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Farrar Funeral Home welcomes new director

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Pictured: Jan Clarke, Beth Farrar-Lett and Herbert L. Farrar / June 30, 2019

Farrar Funeral Home in South Hill has welcomed a new licensed funeral director to their business.

Jan Clarke of Crewe has been in the funeral home business for 28 years after starting at Staples Funeral Home in Victoria. He is a 1992 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service and did his internship at Woody Funeral Home in Mechanicsville. He also spent 19 years with Shorter Funeral Home in Farmville where he later served as co-owner until they sold the business in 2013. Since then, he has helped at various funeral homes in the area as needed.

He also spent 30 years in public safety and has worked 20 years as professional firefighter at Fort Pickett as well as other locations in the state. He recently decided he wanted to get back in the funeral home business on a full-time basis. This opportunity came along as Herbert Farrar and Beth Farrar-Lett with Farrar Funeral had been looking for the past few years to hire a new director.

He heard about the position through Beth’s husband Corey Lett (whom he had met through the State of Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Virginia Department of Fire programs) and it seemed as if everything was leading him to South Hill for the job.
After meeting with them, it just seemed that the timing and the fit was right and he stepped back into a career that gave him a start earlier in his life.

Beth Farrar-Lett, Manager, Licensed Funeral Director and Certified Pre-Planning Consultant, spoke highly of Clarke: “It is both an honor and privilege to have Jan Clarke join our firm. It has taken many years of searching to find someone we felt shared our philosophies and goals for our future. We wanted someone that was compassionate, that would put families first during their time of need, and wanted to be a part of small town Virginia.

“Being a funeral director isn’t just a job or career … it’s more like a ministry or calling,” she said. “We never know if the next minute will belong to us or a family that has suffered the loss of a loved one, and our dedication to the needs of others must be a top priority. With Jan’s extensive background of not only funeral service, but other positions he has held such as a firefighter and working with the Commonwealth, he indeed has the knowledge and dedication needed to provide uncompromising service to others.”

She added, “Our philosophy at Farrar Funeral Home is to ‘celebrate life and help heal broken hearts’ and Jan definitely shares this sentiment. We invite you to stop by our office and welcome Jan and his family to our community.”

A towering gentleman, Clarke has a compassionate, easygoing personality that will put you at ease in your time of need. He also has a sense of humor and a huge smile on his face when he talks about his wife, Carrie, who is a teacher and his three sons Jonathan 20, who is a junior at VCU, JEB Stuart who is a 6 year old first grader, and Thomas who is a kindergartner.

Clarke works with the Burkeville Fire Department and is a member of the Burkeville Masonic Lodge and Kenbridge Christian Church.

The Herbert L. Farrar Funeral Home was originally established in 1972 with a commitment to provide the families of our area outstanding service during their time of need. Re-established in 1990 at the current location at 1260 North Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill, their goal remains to strive to keep your confidence by fulfilling your trust in them to provide service beyond expectation.

Their funeral directors have compassionately accepted the responsibility for creating a service that accurately reflects the life that has been lived, and they consider it a privilege to be a part of this process.

“At Herbert L. Farrar Funeral Home, we are committed to upholding our tradition of providing services that set the standard, not just the standard service,” said Beth Farrar-Lett.

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