Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville

4889 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach, VA

Associates

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    Deborah Lee Gauthier

    Funeral Director

    Deborah has been a licensed funeral director for two decades and has served families with the Dignity Memorial network since 2001. She studied at both Cypress and Tidewater community colleges and holds a degree in mortuary science.

    Deb and her husband relocated from San Diego to Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 2003, when he was transferred by the U.S. Navy. Deb loves spending time with her husband and their two sons, kicking back to watch movies, and entertaining family and friends.

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    Lynda Holloman Harris

    Funeral Director

    Lynda has been a funeral director with Dignity Memorial since 2002. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Union University and graduated from Norfolk State University in 2005 with a degree in mortuary science. As a funeral director, 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 will likely find her enjoying time with her twins or traveling around the globe.

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    Donna K Price

    Funeral Director

    Donna has been a member of our team since the mid 2010s, with the goal to comfort and help families during one of the most difficult times in their lives. 

    Originally attending college in pursuit of a nursing degree, Donna shifted focus to funeral service after attending her grandfather's funeral. She graduated with honors in 1996 from Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduation, Donna returned to her hometown of Hampton Roads, serving her apprenticeship with Smith and Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. She worked her way up to a management position after becoming a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

    In 2010, she attended culinary school and pursued a career in pastry art, before feeling the need to, once again, answer the call to serve families. Today, Donna is honored to be "back home" serving the families of our community. 

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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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    Lisa Oliver

    Funeral Director

    Lisa attended the University of Central Oklahoma on a baton-twirling scholarship. She graduated at the top of her class with a bachelor’s degree in mortuary science in 1992. She obtained her prerequisite hours at Oklahoma State University, studying agricultural education and economics. A highlight of her college experience was traveling as an exchange ambassador to France for the Reagan administration.

    Lisa is the mother of 3 boys and has national taekwondo titles in poomsae, breaking and weapons under the instruction of her oldest, who is a World Champion in breaking.

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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.