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Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Homes, Inc. - Bethesda

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William A. Pumphrey Vice President/General Manager

Will Pumphrey is a licensed funeral director/mortician and also holds funeral director licenses in Virginia and Washington, D.C. and holds a Maryland insurance license. Will has been with Pumphrey's since 1996 and has been licensed since 1998. Will is the 6th generation of Pumphreys to serve the Montgomery County community. He was born and raised in Winchester, Kentucky. He is a graduate of George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, KY, Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, VA and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati, OH.

Will is active in the Selected Independent Funeral Homes organization, the District of Columbia Funeral Directors Association, member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. Will and his daughters, Morgan and Dade, reside in Poolesville, Maryland and attend the Poolesville Baptist Church.

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David E. Perry, MBIE, CFSP Assistant Manager--Bethesda

David grew up in Rockville, MD. He graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in 1982 and started his career with Pumphrey's the following December. He graduated from Montgomery College in 1986 and from the Catonsville Community College Mortuary Science program in 1988. He received his Maryland Mortician's License shortly after graduation from mortuary school. David is a graduate and member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practitioners, the Funeral Ethics Association, the British Institute of Embalmers and the National Funeral Directors Association. He married Donna T. Colella of Bethesda, MD and has two sons, Michael Dominic and Matthew David. David and his family are parishioners of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rockville.

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George T. Kephart

George is a fifth generation Montgomery Countian. He was born in Bethesda, Maryland. George has worked at Pumphrey's since he graduated from Magruder High School in 1973. He is also a 1982 graduate of the Catonsville Community College Mortuary Science program. George is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. He is an enthusiast in regards to classic Lincoln automobiles.

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Angelette Rawls-Bannister

Angelette was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois. She was the second of three children. She graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1982. Angelette went to Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. She graduated from the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. in 2001 with a degree in mortuary science. She has a son, Merv. They are both members of the People's Community Baptist Church located in Silver Spring, MD where they reside. She has been employed at Pumphrey's since 1996. She is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the District of Columbia Funeral Directors Association.

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Eric S. Scerbo

Eric has been living and working in Maryland as a licensed funeral director since 1996. Originally from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, he received a B.A. in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. While attending Pitt, Eric was an active member of the Greek system and his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi. He has been working at Pumphrey’s since September 2012.

Eric and his partner Mark live in their completely self-renovated home in Silver Spring with their dog, Diesel. In his free time, he enjoys working with various local theatre groups as a Producer, Director, and Costume Designer.

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Brad Smetzer

Brad Smetzer is a licensed funeral director/mortician.

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James C. Conner

Jim was raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey where he was graduated from Rutgers College and the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. After college Jim served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. When he left military service Jim pursued overlapping careers in teaching and business. In 1989 Jim moved to Bethesda, Maryland to be with family and soon thereafter joined the staff at Pumphrey's. Jim's church and various hobbies keep him busy when he is not working at the funeral home.

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John Watts

John is a licensed funeral director/mortician in the State of Maryland and also in the Commonwealth of Virginia, having previously served apprenticeships with a prominent firm in that state and another well-established firm in the District of Columbia.

John graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

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Pavel Cespedes

Pavel Cespedes is a proud member of the funeral assistant staff. He was raised in New York City where he learned from an early age that serving people would be his passion. Pavel has been with Pumphrey's since August 2012 and continues to serve families with great pride. Pavel enjoys spending time with his wife and his two daughters. He is also a dog lover and takes pride in caring for his two dogs, Kokito and Lola. Pavel graduated from Wheaton High School in 2000, Montgomery College in 2012 and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy with more than 6 years of service. Pavel is an active member of his church and hopes to continue his education in the field of Mortuary Science to further serve families in need.

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William J. Dixon

William J. Dixon is native son of the great state of Indiana. He was born in Evansville with family in Indianapolis. He joined the Pumphrey Funeral Home staff in the fall of 2013 as a funeral assistant. He began his professional work career in the art of funeral service under the apprenticeship of the Mason family in Indiana and Kentucky. William served in the U.S. Marine Corps and participated in three combat tours, including the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War. William served as the Marine Corps Funeral Director at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., providing direct military casualty support for Presidential, Senatorial, Congressional and all Marine Corps funeral within Arlington National Cemetery and in the National Capital Region. In October 2013, William retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Master Sergeant with over 24 years of active duty service and awarded the Meritorious Service Medal 2nd award.

William is an active member of the NAACP Arlington Chapter in Arlington, VA., the Masonic Lodge, and the American Legion Post 60 in Laurel, MD. He enjoys volunteering to mentor local youth in the District of Columbia and in Maryland. William supports churches and worship centers by participating in their weekly services. He is an avid billiards player and a die-hard Indianapolis Colts football and Indiana Pacer basketball fan. He is the proud father of two children; son, Malachi and daughter, Daphyne. William resides in Laurel, MD.

