Meet the Team

We serve because this is our calling, and we treat you with the same respect we would want for ourselves – not like you are just another number.

Our staff is friendly, courteous and absolutely committed to making your time with us a stress-free as possible. We are here to help before, during and long after our services to you end.

C Jason Smith
Funeral Home Co-Owner, Licensee-In-Charge, Licensed Crematory Operator, Licensed Pre-Need Counselor, Monument Designer

C 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 thousands 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 to West Virginia.

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. 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.

Jason and his wife Cathy Baker Smith collectively have five children and are very dedicated to their family. They are members of St. John University Parish in Morgantown. Jason currently holds a seat on the Board of Directors at Trinity Christian School and has formerly held committee and Trustee positions with the Morgantown Elks Lodge, and served as District Governor in the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association.

Telephone: 1-304-292-9494

Email: [email protected]

Cathy Baker-Smith
Funeral Home Co-Owner, Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Crematory Operator, Licensed Pre-Need Counselor

Cathy is a life-long Morgantown and Westover resident. She is a graduate of Morgantown High School Class of 1991 and holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from West Virginia University Class of 2003, where she graduated with the distinction of Summa Cum Laude.

Cathy completed her apprenticeship as required by the state of West Virginia under Jason’s tutelage, and in July of 2020, she graduated with the distinction of Summa Cum Laude from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Having completed the necessary testing requirements from the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards and the state of West Virginia, we are pleased to announce that as of August 2020, Cathy is a fully licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Pre-Need Counselor.

Cathy is no stranger to funeral service and is not the first member of her family to pursue a career in the 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 and Jason oversee the day-to-day operations of the funeral home. Cathy was also the vision behind 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 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.

Telephone: 1-304-292-9494

Email: [email protected]

John White
Care Team Member Emeritus

From the first day the we opened the funeral home, John was with us. He and Jason have been friends for over 20 years. John wanted to be a part of our care team to serve the families of North Central West Virginia. He brought with him more than 50 years of service in comforting families through his work in funeral and cemetery operations. John was raised in, and still resides in Fairmont, WV. He is a veteran of the US Navy, and a life member of the DAV Chapter 45 Fairmont / Morgantown, as well as the American Legion in Fairmont. John is also an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Fairmont, the Knights of Columbus Council 942, and Assembly 2114 Fourth Degree. Although John is basically retired now, his indelible mark has been left here. “Take care of those families, and they’ll take care of you” is one of his favorite lessons to teach, and that lesson still holds true here today.was

PJ Johnston
Care Team Member

PJ joined our team when we opened our doors in 2015. She and her husband, Myron McMinn, attend Kingdom EMC and reside in Cheat Lake.  “Mama Peej”, as she is affectionately known by us here at the funeral home, enjoys dancing, listening to music, and enjoying time with her daughters and grandchildren. 

Charlie Hoover
Care Team Member

Charlie Hoover joined our staff in 2015. He is a member of New Life Ministries in Reedsville, WV and resides in Morgantown with his wife, Helen. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys gardening, listening to country music, and camping with his family.

Tim Povroznik
Care Team Member

Tim joined our care team in July of 2015. He has served Monongalia County as a Paramedic, EMT, and Deputy Medical Examiner. Tim and his wife Mary reside and Westover. Tim enjoys working with computers in his spare time.

Todd Ballard
Care Team Member & Transport Specialist

Todd is a native of Boone County who joined our Care Team in 2019 and has quickly become an asset to our families.

Todd is employed full-time by the US Postal Service and serves as a Union Representative there. 

He assists us at the funeral home with visitations, viewings and memorial services, and is also one of our transportation specialists who assists Jason with the transfer of our client families’ loved ones into our care.

Alexa Turner
Care Team and Maryland Licensed Funeral Director
Stephanie Hilling
Care Team
Arlene Gamble
Care Team
Heather Muth
Care Team
Natalie Wilson
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