Todd is a native of Linton and began working at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home at age sixteen, soon realizing his desire to be a part of the funeral profession. After graduating from Linton-Stockton High School in 1992, he enrolled in the Vincennes University Mortuary Science Program, graduating in 1995. He began working as an intern in May 1995, and a year later, became a licensed funeral director. Todd managed the Linton funeral home for several years. Cindy was raised in Brownsburg until age 12, when her family moved to Linton. She is a 1994 graduate of Linton-Stockton High School, and a 1997 graduate of Vincennes University Registered Nursing Program. Cindy worked as an RN at the Greene Co. General Infusion Center for 17 years, until deciding to join Todd in their family business. In January 2004, Todd and Cindy, along with Vern and Gia Spoor, purchased Welch & Cornett Funeral Homes in Linton and Worthington. Todd and Cindy purchased Vern and Gia's part of the business at a later time. On December 3, 2014, Todd & Cindy purchased West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home from long-time colleagues & friends Steve Parrish & Steve Pedigo. Todd & Cindy are honored to serve families in Owen County, Greene County, & surrounding areas. Todd and Cindy Firkins married June 29, 1996, and they have three daughters, Allie, Aubrey, and Adalyn. They are members of the First United Methodist Church. Todd is a member of F.& A.M. Lodge #560, B.P.O. Elks #866, Rotary (Past President), Civitan (Past President), and the Sons of the American Legion, all of Linton. He also serves as a board member for the Greene County General Hospital Board, the Greene County General LLC, & the Greene County Hospital Foundation. Cindy was a girl-scout leader for many years and is currently active with the Linton Band Boosters.
Steve Parrish is the son of the late Arthur and Ella Mae (West) Parrish. The fourth generation of what is now known as the West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home. Steve joined the family business in 1964, after serving his country in the United States Air Force. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1963. Alice, who is the daughter of the late Roma Wilson, joined the funeral home on a full time basis in 1977. She previously aquired her beautician's license, and had her own business in Spencer. Steve and Alice have two children. Shawn Parrish, wife Amy, and two daughters, of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Mindy (Parrish) Sieradzan, husband Ray, and two daughters, of Light House Point, Florida. On December 24, 2006, Steve and Alice officially retired from their duties at West & Parrish & Pedigo. On December 3, 2014, the Parrish's & Pedigo's sold the funeral home to Todd & Cindy Walton. Steve remains an important part of the funeral home and helps when needed.
Steve and Becky are natives of Frankfort, Indiana. Steve began working at the Goodwin Funeral Home in Frankfort at the age of sixteen. After graduating from Frankfort High School in 1969, he joined the Army Reserve. He began working for the J.C. Wilson Funeral Home in Indianapolis in 1971 while he attended Indiana College of Mortuary Science. After graduating from Mortuary College he and Becky where married in 1973. They have two children, Jill Emmons, husband John, Ryan Pedigo, wife Kate, and a grandson Matthew Emmons. Steve came to Spencer in August 1977 and went to work for Arthur and Steve Parrish, and became a partner in 1979. Becky joined the firm on a full time basis in 1982. On December 3, 2014, the Pedigo's & Parrish's sold the funeral home to Todd & Cindy Walton. Though now semi-retired, Steve remains part of the funeral home staff and helps when needed. They both belong to the Spencer United Methodist Church. Steve also was a charter member of Spencer Exchange Club, Spencer Masonic Lodge #95, a Director at the Owen County State Bank, Past President of the Owen County Sheriff's Merit Board, Past President of Riverside Cemetery Board, and was involved with the Owen County Coroners Office for several years.
Patrick Day, native of Frankfort, Indiana, joined the staff in 2007. Pat graduated from Frankfort Senior High School in 1997. He then attended Purdue University in West Lafayette. In 2003, he enrolled in Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL and graduated in 2004. While in mortuary school, Pat worked for Wenban Funeral Home in Lake Forest, IL. After graduation, he moved back to West Lafayette and worked for Soller-Baker Funeral Homes of Lafayette before moving to Spencer in 2007. He and his wife, Sara, have 5 children, Tyler, Cameron, Amya, Ruby and Sophie. Patrick is a member of the Spencer Lions Club (Past President), Spencer Presbyterian Church (choir director and youth group leader), Owen County Civic Theater, has served on the Owen County Territory Fire Board, serves on the Christmas at the Square Committee, volunteers at the Tivoli Theatre, and helps organize the yearly mission trip for the Interfaith Youth Group. Pat was named manager of West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home on December, 2014, and also works as a funeral director at the Walton’s other two location, Welch & Cornett Funeral Homes in Linton and Worthington.
Darin is a native of Owen County, having been raised just outside of Patricksburg. Darin graduated Owen Valley High School in 1993. He began working at Deusterburg-Fredrick Funeral Home in Vincennes while attending mortuary school there. (Where he met and became good friends with Todd Walton). Darin soon returned to Spencer and West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in 1998, as a licensed Funeral Director. He was elected Owen County Coroner twice and served in that capacity from 2003-2010. Darin left the funeral home to pursue a career in Law Enforcement and did so as a Deputy Sheriff at the Owen County Sheriff’s Department. Soon after Todd and Cindy Walton purchased the West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home, Darin returned to the career, and the purpose for which he was born. He currently manages the Welch & Cornett Funeral Home in Worthington, works at the Linton location , and works at West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer. Darin is married to Tiffany Lee (Naanes) and has three children, Matthew, Alyssa, and Jesslyn. They reside just outside of Spencer and attend the Faithway Bible Church in Worthington. He belongs to the F.& A.M. # 95(Spencer), and the B.P.O. Elks # 866(Linton). Darin has worked in public relations for his entire professional career and hopes that he can do so for many years to come.
