Robert L. Finch Jr. President / Gladys MOR / CCO / CFSP
Representing the fourth generation of the Finch family, Rob currently is the President of the firm and is responsible for its overall daily direction and operations. He attended Lynchburg College, graduated with a B.S. Degree in 1980 from Elon University, received an Associate Degree from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia in 1992, and was licensed as a Funeral Service Licensee in that same year. Rob earned his Certified Funeral Service Practitioner in 2004 from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and has completed the annual requirements for this nationally recognized award each year since. There are less than forty funeral directors in Virginia that have completed and received this certification.
Rob is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Virginia Funeral Directors Association (VFDA), where he has served many years on the Board of Directors and as President of VFDA in 2014-15. Rob was named VFDA Outstanding Member of the Year in 2008 and is a two time recipient of the Funeral Director of the Year awarded by the VFDA in 2003 and 2009.
Rob is dedicated to community activities and is an active board member of the First National Bank of Altavista and the Citizens for Altavista Baseball. He is a former member and Past President of the Lions Club of Altavista, a past board member of the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, Altavista Vocational Advisory Council, Altavista Area YMCA, and the Altavista Chamber of Commerce. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, time with his family at the lake, and is a passionate baseball fan.
Rob and his wife, Judy reside in Lynch Station and have two sons, Jackson of Edenton, North Carolina and Trey and his wife, Brooke of Altavista; and a two granddaughters, Austen Rylie and Avery Camryn. They are members of Lane Memorial United Methodist Church in Altavista.
Robert L. Finch III Vice-President / Treasurer / Altavista MOR / CCO / CFSP
Trey represents the fifth generation of the Finch family to enter funeral service. Trey currently is the Treasurer of the firm and manager of the Altavista office. He attended the University of Charleston and received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing and Management from Ferrum College in 2010. While attending college, Trey was a member of the baseball teams at both the University of Charleston and Ferrum College. Trey received his Associate Degree in Funeral Service from John Tyler Community College in 2012 and was licensed as a Funeral Service Licensee in April of 2013. He is a member the Southside District Funeral Directors Association, Virginia Funeral Directors Association, and National Funeral Directors Association.
Trey has received Certified Crematory Operator certification and recently received national recognition as he earned the prestigious Certified Funeral Service Practitioner award, the highest professional designation you can achieve in funeral service, by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.
He serves on the Board of Directors for the Altavista Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Lane Memorial United Methodist Church. Trey and his wife, Brooke reside in Altavista with their daughters, Austen Rylie and Avery Camryn, and canine companion Laney.
Megan Gish Funeral Service Licensee
Megan joined the Finch & Finch staff in December of 2019. Megan began her Funeral Career in 2007. She received her degree in Funeral Service Management from John Tyler Community College in 2010. Megan became a Licensed Funeral Director in April of 2011. She is past President of the Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association and currently active in the Virginia Funeral Directors Association. Megan is a native of Floyd county and resides in Forest with her dog Zoe. In her free time she loves the outdoors and spending time with her family.
Jessie Layne Office Manager
Jessie joined the Finch & Finch staff in September 2017 as the Office Manager, responsible for all business duties as well as support for our funeral service licensees and handles our After Care programming. She graduated from Altavista High School in 2014. Jessie was previously employed at Mid Atlantic Printers Ltd. for five years in the Accounting Department. She is currently enrolled at Central Virginia Community College for Business Management. Jessie enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She resides in Renan, Virginia.
Maggie Mae Finch Grief Therapy Dog
Magnolia Mae “Maggie” Finch was born in Ringgold, Virginia on November 21, 2017. Maggie, as we affectionately call her, is a Sheepadoodle, which is a cross between an Old English Sheepdog and a Standard Poodle. She is hypo-allergenic and non-shedding, which is very helpful in the world of animal therapy. She was chosen out of a litter of eleven puppies to be the comfort dog for Finch & Finch Funeral & Cremation Service. Maggie’s breeder helped us choose her due to her calm and gentle disposition. Maggie began her basic obedience training at a local facility when she was just four months old and recently completed her Alliance of Therapy Dogs Certification.
