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Our Story

Hill & Wood Funeral Service has been serving theCharlottesville area community for many years. We’re thankful to be an important part of this community and will continue our longstanding legacy of helping families honor their loved ones.

 


 

Our Founders

Founded in 1907, as the Irving, Way, Hill Company. Mr. Willard Irving handled the livery business, Mr. C. T. Way was a carriage maker and J. H. Hill was the undertaker. The original building was located at the east end of what is now the downtown mall at Water and Main Streets. The business later moved to East Main Street at the present site of Valley View Florist. In 1929, the business was incorporated as Hill and Irving with J. Hercules Hill as its President. In 1936, the business was moved to its present location at First and Market Streets.



Our Progression

In 1929, the business was incorporated as Hill and Irving with J. Hercules Hill as its President. In 1936, the business was moved to its present location at First and Market Streets. At the passing of Mr. J. H. Hill in 1942, Mr. William R. Hill, his son assumed the presidency.

On June 1, 1975 a new corporation in the name of Hill and Irving Funeral Home, Incorporated, was established with Mr. Paul H. Wood assuming the Presidency and Mr. William R. Hill moving to the position of Chairman of the Board. On January 1, 1978 the name of the firm was changed to Hill and Wood Funeral Service, Incorporated. On April of 1981, Paul H. Wood, in addition to being President was named Chairman of the Board with Mr. William R. Hill assuming a Directorship. In 1983, Mr. William R. Hill resigned from the Board to assume full retirement.



Our Present Owner

Mr. Fields became owner of Hill & Wood in 1990, President and General Manager in 1995, and with the retirement of Paul Wood in 2000, he took the position as board chairman. In 2018, Mr. Fields stepped down as President; Randy Whitlow became President of the company, and Stephen Christianson was named Vice President.

 


 

Former Funeral Directors

From Left to Right:
Julian Dobbins
Francis Riddick
R. C. Taylor
William Bickley
Mark Ascoli
(started in 1987 and served as the manager from 2011 until his retirement at the end of 2015)

Hill & Wood Funeral Service 
Phone: (434) 296-6148
201 N. First Street, Charlottesville, VA

Hill & Wood Greene Chapel
Phone: (434) 990-4336
15075 Spotswood Trail, Ruckersville, VA


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