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Date: June 27, 2018
Contact: Lacy Whittaker
Virginia Funeral Directors Association
(804) 264-0505
Virginia Funeral Directors Association Elects Larry Spiaggi, CFSP, CCO, CPC President

Richmond, Va. – The Virginia Funeral Directors Association (VFDA) welcomes the 2018-19 Board of Directors. The association held its 130th Convention in Charlottesville, Virginia, June 10-13, 2018. The Association’s Inaugural Banquet and installation of officers took place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, where the association introduced the new board members.

The 2018-19 President of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association is Laurence F. “Larry” Spiaggi. Spiaggi is owner of Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service in Chesterfield County, VA. Spiaggi graduated from John Tyler Community College with an Associates Degree in Funeral Service in May of 1981 and received his funeral service license in November of that year. He has been a funeral director of Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service for 36 years. Spiaggi began his career as an intern at Brennan-Morilino Funeral home in Portsmouth, VA for 6 years prior to coming to Morrissett.

The 2018-19 Virginia Funeral Directors Association Board Members:

Larry Spiaggi, CFSP, CCO, CPC President, Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service, N. Chesterfield, Va.
Gerald L. “Jerry” Andrews, President-Elect, Andrews Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Gloucester, Va.
Marty White, First Vice President, Stover Funeral Home, Strasburg, Va.
Jay McIntyre, Second Vice President, McMullen Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, Va.
Robert “Bob” Gallagher, Immediate Past President, Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, Fairfax, Va.
Leslie “Les” Powell, III, Secretary-Treasurer, Powell Funeral Home, Inc., South Boston, Va.
Paul Hazelgrove, 2 year At-Large Director, SCI – Richmond/Virginia Beach, Va.
Brian Horne, 2 year At-Large Director, Horne Funeral Service, Inc., Christiansburg, Va.
Clint Oxendine, 2 year At-Large Director, Mountcastle-Turch Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Dale City, Va.
Matthew Buscher, 2 year At-Large Director, Advent Funeral Service, Falls Church, Va.
Russ Teffner, Blue Ridge District, John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home and Crematory, Salem, Va.
Larry Corey, Central District, Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service, N. Chesterfield, Va.
Gary Maxwell, Northern District, Mountcastle-Turch Funeral Home, Annandale, Va.
Daniel Chapman, Shenandoah District, Johnson Funeral Service, Inc., Grottoes, Va.
Larry Joines, Southside District, Bassett Funeral Service, Bassett, Va.
Matthew “Matt” Perry, Southwest District, Frost Funeral Home, Abingdon, Va.
Douglas Parr, Tidewater District, Parr Funeral Home & Crematory, Suffolk, Va.
Todd Dean, Virginia Funeral Supply Association, Richards-Wilbert, Inc., Staunton, Va.
Krystina Diman, Chaplain, Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service, N. Chesterfield, Va.
Douglas Parr, Sergeant-At-Arms, Parr Funeral Home & Crematory, Suffolk, Va.
Haile L. “Butch” Gatewood, Jr., NFDA Policy Board Representative, Norris Funeral Service & Crematory, Inc., Martinsville, Va.

About Virginia Funeral Directors Association
The Virginia Funeral Directors Association was formed on September 30, 1887 in Richmond, Virginia. The VFDA is a voluntary association with membership affiliation in the National Funeral Directors Association. For more information on VFDA go to


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