Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Douglas Shortridge Co-Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer

Douglas has worked in funeral service since the age of 15. “I took to it like a fish to water,” shared Doug, “and wanted to be a part of everything. Maybe it was part curiosity, but it was more than that – I felt called to funeral service by God.”

 

Douglas loves helping others. It is evident to see when a family has lossed their dearest loved one, Douglas offers compassion and a kind word of encouragement. “I love what I do, it’s just that simple.” So much so, that Douglas is a licensed funeral director/embalmer in Virigina and Kentucky, and holds a West Virginia funeral director license.

 

He is a graduate of Grundy High School, class of 1984, and graduated from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in 1988. He is also a Virigina licensed life insurance agent, and Settler’s Life representative. “I want families to know that I’m able to help them with life and pre-need insurance, as well as their funeral arrangements.

 

In his off hours, Douglas loves to travel and spend time with his son, Lucas and the family pet Kasper. "I treasure my family and I also want to help other families who are hurting and may need a kind word. I also love the people of this area. This is a great town and a very loving community to have a familiy and raise children." Douglas is a member of Tookland Pentecostal Church, where is serves as Elder.

 

Douglas participates in many charitable events, including various food drives, and helping those in need. For complete relaxation, he prefers landscaping. “In fact, I’ve done all the landscaping at the Grundy location, the Keen Mountain loacation, and my residence", he also enjoys gardening working outdoors in his garden. When he can he travels with his son, Lucas to different areas of the country. They both enjoy water sports and hunting together.

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Delmer Duty Funeral Attendant

Delmar and his brother Jackie are treasured members of the Shortridge-Ramey family. Delmar works for us part-time, and he is often the first person that a family member may see after the loss of their loved one. He attends first-calls at a family’s’ home. Delmer attends The Old Regular Baptist Church, and like his brother, enjoys deer hunting in his leisure time.

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Dennis A. Ramey Co-Owner

Dennis and his wife Carol have two sons, Joey and Devan, as well as two grandchildren. He is a former coal operator, and an investor in a number of local companies, including Pacer Construction, and Subway restaurant. Dennis also serves on the Board of Directors of Grundy National Bank. He enjoys fishing and deer hunting. He and his wife attend Vansant Baptist Church. Dennis said he wanted to "give something back to county, that would help people". This was just one reason he decided to go into the funeral business. He is also a member of the Grundy Lodge#17 AF AM, 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite and a member of the Kazim Temple of Roanoke, VA.

 

“Dennis and I grew up together, and in 1993, we decided to come together to open the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home,” shared Douglas. “Dennis and I were in agreement that our community needed a more personal approach and homelike funeral home for the area. We have a full-service kitchen so families can come together to share a home cooked meal before or after a service; and we provide cookies and coffee at every visitation. Dennis and I strive for a personal touch in everything we do for our client families.”

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Amanda A. Horn Keen Funeral Director / Embalmer / Manager

Amanda Keen is a native of the Oakwood area, she grew up in the Marvin area and graduated with honors from Twin Valley High School in 2008. She married, Adam Keen and they live up Garden Creek with their English Bulldog Buster. Amanda attended Southwest Virginia Community College and went on to the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and received a Bachelors Degree in Mortuary Science.

 

Amanda is of the Pentecostal Faith and has been a member of Oakwood Full Gospel all her life. She loves to do Volunteer work and help others whenever she can. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling with her husband, hanging out with her two nephews, Jaxon and Noah Horn, and playing with her Bulldog Buster.

 

Amanda is a second generation mortician and after shadowing her mother, she knew that her calling in life was to become a Funeral Director so she could help families in need and be with them during their greatest time of sorrow.

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Beulah Shortridge Greeter and Counselor

Beulah is Douglas Shortridge's mother. She is a minister, Sunday school teacher, and counselor – and always enjoys greeting families as they come to us. She is usually at every visitation and tries to comfort families during the loss of their loved one. She, and her husband Edd Shortridge attend Christ Fellowship Church and Grundy Church of God. They have three children, Douglas, David and Rebecca. Beulah has two grandchildren, Chasity and Lucas. She has taught Sunday School for over 45 years.

 

She is a very devoted and loving person who goes above and beyond in every situation. She is always there for the families to comfort and support them during the death of their loved one. She volunteers her time by directing weddings, providing food and shelter for those in need, and dearly loves spending time with her grandchildren and helping anyone that needs her.

