and Bryan; four grandchildren, Micheala, Jessica, Amanda and Joshua. He attends Bethel Baptist Church in Fairmont regularly. Tracy was a past District Governor, Lions 29 L where he has been a 47 year member, Masonic Lodge St John’s 324, 44 year Trustee of Cemetery Board and was former Mayor.


Thom  Alonso

Thom Alonso, Funeral Associate


Thom is a retired letter carrier from the Shinnston Post Office with thirty one years of service. He is a graduate of Notre Dame High School and attended West virginia Business college. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, National Active and Retired Federal Empoyees and National Association of Letter Carriers. He and his wife Cherie live in Shinnston and are the proud parents of two daughters Pam Kitchens, of Dallas, Texas and Maranie Warren of Columbus, Ohio and three grandchildren. Thom was Vice President for seven years before becoming President for thirteen years of NALC Branch 4458 representing nineteen post offices in north central West Virginia until retirement. He was the Health Benefits Representative of NALC Branch 4458 for Thirteen years. A US Army Vietnam veteran he was in recruiting in Louisville, Kentucky for the last thirteen months of service. Before working the postal service Thom was business coordinator for C & P Oil and Gas Company and Imperial Corporation. Thom is currently accountant for Communication Workers of America Local 2004 and was accountant for several businesses before retiring including Communication Workers of America Local 2011. Thom and his wife are members of Saint Ann Catholic Church in Shinnston.


Paul

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.


Annie  Mazzie

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.