The healing power of dogs is obvious to most, especially dog lovers. For decades, funeral homes have tended to be places of grief and reflection, and most visitors do not expect to find a dog upon entering the funeral home.
Dogs can sense and recognize certain emotional needs of those grieving the loss of a loved one. Our experience shows us that the simple act of petting Maggie tends to calm those with her while putting them at ease during a stressful time of their lives.
Visitors of our funeral home are drawn to Maggie’s loving disposition and they love to stroke her curly fur. Maggie seems to sense their grief and despair. She calmly approaches people in grief, while her gentle disposition is always a welcome escape from the reality of the day.
Maggie is at the funeral home daily and actually has visitors come by the funeral home just to meet her. She offers a subtle distraction from grief for both children and adults. She is available by request to attend funerals, visitations, private family viewings, arrangement conferences, and other events where she might be needed.
In addition to her duties at the funeral home, Maggie visits local nursing homes and healthcare facilities to offer companionship and hugs to their residents and patients.
Jerry Barnard Funeral Service Associate
Jerry joined the staff of Finch & Finch in July of 2019. He was a long time employee of The Lane Company and he retired from Teva Pharmaceuticals. Jerry and his wife Penny have one son, Jake and they reside in Hurt with their beagle Antonio. Since retirement Jerry enjoys golfing, yard work, attending baseball games and socializing with friends.
Jessica Bujtas Funeral Service Associate
Jessica joined the staff of Finch & Finch in July of 2019. She is a seven year veteran of the U.S. Army, and recently graduated from the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy. She is presently employed by Chatham Hall as part of their security team. In her spare time Jessica enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family. Jessica is a member of First Baptist Church of Altavista. She resides in Lynch Station with her son Michael and dog Liam.
Terry Brooks Funeral Service Associate
Terry joined Finch & Finch in January of 2015. She was previously employed as a CMA & RT at Staunton River Family Physicians and is currently enrolled in the Massage Therapy Program at Miller Motte Technical College. Terry is a member of Lynch Station Baptist Church where she serves as the pianist and on the Youth Board. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling, gardening, kayaking, riding ATV’s, and spending time with her family and friends. Terry is a lifelong resident of the area and has two sons, Brian and Matthew Collier and two grandchildren.
Brett Coffey Funeral Service Intern
Brett joined the staff of Finch & Finch in June 2020. He graduated from Rustburg High School in 2020. He will be attending John Tyler Community College to get his Associates degree in Funeral Service beginning in the fall. Brett is a member of Bethel Pentecostal Holiness Church, Gladys. In his spare time he enjoys antiquing and spending time with his family.
Doris Cousin Funeral Service Associate
Dee joined the staff of Finch & Finch in July of 2018, she currently works at the Altavista YMCA as a front desk coordinator. She is a member of Tree of Life Ministries, Lynchburg. In her free time she enjoys taking legal classes and enjoying the great outdoors. Dee is a retired military vet of 26 years. She and her husband reside in Lynch Station, Dee has one daughter and two grandchildren.
Terri Dews Funeral Service Associate
Terri joined the staff of Finch & Finch in May of 2018. She is the owner of Airabella Flowers & Gifts and is a previous employee of Abbott. She and her husband, Phil reside in Hurt and have two children, Trae and Elliott. Terri loves horses and meeting new people.
Judy Finch After Care and Special Events Coordinator
Judy is the wife of Rob Finch and the mother of Trey. Originally from Pennsylvania and Georgia, she has been a part of the Altavista community since 1984, when she and Rob married. A 1983 graduate of Lynchburg College, with a B. S. degree in Medical Technology, she comes to the funeral home on a part time basis to assist with organizing of special events. Her employment background includes work in medical settings as a lab tech, working with Altavista On Track (a Virginia Main Street Community program) in many different capacities, health coaching and teaching yoga. Judy enjoys spending time with her family, Trey, his wife Brooke and granddaughters, Austen and Avery, and son Jackson, who lives in North Carolina. She resides in Lynch Station with Rob. She is an active member of Lane Memorial United Methodist Church.
