Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 910-895-4011 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Chad Woody

Chad Woody

Managing Partner/ Funeral Service Licensee

Chad Woody was born and raised in South Carolina; he came to live in Richmond County in March 1995 when he was hired by Walter T. Stephenson at Watson-King Funeral Home. Chad became a Funeral Service Licensee in March 1996. Chad joined the Richmond Memorial Park team in April 2011 as Managing Partner and has his North Carolina Cemetery License. He lives in Hamlet with his wife, the former Julie Venable, daughter of Carole Venable and the late Ronnie Venable, and their three sons, Nic, Chase and Trent.

Chad graduated from St. Johns High School in Darlington, South Carolina in 1993 and from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia in February 1995. While in high school, Chad earned his Eagle Scout title and also became member of the Order of the Arrow Brotherhood.

Chad attends Marks Creek Presbyterian Church in Hamlet; he is a member and President of the Rockingham Kiwanis Club and also Seaboard Festival Planning Committee in Hamlet. In his spare time, Chad enjoys watching University of Georgia Bulldogs Football, playing golf, and fishing and hunting, along with spending time with his family. Chad is the son of Kenneth and Eloise Woody of Santee, South Carolina.

Tom Stephenson

Tom Stephenson

Funeral Service Licensee

Tom Stephenson is a native of Richmond County and the son of the late Walter and Jane Stephenson, the former owners of Watson-King. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University with degrees in Economics and Business.

Prior to returning home, Tom spent 18 years in Human Resources with an Engineering and Construction group on projects ranging from nuclear power, to pulp and paper, to chemicals.

Tom began work with Watson-King in 1997. He completed the course work in Mortuary Science at Fayetteville Technical Community College, where he was named a J. M. Nolte Scholar for Academic Excellence. Tom became fully licensedĀ to practice funeral serviceĀ in 1999.

Tom is married to the former Libba Williamson, and they reside in Hamlet.

Chess Cloninger

Chess Cloninger

Funeral Director

Chess was raised in Hamlet, a son of the late Dr. Giles and Judy Lomax Cloninger. He graduated from Richmond Senior High, attended Wingate College and graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, Georgia. Chess received his North Carolina Funeral Service license in 1979. He has successfully managed funeral homes in Kernersville, Greensboro, and Southern Pines, where he was a member of the Jaycees, the Lions Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. Chess is married to his wife of 20 years, Joy C. Cloninger.

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