Our History & Acclaimed 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.
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Jesse S. McDougald Founder, McDougald-Bleckley FH Anderson, SC
The McDougalds have served Anderson, South Carolina, and its surrounding communities with dignity and integrity since 1920. Jesse S. McDougald came to Anderson from Georgia and after working a period with G.F. Tolly and Son Funeral Home in Anderson, opened the McDougald-Bleckley Funeral Home in 1924. Jesse, who was a pioneer in Funeral Service in the area, died in 1930 at the very young age of 29.
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McDougald-Bleckley Funeral Home Original Location Anderson SC West Earle Street
After attending Emory University in Decatur, Georgia, and the Brown School of Embalming in Raleigh, North Carolina, Jesse’s brother Douglas C. McDougald, Sr., and his wife Grace Pearman McDougald, came to Anderson and joined with a prominent family in the Anderson business and political community, the Johnston Family, to open the McDougald-Johnston Funeral Home in 1934.
Mr. McDougald obtained a most suitable facility located at 600 South Main Street at the corner of River Street, and after extensive remodeling to meet his specifications, a formal opening was held the weekend of November 23-24, 1934. Mr. McDougald had a keen sense and intuition when it came to understanding the dynamics of funeral service operations and the facility which would house this very special service to the Anderson community. He was most concerned that the funeral home offer the public comfort and a home-like atmosphere, while at the same time facilitating the important work of serving families at their time of loss and grief. The location on South Main Street served the people of Anderson very well for many years.
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McDougald - Johnston Funeral Home Upper corner - Founder Douglas C. McDougald, Sr. Lower Corner - Original McDougald-Johnston Facility - 600 South Main Street, Anderson, SC
The facility was remodeled and updated several times to meet Mr. McDougald’s desire to offer the community the finest, most modern facilities and equipment available. Mrs. McDougald worked at her husband’s side providing much needed support to the funeral home and to the families. Over the years, The McDougald Funeral Home grew as the people of Anderson came to appreciate the high level of service the firm offered. Mr. McDougald acquired the Johnston family interest in the business, and the name was subsequently changed to The McDougald Funeral Home. At his side supporting him in the operations of the business was Mr. McDougald’s brother-in-law, Ben J. Pearman who was in a leadership role at the funeral home until his death in 1979.
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Ground breaking ceremony The McDougald Funeral Home 1968
Vision Drives Expansion
Mr. and Mrs. McDougald’s son Douglas C. McDougald, Jr., came into the family business on a full- time basis after graduating from Boys’ High School in Anderson, Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, and following a tour of service to his country in the US Army as a First Lieutenant. Having grown up in the business, Douglas had learned over his lifetime the keys to success in funeral service. He knew well the foundation on which his father had successfully built the family business, the key components being dignity, integrity, and the finest service available.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park was located on Highway 29 North on the north side of Anderson along the route toward Greenville. The cemetery was developed and subsequently dedicated on April 15, 1951, by Mr. W.J. Crowson. The McDougalds acquired Forest Lawn from Mr. Crowson in the mid-1960s and have brought many improvements and further development to the property. The goal was to make Forest Lawn truly a sanctuary for the families who place their loved ones in the beautiful gardens or mausoleums of Forest Lawn. In 1996 the McDougalds acquired Oaklawn Memorial Gardens along the rapidly expanding corridor of Highway 81 North.
Mr. McDougald believed that to properly serve the people of Anderson in the future, another funeral home facility would be required. The decision was made to purchase property at the corner of North Main Street and James Street, where the funeral home is currently located. After extensively remodeling the “Lee House” on that site and a substantial addition, the new McDougald’s North Chapel was opened in March, 1968. The facility was significantly expanded again in the early 1970s, providing more space for the expanding business and the families served by The McDougald Funeral Home. Another expansion occurred in the 1990s, adding still more space to effectively serve the needs of the community.
Douglas McDougald, Sr. served a term as an officer in the National Funeral Directors Association, and also as President of The International Order of the Golden Rule. The McDougald Family holds the distinction of having three members to serve as President of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association: Douglas McDougald, Sr., Douglas McDougald, Jr., and Douglas McDougald, III.
Douglas C. McDougald, Sr. Founder of The McDougald Funeral Holme
Three Generations of Service
After many years at the helm of The McDougald Funeral Home, guiding and directing its growth and success, funeral service lost a true legend. Mr. Douglas C. McDougald, Sr., died in June, 1980, leaving behind a devoted family, staff, and many dear friends, all of whom were so important to Mr. McDougald. Douglas C. McDougald, Jr., assumed leadership of The McDougald Funeral Home at that time. Douglas and his wife Peggy had two sons who were destined to come into the business, Douglas C. McDougald, III, and Jesse Fretwell McDougald. The McDougald family are all very involved in community and church. They encourage their staff members to be involved in supporting community efforts.
