S. Keith Parsell, Sole Owner and CEO
Keith is a native Sussex Countian, having been raised in Dagsboro then Smyrna, Delaware. He is a graduate of Wesley College in Dover, Delaware and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and is licensed to practice in the States of Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. He also holds an insurance license in the State of Delaware for preneed funeral arrangements.
Keith has three children: Christina, Johnathan and Andrew; is a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes where he sings in the choir and serves as substitute organist; is a life member of the Citizens Hose Company, Smyrna, Delaware and a member of the Citizens Hose Company Fireman's Band where he plays the trumpet.
He is honary member and past president of the Lewes Volunteer Fire Department; member and past president of the Delaware State Funeral Director's Association; member of the Delmarva Funeral Service Assn.; member of the National Funeral Director's Assn. where he has served on the Budget Committee for two years; member of the Cremation Society of North America; former member of the Board of Directors of Delaware Hospice for over twenty years; member of the Georgetown and Bridgeville Historical Societies; and former member and treasurer of Rehoboth Beach Kiwanis Club and is currently a member of the the Beebe Ambassadors. Most recently he was appointed by Delaware Governor Jack Markell to a three year term on the Board of Funeral Services for the State of Delaware where he currently serves as President of the Board.
He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, hunting and a game of golf here and there.
Alison Parsell, Vice President
Alison, Keith's wife, joined the staff in 2003. She is a native Delawarean, raised in Dover; graduated from Caesar Rodney School District and the Peninsula General Hospital School of Radiologic Technology. She relocated to Lewes in 1980.
Alison holds an insurance license in the State of Delaware for preneed funeral arrangements.
Alison has two children: Stephen Jones and Amanda Boyer; is a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes where she is a past member of the choir, music librarian, Administrative Board Secretary, and Sunday School Assistant.
She is a former member of the Board of Director's and former assistant treasurer of the Lewes Historical Society and curator of the Doctor's Office Museum. Also, she is a former member of the Sussex County Medical Society Auxiliary where she assisted in the production of many fund raising local fashion shows.
Johnathan, son of owner Keith Parsell, grew up in the family business, learning many aspects of the funeral industry. He currently oversees the financial operations of the company and assists with general management.
His previous experience includes working in financial services as a Registered Representative for some of the largest and most well-known mutual fund and financial advising companies.
He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and Operations Management from the University of Delaware and a Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Drexel University.
Johnathan has served as a Director on the Cadbury Foundation Board of Directors and is a former member of the Lewes Volunteer Fire Department. In his spare time, Johnathan enjoys exploring new cities and cuisines with his wife and spending time outside with his Australian Labradoodle, Cannoli.
Andrew Parsell, Licensed Delaware Funeral Director, Vice President
Andrew Parsell is the son of the owner, Keith Parsell. He is a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. In 2010 he became a Delaware Licensed Funeral Director, after completing his resident internship with the firm. He now serves as a director on staff and is Chief Networking Officer for the funeral home. He is a member of St. Jude The Apostle Catholic Church, Lewes, DE and the Lewes Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. He is an avid golfer, fisherman and hunter and was elected President of the Delaware Funeral Directors Association for the 2014-2015 year term.
Brian J. Clymer, Licensed Delaware & Maryland Funeral Director
Brian joined the firm in September 2013 as a licensed funeral director. A graduate of Old Mill Senior High School in Millersville, MD, Brian then attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Specialized Business in Mortuary Science in 1997. Prior to joining the firm, he had served the Annapolis area for the past 15 years.
Brian lives in Bridgeville, DE with his wife, Kimberley and their 2 West Highland White Terriers, Duncan and Max. Brian is a member of the Masons and enjoys attending local sporting events, NASCAR and life on the Chesapeake Bay and at the beach.
David T. Bradley, Licensed Delaware & Pennsylvania Funeral Director
David is a licensed funeral director with 17 years’ experience, who joined our firm in July 2014. Originally from Western New York, David proudly served in the U.S. Navy after high school. He is a Marketing Management graduate of Central Pennsylvania Business School and worked in admissions for 11 years, eventually serving the school as the Director of Enrollment. David then graduated from Northampton Community College with an Associate in Applied Science in Funeral Service Education and worked with his in-laws at their family funeral home in Lebanon, PA. Dave and his wife Carolyn, along with their children Megan, Ben and Hope have been vacationing to the Southern Delaware area for years, and are proud to call the region their new home.
Frank Basile, Licensed Delaware & New York State Funeral Director
Frank Basile joined our firm in 2007. Frank has been in the funeral business for more than 30 years having worked mostly in the New York area as a manager of various large funeral homes and most recently as the owner of his own funeral home, prior to retiring in 2001. Frank and his wife Barbara relocated to the beach in 2003, attend St. Edmonds's Catholic Church, Rehoboth Beach, DE and enjoy time spent with their children and grandchildren.
Scott L. Smith, Licensed Delaware Funeral Director
Scott L. Smith joined our firm in 2010 as a Licensed Funeral Director with 35 years experience in the business. After graduating from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1975 he worked in the Washington, DC area for many years until relocating to the Eastern Shore in 2001. In his spare time, Scott enjoys spending time with his family and granddaughter.
