History & 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.

Our History

Mayes Ward Funeral Home was established in 1929 by Mayes Ward and brother Harvey Ward. The Funeral home at the time was located on Lawrence Street. The firm moved to the Church Street location in 1932. The business was handed down to William Bullard in the early 1950’s.

Dobbins Funeral Home was established in 1923 by John S. Dobbins and Albert Dobbins. Dobbins Funeral Home was located on Cherokee Street directly adjacent to where the funeral home is today. In 1983 Albert Dobbins sold Dobbins Funeral Home to Mayes Ward Funeral home that is today Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home. Both Locations were remained open until January 1, 1990, when both merged into the Church Street location. Today the owner is Terry Pendley.

Our Valued Staff

  • C. Terry Pendley

    C. Terry Pendley, Owner - Funeral Director

    Terry grew up in Powder Springs and has called Cobb County home all his life. After graduating from McEachern High School and Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service, he has served as a licensed professional in the funeral profession for over 43 years. Terry also serves his community by being a member of Marietta Rotary, Springville Masonic Lodge, Marietta Lions Club, Wellstar Foundation Board and Wellstar Hospice Board. He is married to Darlene and they are active members of McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church and raised three sons, Jason, Chad and Shane. Proud grandparents of three, Terry enjoys spending time with the family as well as working with them at the funeral home. In his spare time, Terry can be found on the golf course or standing behind a grill making dinner for family and friends. As owner of the funeral home, Terry brings expertise to all matters involving the day to day operations as well as planning for the future. His kindness and regard for the families he serves is shown by the positive comments received from them and the continued support by the community.

  • Darlene Pendley

    Darlene Pendley, Office Director

    Darlene is from Powder Springs and graduated from McEachern High School.
    She is retired from Little and Smith Insurance. Darlene serves the community as a member of the North Cobb Rotary Club, Wellstar Foundation’s in Philanthropy, and serving on the Board of Directors at The Extension. Married to Terry, they are active members of the McEachern Memorial Methodist Church. They have three sons and three grandchildren. Bridge and entertaining are favorite activities along with being with her family.

  • T. Jason Pendley

    T. Jason Pendley, Manager at Macland Chapel/Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Jason, a licensed professional and manager of Macland Chapel in Powder Springs, resides in Dallas, Ga. A 1996 graduate of McEachern High School, he also attended Kennesaw State University before graduating from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in 2005. While at Gupton Jones, he was a member of the academic honorary fraternity, Pi Sigma Eta and also voted by his peers to receive the Bill Pierce Award, for his exemplary service in the Funeral profession. Jason and his family attend church at Vintage 242 where he assists in worship by playing in the praise band. He also works with youth, in praise and worship as a mentor in the field of music. Married to Summer, they have two children in which he loves spending quality time with the family. Besides music and family, Jason is a creative photographer. When caring for families, Jason is sensitive, knowledgeable, personal and compassionate.

    Email: Jason@mayeswarddobbins.com

  • J. Chad Pendley

    J. Chad Pendley, Manager at Historic Marietta Chapel, Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Chad is a licensed professional and is a native of Cobb County, growing up in Powder Springs and currently living in Marietta Ga. After graduating from McEachern High School Chad attended Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service and graduated as a Master Artist of the Pi Sigma Eta Honorary Mortician Fraternity. He was the recipient of the Bill Pierce award and Daniel E. Buchanan award, recognizing him as a leader in the funeral profession. A member of the Marietta Metro Rotary and different organizations in his profession, Chad also participates in monthly activities promoting the funeral home and networking with other professionals in the area. He is a member and attends Westridge Church in Dallas Ga. He is married to Kristin and as a proud father to his daughters, Madison and Ellison, Chad enjoys the time he gets to spend with his family. Chad is an avid hunter and a true outdoors man. He has a gift of developing a warm, helpful, and strong relationship with the families he serves and is a valuable source of knowledge at Mayes Ward-Dobbins.