The McDougald family has always realized the importance of having a professional and competent staff to serve families in the most courteous and professional manner. The McDougald Funeral Home has always had a wonderful group of people carefully selected for their skill, compassion, and sincerity in serving families going through the most difficult time of their lives as they mourn the loss of a loved one. There are many long-term employees who have been devoted over many years to The McDougald Funeral Home and the families it has had the pleasure of serving.
Three Generations of Service
After almost eighty years of continuous operation as a family firm, the third generation of The McDougald family has accepted the mantle of leadership of The McDougald Funeral Home. Over the years, there have been changes to facilities, equipment, and modern updates as to how funeral service serves the public; however, the basic values and principles upon which Mr. Douglas C. McDougald, Sr., founded the business are exactly the same today as in the beginning. Guiding principles such as dignity, integrity, trust, confidence, compassion and service, all those qualities that were so important to the founder, are still the cornerstone of The McDougald Funeral Home today. A highly qualified and competent staff continue the ministry of serving the people of Anderson and surrounding areas.
The McDougald Funeral Home is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, The International Order of the Golden Rule, and Selected Independent Funeral Homes.
Our Valued Staff
Douglas C. McDougald, Jr., President and Funeral Director
In 1963, Douglas McDougald, Jr. joined the firm founded by his father. This came after graduation from Anderson Boy’s High School, Presbyterian College and two years of service in the United States Army. Douglas is married to the former Peggy Fretwell, also a native of Anderson and a frequent contributor to the firm’s activities. Douglas is an elder and past trustee of the First Presbyterian Church. He also is a former member of the board of trustees of Presbyterian College. He is a past president of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association.
Among other activities, he serves on the board of Innovate Anderson and was chairman of the steering committee of Imagine Anderson 2020. Douglas is a member and a past president of the Anderson Rotary Club. In the past, he has served on the boards of the YMCA, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society and the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. He is the father of Doug III and Jess, full partners in The McDougald Funeral Home.
Peggy Fretwell McDougald, Family Care and Public Relations
Peggy was born in Anderson, South Carolina, the daughter of Sam and Peggy Fretwell. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she served as an officer on the student council. Later, she was chosen to Chair the University’s Board of Visitors and was a member of the Development Foundation.
She, along with her husband, is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Anderson, and has held several roles there. For over 20 years Peggy has taught the 4 and 5 year old Sunday School Class, and has been an officer of the Presbyterian Women’s organization and a Circle Leader. Peggy has served as Chairman of the Cancer Association of Anderson and also a Board member of Anderson Heritage. In addition she was a member of the Anderson Area YMCA’s Board of Directors and has served as its Chairman. She was also on the YMCA Building and Design Committee. Peggy brings much experience in the area of Community and Public Relations.
Douglas C. McDougald, III CFSP, Vice President; Funeral Director
Douglas McDougald III joined The McDougald Funeral Home in 1989. Douglas is a 1985 graduate of T.L. Hanna High School graduate and a 1989 graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is Past President of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association and is past chairman of the SCFDA Piedmont group. Douglas also serves on the AnMed Health Advisory Board. He is a member of the Anderson Rotary Club and the Anderson University Board of Emerging Leaders. He is a former board member of the United Way, Partners for a Healthy Community, YMCA, Anderson Interfaith Ministries and a Leadership Anderson graduate. Doug is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, where he serves on the Governance Committee.
Douglas and his family are active members of the First Presbyterian Church where he is an Elder.
He is married to the former Tricia Herbert. They have three children, Max, Ben and Meg.
Tricia McDougald, Family Care and Community Relations
Tricia is a graduate of T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson and of Clemson University. She, along with her husband and family, is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Anderson, and is a member of the Junior League of Anderson County. Tricia serves on the Board of Anderson Interfaith Ministries and a former Board Member of Safe Harbor. She is the Donor Development Director of the Anderson County Arts Center. Tricia is a Family Care and Community Relations associate at The McDougald Funeral Home.
Jesse McDougald, Vice President; Funeral Director
Jess McDougald is a lifelong resident of Anderson and began working in the family business in 1994. He is a graduate of T.L. Hanna High School and Presbyterian College and a recipient of a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of South Carolina. Jess is married to the former Greer Stokes and they have two children, Sarah Grace and Wells. Jess is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Anderson and the Anderson Rotary Club. He is currently serving on the board of directors for the Anderson Area YMCA and Hospice of the Upstate. In his spare time, Jess enjoys working out, lake activities and coaching youth basketball and baseball.