Personal quote: "Compassion can mend a heart, a relationship, and heal a broken spirit. It is the first gift that I was given and the first one that I will pass on". Darin R. Crum
Anne Cotter is a native of Athens, TN. She graduated from McMinn County High School in 1986 and Gupton-Jones Mortuary College in Atlanta, GA, in 2012. Anne knew at a young age that the funeral industry was her calling, but few women pursued a career in the industry during the 1980s. In 2009, when the car industry took a down turn, she decided to go back to school for her passion. In the spring of 2012, Anne was recognized by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) as one of the top up and coming female funeral directors of 2012. She was awarded one of five scholarships and was flown to Fort Myers, Florida, to be recognized at the NFDA’s Professional Women’s Conference. Anne and her husband, Damon Cotter, (native of Linton, Indiana) have two sons, Jonathan (Brandy) and Clayton, and are active members of Genesis Baptist Church in Athens, TN. Anne was Public Relations Coordinator for the McMinn County High School Band, and an active member of Boy Scout Troop 118 and Venture Crew 308. She and her husband worked with the McMinn County Humane Society, where they ran a rescue for large breed dogs. Anne recently moved to Greene County, Indiana to work at Walton Funeral Service’s locations, Welch & Cornett Funeral Homes in Linton & Worthington, and West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer, as a licensed funeral director. She looks forward to serving families in Greene and Owen Counties.
Mariah Hubbell is a life-long resident of Linton. She is the daughter of Mike and Stacey Hubbell, and sister of Samantha Zimmerly & Jake Hubbell. She is a 2010 Linton-Stockton High School graduate. Mariah attended Vincennes University and graduated December 2013 with an associate degree in mortuary science. In 2012, Mariah was a recipient of the Isaac Ball scholarship, Frank W. Moore scholarship, and the Education Foundation scholarship, all through the Indiana Funeral Directors Association. Mariah has been employed with Welch & Cornett Funeral Home since 2010, serving part-time during college, and now a full-time employee. Mariah enjoys being with her family and friends, and looks forward to serving Greene and surrounding counties in funeral service.
Nichole is native to a small town in Northern Indiana called Winamac. As long as she can remember, Interior Design has been her passion. After graduating high school in 2001, she went on to college and in 2006 she graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelors degree in Interior Design (Family & Consumer Sciences.) While attending ISU, she met her husband Noah Hawkins, who was a life long resident of Greene County. In 2007, the couple were married and in 2009 decided to relocate to Linton to be closer to family. They now have a daughter and a son; Cambry who is seven and Reece who is 4. Since graduating college, Nichole has always been known for her talent and love of Interior Design. However, during the summer of 2016, she felt a strong sense that it was time to make a change. She made the decision to return back to ISU and pursue a Masters Degree in Counseling. Ironically, Nichole had just recently completed some design work for the funeral home. She asked Todd if he would write a recommendation letter for her graduate application. Call it luck, coincidence, or divine intervention, but Todd and Cindy were looking for the perfect fit to take on their aftercare/grief-counseling program that they had always longed to provide for the families served by the funeral homes. They have always been there to help families following a service, but wanted to do more. Nichole will complete grief-counseling training in April 2017 and is currently assisting families with the aftercare support that we feel is so vital for our families and community.
Dave Brinson is a lifelong resident of Owen County. He is the son of the late James Leslie and Mary Jo Brinson. He is a graduate of Spencer High School class of 1962. Dave married Barbara Baumgarner in 1964 and they are the parents of Brad (Tara), Gayle Brinson- Wright (O T), and Paul (Crystal). They are grandparents of Lindsey Wright, Caleb (Stephanie) Brinson, and Cally Wardlaw. He attends Spencer United Methodist Church where he is active in the choir and food pantry. He retired in 2008 from Hulman & Company after managing Hulman Print Services. He is also president of the Gross Cemetery Association. He enjoys gardening, golfing, and travel. He began working with West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in 2011.
Bob is a lifelong resident of Spencer. He is the son of the late Harold and Pearl (Britton) Livingston, and the brother of Joyce Stevens, Janet Valadez, and Keith Livingston. He graduated from Spencer High School in 1966. He attended and played basketball for Tri-State University (now Trine University), graduating in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He worked for Harry Miller Excavating for four years and then was an insurance agent with Duling Insurance Agency for 36 years. He also served 23 years in the Indiana National Guard. He began working at West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in the fall of 2012. He serves on the boards of the Owen County Community Foundation and Our Community Bank. He and his wife Carolyn (Miller), who he married in 1968, attend Heritage Baptist Church. They have three children, Christa, Jared, and John, and eight grandchildren.
Buck Johnson is from Cloverdale where he was a graduate of Cloverdale High School in 1958. He and his wife of 54 years, Nan, have been residents of Spencer for 42 years. He retired from National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) after 46 years, but still helps our when needed. Buck is a member of Spencer Presbyterian Church and works with the food pantry. He and his wife have four children, Lisa, Jeff, Lynn and Marc, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Buck has been working with West & Parrish & Pedigo since 2013.
Todd is a native of New Castle, Indiana, and a graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School. After moving to Spencer, Indiana, Todd began working at Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Greencastle, Indiana, where he was a supervisor for nearly 20 years in various departments. Todd has always been involved in ministry through song. He sang in a Southern Gospel quartet, Firm Foundation, for five years, and after that sang in a trio, Men of Faith. After 2003, he began singing individually at churches, weddings, and many other events. For the past five years, Todd has been the head coach of the Owen Valley Lady Patriots basketball program, marking 16 years of coaching girls’ basketball. Todd has been a member of the Spencer Nazarene church for 20 years. He taught the teen Sunday school class for seven years, and served on the church board for six years. Todd enjoys spending time with his wife, Cheryl, and his three daughters: Micah, Cloie, and Skylar.