Donnie Brim Manager and Licensed Funeral Director
Donnie is a native of Mount Airy and moved to Sparta in 1991. He graduated from Mt. Airy High School in 1974 and Fayetteville Technical Community College in 2005. He is a North Carolina licensed Funeral Director, a member of the Sparta Church of God, the Gideons International and the Alleghany County Rotary Club. He is married to the former Glona Hines Bennett. He has three step-children, five step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren..
Marie Thompson Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Marie Thompson is a third generation funeral director and embalmer. Her family owned and operated Harrelson Funeral Home in Rutherford County, North Carolina, where her desire to assist and serve families began. Marie is a graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College, and has several years of experience. She has three children, Debra, John and Maria. She feels right at home in the beauty of Sparta and Alleghany County, and looks forward to serving the wonderful people of our area for many years to come.
Michael Hendricks Family Services Counselor
Michael was born in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from Andrew Jackson High School. He is a licensed life insurance agent, with several years of experience. He retired from Publix Supermarkets in 2016, and moved to Sparta. He has one son, Justin and one daughter, Amber. Michael joined the staff at Grandview Memorial Funeral Home in August of 2018 as a part-time funeral assistant. His duties with us have recently expanded to include assisting our families with their monument needs, aftercare consulting and pre-arrangement planning.
Jim Parker Funeral Assistant
Jim was born and raised in Washington, DC and moved to Sparta in 2003. He joined the staff of Grandview Memorial Funeral Home in 2010 as a part-time Funeral Assistant. He is an Army veteran who served in Korea. He is married to Priscilla Parker and is a member of Horizon Church in Elkin, NC.
Walter F Johnson Jr Family Services Director
Since the age of 17, Walter F. Johnson has been in and around the Funeral Service Industry, and is a second-generation employee of Heritage Family Funeral Service. He served his apprenticeship at Hampton Funeral Service in Boone, North Carolina, where he also worked for seven years. Walter is a 2015 graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with a degree in funeral service. He is a licensed funeral director, and is a licensed pre-need counselor in North Carolina. Walter is married to Pam (Cornett) Johnson. They have two children, Zack and Kaylee, and they live in Boone, North Carolina. They are active members of Willow Valley Baptist Church (Watauga County), where Walter serves as a deacon and in other leadership roles.
Patsy Gillespie Funeral Assistant
Patsy is a native of Alleghany County and joined the Grandview Memorial Staff in 2008. She is a 1957 graduate of Sparta High School and is married to Jimmie Gillespie. They have two daughters, Jill and Jennifer and three grandchildren. Patsy attends Old Saddle Mountain Union Baptist Church.
Jimmy Gillespie Funeral Assistant
In Loving Memory
Jimmie was a lifelong native of Alleghany County, and worked most of his adult life in Sparta. He graduated from Sparta High School in 1957. He was married to the former Patsy McKnight and they had two daughters, Jill and Jennifer, and three grandchildren. Jimmie and Patsy owned and operated Sparta Florist for nearly thirty years. He was very active in community and Church affairs. He currently served on the Board of Directors of the Glade Creek Fire Department. Jimmie attended Old Saddle Mountain Union Baptist Church. He joined the staff at Grandview Memorial in January of 2002 as a part-time funeral assistant.