Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
- We have a duty to grow
with our community by listening, learning, investing, educating and guiding
families through loss.
- That is our Community Commitment.
Listening to what our community expects and needs from a funeral home.
Learning about our families and how to best honor and celebrate the life of their loved one.
Investing in our facility to provide a truly comfortable, familiar, healing environment.
Educating about ceremony, cremation, memorials, service, burial and funeral options.
Guiding the families of Cobb and surrounding counties through loss, providing options to meet any financial situation.
We believe that all grieving and pre-planning families deserve guidance, genuine care and options.
We will explore options and ideas that go beyond traditional thinking, making final good-byes memorable, reverent and affordable.
We want healing to begin here.
- We believe an important part of life is doing meaningful work.
We take pride in being the caring professionals that our community relies on at their time of need.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
In 1993, my desire to build a funeral home in the West Cobb area began. I decided to build in an area that did not have a building specifically designed and built to operate as a funeral home.
Our goal has been to build and grow with the needs of our community, providing service to anyone that may need assistance with the respect to the financial and special needs that sometime arise with the death of a loved one.
As our community grows around us, we endeavor to do the same. In 2008, upon realizing that our community needed a local crematory, we established our on-site cremation center. With that expansion, all of your services are handled and managed by our trained staff, and your loved one never leaves our care. Our commitment to you is backed by our Cremation with Confidence guarantee.
Our desire is to stay locally owned and family based so that we serve all the needs of our community where we worship, play and live.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
David W. Roach, F.D., C.C.O.
President and CEORead Bio
David is a native of Atlanta and had lived in Cobb County till the age of ten. He attended Smyrna Elementary School before moving to Thomaston, Georgia where his father, the late Rev. C.L. Roach, pastored the Baptist Tabernacle. His mother, Mrs. Jackie Roach is one of the warm faces that will greet you as you enter our funeral home.
A graduate of Tabernacle Academy in Thomaston and a 1980 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, David started a career in funeral service at the age of 15 where he worked at Pasley Fletcher Funeral Home in Thomaston. David returned to Cobb County in 1984 to manage Winkenhofer McCurdy Funeral Home in Smyrna until 1993 when he decided to pursue opening a new funeral home in West Cobb.
After a long planning and building process, the dream of having West Cobb’s first designed location for a funeral home came together and we opened the doors in October 1995. As the sole owner and founder of West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., David’s desire is to provide West Cobb the funeral home and crematory of choice in our area.
Past President New Smyrna Jaycees (1988-1989)
Past President Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia (2003-2004)
Past President Independent Funeral Directors of Georgia (2005-2006)
Member Leadership Cobb Class (1992-1993)
Active Member of Past President’s Club of Georgia
Active Member of Georgia Funeral Directors Association
Active Member of CANA (Cremation Association of North America)
Active Member of NFDA (National Funeral Director Association)
Past Board Member (Special Appointee) Cobb County Chamber of Commerce
Current Board Member of Calvary Children’s Home
Former Board Member and Past Chairman of the State Board of Funeral Service appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue (2004- ) and reappointed by Governor Perdue in 2010
Currently Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Georgia and Tennessee
Served on the 2015-16 National Funeral Directors Association Advocacy Committee
David and his wife, Valerie Yvonne Camp Roach (formerly of Newnan), have two daughters: Kimberly (“Kimmie”) Roach who graduated from Trinity Chapel, and is now a Senior at Kennesaw State University, and Jordan Roach who graduated from Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, is a Junior at Berry College where she is a Cheerleader. Their family resides in the Oakleigh Community in Powder Springs. David enjoys flying, golf and spending time at the beach with his family.
Chris Messina, F.D., C.C.O.