Greer McDougald, Family Care and Community Relations
Greer is a native of Irmo, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, with a minor in Marketing. She serves on the Board of Directors of United Way, and is active in a number of local projects and organizations. She and her husband, Jess, have two children, Wells and Sarah Grace. They are active members of First Presbyterian Church of Anderson. Greer is a Family Care and Community Relations Associate at The McDougald Funeral Home.
Daniel E. Buchanan, Funeral Director and Embalmer
Born in Alamance County, North Carolina, Dan moved to Anderson with his family when in the 6th grade, where his father was Executive Presbyter of the Piedmont Presbytery. He is a 1966 graduate of T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson. It was during that time that he started working at The McDougald Funeral Home on a part-time basis. He is a 1970 graduate of King College in Bristol, TN, and received a Master of Arts degree from Central Michigan University. Dan is a 1974 honor graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, where he was a member and an officer of PI SIGMA ETA, a national scholastic mortuary science fraternity.
After graduating from King College, he served in the US Army at the US Army Mortuary in Saigon, Vietnam, then later at the US Army Mortuary in Oakland, CA. He was offered a position teaching at Gupton-Jones College, his alma mater, a position he accepted and enjoyed a career of 28 years at Gupton-Jones College where he served as instructor, Dean, and for 18 years as its President. He served as chairman of the American Board of Funeral Service Education and as President of the National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science. He was also a member of the American Board Committee on Accreditation, having served as its chairman.
Dan is a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association. He is Operations Manager and a Funeral Director at The McDougald Funeral Home.
Dan is a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Anderson, and is an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA.
Mack Buchanan, Funeral Director and Embalmer
Mack Buchanan, a native of Anderson, is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and has been on staff with The McDougald Funeral Home since 1970. He is a 1972 graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science and a 1977 graduate of Clemson University. He is a member of the Georgia Academy of Graduate Embalmers, the National Funeral Directors Association, the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, the Professional Car Society and New Prospect Baptist Church in Anderson. He is married to Patti McLane Buchanan and they have two sons, Russell and David. In his spare time he enjoys crafting Lenox lamps and riding in his Corvette convertible.
Patrick M. Campbell, CFSP, Funeral Director and Embalmer
Patrick M. Campbell, CFSP, is a native of Starr. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and is a nationally Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. He is also a Certified Pre-Need Consultant. Patrick is a 1998 graduate Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science and has been on staff with The McDougald Funeral Home for nearly 20 years. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Patrick is an active member of Concord Baptist Church in Anderson, where he has served as deacon and sang tenor with the sanctuary choir and the Concord Quartet. He is also a Christian recording artist and currently sings with The Carolina Boys, a nationally known Southern Gospel quartet. Patrick is married to Kristi Lowe Campbell and they have one son, Mac. In his spare time, he enjoys collecting firearms, reading, boating, and traveling with his family and friends.
William Todd Capps, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Todd, born in Asheville, NC, to Robert “Bobby” Capps and Louedith Wiggins Watkins in 1972 is no stranger to funeral service. His grandfather and grandmother, Dewey and Treca Capps, owned and operated American Eagle Vault Company in Enka, NC for several years. His father Bobby worked at this vault company and learned at an early age that his passion was for funeral service. After graduating from The Cincinatti College of Mortuary Science and completing an apprenticeship at Groce Funeral Home in Asheville, NC, his father Bobby purchased Holcombe-Capps Funeral Home in Mars Hill, NC and that business still operates as Blue Ridge Funeral Service and Robbie Capps Memorial Chapel today. While working in the summers washing cars, putting up hill side funeral tents, and placing grave markers for his father’s business, Todd knew in his mind that someday he too, would pursue funeral service as a career. Todd graduated from Pfeiffer University 1995 where he played baseball for the Falcons and graduated with honors with a B.S. in Biology. Shortly after his graduation from Pfeiffer, Todd attended and graduated with honors from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, GA under the expert teaching of Dr. Daniel E. Buchanan and was the recipient of Dr. Buchanan’s award for his display of enthusiasm while there at Gupton-Jones. Todd was a member of Pi Sigma Eta Academic Fraternity. Since graduation, his career has been a successful one including ownership of his own business in Burnsville, NC, Yancey Funeral Service, which still operates today. Todd possesses a dual license for funeral directing and embalming in both North Carolina and South Carolina and a Life and Health Insurance License in South Carolina. Todd is also a Notary Public. “Although funerals are not good experiences, it’s my goal as a funeral director to sincerely create a positive funeral experience for each client family I have the privilege of serving.” Todd has been with The McDougald Funeral Home since July of 2013.
