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

Brooks & White Funeral Home was founded prior to 1914 in Hurdle Mills, NC by George D. Brooks and Cyrus Clifton White. They ran a blacksmith shop, woodworking shop, country store and garage. Brooks Funeral Home, was opened in Semora, NC during the late 1920's by George D. Brooks, his wife Mollie, and their daughter Merle. Merle was one of the first females to become a licensed funeral director in the states of Virginia and North Carolina.

The business was moved to the current location at the corner of Main Street and Seymour Drive in South Boston, Virginia in 1935. After the death of Mr. Brooks, Merle and her husband, F. E. “Tom” Jones, operated the funeral home until Tom’s death in 1980. At that time, their son, Douglas Brooks Jones and his wife, Betty, took over management of the funeral home. In 2000, Doug and Betty’s daughter, Kathy, a graduate of John Tyler Community College with a degree in funeral service, assumed ownership of the funeral home.    

May 2, 2014 the firm was acquired by Michael and Jane Lyon and the name was changed to Brooks Lyon Funeral Home.  Betty Jones, remained a part of the funeral home staff.  A funeral director since 1977, Michael is licensed in both Virginia and North Carolina. Jane, his wife is a Duke University Divinity School graduate and leads a non profit Whole Woman Conference ( click here ).  She is an ordained minister, gifted speaker and leads Christian Women Conferences.  After graduating from Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science, Michael worked with Howerton Bryan Funeral Home in Durham, NC - a firm founded by Halifax County, Virginia native, R.T. Howerton, Sr in 1874.  Michael's entrance into Halifax County as death care provider completes a circle.  A Funeral Director formed and trained in a Durham, NC firm founded by a Halifax County Virginian, comes to Halifax County to provide service to descendants of RT Howerton.  The Lyon's ownership includes Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home ( Click here ), Lancaster Funeral & Cremation Services ( click here ) and Cremation Society of Virginia (click here). 

However, throughout the history of Brooks Lyon funeral Home and it’s four generations of family ownership there is one thing that has remained the same, and that is putting the needs and desires of the bereaved families first. This tradition continues to be the goal of the staff of Brooks Lyon Funeral Home.   


Our Valued Staff

Michael & Jane Lyon

Michael & Jane Lyon

I knew by the early age of 16 that I wanted to care for others. Upon graduation from high school, I entered college to become a funeral director. My family did not own a funeral home, so and I am a first generation funeral director. Funeral service was my first career choice and I have remained passionate about providing care for others. My wife Jane is also passionate about service. She has dedicated the second half of her life to caring for others. A Duke University Divinity School graduate, pastor, conference leader, and co-owner of Brooks Lyon, she is committed to our focus of Christian ethics and sacred trust.


Betty Booth Jones

Betty Booth Jones, Aftercare Coordinator, Funeral Assistant

I married into the Brooks family and 45 years later I'm still serving a community that I've called home my entire life. Through the years, I've served as President of the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce and Mental Health America of Halifax County, was a part of the founding board of what became Halifax Regional Hospice, currently I fill in at the Halifax County Visitor Center, and I'm also a mother and grandmother, church member and passionate funeral assistant. My efforts at Brooks Lyon are directed toward caring for the grieving through funeral and aftercare services


Steven Smith

Steven Smith, Assistant General Manager

I was born and raised here in Halifax County. I am married to the beautiful Ashley Smith, who is also a Halifax County native. I graduated from Halifax County High School in 2004 where I was a member of the varsity baseball team. After high school, I attended Virginia Tech for my undergrad degree. I am currently taking Funeral Service classes at John Tyler Community College.


Joe L. Jenkins III

Joe L. Jenkins III, Office Manager

I've been on staff at Brooks, now Brooks Lyon Funeral Home since 1992. Born and raised in South Boston, I am the second generation of my family to serve this community in funeral care. I attended East Tennessee State University before returning home in 1992.I am a member of First Baptist Church where I have served as a Deacon, Youth Leader, and Choir member. In the past, I have been involved with Halifax Co. Little Theatre and Habitat for Humanity. In my spare time I enjoy reading, sports, movies, and especially time spent being "Papa" to my three grandsons.


Bert Martin

Bert Martin, Funeral Service Licensee

My family has been involved in death care for three generations. My Grandfather, Egbert Stover Martin, Sr and father, Egbert Stover Martin, Jr. operated Martin & Nichols Funeral Home in Clover, VA until 1986. With the closing of Martin & Nichols I joined the staff at Brooks, now Brooks Lyon Funeral Home. All my life I have served my neighbors as a member of Clover Volunteer Fire Department with over 40 years of service. I also am a lifetime member of the Halifax County Rescue Squad where I served for 20 years and met my wife Kathy. Most Sunday mornings I am in church at Clover Baptist Church, where I serve as a deacon. Kathy, my wife teaches the eight grade English at Halifax County Middle School and our daughter Emily has returned to school to continue her education.


Mrs. Linda Hughes

Mrs. Linda Hughes

A graduate of Halifax County High School, Linda has served as the funeral home organist/ pianist and office assistant for over ten years. She is married to Ben who also assist with funerals. Prior to working with Brooks Lyon, Linda was a Material Management employee at Halifax Regional Healthcare System. On Sunday mornings is the pianist a Grace Baptist Church where she also is a member of a choral trio.


Mr. Ben Hughes

Mr. Ben Hughes

Ben is a Halifax native and is retired from Presto, where worked for many years. Upon retirement he went to work caring for others at Brooks Lyon Funeral Home. When not at Brooks Lyon, Ben can be found driving a School Bus, or at Grace Baptist Church where he sings in a Christian Trio.


Mr. J.D. Conner

Mr. J.D. Conner

I’ve been married 32 years to Janet and we have three children, Michelle, Lori and Brittney. I have five grandchildren, Zoe, Olivia ,Zane, Charlie and Jake. I graduated in Halifax County High school in 1973. We attend Union Christian Baptist Church. I am a two time past Master Mason for the 37th Masonic District. I have worked with VDOT 37 years and I am currently the Maintenance Manager for the Halifax Residency.


Reverend Larry Davis

Reverend Larry Davis

Larry is the husband of Brenda Nunn Davis and the father of two daughters. He retired from Estes Trucking after a twenty year career as terminal manager at various locations. Prior to Estes he was plant manager at Lake Sleepwear. In 2000, he was ordained as a Christian Minister and he currently pastors Arbor Baptist Church. Additionally he volunteers at Halifax Regional Hospital and is President of the hospital auxillary.


Mrs. Kay Lewis

Mrs. Kay Lewis