General ManagerRead Bio
Chris is a lifelong resident of Cobb County. A 1986 graduate of R.L. Osborne High School, he attended Southern Tech before entering the funeral business at Winkenhofer-McCurdy Funeral Home in Smyrna. After graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Chris managed Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home in Kennesaw from 1991 until 2005. He is a Past President of the Kennesaw Business Association and the Kennesaw Optimist Club. He married Christa Rabern in 1993, and has two sons, Hayden and Cameron. Hayden graduated from Harrison High School, and now attends Kennesaw State University, and Cameron is a sophomore at Harrison, where he plays football and lacrosse. Chris serves on the Harrison Football Booster Club as Secretary and on the Harrison High School Council as Chair Person. He was named Harrison High School's Volunteer of the Year for 2014-2015. His family resides in Powder Springs, and are members of Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. He joined the staff of West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory as General Manager in January of 2006. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bennitt G. Walker, II, F.D., C.C.O.
Assistant ManagerRead Bio
Bennitt is a native of Savannah, Georgia where he graduated from Bible Baptist High School in 1987. Bennitt began his career in funeral service at Sipple’s Mortuary in Savannah as a young man. He worked "behind the scenes" washing cars, sweeping sidewalks, delivering chairs to families homes, assisting on visitations and funeral services, whatever he could do at that time. Funeral service and helping families through their loss appealed to Bennitt and he sought to make funeral service his life's ambition. Bennitt graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Decatur, GA in 1994. Professionally, Bennitt is a member of Pi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia. Bennitt enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, and most of all spending time with his wife, Kim and their two boys Bennitt, III and Benjamin. Kim is a Kindergarten Teacher with Cobb County School. Bennitt, III graduated from Hillgrove High School and is now a freshmen at Kennesaw State University. Benjamin is in seventh grade at Lovinggood Middle School.
Bennitt joined West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory as Funeral Director and Embalmer in May, 2014.
Jana S. Hice
Office ManagerRead Bio
Jana Smith Hice is a native of Cobb County, where she graduated from McEachern High School in 1983. Upon graduation, she was employed with Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, and then moved to Wellstar Health Place. After a 14 year career with Wellstar, she joined West Cobb Funeral Home in June of 1998 as the Office Manager. She married Byron Hice in 1986, and they have one son, Logan, a daughter and son-in-law, Jordan and Scott Barner and two granddaughters. They enjoy attending sporting events and time at the beach. They are active members of Floyd Road Baptist Church. email@example.com
Roger D. Thellen, F.D., C.C.O.
Funeral DirectorRead Bio
Roger Thellen moved to Atlanta from Augusta, GA after graduating from Aquinas High School and serving his funeral apprenticeship at Thomas L. King Funeral Home in Martinez, GA. He graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1973, which was the second graduating class of the school in Atlanta. Roger worked for H.M. Patterson Funeral Home in Atlanta for 7 years before deciding to make a career change. He continued his college and graduated from Southern Tech with a BS degree in Computer Science, and became employeed at Lockheed-Martin Aeronautics as an engineer. Roger married Carol Kuhnen, a native of Marietta, in 1975. Roger joined the staff of West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory in 2000 as a key part-time employee. He has recently retired from Lockheed after 33 years of service and joined the staff at West Cobb Funeral Home as a full time employee. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Gallant, F.D., C.C.O.
Funeral AssistantRead Bio
Mr. Gene Hice is a lifelong resident of Cobb County. He graduated from John McEachern High School in 1954. He worked for a short time for the Birmingham Slag Company and International Harvester Company. He went to work for the U.S. Postal Service in 1955, and retired in 1992 as Manager of Employment and Developement for the Atlanta Division. He continued working as a contract consultant until 1996. He was a member of the Board of Managers for Electro-Mail Sort, Inc. from 1992 until 2006. He married Lois Richard in 1956 in the home that he built and still lives in. Gene has two sons, Byron and Barry, and is an active member of Macland Baptist Church, where he has served in many capacities, including Deacon, Chairman of the Finance Committee, the Planning Growth Committee, and the Building Committee in the construction of the Family Life Center. He currently sings in the choir and teaches the Adult V Sunday School Class. Gene Joined the staff of West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory in August of 1999.