Cindy Culbertson, Funeral Director Apprentice & Vital Records and Obituary Administration
Cindy Culbertson is a native of Anderson, SC. She graduated with honors from Tri-County Technical College with a degree in Business Management and Magna Cum Laude from Anderson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services. She is currently pursuing her Master's of Business Administration at Anderson University, as well as extending her career in Funeral Service by serving her apprenticeship. She is a member of West Anderson Church of God, Kiwanis Club of Anderson, the National Funeral Directors Association and the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association.
Chuck Hinton, Funeral Director Apprentice
Chuck Hinton, originally from Ellenboro, West Virginia has been in funeral service since 1985 and is an alumnus of West Virginia University. He began his career at The Raiguel Funeral Home in Harrisville, WV in 1985. In 1998 Chuck moved to the Upstate of SC to begin a career with The Mackey Mortuary in Greenville, SC. After holding many positions within The Mackey Mortuary which included management, he accepted and enjoyed the position of Director of Funeral Service Operations for 7 Greenville area funeral homes, including The Mackey Mortuary, Cannon Funeral Home - Simpsonville, Cannon Funeral Home - Ft. Inn, Dillard Funeral Home, Westville Funeral Home, Seneca Mortuary and Palmetto Cremation Service of which all were owned by Stewart Enterprises, then, the second largest funeral service provider in the United States. In February of 2007, Chuck accepted the position of Director of Corporate Compliance for Stewart Enterprises. His responsibility included all compliance, regulatory and legal aspects for 127 funeral homes, crematories and cemeteries in 10 states throughout the Eastern United States. He held this position until 2012 when Stewart Enterprises was sold to Service Corporation International.
Chuck is an active member of Taylors First Baptist Church in Taylors, SC, a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) and the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association. He also holds CANA Certification as a Crematory Operator.
Chuck has an extensive background in Funeral Service Operations, Compliance and Regulatory Management.
Jay Hodge, CFSP, Funeral Director and Embalmer
Jay Hodge is a native of Abbeville, SC. He is a graduate of Erskine College, Class of 1996, and Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, Class of 2000. Jay has been on the staff of The McDougald Funeral Home since June of 1996 and is licensed as a funeral director and embalmer. He is a member of the Anderson Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Jay is a member of the NFDA, SCFDA and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice where he holds the CFSP status. Jay is an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Anderson, where he holds the office of Deacon, sings tenor in the Chancel Choir, rings in the Chancel Chimers, and is organist for the Men’s Bible Class. Jay also sings tenor with the GAMAC Chorale and other Anderson area community choirs.
Eddie Kerr, CFSP, Funeral Director and Embalmer
Eddie Kerr, a native of West Union, is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He has been on staff with The McDougald Funeral Home since 1966. He is a 1969 graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science. He is a member of Pi Sigma Eta fraternity, the National Funeral Directors Association, the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, the Georgia Academy of Graduate Embalmers, the Elks Lodge #1206 and numerous other civic and professional organizations. Eddie is also a former member of the South Carolina Board of Funeral Service where he served as secretary. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Anderson and attends Neals Creek Baptist Church. He is married to Patricia Greenway Kerr, also an employee of The McDougald Funeral Home, and they have three children and six grandchildren.
Wendell Madray, Funeral Director and Embalmer
Wendell Madray, originally from Sylvania, GA, has lived in the Upstate since 1991, and he is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He has been in funeral service since 1976 and is a 1978 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association. He is married to Donna Lariscy Madray and they have two children, Ryan and Kendall.
Karen Taylor, Comptroller
Karen Taylor is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. She attended Anderson College and has been a bookkeeper for over 40 years. She is a member of Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville, SC and is treasurer of Couples Class III. Before moving to Townville, she has held the positions of women’s ministry president, church clerk and worked in the children’s ministry. She is married to Randy Taylor and they have a son, daughter and 2 grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys traveling to visit her children, reading and riding with her husband on their Harley.
Kristopher Smith, Funeral Director and Embalmer
Kristopher Smith, a native of Atlanta, GA, is licensed as a funeral director and embalmer in the states of South Carolina and Georgia. He is a 1994 graduate of Georgia Perimeter College, a 1995 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science and has been on staff with The McDougald Funeral Home since 2008. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association and the Central Presbyterian Church in Anderson. In his spare time he enjoys collecting antiques.
