History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Bevis Funeral Home was founded in 1964 by Russell R. Bevis, and remains an independent family owned funeral home. Rodney J. "Rocky" Bevis has worked in or been around the funeral business his entire life, and in 1998 along with his wife Patti, acquired the funeral home from his father. Much has changed in the 45 plus years since Bevis Funeral Home was founded. We have acquired funeral homes in Bristol, Quincy, and Crawfordville to serve a wider area. The one constant over that time is that we are committed to providing caring, compassionate service to the families of our community. That committment is our duty at Bevis Funeral Home.
Our Valued Staff
R.J. 'Rocky' Bevis, Licensed Funeral Director / President
Rocky Bevis was raised in Tallahassee and is a graduate of Leon High School and Miami-Dade College. Rocky worked side by side with his father, Russell Bevis, before taking over ownership of Bevis Funeral Home in 1998. He is very active in the Tallahassee community where he is a member of the Hospice Board of Directors, Tallahassee Lions Club, Capital Tiger Bay Club, Knight Foundation, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Foundation, and Chairman of the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation. He and his wife Patti are also members of Faith Presbyterian Church where he serves as an Elder.
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Patti Brewster Bevis, Vice-President
Patti Brewster Bevis was raised in Tallahassee and graduated from Leon High School. After receiving her degree in education from FSU, she taught at Belle Vue and Raa Middle Schools. Pattie retired in 2006 after 32 years of teaching. She is a lifelong member of Faith Presbyterian Church. Her favorite pastime is enjoying her grandsons Leo and Waylon, who was born on September 26, 2007.
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Tholley Clark Taylor, Manager/Licensed Funeral Director, Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee
Mr. Taylor is a 1998 graduate of Leon High School in Tallahassee and 2001 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, IN. Upon graduation from Mid-America College, he was inducted into the Mu Sigma Alpha Fraternity and was a recipent of the College's Restorative Art Award. He is active in Springtime Tallahassee, First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, the Christian Life Center at First Baptist Church, Free and Accepted Masons, Marzuq Shrine Club, Titus Fitness Academy, Tallahassee Northside Rotary, the Economic Club of Florida, and Tallahassee Young Entrepreneurs Organization where he currently serves on the board. He enjoys turkey hunting, fishing, exploring, playing basketball, fitness, traveling to new places, and University of Kentucky athletics. He has been with Bevis Funeral Home since March of 2003 and resides in Tallahassee with his wife, Sarah; two sons, Leo Burbridge (6) and Waylon Russell (3); and infant daughter Clark Suzanne.
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Todd D. Wahlquist, Manager/Licensed Funeral Director, Bevis Funeral Home of Bristol/Tallahassee
Mr. Wahlquist joined our team in the spring of 2000. He is a native of Bristol, Florida, and a graduate of Liberty County High School and Jefferson State College in Birmingham, Alabama and also holds a degree from Florida State University. He and his wife Myla have raised their three children in Tallahassee since 1996. Todd is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and is a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows and The Masons.
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David Conn, Manager/Licensed Funeral Director - Bevis Funeral Home of Crawfordville
David grew up in Wakulla County and graduated from Wakulla High School. He also graduated from St. Petersburg College of Funeral Service and is a member of Crawfordville United Methodist Church, the Free and Accepted Masons, the Crawfordville Lions Club and the Big Bend Hospice Advisory Council in Wakulla County. He is married to Tiffany Wylie Conn.
Elizabeth Sheridan Chambers, Funeral Director
Ms. Chambers was born and raised in Tallahassee. She is a Leon High School Graduate, Class of 2006. She went on to receive her Bachelor's degree from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in 2011 graduating as Valedictorian and member of the Mu Sigma Alpha & Pi Sigma Eta Fraternities. Elizabeth is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, The Independent Funeral Directors of Florida, and the Florida Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. She currently resides in Tallahassee where she is an active member of Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, serves as the co chair of the Community Service Committee for Sunset Rotary, is a member of the Network of Young Professionals, and volunteers for ECHO and Reading Pals. She loves to travel, enjoys time spent with family & friends, tries to play golf and frequents Alligator Point Beach. Contact me at email@example.com
David "Dave" Pendleton, Licensed Funeral Director/General Agent, Capital Monument Co.
Mr. Pendleton is a Graduate of Indiana College of Mortuary of Science; he is a long time resident of Leon and Gadsden Counties. Mr. Pendleton is a former owner of Pendleton Monument Co. in Tallahassee. He joined the Bevis Family in March of 2010 as a Funeral Director of the Quincy Division, and is the General Agent of Capital Monument Co., a subsidiary of Bevis Funeral Homes. He is Active in Washington Lodge #2 Free and Accepted Masons of Quincy, Quincy Rotary Club, and the Quincy Lions Club. He is married to Patricia L. Pendleton; they reside in Havana, Florida.
Candace Swain, General Office Manager, Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee
Candace Swain was raised in Hollywood, Florida and graduated from MacArthur High School. She is a Florida State University Alumnus who made Tallahassee her home. Candace has been an office manager and bookkeeper of locally owned small business for over twenty years. She is married and has three daughters and a granddaughter. Candace is an active supporter of Big Bend Charities and the National Mental Health Association. She volunteers her time teaching math and english skills for GED testing at a South Side Community Center, and has worked with Literacy Volunteers of both Leon and Gadsden counties.
