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About Us

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

Grace Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home was founded in 1970 by Melvin Scherer, a retired Air Force colonel who invested in real estate in the early 1960s. As a community resident who attended many services at Hudson Cemetery, he recognized the need for a new cemetery for the community. At Grace Memorial, the main goal was to have a respectful, peaceful place to honor loved ones – one that would always be maintained. This was best accomplished in the 1970s by creating sections that were specific to a faith or organization. These sections are still available for flat memorials. In the 1980s, mausoleum entombment became a prominent request. Today, the cemetery features five mausoleum complexes. 


Our Valued Staff

Dawn Billings

Dawn Billings, General Manager


Crystal Pope

Crystal Pope, Sales Manager


James Edward McMichael

James Edward McMichael, Chapel Location Manager


Desirae Johnson

Desirae Johnson, Office Manager


Chris Quebec

Chris Quebec, Superintendent


Scott Virts

Scott Virts, Funeral Director


Julianna Roath

Julianna Roath, Family Service Counselor


Forrest Johnson

Forrest Johnson, Family Service Counselor


Letti Underhill

Letti Underhill, Family Service Counselor


John Paul Ousley

John Paul Ousley, Community Service Counselor


John Ruthig

John Ruthig, Staff Associate


Fran Quimette

Fran Quimette, Staff Associate


Virginia Thompson

Virginia Thompson, Administrative Assistant


Jodi Hutchinson

Jodi Hutchinson, Receptionist


Rose Ruthing

Rose Ruthing, Office Clerk


Ben Bowers

Ben Bowers, Assistant Foreman


Crittenden H. Walker

Crittenden H. Walker, Cemetery Caretaker