Juanita Thomas, Insurance Administration & Human Resources
Juanita Thomas, a native of Anderson, has been an associate of The McDougald Funeral Home since 1988. She provides administrative support for insurance claims and for the preneed department. Juanita is also Human Resource Administrator for The McDougald Funeral Home. She is an active member of Neals Creek Baptist Church in Belton where she serves as WMU President and M & M Circle Group Leader. Juanita was married to the late Jim Thomas and they have three children and six grandchildren. She is a great grandmother of two, and in her spare time she enjoys sewing, camping and spending time with her family.
Sue Evans, Administrative Assistant & Family Care Receptionist
Sue Evans is a native of Anderson, SC and has been on staff of The McDougald Funeral Home since 2006. She is a family care receptionist. She is an active member of Temple Baptist Church in Anderson, and is married to Rudy Evans. They have three daughters and three grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.
George Tucker, Funeral Assistant
George Tucker is a native of Greenville, SC, and has been an associate of The McDougald Funeral Home since 1979. He is a member of Oakwood Baptist Church in Anderson. George is married to Mary Tribble Tucker, and they have three daughters and five grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys model railroading, collecting antiques, playing his guitar and singing southern gospel music. He also enjoys spending time with his family at his mountain home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Patricia Kerr, Family Care & Community Relations
Patricia Kerr, a native of Iva, SC has been on staff with The McDougald Funeral Home since 1969. She is a graduate of Forrest College and serves as one of our Family Care and Community Relations associates. She is also an organist and a beautician for the funeral home. She is a member of Neals Creek Baptist Church where she is the church organist. She is married to Eddie Kerr, a funeral director with The McDougald Funeral Home, and they have three children and six grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys her grandchildren and watching The Andy Griffith Show, Hallmark movies, and Lifetime movies.
Beth McConnell, Administrative Assistant and Family Care Receptionist
Beth McConnell is a native of Anderson, SC. She is retired from BellSouth Corporation. She graduated from Forrest College, and attended Limestone College and Anderson College. Beth has a Master’s certification in Project Management from George Washington University and is a Certified Facilitator in Management Skills and Quality Assurance. She was the 1992 South Carolina Career Woman of the Year, was on the Planning Committee for and served as Treasurer of the International Quality Conference hosted by BellSouth, was an official 1996 Olympic Volunteer, and is a Life Member of Telephone Pioneers of America.
She has been an associate of The McDougald Funeral Home since 2004 where she serves as family care receptionist. She is a member of Concord Baptist Church in Anderson and a former Sunday School teacher. She is married to Derrill McConnell, the retired Chief of the Anderson City Police Department. They have three children and one grandson. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, traveling and spending time with her grandson.
Debra Whitmire, Family Care Receptionist
Debra Whitmire is a native of Anderson, and has been on staff as a Family Care Receptionist with The McDougald Funeral Home since 2005. She is an active member of Middleton Road Baptist Church where she has served as pianist for over 24 years and in various other positions. She is married to Billy Whitmire and they have one son and three grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, and walking.
Harriet James, Family Care Receptionist
Harriet James, a native of Anderson, has been on staff with The McDougald Funeral Home since 2008. She works part time as a Family Care Receptionist. She is an active member of Oakwood Baptist Church having worked for the church for forty-eight years as financial secretary and church secretary. She is also a member of the church choir. Harriet was married to the late Bill James and they have a daughter, Meloni James, and a son, Van James. She enjoys spending time at the beach with family and friends.
Barbara A. Cannon, Administrative Assistant and Family Care Receptionist
A native of Athens, Georgia, Barbara A. Cannon has been an associate with The McDougald Funeral Home since 1999. After retiring in 2012 as Vital Records and Obituary Administrator, she now works part-time as an Administrative Assistant and Family Care Receptionist. She is married to Johnny Cannon who is a former pastor and previously served as administrator of Blue Mountain Children's Home in Blue Mountain, MS. They have extended family which includes several daughters and grandchildren. She is a member of Sanctuary of Praise where she serves as a Pastoral Care Minister and Hospitality Associate. For many years, Barbara and her husband have been volunteers with the area nursing homes and assisted living facilities taking a church service to residents on a monthly basis. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys reading, fishing, playing keyboard and singing gospel music.
Jason McClain, Funeral Assistant
Jason McClain, a native of Anderson, SC, has been an associate of The McDougald Funeral Home since 2006, where he works as a part-time funeral assistant. He is also employed by AnMed Health Medical Center. Jason is married to Jill McClain and they enjoy spending time with family, friends, and their dog, Bowman. In his spare time, Jason enjoys volunteering at Crossover Community Church, collecting antiques, traveling, helping people and watching birds.