David Lee Arritt was born March 13, 1947, the son of Albert and Jean Ryder Arritt. He was educated in the Covington Public School System and graduated from Covington High School in 1965. He began working in the family funeral home while in high school and after two years at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and serving his apprenticeship, he graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1969.
David is married to Betsy Baker Arritt and they have six children, David L. Arritt, Jr., Barry K. Fridley, Elizabeth M. Arritt, Mark L. Fridley, W. Wesley Arritt and Jonathan M. Arritt. They are the proud grandparents of 10 grandchildren.
David has served on numerous committees of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association and the International Order of the Golden Rule. He served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association and was President in 1993-94. David is the only two-time recipient of the VFDA Funeral Director of the Year Award. He served two terms on the Policy Board of the National Funeral Directors Association from 1994 through 1996. He is currently on the Board of Directors and serving as Vice President of the Virginia Funeral Directors Foundation. He was approved as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice in 2001, and has been recertified each year through Continuing Education Units earned in funeral service educational seminars and community involvement activities.
He is a member and Elder of First Presbyterian Church in Covington. He is a member of Covington Lodge #171, AF & AM in Covington and of the Clifton Forge Shrine Club. David is serving as President of the Douthat State Park Environmental Education Group and works to promote the park in various activities including the annual Douthat Lake Run Car Show held each May at the park. He has been active in other car show activities in the area for many years.
David has served two separate terms on the Board of Directors of the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and was President in 2013. He continues to be active as Chairman of the Awards and Special Events Focus Group of the Chamber and has for many years served as a coordinator of the annual Covington Christmas Parade.
Betsy Baker Arritt was born in Staunton, VA and was educated in the Augusta County School System, graduating from Buffalo Gap High School in 1970. She is a 1978 graduate of the Elizabeth Brant Business School in Staunton.
In July of 1981, Betsy married David L. Arritt and moved to Covington. They have six children; David L. Arritt, Jr., Barry K. Fridley, Elizabeth M. Arritt, Mark L. Fridley, W. Wesley Arritt and Jonathan M. Arritt. They are the proud grandparents of 10 grandchildren.
When Jonathan, the youngest of the children, started school, Betsy began to work part-time at Arritt Funeral Home. This job soon became full time and she has been the Office Manager since 1990.
She is a member of Temple Baptist Church in Covington and the Douthat State Park Environmental Education Group where she serves as Treasurer. Betsy is a breast cancer survivor and serves on the American Cancer Society/ Alleghany County Relay for Life Committee and has been a Relay for Life Team Captain for two years . She is also active as an American Cancer Society Reach for Recovery Volunteer.
Betsy was the 1996 Christmas Mother in Covington and is a longtime member of the Alleghany County Humane Society. She is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as Secretary for Safehome Systems, Inc. in Covington.
A lifelong resident of Covington, Jonathan is a graduate of Covington High School where he was a member of the football and baseball teams. Upon graduation, he attended Dabney S. Lancaster Community College before joining our staff as a Funeral Service Apprentice. After completion of his apprenticeship, Jonathan attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service where he graduated as a member of the Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity.
Jonathan and his wife Mandy have two children and attend Temple Baptist Church in Covington. He is currently serving as President of the Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association in addition to being active in the Virginia Funeral Directors Association.
In addition to his love of history and aviation, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing golf in his spare time.
Mark Lewis Fridley was born June 4, 1973, to Betsy Baker Fridley Arritt and the late Lewis B. Fridley.
He was educated in the Augusta County and Covington City School Systems and graduated from Covington High School in 1992. He had always shown an interest in working at Arritt Funeral Home and following high school, he began his apprenticeship. He graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1996 and became the first third generation member of the funeral home staff.
Mark has two children, Hunter D. Fridley and Abbie D. Fridley.
Mark is a past president of the Shenandoah Funeral Director’s Association and a member of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association where he served on the Board of Directors in 2005 and 2006. He is an active member and current Chief of the Falling Spring Fire Department and an associate member of the Dunlap Fire and Rescue Department. He has been involved in Little League sports serving as football coach and basketball coach.
