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.

Our History

Joseph Paul Tyree was the founder of Tyree Funeral Home. Prior to engaging in the funeral business, Joe Tyree ran a sawmill which in times past was a fairly natural progression. A sawmill owner or carpenter who provided wood and built caskets easily moved into providing other services and merchandise for the care of the dead. It was in 1915 that he started his funeral business in his barn at Maynor. In 1920 he moved the business to Pax where he operated for several years. At this same time he had a funeral home in Fayetteville and opened his first Oak Hill facility in 1927.

Joe was issued license number 557 to practice the "Science of Embalming" in the state of West Virginia on 20 September 1921. Wording on that license says "by virtue of the act passed February 24, 1899" - wow! that was a day or two ago. He became a WV licensed Funeral Director on December 1, 1933 - license number 329. Joe was in partnership with A.G. Sevy for about seven years and later with Robert Dew. However, since the late 1930's Tyree Funeral Home has been soley owned and operated by the Tyree family. In 1955 a branch office was established in Mount Hope.

The picture shown above was taken in 1935 on Main Street of Oak Hill. This handsome group of men are from left to right, Gussie Tyree, Joe Tyree, Rev. Shirley Donnelly, Robert Dew and James Alexander. The automobile is a 1935 Oldsmobile Ambulance/Hearse Combo. In the background you can see the home of A.G. Sevy on the right and Oak Hill Hospital on the left. For those familiar with Oak Hill, you will recognize the beautiful stone wall which still stands today in front of Plateau Medical Center.

Our Valued Staff

Joseph P.  Tyree

Joseph P. Tyree, Funeral Director

Joseph P. Tyree, also known as Joe or Little Joe is the third generation owner of Tyree Funeral Home Inc. He has worked over 60 years in the business. Joe is a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church, Oak Hill Lodge No. 120 A.F. & A.M., Oak Hill Moose Lodge and the White Oak Country Club. He is a charter member of the Oak Hill Civitan Club.

Michael E . Moran

Michael E . Moran, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Michel E. Moran is 1974 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer formerly employed by Calfee Funeral Home in Beckley. He is a member of the WV Funeral Director's Association. Mike resides in Beckley with his wife, Rebecca and attends the Sophia First Baptist Church. He is a member of the Mountain Lodge #156 A.F. & A.M., Coal City, Scottish Rite Bodies of Charleston and Beni Kedem Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. also of Charleston.

Jonathan D. Wood

Jonathan D. Wood, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Jonathan Wood of Beckley is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He grew up around the funeral business and has worked at Tyree Funeral Home since September 2015. He is a 2006 graduate of Independence High School. After serving his funeral director/embalmer apprenticeship under his father, David, at Tankersley Funeral Home in Mullens he attended Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, graduating in 2015.

Outside of work Jonathan's great love is basketball. Some of his greatest sports achievements include winning the Raleigh County Basketball Championship while at Park Junior High in 2003; receiving the Most Valuable Player Award as a player for Independence in the Sectional Championship and being inducted into the Independence Basketball Hall of Fame in December 2015.

Keri E. James

Keri E. James, Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer

Keri E. James is the newest addition to the Tyree Funeral Home staff having started her employment at Tyree Funeral Home in July, 2020. She is currently serving her Apprenticeship. A 2018 graduate of Oak Hill High School Keri is a 2020 Graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS). While Attending PIMS she received her crematory operator certificate through CANA and became a certified celebrant.
Outside of work Keri can be found hiking, roller skating, and exploring all the hallows and backroads throughout West Virginia.

Robert L.  Begley

Robert L. Begley, Attendant

An Oak Hill resident, Robert has been with Tyree Funeral Home since 1977. He is the Assistant Chief of the Oak Hill Fire Department and is a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church. Robert and his wife, Cornelia, are the parents of two sons, Jordon and Nathaniel, one grandson Keegan Ray Begley.

William S.  Fink

William S. Fink, Attendant

Bill has been employed by Tyree Funeral Home since June of 2002. He and his wife, Peggy, reside in Summerlee, WV and the parents of three children, William Fink of Silver Springs, MD, Christy Dean of Buckhannon and John Lambert of Lewisburg. They attend the Mountain View Church of God. He is a member of the Mullens Lodge No. 151 A.F. and A.M. and Admiral Chapter No. 50 R.A.M.

Keith Richardson

Keith Richardson, Attendant

Oak Hill resident Keith Richardson has been employed as funeral attendant since October 2015. Primarily working the night shift, Keith also is on day shift when needed for funeral services.
An outdoor enthusiast, he has been involved with Opossum Creek Retreat for many years, is instrumental in hosting the annual birding festival in Fayette County and conducts bird banding at Wolfe Creek Park, and works with naturalists and master gardeners to preserve natural habitat for our native trees, plants and animals.
In his spare time Keith enjoys hunting and fishing. He and his wife, Tammi Richardson are the parents of a daughter Alex who currently resides in New Zealand.

John A.  Alexander

John A. Alexander, Attendant

John has been employed at Tyree Funeral Home since 1965. He is a resident of Oak Hill and a longtime member of the Oak Hill Fire Department. He has two sons, John and Michael, two granddaughters and a grandson.

Bret Rust

Bret Rust, Attendant

Bret Rust joined the Tyree Funeral Home staff in March 2018 as a part time employee. When needed, he ably assists with funeral services as a driver/attendant.

Bret is employed full time with the WV Department of Highways. He and his wife, Kim, reside in Oak Hill, WV

Darrell B.  Wilshire

Darrell B. Wilshire, Driver/Attendant

Darrell B. "Boo" Wilshire has been a part-time employee for Tyree Funeral Home since October 1997. When needed, he assists with funeral services as a driver/attendant and because of his diligence our automobiles look and operate at tip-top performance. Boo is employed full time for the WV Department of Transportation, is active with the Oak Hill Fire Department and a member of Oak Hill Lodge No. 120 A.F. and A.M. He and is wife, Melissa Kidd Wilshire, are the parents of two sons, Tyler and Scott.

Merry  Hanning

Merry Hanning, Secretary

Merry has been employed at Tyree Funeral Home since 1992. She has appeared in several productions at Historic Fayette Theater, Fayetteville, including starring roles in "Smoke On The Mountain" and "Always, Patsy Cline". She was named Fayette County Chamber of Commerce 2010 Woman of the Year and the 2012 Oak Hill High/Collins High School Alumni Honoree. She and her husband, Carl, reside in Oak Hill, are the parents of a daughter, Mollie, and a son, Paul and have two absolutely precious granddaughters.