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Our Team


Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Jim Gibson

Jim Gibson

President / Funeral Director Licensee / Licensed Crematory Operator

My name is Jim Gibson, and I am the president and owner of Westmoreland Funeral Home. As a young child, I would come from Atlanta with my family to visit both my Gibson and Westmoreland grandparents.  I said many times that I wanted to grow up to be a funeral director like my granddaddy, Sig Westmoreland.  Although adulthood brought about a different career path for some years, I was led here in 1991 after my grandfather had passed away and my mother, Margaret Westmoreland Gibson, had worked at the funeral home for several years.  It did not take long for me to realize that I had found my true purpose, and I can say it has been a real honor to serve the people of McDowell County for the past 25 years.  My wife and I have raised three beautiful daughters, and upon their marriages, gained three wonderful sons-in-law.  We have the tremendous blessing of seven grandchildren.  I look forward to the coming years of continuing our business with my family by my side, striving to provide the best service possible to the families of our community. 


Tyler M. Mace

Tyler M. Mace

Funeral Home Manager / Funeral Service Licensee / Licensed Crematory Operator/ Pre-Need Specialist

Tyler is a native of McDowell County and is the son of Lynn Mace and Dawn Jackson.  He is married to Rebekah Gibson Mace, the great-granddaughter of Sig Westmoreland.  Tyler and Rebekah are parents to their two children Griffin and Gwenna, and are long-time members of Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, where Tyler serves as a Deacon.  He enjoys spending time with his family and being outside, whether it be hiking, camping, fishing, or hunting.  Tyler is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, Pre-Need, and crematory operator.  He has undergone the Pre-Need Funeral Program (P.F.P) training, to better serve the families who are wanting to plan ahead.  Tyler graduated from McDowell High School and Fayetteville Technical Community College of Funeral Service.


"I look forward to continuing to serve my community and the families of McDowell County with the highest level of service and sensitivity to the needs of the families we serve.  For the families we serve, their needs and what is important to them is what I want."


Candice L.

Funeral Service Licensee / Licensed Crematory Operator / Pre-Need Specialist

Candi is a 1999 graduate of McDowell High School and a 2002 graduate of John A. Gupton Mortuary College in Nashville, TN. She married her high school sweetheart, Seth, and they have one daughter, Kalli. She has recently been attending Greenlee Baptist Church. She enjoys music, camping, boating, kayaking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Candi takes heart in helping families get closure during a very difficult time and is passionate about making sure those families can honor the memory and celebrate the lives of their loved ones. 




Linda Carter

Office Manager



Alexa Carter

Office Assistant / Digital Media / Housekeeping



Marvin Lunsford

Marvin Lunsford

Funeral Attendant / Licensed Crematory Operator

Marvin Lunsford is a lifelong resident of McDowell County and worked as paramedic for 24 years.  Before that he retired from Baxter after 19 years and was in the Old Fort Fire Department for 9 years and the Rescue Squad for 2 1/2 years.  Marvin has several hobbies which include a love for horses, fishing, and playing golf. He is also a dog lover.  Marvin has 4 children and 3 grandchildren.  He attends Christian & Missionary Alliance Church.  Marvin has a desire to help people and enjoys working with the people at Westmoreland Funeral Home. 


Steve Bugenhagen

Funeral Attendant



Ed Killough

Ed Killough

Funeral Attendant

Ed Killough, a native of McDowell County, is married to Helen Killough, also of McDowell County.  He is a member of Nebo Fire Department.  He retired from Hawkins Lumber Company after 48 1/2 years.  They have three children, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.  He and his wife are members of Yancey Street Baptist Church.  In his spare time he enjoys his family, hunting, and fishing.  He is employed with Westmoreland Funeral Home and enjoys being a part of the Westmoreland Funeral Home family.  


Dereck Lanning

Funeral Attendant

Dereck Lanning is a native to McDowell County. Dereck graduated from Western Piedmont Community College, and McDowell Technical Community College with an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, as well as his certification to be a Peace Officer in the State of North Carolina. Dereck's background is mostly in Law Enforcement, and Customer Service. He has a desire to help people.  Dereck joined the team at Westmoreland Funeral Home in December of 2020.

 

Dereck is married to Melissa Dawn (Duncan) Lanning of OldFort. Dereck and Melissa have 5 children, Gracie Lanning, Tinley Lanning, Mallory Kelly, Madelynn Kelly, and Lukas Nelon. They all attend McDowell County Schools. Dereck enjoys fishing, shooting, and spending time with his family.


J.B. Johnson

J.B. Johnson

Maintenance Manager / Funeral Attendant

James "J.B." Johnson, originally from Swain County, moved to McDowell for industry over 50 years ago.  J.B. has served as Maintenance Manager of Westmoreland for over 15 years, after previously working at East Marion,  Air Pre Heater and Broyhill  for nearly 13 years each.  In addition to maintaining the Funeral Home's building and equipment, he also often assists with funerals.  J.B. is a Deacon at Solid Rock Baptist Church, where he has been a member for 40 years.  He enjoys spending time with family and is a generous man, always willing to lend a hand where needed. 


Wayne Holland

Funeral Attendant

Wayne is a native of McDowell County and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Marion.  He is married to Susan Holland.  Wayne has been serving the community most of his life tending to the needs of the grave-site and working in the Funeral Home Industry.  Wayne is a Bee Keeper and enjoys spending time with his family, especially his daughter Amanda Collins and grandson Jacob.   


Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews

Funeral Attendant

Chris Matthews is a native of Buncombe County.  He is the son of Robert Matthews and the late Willie Wilson Matthews.  He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Harlene Pettit Matthews, for 26 years.  Chris and Harlene have two children and one grandson.  He has been the pastor for Stone Mountain Missionary Baptist Church in Black Mountain for 3 years.  He has been in the ministry for 18 years. He has been employed at Westmoreland Funeral Home for 7 years and has been in the funeral industry for a total of twelve years.  He was previously employed at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion, where he worked for 3 1/2 years.  Chris has enjoyed working at Westmoreland Funeral Home is thankful to be a part of something special.  


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