    Email: Chad@mayeswarddobbins.com

  • Shane Pendley

    Shane Pendley, Funeral Director/Embalmer

    I grew up in Powder Springs and continued the family tradition of graduating from McEachern High School. I attended Kennesaw State University where I studied communication. After serving my apprenticeship at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home I attended Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service. I am a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home. I am married to my wonderful wife Laura and we enjoy being together around town or out seeing new sites. I am a proud member of North Cobb Rotary Club. I have a passion for youth in leadership. Through Roatry I work with the Interact Club at Allatoona High School.

    Email: Shane@mayeswarddobbins.com

  • Tandy Pendley

    Tandy Pendley, Funeral Assistant

    Tandy is a Cobb County native grew up in Powder Springs and lives there today. A graduate of McEachern High School, he attended Jacksonville State and continued pursuing a degree in Business at Kennesaw State University. Tandy is married to Margaret and he has one daughter and enjoys the time spent with her, including playing in the orchestra together at Macland Baptist Church. Tandy is a member of the Marietta Kiwanis Club and McEachern Memorial Methodist Church. Hobbies include photography, grilling outdoors and entertaining friends and family. Tandy is always available to meet and exceed expectations around the funeral home.

  • Steve Duncan

    Steve Duncan, Funeral Director

    Steve grew up in Cobb County and has lived in the Smyrna area most of his life.
    After graduating from Wills High School, Steve continued his education at Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service and has been a licensed director at Mayes Ward-Dobbins for over 20 years. Steve is involved with the Miss Cobb County Pageant where he is the Judges Chairman and also assist with scholarship fundraising. Additionally, he is involved with fund raising for the Children’s Miracle Network. He is an active member of the Floyd Road Baptist Church. Steve enjoys spending time with his family and extends warmth and builds a trusting relationship with the families he serves at the funeral home.

  • James Southerland

    James Southerland, Funeral Director

    James is a Cobb County resident and lives in Marietta where his family has been for several generations. A graduate of Marietta High School, he attended Kennesaw State University before graduating from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service. Before his 39 years in the funeral industry, James proudly served his country in the Georgia Air National Guard. He has served on many community service boards and is currently a member of Cobb Landmarks Society, Marietta Development Authority and Marietta Kiwanis Club. He is married to Mary Ansley and they have two children and they attend First Presbyterian Church Marietta. James is a history buff and enjoys genealogy, particularly concerning family and his Marietta roots. He brings to the families he serves a valuable history of tradition, a knowledgeable experience and a warmth of good friendship.

  • Greg Briscoe

    Greg Briscoe, Funeral Director

    Greg is a Cobb County native, growing up in the city of Marietta and graduated from Marietta High School. Earning a degree in Psychology from Presbyterian Collage he went to work for Delta Air Lines and continued there for 27 years. After an early retirement from Delta, Greg joined Mayes Ward-Dobbins in 2008 and subsequently returned to school and graduated from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Servic . Local community involvement includes membership in the Marietta Kiwanis Club, working with the Juvenile Drug Court and he is a member of First United Methodist Church. He is married to Cheryl, they have a son and have recently welcomed a grandson into the family. He enjoys travel, cooking and entertaining at home with Cheryl. Greg’s care and service to families in a time of need is an asset to Mayes Ward-Dobbins staff.

  • Allen Guertin

    Allen Guertin, Funeral Director

  • Glenn Hurley

    Glenn Hurley, Funeral Director / Embalmer

    Glenn is a resident of Cobb County but born in Pontiac, Michigan. Glenn attended and graduated from Gupton Jones Mortuary college and started serving as a funeral director. Glenn serves both of our chapels as a licensed professional and accomplished embalmer as well as a great resource of knowledge. He is a member of Covenant United Methodist Church in Smyrna and enjoys reading, boating, hiking, hockey, dog rescue and spending time with family and friends. Glenn is an encouragement to any family he meets as well as the rest of the Team here at the funeral home.

