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

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 & Darlene Pendley

    C. Terry & Darlene Pendley, Owners

    Terry and Darlene are from Powder Springs and McEachern High School graduates.

    Terry graduated from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service and has served as a licensed professional in the funeral profession for over 43 years. Terry serves his community by being a member of the Marietta Rotary, Springville Masonic Lodge, Marietta Lions Club, WellStar Foundation Board, WellStar Hospice Board, and Chairman of the McEachern Trust Board for McEachern High School. Terry is past President of Marietta Country Club. 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 retired from Little and Smith Insurance and served the community as a member of the North Cobb Rotary Club, WellStar Foundation’s in Philanthropy, and served on the Board of Directors at The Extension. She currently enjoys playing Bridge and spending time with her grandchildren.

    Terry and Darlene have three sons: Jason, Chad, and Shane and are proud grandparents to four. They are active members of McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church in Powder Springs. Terry and Darlene enjoy entertaining, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

  • 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 currently serves as President of the West Cobb Business Association and a member of the Paulding County Rotary Club. Jason enjoys leading worship and working with youth. Jason has two children in which he loves spending quality time with. Besides music and family, Jason is a creative photographer and has a passion for cooking and entertaining. When caring for families, Jason is sensitive, knowledgeable, personal and compassionate.

    Email: [email protected]

  • 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. Chad serves on the Board of the Marietta Metro Rotary Club 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 is a proud father to his daughters, Madison and Ellison; Chad enjoys the time he gets to spend with his family. 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: [email protected]

  • 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 was a 1975 graduate of Wills High School. Steve graduated from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in 1991 and has been with Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home as a Licensed Funeral Director for nearly 30 years. He is involved with the Miss Cobb County Pageant where he is the Judges Chairman and assists with scholarship fundraising. Additionally, he is involved with fundraising for the Children's Miracle Network.

    Steve is a long-time member of Floyd Road Baptist Church and he enjoys spending time with his family; including his great nephew, Carter, student at Adairsville Middle School, Emme, student at Bells Ferry Elementary, and Presley, special needs student at Bells Ferry Elementary. He is so proud of all three of them.

    Steve enjoys meeting with families at Mayes Ward and building a trusting relationship.

  • 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 College, 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 Service and became a licensed professional. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church and Marietta Kiwanis Club. Greg is married to Cheryl and they have a son and two grandchildren. Greg’s care and service to families in a time of need is an asset to Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home.

  • Allen Guertin

    Allen Guertin, Funeral Director

    Allen is a licensed professional and a graduate of Osborne High School. He has lived in Cobb County for over 15 years; Marietta, specifically, for 10 years. Allen is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with his pets. He was one of the designers for the Imagine Entertainment Bodies Exhibit. Allen builds a trusting relationship with any family he serves. He brings with him almost 20 years of knowledge in the funeral industry.

  • Glenn Hurley

    Glenn Hurley, Funeral Director / Embalmer

    Glenn grew up in Oxford, Michigan, but moved to Georgia in 2011 to attend Gupton Jones Mortuary College. He graduated in 2013 and was awarded the Bill Pierce Award as well as the A. S. Turner Scholarship. 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.

  • Lamar Newton

    Lamar Newton, Business 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.

  • Sarah Driskell

    Sarah Driskell, Office Manager

    Sarah grew up in Dallas, Georgia and graduated from East Paulding High School in 2007. She attended Reinhardt College in Waleska, Georgia. She became a part of the Mayes Ward-Dobbins family in 2013. Sarah has two children, Ashlynn (6) and Easton (2). She enjoys spending time with her family, baking, reading, decorating, and being outdoors. Sarah and her family attend Legacy Baptist Church in Dallas. She greets families with a warm smile and a caring heart.

  • Sarah LeBlanc

    Sarah LeBlanc, Funeral Apprentice

    Sarah LeBlanc has been a resident of Powder Springs her whole life. She graduated from McEachern High School in 2010 and she is a member of Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. Sarah will be graduating from Gupton-Jones in September and she looks forward to starting her career as a Funeral Director. In her free time, Sarah enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.

  • Roger Moore

    Roger Moore, Aftercare Coordinator

    Roger has lived in Cobb County for 31 years. He is married to Sandy and they have two sons, Brandon and Brad. Roger enjoys reading, golfing, and snowmobiling in Yellowstone. Roger and Sandy have been a member of Macland Baptist Church for 12 years. Roger currently leads in the Aftercare division of the funeral home. He enjoys assisting families in their time of sorrow and letting them know we care beyond just laying their loved one to rest. Roger greets families with a smile and a genuine, caring, heart.

  • Gary W. Teate

    Gary W. Teate, Pre-Need Coordinator

    Gary has been a Georgia resident since 1982. He is an avid football fan and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Alabama. Gary is married to Cindy and they have 2 adult children, Sara and Patrick. Gary and Cindy are active members of McEachern United Methodist Church where they enjoy singing in the choir. Gary is a Funeral Assistant and also helps families with Pre-Need Planning.

  • 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 30 years. He has been married over 40 years to Kelly, who is a native of Marietta. Terry has a BA in Music Ed from Newberry College and a Masters Degree in Music 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 (Allison) and Anna (Adam) and love time with the five grandkids. Terry and Kelly attend Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. He enjoys time with family, studying the Bible, helping others, and listening to music, 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 has 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jeremy Harris

    Jeremy Harris, Funeral Apprentice

    Jeremy is a Paulding County resident who graduated from North Paulding High School. Currently living in Acworth, he is attending Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science. Jeremy is a Licensed Funeral Apprentice who recently joined the Mayes Ward-Dobbins team in early 2018. He is an attending member of West Ridge Church in Dallas. With his warmhearted and neighborly attitude, Jeremy will prove to be a valued part of our team.

  • Jesse Halverson

    Jesse Halverson, Funeral Assistant

  • Don Griffin

    Don Griffin, Funeral Assistant

  • Jimmy Turner

    Jimmy Turner, Funeral Assistant

  • 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.

  • 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 sporting 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.