Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 540-343-4986 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Wayne Lovelace

Wayne Lovelace

Managing Partner

Wayne is a lifelong resident of the Roanoke Valley. 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 the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem and as a Communications Officer with the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office. He served as Location Manager at the Lotz Downtown Location and took over as Managing Partner of the Lotz Vinton location in April 2012. Wayne has served as President of the Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association and has served several terms on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association. He is also a member of the Salem Kiwanis Club and the Vinton Breakfast Lions 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.

Jeff Gardner

Jeff Gardner

Funeral Director

Pastor Gardner has worked for Lotz since 2001. He was raised in Kansas and moved to Virginia in 1983. He is currently the Pastor for Lamplight Baptist Church in South West Roanoke. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Theology from Bible Baptist College in Springfield, Missouri and from John Tyler Community College with a Mortuary Science degree in 2015. Jeff is the backup director at the Lotz Vinton Chapel.

Myrna Trussler

Myrna Trussler

Administrative Assistant

Myrna has been a part-time administrative assistant at Lotz Vinton Chapel since 2003. She was born and still resides in Vinton, Virginia and graduated from William Byrd High School in 1959. She was formerly employed in Planning and Production offices at Halmode Apparel for 31 years. She attends Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church. Myrna was married to her husband, Lee, for 47 years and has three children, Steven, Christopher and Wendy, and two grandchildren, Kellie and Jerry. As a lifelong Vinton resident, she considers it a pleasure to work this close to home and come in contact with so many people she has known over the years. She especially enjoys reading as well as photography and learning to quilt. Myrna creates flower books, memorial videos for families and if requested, sets up and monitors live webcasts for chapel services.

Nancy Bates

Nancy Bates

Hostess

Though she was born and grew up in Galax, Nancy has lived in Vinton since marrying her husband David in 1968. She graduated from Radford in 1969 and taught English for Roanoke County for 33 years. After retiring from teaching, she worked for Lotz Vinton Chapel for seven years and is now back after a year's absence. She has been a member of Vinton Baptist Church for over 40 years. She loves reading, especially mysteries and Southern literature, and always has at least one book checked out of the public library. She is glad to be back at Lotz helping to serve the community she's been part of for so long.

Ann Pierce

Ann Pierce

Hostess

Ann was born in Vinton but currently lives in Chamblissburg with her husband Russell. They have one son, William, Jr., and daughter-in-law, Robbie. Ann graduated from Stewartsville High School and attended night classes at National Business College. She loves to read and travel. She is a member of Grace Memorial Baptist Church where she serves in several ministries. Her family has always used Lotz for their funerals, and in 2002, she became a member of the Lotz Vinton Chapel Family. Ann views her position at Lotz as a ministry assisting families to honor the final wishes of their loved one or friend and leave them with warm memories.

Edna McCarty

Edna McCarty

Hostess

Edna has been a part of the Lotz Family since 1995. Her husband was the late Beverly McCarty. She has one daughter and is a member of Vinton Baptist Church.

Sara Cooper

Sara Cooper

Hostess

Sara was born in Bedford County, Virginia and graduated from Moneta High School. She was married to Gene Cooper until he passed away in 2007. She has a son, daughter, and three grandchildren. Sara enjoys physical activities like camping, bowling, and attending and watching all kinds of sports. She worked in retail for many years before becoming a valued member of the Lotz family seven years ago.

Jerry Finch

Jerry Finch

Funeral Assistant

Jerry has been employed part-time with Lotz Funeral Home assisting with funerals, burials and visitations since November 2008. He was born in Roanoke, graduated from Jefferson High School and attended VPI and UVA before serving in the Air Force. He is retired from General Electric in Salem, Virginia with 42 years service as a Design Specialist. Jerry and his wife Claudia have lived in the Vinton area since 1961 and have one daughter Tracey. They are longtime members of Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church - Vinton and active choir members. Jerry enjoys reading, camping, especially at Myrtle Beach, gardening and taking cruises as money and time allow.

Russ Kelley

Russ Kelley

Funeral Assistant

Born on January 16, 1942 in Floyd County, Russ was raised in Vinton from 1944 to 1966. He graduated from William Byrd High School in 1963. He worked in the grocery business for 35 years and in the candy business for 10 years. Around Vinton, he was known as the "The Candy Man." He became a member of the Lotz Family in 2012.

Elmon Kelley

Elmon Kelley

Funeral Assistant

Elmon is a lifelong area resident. He worked for Winn-Dixie as a meat cutter for 43 years. He is agraduate of William Byrd High School and served in the U S Army. We welcome Elmon to our family.


Judy Boitnott

Judy Boitnott

Hostess

Judy is a resident of Roanoke County where she resides with her husband, Henry. She graduated from Patrick Henry High School and retired from Allstate Insurance Company after 38 1/2 years of service. She currently works part time as the Administrative Assistant at Williamson Road Church of the Brethren and joined the Lotz family in February 2017. Judy and her husband enjoy playing in their local bluegrass band. She also enjoys crafts, gardening and most of all, being there for others.


Carl Mann

Carl Mann

Forever Remembered

In Loving Memory
"Our Co-Worker, our friend- we miss you so very much Carl."
February 18, 1936 - April 26, 2010


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