Terry Finch Funeral Service Associate
Terry joined the Finch & Finch staff in June of 2015 after retiring from the Campbell County School System where he taught history for many years at Altavista High School. During his tenure at Altavista High School he was involved with the Hi-Y Club, various school activities, and athletics. He and his wife Bonnie reside in Lynch Station are members of First Baptist Church in Altavista. They have two daughters, Jessica and Annalee and one grandson, Michael.
Harvey Hazelwood Funeral Service Associate
Harvey is a retired employee of the U.S. Postal service and has been a resident of Hurt and Lynch Station for 32 years. Harvey is a member of Hurt Pentecostal Holiness Church, where he works with seniors and enjoys gardening and working in his yard. Harvey and his wife Kay reside in Lynch Station and have three children and six grandchildren.
Sammy Hensley Funeral Service Associate
Sammy joined the staff of Finch & Finch in April of 2017. He retired after thirty-five years as a Process Engineer with Areva in Lynchburg and is a member of The Church of God, Leesville Road where he teaches Sunday School. In his spare time, Sammy enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hunting, fishing, old cars, and singing and playing Bluegrass and Gospel music. He and his wife, Vera have two children and five grandchildren.
Dianne Irby Funeral Service Associate
Dianne has been with Finch & Finch since February of 2013. She is the owner of Dianne’s Hair Creations and is a member of the Altavista Area YMCA, and the pianist of Central Baptist Church. Dianne has two children and four grandchildren.
Matt Lucado Funeral Service Associate
Matt has been associated with Finch & Finch since 2008 and is an employee of VAMAC Inc. Plumbing, Fixtures & Supplies of Lynchburg. He enjoys working on Mustangs and drag racing. Matt resides in Altavista.
Mike Lucado Funeral Service Licensee
Mike received his degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati, Ohio, was licensed in Virginia in 1971, and in North Carolina in 1994. Mike knows this community well, and is committed to the many families whose lives are centered here.
Mike was born and raised in Appomattox and resides in Altavista with his wife, Susie. They have six children, six grandchildren, and are members of Hyland Heights Baptist Church.
Zachary McGill Funeral Service Associate
Zachary joined the staff of Finch & Finch in May of 2018, he is currently a student of Longwood University majoring in Business Administration concentrating in Finance. Zachary loves giving back to his community and in his spare time enjoys being with family and friends
William Myers Funeral Service Associate
Billy has been associated with Finch & Finch since 2009 and was an employee of Burlington Industries, Klopman Division for 40 years. He is a longtime member of Monte Vista Baptist Church and Gideons International. He enjoys gardening, farming, hunting, fishing, and most of all serving his church and the Gideons. He and his wife Peggy reside in Hurt and have been married for 45 years. They have two sons, Keith and Michael Myers; a daughter, Wendy M. Payne; and four grandchildren, Sydney, Raegan, Avery, and Caroline.
Jerry Rowland Funeral Service Associate
Jerry served our community as a member of the Altavista Police Department for 28 years. He is a member of the Altavista Church of Christ and has three children, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Jerry resides in Altavista.
Jessi Simpson Funeral Service Associate
Jessi joined the staff of Finch & Finch January 2020. She is a full time dispatcher for Select Air and graduated from Altavista High School in 2012. Jessi and her husband Robbie have one daughter, Claire and they reside in Hurt. She is a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church in Madison Heights. Jessi enjoys spending time with her family.
Dorinda Scruggs Funeral Service Associate
Dorinda joined the staff of Finch & Finch in April of 2017. She was formerly an Activity Director with Autumn Care Nursing and Rehabilitation and is a member of First Pentecostal Holiness Church, Altavista. She and her husband, Howard reside in Hurt and have two children.
Bonnie Walker Funeral Service Associate
Bonnie has served with Finch & Finch since 1997. She is an employee of Campbell County Schools and a member of Wesleybury United Methodist Church. Bonnie and her son, Jeb reside in Gladys.