Jason Smith, co-owner of the funeral home, has over 20 years of experience as a funeral director, embalmer, pre-need counselor and certified crematory operator. Jason holds licenses to practice in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Jason has had the privilege of serving hundreds of families from Morgantown and the surrounding communities. Prior to opening Smith Funeral & Cremation Care on July 1, 2015, he served in the same capacities at Hastings Funeral Home in Morgantown from October of 2007 to June of 2015. He counts it an honor to have garnered so many friendships from his client families over the years there. Additionally, he was the Licensed Funeral Director in Charge of Burnside Funeral Home in Bridgeport, WV from 2002 until 2007. After graduating from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1998, he had the opportunity to work for some of the largest funeral homes in the Pittsburgh area before returning home, back to his roots.
Jason grew up in Farmington, WV; graduated from North Marion High School in 1994 and attended both West Virginia University and Fairmont State College, majoring in Music. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association, and is a past Governor of the association's Tygart District. Additionally, he is a member of the Morgantown Elks Lodge #411 where he has served as Esteemed Lecturing Knight, lodge trustee, a member of the lodge's house committee and former Chairman of the lodge's Committee on Drug Awareness. An avid West Virginia University sports fan, he also closely follows the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates. In his spare time, he enjoys playing drums and percussion - a hobby he has carried on for more than 30 years. He is the drummer for a well-known Morgantown band, the Knighthawks.
Jason and his wife Cathy Baker Smith collectively have five children and are very dedicated to their family. They attend St. John University Parish in Morgantown.
Cathy is a life-long Morgantown and Westover resident. She is a graduate of Morgantown High School and holds a Master's Degree in Industrial Relations from West Virginia University. Cathy is the co-owner of the funeral home, and is also a licensed apprentice funeral director, embalmer and pre-need counselor. Cathy has enrolled for classes at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, and will begin her course work in the fall of 2017, ultimately culminating with her complete license as a WV funeral director and embalmer.
Cathy is no stranger to funeral service, and is not the first member of her family to pursue a career in this field. Her grandfather, Delbert "Del" Baker, was as a Morgantown funeral director for many years who worked at several area funeral homes and possessed a talent for his abilities in embalming and restorative art. The families that Cathy has worked with as an apprentice have all agreed that she is a natural, following in the footsteps of her respected grandfather.
She assists Jason with all aspects of the day-to-day operations, service details, and family follow-ups after our services have concluded. Cathy is also responsible for overseeing the extensive remodeling of our facilities. She has an incredible gift for attention to detail and organization, and goes out of her way to make sure that everyone who comes through our doors feels right at home, relaxed and comfortable.
The dedication to the families that they serve is very easy to see. They constantly strive to learn from other funeral service professionals and always keep up with industry trends and new options to present to families so that their experience with funeral and cremation care is the most memorable possible.