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Terri J. Daniels

Terri was born and raised in Utah. She graduated from Snow College and Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education. She has lived in Waldorf, Maryland since 1988 and began working at Pumphrey's in 1992 and is the secretary and responsible for accounts receivables. Terri has 2 daughters, 1 son and 1 grandson. They are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She volunteers with Girl Scouts and coaching her youngest daughter in Upward Cheerleading and Basketball. When she can find time, she enjoys reading and sewing.

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Liz McGrath

Liz is an administrative assistant. She helps by answering our phones, assisting funeral directors with computer work, and assisting Terri with other duties.

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Clint Meyer

Clint started with Pumphrey’s at the beginning of 2010 and is responsible for the day-to-day accounting activities of the funeral home. When he’s not working, Clint enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife and their six dogs. Prior to joining Pumphrey’s, Clint managed a construction company, worked in healthcare and proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Maria Rosato

Maria is an administrative assistant. She joined Pumphrey’s in March 2016.

Maria was born in Washington DC and was raised in Maryland. She is a graduate of The Academy of The Holy Names. Maria has 3 grown, successful children and 5 beautiful grandchildren, with more to come in the future.

Maria is active in her Catholic Church community. In her free time, she keeps busy outdoors, biking, hiking and running. She loves photography, yoga, cooking and spending quality time with her family on the weekends and holidays.

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Andy M. Silber

Andy is proud to be a part of the funeral assistant at Pumphrey’s. He was born and raised in New Hampshire; yet he is proud to call Maryland home now. Initially he graduated from Kimball Union Academy in 1990 followed by earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College, in Springfield Massachusetts, in 1995.

When not caring for those in need at Pumphrey’s, Andy enjoys spending time teaching Spinning classes, engaging in outdoor activities and most importantly spending time with his wife Laura.

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Rod Harris

Rodrick Harris, a life-long Maryland resident; growing up in Centreville in Queen Anne’s County. Rodrick lived in Dover, DE where he worked at the Sheraton Hotel. He then moved to Montgomery County and has worked for the City Club of Washington, Montgomery County Parks and Recreation, as well as Bretton Woods Recreational Center, all in their catering departments.

Rodrick also served 21 years in the US Army National Guard and is an active member of the Rockville Lions Club serving in many leadership/board positions. He is a member of and sings in the choir at National City Christian Church in Washington DC.

Rodrick is a proud member of Pumphrey’s funeral assistant staff.

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Lon Prather

Lon Prather is a member of the funeral assistant staff.

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Kevin Randle

Kevin Randle handles keeping the Pumphrey vehicles and property in pristine condition.

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Tim Brown

Tim Brown handles keeping the Pumphrey vehicles and property in pristine condition. Tim also is a Certified Crematory Operator and helps run our crematorium.

Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Homes, Inc. - Rockville

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Stephen A. Mello, Jr. Assistant Manager-Rockville

Stephen A. Mello, Jr.  was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts.  He is a graduate of Bishop Connolly High School and received his degree in Mortuary Science from the New England Institute at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA.  Stephen served families in Rhode Island for 19 years before relocating to Maryland to join Pumphrey Funeral Homes.  His dedication to families and funeral service is a vocation he finds very rewarding.  He resides in Rockville and enjoys dining, museums and travel in his spare time.

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Rob Karish

Rob is a licensed funeral director/mortician and also holds a funeral director license in Pennsylvania. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Rob is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He moved to Maryland in 2010 and has been employed by Pumphrey’s since then. In his free time Rob enjoys watching and playing all sports, working out, and travelling.

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John E. Parker, C.F.S.P., C.P.C.

John E. Parker attended Xavier University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He holds funeral director/mortician and life & health insurance licenses in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. John is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

During his career John has volunteered for a number of professional, civic and business organizations, as well as church, school, and community groups. He served on the Northern Virginia Regional Task Force for End of Life Issues.

John has lived in Silver Spring since 1990. His interests include sports and outdoor activities. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, woodworking and is an endurance runner. He is a member of the Montgomery County Road Runners Club. He has qualified and run in the Boston Marathon and has completed the John F. Kennedy 50 Mile Ultra Marathon.

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Mary Martin

Mary is honored to help care for families at Pumphrey’s in Rockville as an Administrative Assistant and Greeter. A native of Arlington, Virginia, Mary graduated from JMU with a degree in Social Work. She and her husband Jeff worked with the ministry of CRU for 23 years in Pennsylvania, Chicago, and Bulgaria before settling in the Olney, MD area where Jeff now pastors Rock Creek Church. Mary serves as a deacon for women’s ministry at their church and is proud to be on the parent planning committee for Young Life. She enjoys spending time with their three wonderful children, one son-in-law, and adorable beagle. In her spare time, Mary loves cooking, baking, scrapbooking, and aerobic dance.

