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

Botetourt Funeral Home began as a dream. Having worked for someone else for sixteen years, it was a major decision to step out on our own and become the "owners". Ever since we made that step, we haven't regretted it for a minute.


Botetourt Funeral Home started to exist in May 1996 when I resigned as manager of a local funeral home. We remodeled the old Buchanan Motor Company on Main Street and was licensed to accept calls on July 7, 1996. On Labor Day of 1996 we began construction of our new facility at 14920 Lee Highway, Buchanan. It sat on the outskirts of town, and some people said it wouldn't work but we had faith in the fact that a new larger building and more parking would be comforting to our client families.

In May of 1997, we held our Open House and many many people came to see us and the "New Funeral Home". Karen Faith Conner came into my life as a step-daughter but has become my "right-arm" in many aspects after getting her funeral service license. My wife, Bobbi has been retired from owning her own hairdressing business in 2005 and became our third full-time employee along with being the Vice-president of the company.

Over the past twelve years it has been quite a experience to be able to serve families one on one and be able to provide the high level of service with a reasonable pricing structure. Our Motto "Serving with Compassion" is practiced everyday. We try to keep the business end in the background and service in the forefront. 



Our Valued Staff

I. Ray  Sloan

I. Ray Sloan, President and Owner

I began in the funeral service in April 1982 with Lotz Funeral Home in Roanoke. Attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in Feb 1984. Named Manager of Rader Funeral Home in December 1984 until resigning in May of 1996 to begin Botetourt Funeral Home in Buchanan. The Eagle Rock Funeral Home was purchased from Bill and Myrtie Simmons in 2002. Renamed Botetourt Funeral Home, Eagle Rock Chapel began its operation in January 2003.

Outside of being a member of the Virginia Presbyterian Church and a charter member of his father's church, Good News Baptist Church in Roanoke, Ray is presently the Fire Chaplain of the Botetourt County Fire & EMS, President 2015-2016 of the for Virginia Funeral Directors Association, Advisor for the VaFDA Disaster Response Team, member of the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Funeral Director Associations, a Certified Celebrant for those families without a church home, and working towards becoming a Certified Funeral Service Practioner, and a member of the Harley-Davidson Owners Group.

Along with his wife, Bobbi, he loves woodworking, model trains, motorcycles, and his Jeep Rubicon.


Bobbi  Sloan

Bobbi Sloan, Vice-President and Owner

Born at home on Valentine's day in 1950; I later graduated from James River High School in 1968 and went to American School of Beauty and recieved my license in 1969. I owned and operated my own beauty shop until retirement in 2005 going to work fulltime alongside my husband, Ray, whom I married in December of 1993. I continue to fix hair, greet people during visitations, and assist in funerals at the funeral home.


Karen  Faith Conner Hall

Karen Faith Conner Hall, Funeral Director and Manager

I began the journey of my funeral home career in January of 1997. I was the office manager for several years, during which I was blessed with my beautiful loving daughter, Kayla Nicole, August of 98.
I began my apprencticeship and went to John Tyler in Richmond, VA to recieve my Mortuary Science degree and graduated with honors December of 2004. I received my funeral service license early spring of 2005. I continue to work in the family owned business of Botetourt Funeral Home. As Bobbi's daughter and Ray's inherited daughter, we strive as a famiy team, to make each and every funeral as close to perfect as we can. "We can't take away the pain, but we can help you through the painstaking process of arranging a memorable funeral service for your loved one."


Kayla Nicole Lugar

Kayla Nicole Lugar

Kayla, Karen's daughter, Ray & Bobbi's and Jim & Debi's granddaughter, virtually grew up in the funeral home. Being the typical "My Girl", she grew up not having a typical little girl's attitude. Shaking hands and wearing her name badge, you may find her working the front desk, toting flowers, or helping the grave crew with various duties.
She is into sports like her mom and dad and enjoys baking cookies, just about all outdoor activites, listening to music, and watching TV like her Grampy.


Eric D. Hall

Eric D. Hall, Funeral Assistant/Grave Crew

Helps his wife, Karen on removals, assists on funerals, transports, and when need be, picks up a shovel and helps on the grave crew.


Jim  Conner

Jim Conner, Grave Crew Foreman

Jim retired from Bell Atlantic/Verizon with 30 years of service. He began opening and closing graves for Botetourt Funeral Home before he retired.
He's Karen father, Kayla's granddaddy, and the main out-of-town removal personnel. Sometimes, his wife, Debi, assists him in these trips. At times, he puts on a suit and helps the inside crew, but mainly he's the man in charge at the cemetery.


Randy  Deel

Randy Deel, Grave Crew


Glenn  Cox

Glenn Cox, Funeral Assistant


Paul  Forbes

Paul Forbes, Funeral Assistant/Grave Crew


Faye  Hambrick

Faye Hambrick, Funeral Assistant


Ed  Miller

Ed Miller, Funeral Assistant/Grave Crew


Billy  Newcomb

Billy Newcomb, Funeral Assistant


Brenda  Tolley

Brenda Tolley, Funeral Assistant


Nelson  Tolley

Nelson Tolley, Funeral Assistant


Charles Mundy

Charles Mundy, Funeral Assistant/Grave Crew


Cleatus Newcomb

Cleatus Newcomb, Funeral Assistant/Grave Crew


Rodger Linkenhoker

Rodger Linkenhoker, Chaplain/Funeral Assistant


Jerry Sweet

Jerry Sweet, Funeral Assistant/Grave Crew


Sue Sweet

Sue Sweet


Dale  Pierce

Dale Pierce


Larry DeHaven

Larry DeHaven


Larry Vines

Larry Vines, Funeral Assistant