Anthony is a 2006 graduate of Alleghany High School where he graduated with honors and was a 3 year varsity letterman on the baseball team. He went on to Emory and Henry College where he graduated with Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. At Emory and Henry, he played 4 years of baseball.
After graduation, Anthony began his apprenticeship with Arritt Funeral Home. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, Anthony attended John Tyler Community College where he graduated with an Associate’s of Applied Science with a major in Funeral Services in December of 2012.
Anthony is a member of Greenwood Evangelical Presbyterian Church and is the treasurer of the Falling Spring Fire Department as well as serving as a First Lieutenant. He and his wife Nikki reside in Falling Spring with their daughter Laurel and dog, Duke.
Aubrey Bowling was born in Alleghany County and graduated from Covington High School in 1971.
Aubrey and his Wife, Pat Lowen Bowling, have three children, Billy Bowling, Sabrina Powlson, and Scott Dailey, and four grandchildren.
He is a veteran of the with the United States Marine Corp. He retired from MeadWestvaco as a GM&C carpenter after 32 years with the company.
Aubrey enjoys spending his spare time hunting and fishing and is an avid golfer.
Ray Keen, Jr.
Ray W. Keen, Jr. was born in Alleghany County a son of Ray Keen, Sr. and Kathy Simpson Keen.
Ray graduated from Alleghany High School in 2003. In 2005, he joined the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff. He graduated from the Criminal Justice Program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in 2006 with an Associates Degree.
Ray became a member of the Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad in 2001 where he has served as President, Secretary and Lieutenant and is now serving as Treasurer. He is a lifelong member of the Dunlap Christian Church and a member of the Covington Lodge #610, Loyal Order of Moose.
Ray is an avid hunter and outdoorsman and is currently serving as Secretary for the Lone Oak Hunt Club and enjoys membership in the North American Hunt Club.
He is a member of the Douthat State Park Environmental Education Group where he is currently serving as President. He is actively involved in the Annual Douthat Lake Run Car Show at the park and enjoys participating in area car show events throughout the year.
Born and raised in White Sulphur, WV, Dewey graduated from White Sulphur High School before attending Concord College. He then went on to fill numerous positions at MeadWestvaco before retiring in 2001 as a shift supervisor after 39 years of service.
Dewey and his wife, Wanda have two children, Kameron and Kim, and one grandchild, Chad. They attend Covington Baptist Church.
Dewey is an avid outdoorsman and golfer, being both a lifetime member of the Castile Hunt Club and a longtime member of Cliffview Golf Club in Covington.
Alfred Paxton (Deceased)
Alfred W. Paxton was born in Alleghany County and a graduate of Dunlap High School.
Alfred and his Wife, Diane Miller Paxton, have a Son, Michael W. Paxton and a Daughter, Rebecca D. Paxton.
Alfred served a tour of duty with the United States Army in Korea. When he returned to Covington, he worked for a time at the former Hercules, Inc. plant in Covington and then worked out of Union Local #100 – Asbestos in construction for various companies. In 1980, Alfred was hired by Westvaco, Corp as a pipe insulator and retired in 2007.
He is a member of the Curtis A. Smith Post #1033, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Covington Lodge #171, AF & AM. Alfred is a member of the Johnson Creek Presbyterian Church where he serves as an Elder and he is President of the Westvaco Retirees Association.
Gerald D. “Jerry” Burks was born in Covington a son of the late Melvin and Minnie Madeline Lewis Burks.
He graduated from Covington High School in 1953 and began his career with Westvaco, Corp in 1954, retiring as a Project Engineer in 1998.
Jerry and his Wife, Dot, have two Daughters, Michelle Cash and Lisa Trainer, and four grandchildren, Renee Cash, Brandon Trainer, Jeremy Cash and Dustin Trainer.
He is a longtime member of Christ United Methodist Church and served on the Covington City Council from 1982 until 1986.
Jerry has been a member of the Covington Fire Department since 1959, serving as Fire Chief from 1974 until 1990. He is an Adjunct Fire Instructor for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs since 1969. He is a retired member of the Covington Fire Department Rescue Squad which he served as Captain from 1967 until 1974.