William A. Pumphrey

Vice President/General Manager
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Will Pumphrey is a licensed funeral director/mortician and also holds funeral director licenses in Virginia and Washington, D.C. and holds a Maryland insurance license. Will has been with Pumphrey's since 1996 and has been licensed since 1998. Will is the 6th generation of Pumphreys to serve the Montgomery County community. He was born and raised in Winchester, Kentucky. He is a graduate of George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, KY, Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, VA and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati, OH.

Will is active in the Selected Independent Funeral Homes organization, the District of Columbia Funeral Directors Association, member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. Will and his daughters, Morgan and Dade, reside in Poolesville, Maryland and attend the Poolesville Baptist Church.

David E. Perry, MBIE, CFSP

Assistant Manager--Bethesda
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David grew up in Rockville, MD. He graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in 1982 and started his career with Pumphrey's the following December. He graduated from Montgomery College in 1986 and from the Catonsville Community College Mortuary Science program in 1988. He received his Maryland Mortician's License shortly after graduation from mortuary school. David is a graduate and member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practitioners, the Funeral Ethics Association, the British Institute of Embalmers and the National Funeral Directors Association. He married Donna T. Colella of Bethesda, MD and has two sons, Michael Dominic and Matthew David. David and his family are parishioners of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rockville.

George T. Kephart

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George is a fifth generation Montgomery Countian. He was born in Bethesda, Maryland. George has worked at Pumphrey's since he graduated from Magruder High School in 1973. He is also a 1982 graduate of the Catonsville Community College Mortuary Science program. George is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. He is an enthusiast in regards to classic Lincoln automobiles.

Angelette Rawls-Bannister

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Angelette was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois. She was the second of three children. She graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1982. Angelette went to Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. She graduated from the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. in 2001 with a degree in mortuary science. She has a son, Merv. They are both members of the People's Community Baptist Church located in Silver Spring, MD where they reside. She has been employed at Pumphrey's since 1996. She is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the District of Columbia Funeral Directors Association.

Eric S. Scerbo

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Eric has been living and working in Maryland as a licensed funeral director since 1996. Originally from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, he received a B.A. in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. While attending Pitt, Eric was an active member of the Greek system and his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi. He has been working at Pumphrey’s since September 2012.

Eric and his partner Mark live in their completely self-renovated home in Silver Spring with their dog, Diesel. In his free time, he enjoys working with various local theatre groups as a Producer, Director, and Costume Designer.

Brad Smetzer

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Brad Smetzer is a licensed funeral director/mortician.

James C. Conner

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Jim was raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey where he was graduated from Rutgers College and the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. After college Jim served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. When he left military service Jim pursued overlapping careers in teaching and business. In 1989 Jim moved to Bethesda, Maryland to be with family and soon thereafter joined the staff at Pumphrey's. Jim's church and various hobbies keep him busy when he is not working at the funeral home.

John Watts

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John is a licensed funeral director/mortician in the State of Maryland and also in the Commonwealth of Virginia, having previously served apprenticeships with a prominent firm in that state and another well-established firm in the District of Columbia.

John graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

Pavel Cespedes

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Pavel Cespedes is a proud member of the funeral assistant staff. He was raised in New York City where he learned from an early age that serving people would be his passion. Pavel has been with Pumphrey's since August 2012 and continues to serve families with great pride. Pavel enjoys spending time with his wife and his two daughters. He is also a dog lover and takes pride in caring for his two dogs, Kokito and Lola. Pavel graduated from Wheaton High School in 2000, Montgomery College in 2012 and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy with more than 6 years of service. Pavel is an active member of his church and hopes to continue his education in the field of Mortuary Science to further serve families in need.

William J. Dixon

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William J. Dixon is native son of the great state of Indiana. He was born in Evansville with family in Indianapolis. He joined the Pumphrey Funeral Home staff in the fall of 2013 as a funeral assistant. He began his professional work career in the art of funeral service under the apprenticeship of the Mason family in Indiana and Kentucky. William served in the U.S. Marine Corps and participated in three combat tours, including the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War. William served as the Marine Corps Funeral Director at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., providing direct military casualty support for Presidential, Senatorial, Congressional and all Marine Corps funeral within Arlington National Cemetery and in the National Capital Region. In October 2013, William retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Master Sergeant with over 24 years of active duty service and awarded the Meritorious Service Medal 2nd award.

William is an active member of the NAACP Arlington Chapter in Arlington, VA., the Masonic Lodge, and the American Legion Post 60 in Laurel, MD. He enjoys volunteering to mentor local youth in the District of Columbia and in Maryland. William supports churches and worship centers by participating in their weekly services. He is an avid billiards player and a die-hard Indianapolis Colts football and Indiana Pacer basketball fan. He is the proud father of two children; son, Malachi and daughter, Daphyne. William resides in Laurel, MD.

