Smith & Williams Funeral Home

818 Norview Ave Norfolk, VA


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    Deborah Lee Gauthier

    Funeral Director

    Deborah became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in San Diego, California, in 1999 and in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 2004. In 1997 she earned her certificate in mortuary science from Cypress College in Cypress, California, and served her apprenticeship at Poway Bernardo and Humphrey Mortuary. In 2001 she took a position with Greenwood Mortuary in Chula Vista, California, where she served until 2003 when her husband was transferred with the U.S. Navy to Virginia Beach, Virginia.

    Deborah was able to transfer as well and comfortably settled in with both of her new work-families at Rosewood Kellum and Smith and Williams funeral homes. While taking time off work following the birth of her first son in 2005, Deborah attended Tidewater Community College and earned her associate degree in funeral services. Deborah returned back to work with us in 2010 and has since proudly served area families.

    Deborah and her husband welcomed their second son in 2012. When she isn't working she loves spending time with her family, entertaining guests, traveling, eating whatever her husband cooks and keeping her dog, Diego, calm. Deborah is a member of Rock Church and owns a small business.

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    Lynda Holloman Harris

    Funeral Director

    Lynda has been a funeral director with Dignity Memorial since 2005. She graduated from Norfolk State University in 2005 with a degree in mortuary science. Lynda has served the families in the Hampton Roads area with the utmost professionalism and compassion and treats every family like her own. When she is not at the funeral home, you can likely find her enjoying time with her twins and husband.

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    Sara A Likens

    Funeral Director

    Since the early 2000s Sara Likens has provided comfort and detailed care to families in the Dignity Memorial® network. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mortuary studies from the University of Oklahoma, graduating with honors. Beginning her career in the greater Oklahoma City area, Sara moved to Hampton Roads in 2005 after marrying a U.S. Navy sailor. She was honored to be able to continue her career working for Rosewood Kellum Funeral Home and Smith and Williams Funeral Homes. Sara's personal career goal is to provide peace of mind to each family, ensuring that every detail of the service, from beginning to end, is covered.

    Sara continues to carefully balance the demands of being a funeral director, Navy wife and mother by cherishing every moment with her family. Together they enjoy taking walks, traveling and playing mini-golf. Sara also finds time to de-stress with yoga.

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    Shannon T Sexton

    Funeral Director

    Since 2012 Shannon has provided compassionate care to families in the Hampton Roads area. Shannon earned his degree in mortuary science from Tidewater Community College in 2012. He is proud to be a part of the Dignity Memorial® team, guiding you through one of the most personal times in life. As a U.S. Navy veteran who served 11 years, Shannon likes building relationships with our veterans and their families in their time of need. When he is not serving families, Shannon enjoys spending time with his wife and children, playing sports and watching movies.

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    Lauren Michelle Vespa

    Funeral Director

    Lauren Vespa Thorne graduated with honors from Tidewater Community College with a degree in funeral services in December 2013. In May 2016 she relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia, to begin her career as a funeral director with Teague Funeral Service. Lauren accepted an opportunity in January 2017 to again serve where she apprenticed, Smith and Williams and Rosewood-Kellum funeral homes. Lauren is glad to be a member of the Dignity Memorial® team, serving the families in her home community of Hampton Roads.

    When she is not serving families, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and their cats, watching movies, playing video games, browsing the Internet and reading.