Mrs. Jackie Roach
Associate and David's MotherRead Bio
Mrs. Jacqueline Virginia Roach was born to Harvey and Pauline Fleming of Atlanta, where she attended O'Keefe and Roosevelt High Schools. In 1949, she married C. L. Roach, and had three children, Toni, Lamar and David (the owner of West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory). Together, they served while C.L. pastored Spring Street Baptist Church in Smyrna, and later moved to Thomaston, GA, where they also served the Baptist Tabernacle. In 1978, C.L. and Mrs. Roach began traveling while he held Bible Conferences across the country. In 1993, they moved back to Cobb County to help take care of David and Valerie's small children during the beginning years of the funeral home. After C.L. passed away in 2002, Mrs. Roach joined the funeral home, where she has become the smiling and caring face greeting our families that we serve every day.
Funeral AssistantRead Bio
Brent is a lifelong resident of Cobb County. A 1992 graduate of North Cobh High School, he attended Auburn University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Finance. After graduating from Auburn University, Brent entered the Banking industry from 1997 until 2014. He married Dana Johnson in 2000, and has a daughter and son. Brent enjoys supporting his children in Soccer and Gymnastics, with the occasional fishing trip mixed into his schedule. His family resides in Powder Springs, GA and are members of Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. He joined the staff of West Cobb Funeral Home in 2015 as the Advanced Planner and Aftercare Specialist. email@example.com
Funeral Assistant EmeritusRead Bio
Mr. Harold Davenport is a native and lifelong resident of Marietta. He married Dorothy Connally at Maple Avenue Methodist Church in 1949, and together had three children, Richard, Edward and Connie. His career started at Connally Shoe Shop on Church Street, then went on to work for the Coca Cola Bottling Company on Spring Street in Atlanta as a route salesman. He started his career in funeral service at Albert M. Dobbins Funeral Home for 25 years, then worked for Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home for over 8 years. He also was elected and proudly served as Justice of the Peace in the Red Rock District of Kennesaw for 8 years. He joined the staff of West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory in 2003, and is an active member of Macland Baptist Church.
Funeral AssistantRead Bio
Mr. Ernie Braxton is a native of Seffner, Florida, which is near Tampa, and graduated from Brandon High School in 1961. He married Alyce in 1963, and they have two children and five grandchildren. On completion of his enlistment in the United States Navy in 1965, Ernie went to work for Honeywell in Largo, FL. His family relocated to Cobb County in February of 1967 where he continued his employment with Honeywell as a field service representative and an estimator in the sales department, retiring in 2005. Ernie enjoys volunteering with the McEachern Disaster Response Team, Cobb County C.E.R.T., and Cobb A.R.E.S. He is an active member of McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church in Powder Springs, and he joined the staff of West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory in March of 2006.
Funeral AssistantRead Bio
Mr. Gene Cantrell was born near Lost Mountain in West Cobb, and is a lifelong resident of the area. He graduated from McEachern High School, attended the University of Georgia Extension Center, and served two years in the United States Army. After working for 7 years with Ken Stanton Music/The Sportsman in Marietta, he was employed with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company for 27 years in sales and management. Mr. Cantrell then worked for Georgia Mountain Water before retirement. He enjoys the opportunity of serving families at West Cobb Funeral Home, and still resides in West Cobb and is a member of Lost Mountain Baptist Church.
Funeral AssistantRead Bio
Mr. Perry Queen is a lifelong resident of Cobb County. He graduated from John McEachern High School in 1957. He worked for a short time at Lockheed and Dixie Plywood Door Company. He went to work at Atlanta Gas Light Company in 1958, worked 36 years and retired in 1995. He went to work at Benton Georgia Company in Douglasville, worked seven years and retired in 2001. Perry is an active charter member of Macland Baptist Church. He has served as Trustee, Deacon, choir member, Sunday School teacher and served on several committees. Perry married JoAnn Denmon in 1957. He had two children, a son, Michael, who currently lives in Cobb County, a daughter, Cathy, who passed away in 1989. He has two grandchildren, Shelby and Carter. Perry joined the staff of West Cobb Funeral Home in November 2011.
Betty and Bill Rorie
Funeral Assistants and Staff Chaplain