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Manager/Funeral Service Licensee
I’ve come home. In February of 1994 I walked into the doors of Claytor Rollins Funeral Home a scared young man who had absolutely no experience in any aspect of funeral service. I was Claytor Rollins’ first apprentice. For the next two years I was well trained in every aspect of funeral service. I washed cars, mowed the lawn, kept up the landscaping, vacuumed, dusted and, of course, learned the many facets of funeral service. I chose to go to Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science near Atlanta, Georgia and earned my Associates Degree with honors in mortuary science. Upon returning to Claytor Rollins I began my formal career as a licensed director. Shortly thereafter I married my wife Marie, and, with that union, I inherited a beautiful family which included two sons Stephen and Chris and my daughter Kellyn. I also have two beautiful grandsons. I made a few career changes after that time to support my family and those changes took me to many local funeral homes. I have come full circle and home to Claytor Rollins with the insight, knowledge and best practices of all those I have met along the way. I would be a lesser person today without all of the folks that helped and encouraged me to become who I am. I am grateful to you all.
How could I have ever imagined that I would start as that scared apprentice, and today, find myself as the manager of Claytor Rollins Funeral Home where it all started for me over 29 years ago? I am honored to again work in the community which has become my home. Yes, I understand that I am still a “come here” and known mostly as “Marie’s husband” or “Margaret Lee’s son-in-law”, and I’m okay with that. I love Poquoson with all that I am and I will serve this community with honor and humility.
I came from a very small farming community in Western New York where we counted the cows in the census to make us look bigger. I know, understand, and love my small town home of Victor, New York and my 30 year newfound small town home of Poquoson. I promise to be here for the best of times and hold you close during the hardest times. My children and grandchildren call me “Pop” and you are welcome to do the same. I am here for you.
To help me decompress I write poetry and collect history through coins and well written books of the ages.
Licensed Funeral Director
Denny is a native of Poquoson, graduate of Poquoson High School, Old Dominion University, and Auburn University. He is the son of the late Moot and Pauline Firman who raised him and his brother Fay on Wythe Creek Road, now Poquoson’s Main Street. Denny claims that the smartest thing he has done in his life next to accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior is marrying his high school sweetheart, Patty Haight, the daughter of the late Dottie and Roxie Haight. Denny worked for Newport News Shipbuilding, the Navy, and the Air Force. His work kept the Firman family away from Poquoson for most of his 41 year career…Japan, Okinawa, Florida, Texas…none of these places look as good as Messick Point, Denny will tell you. “It is good to be back home and working for Claytor Rollins Funeral Home…a family owned business that really cares about the families they serve.” “It is great to be at that point in life where I can enjoy my two sons, Scott and Jason and their families. Scott and his wife Cherie have given Patty and me two beautiful granddaughters, Brit and Madie who live in Poquoson with us. Jason and his wife Rachel, give us the excuse to travel frequently to the Smokey Mountains, specifically Knoxville, TN to watch our grandson Zach grow to be a young man.” Denny grew up in Emmaus Baptist Church, is a member of Trinity UMC where he currently serves as lay leader. He and Patty enjoy visiting Poquoson Baptist where Scott and Cherie are members. “Retirement is absolutely wonderful. If I’m not working for Claytor Rollins you can find me poolside at our lovely Poquoson home waiting on Heaven.”
Funeral Service Licensee
Office Manager / Funeral Service Intern
Kellyn is a native of Poquoson and the youngest employee ever employed at Claytor Rollins. She attended Poquoson High School and Thomas Nelson Community College, and now intends to follow in her Pop’s (George) footsteps and pursue Mortuary Science and earn her degree.
Prior to starting her career at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Kellyn spent eight years in the veterinary field.
In 2015, she was diagnosed with a tumor in the Broca’s Area of her brain. She underwent an awake craniotomy at the University of Virginia in August of 2016. Following the surgery, she went through therapy to regain her speech, and has consistently had MRIs to monitor the tumor's progress.
Kellyn loves to run, hike, play video games and catch a NASCAR race and root for Clint Bowyer and Ryan Blaney – whether on TV or at the track.