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Ruth Hutchinson Receptionist

Ruth has been with the funeral home since the day we opened in 1993. She is a devoted and caring lady. She has a compassionate and caring nature. She often will greet families as they come into the funeral home and console them. It is also evident that Ruth is very good to the community and participates in many volunteer activities. Ruth is quick to help the elderly and the needy, and is always thinking of ways to offer assistance to others.

 

Ruth attends Big Rock Church of Christ. She has two children, Jeffery Hutchinson, and Rhonda McClanahan. She takes great delight in spending time with her four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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Elmer Stiltner Funeral Director Assistant

Elmer is another member of our firm who “does it all.” We rely on him for just about everything – and his constant willingness to help is the hallmark of his character. He, and his wife Cindy, attend Harman Holiness Church. Elmer loves spending time with his wife Cindy when he is not working.. They love to travel and really enjoy that old-fashioned American tradition, the ‘road trip.’

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Reual Ratliff Funeral Attendant/Greeter

Reual has been with us since we opened our doors back in 1993. While he’s an all-around guy, Reual is our “computer guy” who is responsible for creating the service programs and folders.

 

Reual is a member of the Poplar Creek Church of Christ, where he serves as elder and treasurer. When he is not busy with Church activities, Reual loves to work in his vegetable garden. He, and his wife Dorothy, enjoy spending time with their children and their many grand- and great-grand children.

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Sylvia Keen Assistant

Sylvia works at our Keen Mountain Location, she has been with the funeral home at Keen Mountain for serval years. We are very please to have her as a member of our staff. She often will greet families as they come into the funeral home and console them. It is evident that Sylvia goes out of her way to help the elderly and the needy, and is always thinking of ways to offer assistance to others. Her husband is Arnold and they are of the Pentecostal Faith.

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Ryan Keen Associate

Ryan Graduated from Grundy High School in 2011, On his free time he enjoys hiking the Appalachian trail, Traveling, and running his photography business. He enjoys working for the funeral home doing all he can to help others.

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Lillie Shortridge Office Manager

Douglas Shortridge

Co-Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Douglas has worked in funeral service since the age of 15. “I took to it like a fish to water,” shared Doug, “and wanted to be a part of everything. Maybe it was part curiosity, but it was more than that – I felt called to funeral service by God.”

 

Douglas loves helping others. It is evident to see when a family has lossed their dearest loved one, Douglas offers compassion and a kind word of encouragement. “I love what I do, it’s just that simple.” So much so, that Douglas is a licensed funeral director/embalmer in Virigina and Kentucky, and holds a West Virginia funeral director license.

 

He is a graduate of Grundy High School, class of 1984, and graduated from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in 1988. He is also a Virigina licensed life insurance agent, and Settler’s Life representative. “I want families to know that I’m able to help them with life and pre-need insurance, as well as their funeral arrangements.

 

In his off hours, Douglas loves to travel and spend time with his son, Lucas and the family pet Kasper. "I treasure my family and I also want to help other families who are hurting and may need a kind word. I also love the people of this area. This is a great town and a very loving community to have a familiy and raise children." Douglas is a member of Tookland Pentecostal Church, where is serves as Elder.

 

Douglas participates in many charitable events, including various food drives, and helping those in need. For complete relaxation, he prefers landscaping. “In fact, I’ve done all the landscaping at the Grundy location, the Keen Mountain loacation, and my residence", he also enjoys gardening working outdoors in his garden. When he can he travels with his son, Lucas to different areas of the country. They both enjoy water sports and hunting together.

Delmer Duty

Funeral Attendant
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Delmar and his brother Jackie are treasured members of the Shortridge-Ramey family. Delmar works for us part-time, and he is often the first person that a family member may see after the loss of their loved one. He attends first-calls at a family’s’ home. Delmer attends The Old Regular Baptist Church, and like his brother, enjoys deer hunting in his leisure time.

Dennis A. Ramey

Co-Owner
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Dennis and his wife Carol have two sons, Joey and Devan, as well as two grandchildren. He is a former coal operator, and an investor in a number of local companies, including Pacer Construction, and Subway restaurant. Dennis also serves on the Board of Directors of Grundy National Bank. He enjoys fishing and deer hunting. He and his wife attend Vansant Baptist Church. Dennis said he wanted to "give something back to county, that would help people". This was just one reason he decided to go into the funeral business. He is also a member of the Grundy Lodge#17 AF AM, 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite and a member of the Kazim Temple of Roanoke, VA.