  • Jennifer Murphy

    Jennifer Murphy, Funeral Director & Preneed Counselor

    Jennifer is a native of Long Island, New York. She and her family moved to Cobb County in 1999.
    She recently joined the staff of Mayes Ward-Dobbins and works at our Macland Chapel in Powder Springs. She is happy to be back living in and serving the community she loves. She has worked in the funeral industry in Cobb County since 2009. She graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and is a member of the Pi Sigma Eta Honor Fraternity. Jennifer enjoys kayaking and walking. She attends Passion City Church and loves to spend time with her family. She has two daughters. Her oldest daughter, Dayna, is married to Kerry, and her youngest daughter, Katie is currently enrolled in college and works full time at a law firm. Jennifer is a proud grandmother to Easton (born in 2015) and Holland (born in 2016).

  • Luann Spearing

    Luann Spearing, Funeral Director / Record Keeper

    Luann was born and raised in Nebraska before moving to Georgia in 1988. After graduating from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service, she joined Mayes Ward-Dobbins in 1990, and is a licensed professional. She is a member of the Episcopal Church of Ascension in Cartersville GA and has been involved in many facets of her church. Married to John, they have two sons and two granddaughters. Luann is passionate about trees and recycling. She loves to cook, travel and tend to her herb garden. Luann’s compassion, attention to detail and dedication to every task given proves to be a valuable resource at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home.

  • Lamar Newton

    Lamar Newton, Office Manager

    Lamar was born in Marietta but found his home in Powder Springs and graduated from McEachern High School. After working in the dental supply business for over 10 years, he began his career at Mayes Ward-Dobbins in 1997. Lamar is married to Vicki and they have one daughter and one grandchild. He has a passion for music and has served as pianist and organist for several churches for the past 45 years. Lamar has also traveled professional with southern gospel singing groups and has performed across the south. He will greet funeral home visitors with a warm smile and friendly disposition.

  • Rev Richard Rollins

    Rev Richard Rollins, Funeral Assistant

    Richard was born and raised in Powder Springs and now resides in Dallas GA. A graduate of McEachern High School, he entered the construction business followed by a twenty five year period as a Baptist pastor. He now attends Macland baptist church. He joined the staff at Mayes Ward-Dobbins in 2006. Richard is married to Linda and they have three children and nine grandchildren. When Richard is not working, he enjoys attending sport and music activities that the grandchildren participate in. Richard’s personality makes visiting at the funeral home a genuine experience for all who come in. Richard currently leads our Purchasing division.

  • Richard Doss

    Richard Doss, Funeral Assistant

    Richard currently leads in the sales division of the funeral home called Selections. Richard is a Powder Springs native and a resident of the Lost Mountain community in West Cobb, graduating from McEachern High School. Retiring as an executive in the flooring industry, Richard joined Mayes Ward-Dobbins in 2008 and is a licensed apprentice. He is married to Jan, they have three children and five grandchildren . Richard is a member of Macland Baptist Church where he serves a deacon and trustee of the church. Golf is a avid pastime for Richard as well as being a gentleman farmer. His warmth and friendliness is felt in his presence at the funeral home.

  • Mike Rich

    Mike Rich, Funeral Assistant

    Mike currently leads in the media division of the funeral home called Tributes. Mike joined our family in 2010. Mike is a native of Atlanta. He graduated from Cross Keys High School. He continued his education at The University of Georgia and played football for the Dawgs. He is a member of Lamda Chi Alpha fraternity and Phi Beta Lamba business fraternity. Mike has lived in Marietta for 40 years, he is married Pat Campbell Rich, who is a former Miss Cobb and a Marietta native. They are both retired after 34 years in the automobile business. They are members of North Metro Church, where Mike is a Stephen Minister. Mike is compassionate in making your family our family.