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Gordon "Sonny" Martin, Associate, Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee
Gordon "Sonny" Martin was raised in Cairo, Georgia, and has been in Tallahassee since 1967. He joined the Bevis staff in 2005 following his retirement from the insurance industry. He and his wife, June, are members of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Sonny has served as Past President of Capital Lions Club and member of the Tallahassee Chapter of the American Red Cross Board of Directors. Currently he is a member of the Marzuq Shrine Center, International Order of Odd Fellows, Masonic Lodge, and the Tallahassee Lions Club.
Ruben Garcia, Associate, Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee
Ruben Garcia was born in San Antonio, Texas and served 4 years with the United States Air Force. He is a 1975 graduate of the University of Florida, and has lived in Tallahassee, Florida since 1975. Married to Melanie in 1995, he is a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Ruben retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 and is currently employed by Bevis Funeral Home. He enjoys working with people and lending an empathetic ear when needed.
Carol Fulmer, Office administrator, Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee
Carol is a native of Havana, Florida, and is a long time resident of Tallahassee. She received an AA degree in law enforcement and worked several years with Florida Department of Law Enforcement; she worked in various areas of real estate for 20 years, has her broker's license; and worked at a local law firm as a legal assistant and bookkeeper for many years. She enjoys traveling and photography and is a member of the Tallahassee Photo Guild, Florida Professional Photographers and Professional Photographers of America.
Charlene Bevis Reese, Office Administrator
Charlene grew up in Tallahassee, graduating from Leon High School, and is a charter member of the Leon High School Alumni Association.
She is a Life Member of the FSU Alumni Association with BS, Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision, and Eduacation Specialist Degree in Leadership. After serving in Education Administration for Leon District Schools, she pursued volunteering as President and Life Member of the GFWC Woman's Club of Tallahassee. She also served 8 years on the Executive Board of Florida Federation of Women's Clubs. Charlene is an alumnus of Leadership Pensacola and an affiliate of Leadership Tallahassee. Her church membership includes Faith Presbyterian Church and associate member of Metcalf United Methodist Church. She is the mother of 4 children and grandmother of 6. She and her husband, Charles Reese, enjoy boating, hunting, and fishing at their lake home.
Carol Metcalf, Office Manager, Bevis Funeral Home of Crawfordville
Carol Metcalf has been employed at Bevis Funeral Home since August 1989. She was born and raised in Perry, FL and is married to Ronnie Metcalf. She has a daughter, two granddaughters and one grandson. She is a member of the Panacea Congregational Holiness Church which her husband has pastored since May 1989.
Ronnie Metcalf, Associate - Bevis Funeral Home Crawfordville
Ronnie has been employed with the Bevis Funeral Home since in 1998. He was born and raised in Pancea, Florida. He married Carol Metcalf on January 31,1969 and has a daughter, two granddaughters and one grandson. He is an ordained minister and has pastored Panacea Congregational Holiness Church since May 1989.
Betty Deese, Administrator, Bevis Funeral Home of Bristol
Betty was born and raised in Jackson County, Florida. She graduated from Campbellton High School in Campbellton, Florida. She worked with the West Florida Electric Cooperative in Graceville, Florida, the city of Gainesville in Gainesville, Florida, and Talquin Electric Cooperative in Tallahassee and Quincy, Florida where she retired after 30 years of service. She is a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church in Quincy. She has one daughter, Mary Catherine Gray; two grandsons, Asa and Neil; and one granddaughter, Montana. She enjoys cooking and gardening.
Lamar Alday, Crematory Supervisor, Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee
Lamar was born and raised in Greensboro, Florida. He graduated from Greensboro High School in 1975 and retired from the Gadsden County School system in June 2007 after 32 years. He is a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Greensboro, the town council of Greensboro, the Greensboro Volunteer Fire Dept., and Big Bend Hospice Advisory Council in Gadsden County. He has been married for 25 years and has two sons and has been blessed with one granddaughter, Peyton Elizabeth
Charles Metcalf, Bevis Funeral Home of Crawfordville
Charles is a lifetime resident of Wakulla County. He was born in Panacea, Florida and has lived in Sopchoppy since 1989. He attended Sopchoppy High School and retired as a commercial fisherman. He attends Panacea Congregational Holiness Church. He has been married to Eunice Nichols Metcalf for 49 years and has 6 children, 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Marie Buzbee, Bevis Funeral Home of Crawfordville
Marie was raised in Sopchoppy, Florida and attended Sopchoppy High School. She has lived in Woodville for 42 years and is a member of the Woodville United Methodist Church and the Tallahassee Moose Lodge. She has one daughter, two grandsons and three great-grandchildren.
Evelyn Conn, Bevis Funeral Home of Crawfordville
Evelyn was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Atlanta Christian College in East Point, Georgia. She and her family moved to the Tallahassee/Crawfordville area in the 1970's. She is a member of Crawfordville United Methodist Church. She has a son and daughter-in-law. She worked as a legal secretary-paralegal for many years before retiring in 2000.
Garrett "Gary" Allshouse, Bevis Funeral Home of Crawfordville
Gary is a native of Warner Robins, Georgia. He earned his Bachelor's from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and later earned his Master's from Florida State. He is married to Ann Elizabeth and has two grown sons. He retired from a career in Public Health. He is an active member of St. Peters Anglican Church as well as the Masons, Shrine, and Boy Scouts of America. He has been a resident of Wakulla County since 1979 and his hobbies include woodworking, handy work and minor car work.