History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families of Chesapeake, South Point, and Proctorville, OH, Huntington, WV, Ashland, KY, and surrounding Lawrence County, OH communities, 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.

Our History

Our History

The funeral home began in 1896 at the crossroads of Rankins Creek and State Route 243 in Getaway. Mr. Schneider sold caskets out of his general store and the interiors for the caskets were made in a building located behind the home. The building still stands today located behind the home of Dick and Sharon Lang (former Schneider homeplace).

In 1927,the funeral home moved to it's first location in Chesapeake. The building is still standing at the foot of the Robert C. Byrd Bridge and houses the offices of The Village of Chesapeake.

Following the 1942 natural gas explosion, A new home was built on Big Branch Road in 1936 and suffered damage from the Flood of 1937. The original size of the home was 24 ft. x 24 ft. The original part of the home is used today as the front entryway and register book signing area.

A south addition was added on in 1943. If a funeral was held in the funeral home, the service was conducted in the addition on the left of the building. The room is currently used today as a third visitation room.

On the left of the building, a porch was added in between 1948 and 1960 along with the back addition. The porch is currently used as a business office as it was later enclosed.

The most current addition to the funeral home was completed in 1972 and is used as our chapel and can be converted into two visitation rooms.

Our Valued Staff

  • Ernest B Hall III

    Ernest B Hall III Licensee In Charge

    Ernie is a graduate of Fairland High School class of 1991. Ernie then attended Marshall University. He then went to the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he obtained his Bachelor of Mortuary Science in 1994. He has been licensed since 1995 in the state of Ohio. Ernie and his wife, Tara, have four children; Tori, Lexi, Kali and Ernest "E.B." Hall IV. Ernie is a member of First Baptist Church in Proctorville, OH, Proctorville Masonic Lodge A&FM #550, Proctorville Eastern Star #257, Chesapeake Lions Club, Huntington Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, Scottish Rite, and Gideons International. Ernie enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and golf.

  • Evan  Hall

    Evan Hall Funeral Director/ Embalmer

    Evan is a graduate of Fairland High School class of 1998. He then attended Ohio University. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science with his Bachelors of Mortuary Science in 2001. He has been licensed in the state of Ohio since 2003. Evan and his wife Jodi, have two daughters Isla and Elora. Evan is a member of New Hope United Methodist Church of Proctorville, and he is a member of Chesapeake Lions Club, Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, and Gideon's International. Evan enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, traveling and golf.

  • Errica Hall-Workman

    Errica Hall-Workman Funeral Director

    Ericca is a graduate of Fairland High School class of 1995. She then attended Marshall University where she got her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. She has been a licensed Funeral Director in the state of Ohio since 2005. Ericca and her husband, Ben, have two daughters Madi and Maci. She is a member of New Hope United Methodist Church in Proctorville. Ericca enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

  • Brady Lipscomb

    Brady Lipscomb Funeral Director/ Embalmer

    Brady is a graduate of Barboursville High School class of 1974. He also holds degrees from Marshall University in Psychology(1978), Grace Theological Seminary Master of Divinity (1982). He is also a graduate from Mid-America College of Mortuary Science. Brady has over 40 years of Funeral Experience and is licensed in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Brady and his wife, Sue, have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. He has been Pastor at Ridgeview Community Bible Church for over 30 years, and Instructor of Bible and Theology at Tri-State Bible College in South Point, Ohio. Brady enjoys family, camping, flying, flight instruction, fishing and hunting.

