Meet Our Staff

Our funeral home is a family owned and operated business. We are large enough to give our families the same service as the largest funeral homes around, yet we are small enough that each family gets the level of attention and care they deserve.

 Julie

Julie Huffman
Owner

Julie Huffman became the owner of Paitsel Funeral Home in 2008. Julie is a graduate of New Castle High School. She has been a Unit Secretary for Blue Ridge Surgery Center at Lewis Gale Hospital for 25 years. She has been a member of Mountain View Christian Church for 20 years. She is a current member of VFDA, BRFDA, NFDA and IFHA. She has been married to Mike Huffman for 29 years. She has two children Crystal Hickson and Justin Huffman. She has four grandchildren; Austin and Sarah Hickson and Hayli and Jadeon Huffman.

Trish

Patricia (Trish) Spencer
Funeral Director/Manager

Trish came to work at Paitsel Funeral Home in May of 2005 serving her internship under the guidance of Jim Paitsel. Trish graduated from John Tyler Community College in 2006 with an Associated Degree in Mortuary Science. In 2006 she became a Licensed Funeral Director  as well as a Licensed Pre-need Insurance Agent. In 2008 Trish became Manager of Paitsel Funeral Home. She is a member of VFDA, BRFDA, NFDA, and IFHV. Trish is married to Drago Spencer and together have four children; Shawna, Trey and Taylor Huffman and Faith Spencer. She has been a member of Bethel United Methodist Church for over 5 years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and riding her horses.

 

Wayne Lovelace
Funeral Director

Wayne Lovelace is a lifelong resident of Salem. He graduated from Andrew Lewis High School and has a Mortuary Science degree from John Tyler Community College. Before joining Lotz in April 2007, Wayne was previously employed with John M. Oakey & Son for 17 years, after working with the Roanoke County Sheriffs Office. Wayne has served as President of the Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association and is a member of the Salem Kiwanis Club. He has been married to his wife, Brenda since 1974 and has three grown children. He spends most of his spare time with his five grandchildren and riding his Harley.

Penny

Penny Stebar
Secretary/Bookkeeper

Penny Stebar came to work at Paitsel Funeral Home in 2000 working part- time doing housekeeping. After the retirement of Hazel Hatfield in 2002, Penny became  Paitsel Funeral Homes secretary. Penny has been married to Ricky Stebar for 25 years. She has two children; Justin and Jessica Stebar.

Justin

Justin Huffman
Funeral Attendant

Justin Huffman Came to work at Paitsel Funeral Home as a funeral attendant in 2002 after graduating from Craig County High School. He is 2nd Lieutenant for the New Castle Volunteer Fire Department and is the secretary/treasurer for the Craig Valley Hunt Club since 2007. He has been an active member of Craig Valley Hunt Club since 2002.  He is a member of Mountain View Christian Church for over 10 years. Justin is married to Tabetha Huffman of New Castle. Justin has two children; Hayli and Jadeon Huffman.

 Ricky

Ricky Williams
Funeral Attendant

Ricky Williams came to work at Paitsel Funeral Home as a funeral attendant in 2003. He  retired from the United States Navy after 21 years of service. Ricky is a graduate of New Castle High School and Virginia Western Community College. He is the father of two daughters; Caroline Grady and Maggie Williams. He is also a grandfather of Joseph Grady and Haley Howard.

 Mike

Mike Huffman
Funeral Attendant

Mike Huffman helps out part-time at Paitsel Funeral Home  when needed. He is the husband of Julie Huffman. Mike is a graduate of New Castle High School and Auto Diesel College in Tennessee. Mike served in the National Guard for 9 years. He has worked at Castle Sands for 29 years. He is an active member of Mountain View Christian Church for 20 years.