Terri J. Daniels

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Terri was born and raised in Utah. She graduated from Snow College and Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education. She has lived in Waldorf, Maryland since 1988 and began working at Pumphrey's in 1992 and is the secretary and responsible for accounts receivables. Terri has 2 daughters, 1 son and 1 grandson. They are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She volunteers with Girl Scouts and coaching her youngest daughter in Upward Cheerleading and Basketball. When she can find time, she enjoys reading and sewing.

Liz McGrath

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Liz is an administrative assistant. She helps by answering our phones, assisting funeral directors with computer work, and assisting Terri with other duties.

Clint Meyer

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Clint started with Pumphrey’s at the beginning of 2010 and is responsible for the day-to-day accounting activities of the funeral home. When he’s not working, Clint enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife and their six dogs. Prior to joining Pumphrey’s, Clint managed a construction company, worked in healthcare and proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Maria Rosato

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Maria is an administrative assistant. She joined Pumphrey’s in March 2016.

Maria was born in Washington DC and was raised in Maryland. She is a graduate of The Academy of The Holy Names. Maria has 3 grown, successful children and 5 beautiful grandchildren, with more to come in the future.

Maria is active in her Catholic Church community. In her free time, she keeps busy outdoors, biking, hiking and running. She loves photography, yoga, cooking and spending quality time with her family on the weekends and holidays.

Andy M. Silber

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Andy is proud to be a part of the funeral assistant at Pumphrey’s. He was born and raised in New Hampshire; yet he is proud to call Maryland home now. Initially he graduated from Kimball Union Academy in 1990 followed by earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College, in Springfield Massachusetts, in 1995.

When not caring for those in need at Pumphrey’s, Andy enjoys spending time teaching Spinning classes, engaging in outdoor activities and most importantly spending time with his wife Laura.

Rod Harris

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Rodrick Harris, a life-long Maryland resident; growing up in Centreville in Queen Anne’s County. Rodrick lived in Dover, DE where he worked at the Sheraton Hotel. He then moved to Montgomery County and has worked for the City Club of Washington, Montgomery County Parks and Recreation, as well as Bretton Woods Recreational Center, all in their catering departments.

Rodrick also served 21 years in the US Army National Guard and is an active member of the Rockville Lions Club serving in many leadership/board positions. He is a member of and sings in the choir at National City Christian Church in Washington DC.

Rodrick is a proud member of Pumphrey’s funeral assistant staff.

Lon Prather

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Lon Prather is a member of the funeral assistant staff.

Kevin Randle

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Kevin Randle handles keeping the Pumphrey vehicles and property in pristine condition.

Tim Brown

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Tim Brown handles keeping the Pumphrey vehicles and property in pristine condition. Tim also is a Certified Crematory Operator and helps run our crematorium.

Stephen A. Mello, Jr.

Assistant Manager-Rockville
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Stephen A. Mello, Jr.  was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts.  He is a graduate of Bishop Connolly High School and received his degree in Mortuary Science from the New England Institute at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA.  Stephen served families in Rhode Island for 19 years before relocating to Maryland to join Pumphrey Funeral Homes.  His dedication to families and funeral service is a vocation he finds very rewarding.  He resides in Rockville and enjoys dining, museums and travel in his spare time.

Rob Karish

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Rob is a licensed funeral director/mortician and also holds a funeral director license in Pennsylvania. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Rob is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He moved to Maryland in 2010 and has been employed by Pumphrey’s since then. In his free time Rob enjoys watching and playing all sports, working out, and travelling.

John E. Parker, C.F.S.P., C.P.C.

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John E. Parker attended Xavier University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He holds funeral director/mortician and life & health insurance licenses in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. John is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

During his career John has volunteered for a number of professional, civic and business organizations, as well as church, school, and community groups. He served on the Northern Virginia Regional Task Force for End of Life Issues.

John has lived in Silver Spring since 1990. His interests include sports and outdoor activities. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, woodworking and is an endurance runner. He is a member of the Montgomery County Road Runners Club. He has qualified and run in the Boston Marathon and has completed the John F. Kennedy 50 Mile Ultra Marathon.

Mary Martin

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Mary is honored to help care for families at Pumphrey’s in Rockville as an Administrative Assistant and Greeter. A native of Arlington, Virginia, Mary graduated from JMU with a degree in Social Work. She and her husband Jeff worked with the ministry of CRU for 23 years in Pennsylvania, Chicago, and Bulgaria before settling in the Olney, MD area where Jeff now pastors Rock Creek Church. Mary serves as a deacon for women’s ministry at their church and is proud to be on the parent planning committee for Young Life. She enjoys spending time with their three wonderful children, one son-in-law, and adorable beagle. In her spare time, Mary loves cooking, baking, scrapbooking, and aerobic dance.