Staff

Our dedicated staff are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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David S. Miller President
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Gary T. Barber, Jr. Vice President/Treasurer
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Robert "Bob" Adams Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Rebecca "Becky" Elliott Bennett Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Taylor Barnes Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Victoria Heacock Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Joseph Cooper Funeral Service Apprentice
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Stephanie Leonard Office Manager
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Lisa Viers Barber Administrative/Funeral Assistant
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Jackie Gilreath Funeral Assistant
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Devin Marlow Chaplain/Funeral Assistant
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Edwin Taylor Funeral Assistant
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Mark Whittamore Preneed Specialist
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Blevins Grading & Septic, LLC Grave Service/Sub-Contractor
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Tri County Monuments Independently Owned Monument Sales and Services

David S. Miller

President
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David is a second generation Owner and Funeral Director of Miller Funeral Service. Although he has worked many facets of the funeral business since childhood he officially joined the staff in March of 1986. He is a native of Wilkes County, NC and graduated from Wilkes Central High School. In 1988, he earned his degree as Funeral Director/Embalmer from Gupton-Jones School of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA.

Gary T. Barber, Jr.

Vice President/Treasurer
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Gary joined Miller Funeral Service in 2007. Gary is a native of Ashe County, NC where he graduated from Ashe Central High School. He continued his education in Atlanta, GA, by attending Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service where he received his degree for Funeral Director/Embalmer. He was a member of Pi Sigma Eta Honors Fraternity. In 1992, he began his career when he joined the staff of Ashelawn Memorial Chapel and Badger Funeral Home.

Gary served as Ashe County Coroner from 1994 - 1998. He also served as Ashe County Commissioner from 2006 - 2010, serving two years as Vice-Chairman. Past boards in which he has served are as follows; Ashe County Airport Advisory Board, New River Behavioral Health Care Board, Former President of West Jefferson Lions Club, Blue Ridge RC & D Board, Blue Ridge Electric Advisory Board, Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission Board, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, North Carolina Airports Association, North Carolina Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association.

Robert "Bob" Adams

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Bob joined the Miller Funeral Service staff in 2001. He received an Associate’s degree from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service with awards for Scholastic Achievement and perfect attendance. Bob has served in the US Navy and attends St. John Baptist de LaSalle Catholic Church.

Rebecca "Becky" Elliott Bennett

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Becky joined the staff of Miller Funeral service in 2016 and currently resides in North Wilkesboro, NC. She is a native of Ashe County, NC. She has two daughters; Whitney Day and Katie Bennett; one grand-daughter, Bristol. She graduated from Beaver Creek High School in West Jefferson, NC in 1987. A graduate of Wilkes Beauty College in 1988. She is the former owner of The Hair Works in Hiddenite, NC. She is a 2018 graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with an Associates In Applied Science in Funeral Service Degree. She is a member of White Plains Baptist Church in Taylorsville, NC.

Taylor Barnes

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Taylor joined the staff of Miller Funeral Service in 2018 and currently resides in Purlear, NC. She is married to Daniel Barnes and they have three children; Chloe, Landon, and Carter. She graduated from West Wilkes High School in 2011. She is a 2020 Fayetteville Technical Community College graduate with an Associates Degree in Funeral Services.

Victoria Heacock

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Victoria joined Miller Funeral Service in 2019.  She is a graduate of  American Academy McAllister Institute in NYC, with a degree in Funeral Service.  She is married to Scott Heacock and they have six children; Kenet, Kaden, Kallum, Kohen, Kiersen and Kambryn.  

She is currently taking courses in American Sign Lanuage to assist our deaf community during their time of loss. 

Joseph Cooper

Funeral Service Apprentice
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Joseph is a Wilkes County native and joined Miller Funeral Service in 2021; fullfilling a life long goal of working in the funeral industry.  He is serving as a Funeral Service Apprentice and attending Fayetteville Technical Community College for an Associates Degree in Applied Science.  

He has twenty three years experience in the telecommunications industry, techincal service, customer service, vendor relations, inventory management, as well as employee supervision.

Joseph has been married for 15 years to Amy.  They have two wonderful sons; Jack and Ben.  

 

Stephanie Leonard

Office Manager
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Stephanie joined the staff of Miller Funeral Service in 2006. She is a native of Wilkes County, NC and graduated from West Wilkes High. She is married to David Leonard. She has one son, Matt Leonard and wife Tiffany. She also has two grandchildren, Bailey and Tripp. Her special K-9 friend is, Utah. She loves camping and spending time with her family.

Lisa Viers Barber

Administrative/Funeral Assistant
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Lisa joined the staff of Miller Funeral Service in 2016. She is a native of Ashe County, NC where she graduated from Ashe Central High School. She has worked in the funeral industry since 1997 as well as thirteen years in the telecommunications industry; she has extensive experience in Customer Service, Sales, Management, and Operations Administration.

Jackie Gilreath

Funeral Assistant
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Jackie joined the staff of Miller Funeral Service in 2016 as a part-time Funeral Assistant. She lives in North Wilkesboro, NC with her husband Donald. They have one daughter, Crystal Gilreath, who resides in Charlotte, NC.

Jackie loves to travel, do yoga, and shop till she drops. She is a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where she is active and dedicated.

Devin Marlow

Chaplain/Funeral Assistant
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Devin joined the staff at Miller Funeral Service in 2017.  He works as Chaplain and Funeral Assistant. He is a father of two and husband to a wonderful wife.  In his spare time he enjoys bowling and building model cars.  

Edwin Taylor

Funeral Assistant
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Edwin Taylor is familiar with the funeral business as having been a previous employee of Miller Funeral Service several years ago.  Edwin graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University and also attended Wilkes and Caldwell Community Colleges.  He is a retired NC State employee and served as organist at his church for 35 years.  Edwin has a strong passion for serving the community and helping others.  

Mark Whittamore

Preneed Specialist
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Mark has a degree in Funeral Service from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science; and has worked in the funeral industry over 40 years as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.  Mark was one of the first directors in the nation to receive the Certified Preplanning Consultant Designation.  He holds life insurance licenses in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. 

In his spare time, he is a Competition Cook in the Kansas City BBQ and National Steak Cook-off circuits.  He has won many awards for his delicious BBQ.  He is active in the Masonic bodies and is a Shriner. 

Blevins Grading & Septic, LLC

Grave Service/Sub-Contractor
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Blevins Grading & Septic LLC

617 Oak Ridge Church Road

Hays, NC 28635

Tri County Monuments

Independently Owned Monument Sales and Services
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Owned and operated by Mike and Lisa Peters; Tri County Monuments provides monument sales, installation, death dates, cleaning, vases, sand blasting, re-alignment, and leveling.

They are located at 809 Statesville Road, North Wikesboro, NC 28659.  Ph. #: 336-838-1789 Email: tcm@embarqmail.com