Randy & Tammy Gibbs, Owners
A resident of Roanoke since 1990, Randy grew up in Ranburne, Alabama. His funeral service career began in 1974 at Wynn Funeral Home in Bowdon, Georgia. He completed his education at Jefferson State School of Mortuary Science in Birmingham and holds National Board certification as a funeral director/embalmer.
Randy served the people of Cleburne County and surrounding areas during his time at Dryden Funeral Home in Heflin. He was employed as a funeral director/embalmer there for ten years, from 1979 to early 1990.
Randy Gibbs purchased Quattlebaum Funeral Home in 1990 and moved to Roanoke with his wife, Tammy, and infant daughter, Kristin. Together with his wife, they operated Quattlebaum's for four years before expanding the family business in 1994 to include Benefield Funeral Home in Wedowee and Randolph Memory Gardens. In the meantime, the family expanded also, to include a son, Joseph, born in 1992.
He has been a member of the Alabama Funeral Directors Association since 1990 and has served a five-year tenure as an officer, including President during the 1999-2000 term. Randy also served as Randolph County Coroner for 16 years. He is a member of Roanoke First United Methodist Church.
Tammy Gibbs was raised in Cleburne County also. She graduated with a BS Degree in Accounting from West Georgia College and earned the Certified Public Accountant certificate from the State of Georgia. After she and her husband purchased Quattlebaum Funeral Home, she began working to meet the requirements for the Alabama Funeral Directors License and was awarded that certification in January 1993. Currently, she handles the accounting, federal/state reporting, and finances of the firm. She is a member of Roanoke First United Methodist Church.
Donald E. Benefield, Founder
Don was born and raised in Randolph County where he graduated high school in 1954. He then served as a funeral director apprentice at Hunter Allen Myhand in LaGrange, Georgia, for one year before joining the United States Air Force, where he was a member of the military police until 1959.
Don went on to get his degree in Mortuary Science in 1962 from the Dallas Institute-Gupton Jones in Dallas, Texas. He worked as a funeral director/manager for Kraeer Funeral Home in Pompano Beach, Florida, from 1959-1972. Don founded Benefield Funeral Home in Wedowee in 1972 and was the owner until 1994. He was a servant to the people of Randolph County from the time he founded Benefield Funeral Home until his passing on February 18, 2015.
Terry L. Sparks, Manager/Funeral Director
Terry grew up in Randolph County before moving to Cleburne County where he graduated from High School in 1982. He went on to get his degree in Mortuary Science from Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham. He became a licensed funeral director/embalmer in in the State of Alabama 1987.
Terry has served Randolph County and surrounding communities in funeral service for the past 30 years. He is currently serving his 2nd term as Randolph County Coroner where he also served as deputy coroner under the previous administration.
Terry and his wife, Jean Sparks, who is a rural mail carrier in Wedowee, have four children; Madison Sparks, Thomas Sparks, Robbie Conger, and Michelle Ward and four grandchildren. They are members of Weathers Heights Church of Christ.
Larry Wortham, Funeral Director
Larry is a lifelong resident of Wedowee ,Alabama, where he graduated from Randolph County High School. He began his career with Benefield Funeral Home in 1990 and became a Licensed Funeral Director through the State of Alabama in 1995.
He and his wife of 46 years Diane Wortham have two children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and are active members of Iduma Congregational Methodist Church.
Joseph Gibbs, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Joseph grew up in Roanoke, Alabama, where he graduated from Handley High School in 2010. He attended the University of Alabama for two years and completed the Mortuary Science program at Jefferson State Community College in December of 2016 at the top of his class. He became a fully licensed funeral director/embalmer in February 2017. Joseph is the son of Randy and Tammy Gibbs, owners of Benefield Funeral Home and Quattlebaum Funeral Home, and has been employed with the family business since 2008. He is a member of Roanoke First United Methodist Church.
Steve Prince, Funeral Director's Assistant
Steve began serving the citizens of Randolph County as a Funeral Director's Assistant in 2008. He is a retired Quality Control Technician with a 28-year career with two different companies.
A resident of Randolph County since 1973, Steve is married to Becky Prince and they have one daughter, Ginae' and one grandson, Dallas.
He is a member of Napoleon Church of Christ.
Bobby Burroughs, Funeral Director's Assistant
A lifelong Randolph County resident, Bobby retired from Randolph County Hospital with 26 years of service. He also ran a church camp outside of Birmingham for seven years.
Bobby began his funeral service career in 2001 at Benefield Funeral Home and served there and at Quattlebaum's full time for nine years. He continues to help out on a part-time basis.
Bobby has been an ordained minister with the Alabama Christian Church since 1976 and is currently the pastor of Hope Memorial Christian Church in Wadley. He is also a member of Sawyer Lodge #93 in Wedowee. He is married to Barbara Wallace Burroughs of Roanoke.
Michelle J. Ward, Secretary
Michelle grew up in Randolph County where she graduated from Woodland High School in 2000. She came to work at Benefield Funeral Home in 2013 after being a stay-at-home mom for two years. Michelle and her two children, Clara and Raylan, live in Wedowee. She is a member of Rocky Branch Baptist Church.
Malcom Bassett, Building & Property Maintenance
A lifelong Randolph County resident, Malcom began working with the funeral home in 2010 as the building and property maintenance manager,. With his extensive experience in construction, he is a valuable asset in keeping the property and grounds of the funeral home well-maintained.
He and his wife, Beth, reside in the Wadley community where they are members of Corinth Christian Church.