“Follow your heart – but take your brain with you.” – Alfred Adler
Bob was born in the Messick area of Poquoson to the late Bob & Rea Insley. He and his wife, Edith Wade Insley, have two children a son Kenneth and a daughter Gail Beagle, two grandsons Matthew and Michael Beagle, and one great grandson, Thomas Mitchell Beagle. Bob began his working career with NNSDD Co. and joined Dow Chemical Company in 1963, in its fibers division located in Williamsburg, which later became B.A.S.F. Corporation. He worked in many departments before retiring in 1998 as a Saftey and Ecology supervisor at its Dalton, Ga. location with 35 years of service. Bob is a life member of the Poquoson Volunteer Fire Department and is currently serving as their President. He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Wesley Fellowship Sunday School Class, and a member of the J.O.U.A.M. Yorktown Council #66. He enjoys boating, fishing,wood working, and driving his 1957 Chevy classic. He has enjoyed working with everyone at CRFH since 2003.
I am a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson. I graduated from Poquoson High School in 1965. I was in the Marine Corp. Reserves for 6 years. I am married to Joy Roberts Insley. We have one son, Darrell, and three grandchildren. I retired in May 2007 from Sam's Club after 15 years. Prior to being with Sam's Club, I was employed by A & P Supermarkets for 25 years. I am a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Trinity Men's Club, and the Wesley Fellowship Sunday School Class. Also, I am a member of the Poquoson Masonic Lodge No. 49, and the Poquoson Museum. I love to travel and see new & different places.
A native and lifelong resident of Poquoson. He is a graduate of Poquoson High and Mississippi College. Carroll was married to the late Carole Davenport. He has a son Garland & his wife, Anna. Carroll continues to work in the family business, James C. Moore Real Estate, and hobbies include golf and hunting.He is a member of Emmaus Baptist Church. He started working for Claytor Rollins in 2011.
I am a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson. I graduated from Poquoson High School, and went on to graduate from the Apprentice School for NNSDD. I have been married for 49 years to my wife, Joyce Miller Forrest. We have a daughter, Tammy F. Swofford, and a son, B. Taylor Forrest and wife, Melissa. My family would not be complete without my four grandchildren, Leighann Swofford, Joe Swofford, Sarah Forrest, and Michael Forrest. I retired in 1997 as a marine piping designer and went to work with Claytor Rollins Funeral Home in 2000, where I enjoy working with a great group of people. Some have said, “I am following in my father’s footsteps, Beamon T. Forrest, Sr.” who also worked with Claytor Rollins Funeral Home in earlier years.
Jack is a native of Maryland and a graduate of the University of Delaware. Following college, he started a thirty-seven year sojourn with Western Electric and AT&T, retiring from their Denver Works in 1989. He and his wife, Louise, will celebrate fifty years of marriage in September, 2009. They have a son, Michael in Louisiana and a daughter, Susan in Hampton. They also have four grandchildren. Louise and Jack belong to Tabernacle UMC in Poquoson and participate in the music programs there. They enjoy volunteering at the YMCA and taking cruises from Norfolk, whenever possible. Jack appreciates the opportunity to serve in a traditional service in a community steeped in tradition and history.
Jim is a military transplant from Ohio. After retiring from the Air Force, he and his wife Lisa elected to stay in Virginia where its warmer. After the military, Jim worked for the postal service and then for a local credit union. Now he and his wife enjoy traveling and Peninsula Pilots baseball.
Harriet is a native of Poquoson and is the surviving child of Emmitt and Marion Page. Her husband is William W. (Billy) Forrest. They have two children, Martha and Bryan who have presented them with two grandsons, Ian and Dylan. Also one grandaughter Kyra Lane. Harriet is music coordinator for Trinity United Methodist Church where she directs the Geo. W. Amos Men's Chorus and a Ladies Ensemble, The Larks. She is also a member of Chancel Choir. She has been the organist for the Claytor Rollins Funeral Home since 1970. "God has blessed me with a talent I can share with all people."
My name is Grover! I'm a 5 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. My mom, Kellyn, brings me to work everyday! I enjoy treats and helping families during their time with us.
I am often caught napping, chewing sticks, or eating pine cones so my mom and grandpa can clean up the mess.
Sometimes I'm shy, but I'm a lovebug when you need it most.