  • Ryan Summers

    Ryan Summers Funeral Director/ Embalmer

    Ryan is a graduate of Ironton High School class of 2010 where he was Student Body President. He also graduated from Ohio University with an associates degree. He then attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and obtained a Bachelor's of Mortuary Science in 2014, where he was Class President. Ryan has been licensed in the state of Ohio since 2016. He is also a Certified Crematory Operator. Ryan is a member of Central Christian Church Ironton, Ohio, and is a member of Marshall University Big Green Scholarship Foundation. Ryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams: Marshall, Ohio State, Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, and Cleveland Cavaliers, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Shane A.S. Ritchie

    Shane A.S. Ritchie Funeral Director/ Embalmer

    Shane A.S. Ritchie, CFSP is a licensed funeral director / embalmer in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia, former operator of Appalachian Mortuary Services, LLC in Chesapeake, OH, a published author with articles appearing in many funeral related publications including The Director, Southern Calls, Funeral Business Advisor, The Dodge Magazine, and American Funeral Director. He has been a guest speaker at numerous events including the prestigious Fountain International Conference on Embalming and Reconstructive Surgery and was a winner of the 2016 FNA Distinguished Service Award, the Graduate Embalmers of Georgia Annual Conference, the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association, and the Ohio Society of Embalmers Fall Seminar Series, as well as speaking to various civic groups. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and the winner of the school’s award for Excellence in Restorative Art. Shortly after graduating mortuary school, Shane experienced a life changing event when his twenty-four-year-old daughter, Felicity, passed away suddenly of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. In honor of his daughter, Shane decided to spend the rest of his life helping families who have lost loved ones be able to say goodbye; even in cases of traumatic injuries that most embalmers would deem too severe to restore. Combining his hobby and experience in special effects makeup techniques with restorative art was an excellent starting point but Shane wanted to develop his expertise beyond the current “norms”. Shane attended training classes at the prestigious Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills, allowing him to become the Huntington-Ashland-Ironton Tri-State’s most respected Post-Mortem Reconstructive Surgery Specialist. He is a tireless learner and teacher who enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills with his fellow embalmers and anyone who is interested in the funeral profession. In his various seminars, he stresses the importance of having a dedication to educating on the value of open casket viewing as well as technical expertise. In addition to his mortuary education, he is also a skilled businessman and holds a BA in Management from Ottawa University.

  • Lela McClintock

    Lela McClintock Office Manager

  • Scott Baker

    Scott Baker Funeral Attendant

    Scott Baker joined the Hall Funeral Home staff in 2017 after a long tenure in retail. He is a member of Beulah Baptist Church Proctorville, OH. Scott's wife name is Stephanie and he has a daughter named Ashley. Scott enjoys watching his favorite football teams, The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Nick Jones

    Nick Jones Funeral Attendant

  • Zach McKinney

    Zach McKinney Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Zach started at Hall Funeral Home in 2017. He graduated from Fairland High School in 2015, where he played Football, was a wrestler, and was a member of the track team. Zach graduated from Ohio University Southern with an Associates Degree and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2020 with a Bachelors in Mortuary Science. He is currently serving his Apprenticeship to become a Funeral Director and Embalmer. Zach enjoys being an avid outdoorsman.

  • Mike Thompson

    Mike Thompson Funeral Attendant

  • Bill Duncan

    Bill Duncan Funeral Attendant

  • Jean Duncan

    Jean Duncan Funeral Attendant

  • Kathie Schneider-Gue

    Kathie Schneider-Gue Community Outreach Coordinator

  • Greg Robbins

    Greg Robbins Ohio River Valley Monument Sales Manager

    Greg joined Hall Funeral Home as the Ohio River Valley Monument Sales Manager in 2018. Greg is a resident of Chesapeake, OH and is a 1977 graduate of Chesapeake High School. He is married to Jamie Phillips and they have two married children; Jessica Holley and Caleb Robbins. Greg and Jamie also have a very young son, Jaxson Robbins. They also have four grandchildren. Greg is a longtime member of Apostolic Life Cathedral in Guyandotte, WV. He is involved with church growth, various activities, and youth ministries. Greg enjoys Marshall University football and basketball, and is a member of the Big Green Foundation. Greg likes to spend time with his family and church, spending time with close friends, and antique adventures.

  • Rick Gue

    Rick Gue Funeral Attendant