Scott Burdette, Certified Pre-planning Specialist & Delaware Licensed Life Insurance Producer
Scott Burdette joined the firm in April 2011. He is a Delaware Licensed Insurance Agent and has also been certified by the National Funeral Directors Association as a Pre-planning Consultant.
Scott was born and raised in Maryland and moved to Rehoboth Beach in 2002. For 33 years he has worked in the food industry holding various positions as Clerks and Department Managers with Giant Food to being a Sales Representative, Retail Sales Manager, Accountant Manager and Business Manager with Acosta Sales & Marketing.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his husband, their friends and families, working around his home and the beach.
Beverly King, Bookkeeper
Beverly joined our firm in March 2011 as a Bookkeeper. Prior to joining us, she worked 23 years for several local accounting firms as an Administrative Assistant and then as Office Manager. Beverly is a local who graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in 1988, and she holds Associate Degrees in Accounting and Business Administration and a BA in Human Resource Management.
Beverly enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling with her daughter Morgan who dances competitively. She also enjoys going to the beach, watching movies, exercising, reading and playing with her labs, Casey and Bailey.
Paul Becker, Funeral Home Associate & Media Systems Coordinator
Paul joined the firm in January 2011. He has been a resident of Lewes the majority of his life. He graduated from St. Thomas More Academy in 2002 and received a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Finance from the University of Delaware in 2006. He worked in the AmeriCorps after college.
Paul is a member of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Lewes, DE. He keeps active by playing tennis, soccer and golf.
John Hazzard, Funeral Director Assistant
John Hazzard joined the firm on a full time basis in May 2013 as a Funeral Director's Assistant. He originally began with the firm in March as a Funeral Home Associate. He was previously employed by the Rehoboth Beach Fire Company as an EMT and Fire Fighter since 2007.
Born in Key West, Florida, John has lived full time in DE since 1997. He enjoys going to the beach with his wife and children, fishing and watching Flyers games.
Harvey Walls, Senior Crematory Manager & CANA Certified Master Crematory Operator
Harvey joined the company in 2001 after retiring from the DuPont Company in Seaford. He is one of the first to receive the title in Delaware as a Certified Master Crematory Operator, a title given by the Cremation Association of North America. He manages the Parsell Crematorium which includes responsibility for all aspects of the operation and maintenance of the human and pet crematories.
Laura Ward, Office Assistant
Laura Ward joined the company in April 2015. She was born and raised in Lewes and currently resides here with her husband, Jason.
She graduated from St. Thomas More Academy in 2008. Laura loves spending time with her family and friends, driving on the beach with her husband and playing with their Shih Tzu, Buddy.
Amy Matarese, Office Assistant
Amy joined the company in May 2016. Born and raised in the Wilmington and Hockessin areas, Amy relocated to Lewes in 2014. She graduated from St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington and attended Wesley College in Dover and DE Technical and Community College in Wilmington.
Amy enjoys spending time at the beach with family and friends; especially her son, Steven and daughter, Sydney.
Bill Nennstiehl, Funeral Home Associate
Bill Nennstiehl joined the staff in April 2012. He is a graduate of Rehoboth High School, served four years in the Navy and retired from the construction business.
He and his wife, Laura Anne, reside in Bridgeville, where they enjoy their Arabian horses and are actively involved with their granddaughters.
Bill is a member of the Bridgeville Historical Society, Apple-Scrapple Festival and Bridgeville Lions Club.
Ron Fleetwood, Funeral Home Associate
Ron Fleetwood joined the staff in 2007 serving our Bridgeville and Georgetown locations. Ron and his wife Alma reside in Bridgeville and enjoy spoiling their grandchildren. They attend Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville, DE and are members of the Bridgeville Historical Societies and very active in the Apple-Scrapple Festival each year.
Thomas J . Bishop, Pet Crematory Manager & CANA Certified Crematory Operator
TJ joined the firm in 2012. He is a graduate of Annapolis Sr. High School and then continued on to the “Maryland College of Art and Design” to pursue his love of art. Before residing in Lewes in 2004, TJ frequently visited the area to help assist his family with the rental of their Delaware beach house. Now a permanent resident, TJ enjoys boating and fishing, with his wife and 2 children, and going to the beach with family and friends.
Dan Doody, Funeral Home Associate, Building & Grounds Supervisor
Dan joined the funeral home staff in 2009 as a funeral home associate and in 2010 became supervisor of building and grounds for the Clarksville, Hardesty-Bridgeville and Dodd-Carey-Georgetown chapels. He enjoys the challenges of repair and maintenance work and takes pride in the appearance of each Parsell facility.
Dan and his wife Linda moved to the Delaware shore full time in 2009. Prior to joining the firm, Dan retired as a supervisor from a utility in upstate N.Y in 2007. He held various managerial positions in his 37 year career. Dan also worked part-time for eight years as a funeral home associate in Rochester, NY. They have three sons and enjoy their six grand children. In his spare time, Dan enjoys boating and fishing. He attends Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church in Millsboro.
Sharon Hawk, Funeral Hostess
Sharon Hawk has been a Funeral Hostess on staff since 2005, primarily in our Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. She and her husband Charles are life-long residents of the Bridgeville area. Sharon is a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church where she is very active with the various church committees.