  • Reid Brown

    Reid Brown, Funeral Assistant

    Reid is retired from Marietta School system last serving as Principal of West Side Elementary. He is a Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Marietta and Member of the Marietta-Lost Mountain Golden K Kiwanis Club. Reid serves on the Board of Directors of Marietta Schools Foundation, Advisory Board of Cobb Senior Services and Supervisory Committee of Credit Union of Georgia. Married to Annette Brown.

  • Sarah Driskell

    Sarah Driskell, Administrative Assistant

    Sarah was raised in Dallas, Ga. and graduated from East Paulding High School. After high school she attended Reinhardt University and then joined the team at Mayes Ward-Dobbins as an Administrative Assistant in February of 2013. Sarah is married to Cody and is a mother to Ashlynn, who was born in 2014. Her family attends and worships at West Ridge Church in Dallas. She is a very proud wife and mother who absolutely loves spending time with her family and anything that has to do with the outdoors. Sarah brings a new level of compassion and care to this staff with her knowledge and her love for the families that we serve. She is an asset to this team and a comfort for all the families that work with her.

  • Don Griffin

    Don Griffin, Funeral Assistant

  • Jimmy Turner

    Jimmy Turner, Funeral Assistant

  • Roger Moore

    Roger Moore, Funeral Assistant

    Roger currently leads in the Aftercare division of the funeral home.

  • Terry McLeod

    Terry McLeod, Funeral Assistant

    Terry has worked as an assistant at Mayes Ward Dobbins since October 2013 and currently leads in the restorative arts division called Restore. He is a native of South Carolina and has lived in Georgia for the last 26 years. He has been married 36 years to Kelly, who is a native of Marietta. Terry has a BA in Music Ed from Newberry College and a Masters Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as Worship Pastor in various churches for 33 years.
    He and Kelly enjoy their two grown children Jonathan and Anna (Adam) and love time with the two grandkids. Terry and Kelly attend and have served at First Baptist Church Woodstock.
    He enjoys time with family, gardening, helping others and listening to audiobooks and sermons.

  • Jerry Turner

    Jerry Turner, Funeral Assistant

    Jerry is a native of Marietta and is married to Laquita. They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren who reside in the Metro Area. He is retired from the Federal Government and the Georgia Air National Guard, and served as Worship Leader in local churches for over 30 years. He and Laquita attend Mount Paran Church in Atlanta. He currently leads the Outreach Division of Mayes Ward-Dobbins.

  • Bob Zgonc

    Bob Zgonc, Funeral Assistant

    Bob was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio but has lived in Georgia for the last 38 years. Married to Peggy with 2 sons, Keith and Kevin and four grandchildren all residing in the West Cobb area. As a very successful IT executive recruiter he has established
    a vast network of professionals - world wide. Bob is a very active Deacon at Macland Baptist Church and church outreach ministries. He has had positions of: Deacon Chairman, Trustees Chairman and Personnel Chairman. Bob is a Southern Gospel music fan and enjoys trying to play the piano.

  • James Parks

    James Parks, Funeral Assistant

  • Ronnie White

    Ronnie White, Funeral Assistant

    Ronnie is a lifelong resident of Marietta. He graduated from Marietta High School in 1976 and went on to receive a B.S. in Education from Georgia Southern University and Master’s Degree from Emporia State. He retired after teaching thirty years in the Cobb County and Marietta City School Systems where he also coached football and baseball at Walton, Pope, Sprayberry, North Cobb and Marietta High Schools. He is a member of Marietta First Baptist and serves as a deacon. Ronnie married his high school sweetheart, Renee, and they have 2 adult children, Bret and Kelly. Ronnie has trimmed his extracurricular activities to working to improve his golf game.

  • Jesse Halverson

    Jesse Halverson, Funeral Assistant

  • Gary W. Teate

    Gary W. Teate, Pre-Need / Aftercare