 

“Dennis and I grew up together, and in 1993, we decided to come together to open the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home,” shared Douglas. “Dennis and I were in agreement that our community needed a more personal approach and homelike funeral home for the area. We have a full-service kitchen so families can come together to share a home cooked meal before or after a service; and we provide cookies and coffee at every visitation. Dennis and I strive for a personal touch in everything we do for our client families.”

Amanda A. Horn Keen

Funeral Director / Embalmer / Manager
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Amanda Keen is a native of the Oakwood area, she grew up in the Marvin area and graduated with honors from Twin Valley High School in 2008. She married, Adam Keen and they live up Garden Creek with their English Bulldog Buster. Amanda attended Southwest Virginia Community College and went on to the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and received a Bachelors Degree in Mortuary Science.

 

Amanda is of the Pentecostal Faith and has been a member of Oakwood Full Gospel all her life. She loves to do Volunteer work and help others whenever she can. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling with her husband, hanging out with her two nephews, Jaxon and Noah Horn, and playing with her Bulldog Buster.

 

Amanda is a second generation mortician and after shadowing her mother, she knew that her calling in life was to become a Funeral Director so she could help families in need and be with them during their greatest time of sorrow.

Beulah Shortridge

Greeter and Counselor
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Beulah is Douglas Shortridge's mother. She is a minister, Sunday school teacher, and counselor – and always enjoys greeting families as they come to us. She is usually at every visitation and tries to comfort families during the loss of their loved one. She, and her husband Edd Shortridge attend Christ Fellowship Church and Grundy Church of God. They have three children, Douglas, David and Rebecca. Beulah has two grandchildren, Chasity and Lucas. She has taught Sunday School for over 45 years.

 

She is a very devoted and loving person who goes above and beyond in every situation. She is always there for the families to comfort and support them during the death of their loved one. She volunteers her time by directing weddings, providing food and shelter for those in need, and dearly loves spending time with her grandchildren and helping anyone that needs her.

Ruth Hutchinson

Receptionist
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Ruth has been with the funeral home since the day we opened in 1993. She is a devoted and caring lady. She has a compassionate and caring nature. She often will greet families as they come into the funeral home and console them. It is also evident that Ruth is very good to the community and participates in many volunteer activities. Ruth is quick to help the elderly and the needy, and is always thinking of ways to offer assistance to others.

 

Ruth attends Big Rock Church of Christ. She has two children, Jeffery Hutchinson, and Rhonda McClanahan. She takes great delight in spending time with her four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Elmer Stiltner

Funeral Director Assistant
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Elmer is another member of our firm who “does it all.” We rely on him for just about everything – and his constant willingness to help is the hallmark of his character. He, and his wife Cindy, attend Harman Holiness Church. Elmer loves spending time with his wife Cindy when he is not working.. They love to travel and really enjoy that old-fashioned American tradition, the ‘road trip.’

Reual Ratliff

Funeral Attendant/Greeter
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Reual has been with us since we opened our doors back in 1993. While he’s an all-around guy, Reual is our “computer guy” who is responsible for creating the service programs and folders.

 

Reual is a member of the Poplar Creek Church of Christ, where he serves as elder and treasurer. When he is not busy with Church activities, Reual loves to work in his vegetable garden. He, and his wife Dorothy, enjoy spending time with their children and their many grand- and great-grand children.

Sylvia Keen

Assistant
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Sylvia works at our Keen Mountain Location, she has been with the funeral home at Keen Mountain for serval years. We are very please to have her as a member of our staff. She often will greet families as they come into the funeral home and console them. It is evident that Sylvia goes out of her way to help the elderly and the needy, and is always thinking of ways to offer assistance to others. Her husband is Arnold and they are of the Pentecostal Faith.

Ryan Keen

Associate
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Ryan Graduated from Grundy High School in 2011, On his free time he enjoys hiking the Appalachian trail, Traveling, and running his photography business. He enjoys working for the funeral home doing all he can to help others.

Lillie Shortridge

Office Manager
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