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

We are proud to offer one of the largest, most modern funeral homes available anywhere.

Founded in humble beginnings in 1921, Mercer Funeral Home has evolved over the years to our most recent facility which opened March 21, 1994. Our new facility was designed to place visitors at ease by the home-like atmosphere which is decorated with pleasing colors, a fireplace and the tasteful use of artwork that is displayed through-out the building.

With nearly 14,000 square feet on one level and 4 acres of land, our funeral home is functional enough to accommodate both large and small services. It is also totally handicapped accessible with ample parking. 


Our Valued Staff

Gerald R.(Gary)  Boyce, II

Gerald R.(Gary) Boyce, II

Gary began his career in funeral service with Mercer Funeral Home in 1967, is a graduate of Bluefield High School, Bluefield College and Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, Atlanta, GA.

The owner and president of Mercer Funeral Home since 1988, Gary designed and built the modern facility on West Cumberland Road that was dedicated March 21, 1994.

Gary is the father of two daughters, Mary Lynn Boyce and Lisa Michelle Watkins, and is married to the former Debra St. John. They have five grandsons and a granddaughter.

He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.


Mary Lynn  Boyce

Mary Lynn Boyce

Mary Lynn has been with Mercer Funeral Home since 1996 and is a native of Bluefield. She is a 1998 graduate of Graham High School and holds a degree in Business Management from Bluefield State College. She is a licensed funeral director with a degree from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and is a second-generation funeral director.

She is also a member of the NFDA. Mary Lynn is the daughter of Gary Boyce and Patty Marchal, both of Bluefield. She has one son, Austin and they reside in Bluefield, WV.


Debbie  Boyce

Debbie Boyce

Debbie has been with Mercer Funeral Home since 1994. She is a native of Chilhowie, VA and a graduate of Holston High School in Damascus, VA.

Debbie is the Office Manager serves as our licensee for Preneed Life Insurance.

She is the wife of Gary Boyce and has a son Brian Minnick that lives in Corpus Christi, TX and have five grandsons and a granddaugther.

She is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Debbie enjoys flying her airplane and camping in her spare time


Emmett C.  Haynes, Jr.

Emmett C. Haynes, Jr.



Emmett has been with Mercer Funeral Home since he joined our staff in 1999. He is originally a native a Danville, Virginia where he was a graduate of George Washington High School.

Emmett is a licensed funeral director and embalmer, having graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in 1994. He was also a Navy Corpsman and served in Vietnam.

In his spare time enjoys fishing and reading. Emmett has five daughters and he resides in Bluefield, WV.


Rev. Edward A. Fisher

Rev. Edward A. Fisher, Funeral Service Attendant

Ed came to work with Mercer Funeral Home in 2014. He was born in Baltimore, MD and is a graduate of Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland with an Associate Degree in American History, Bachelor of Arts - Christian Education from Sanford University, Alabama, and a Master of Divinity and Christian Education from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kentucky. He began full time ministry in 1990 and is currently Pastoring at Riverside Baptist Church near Chilhowie, VA.
Ed currently lives in N. Tazewell, VA.


Lisa Boyce  Watkins

Lisa Boyce Watkins


Lisa is a part time funeral service employee joining Mercer Funeral Home in 2005. She is also, a licensed Real Estate Agent and a 1999 graduate of Graham High School in Bluefield, VA.

Lisa is the daughter of Gary Boyce and Patricia Marchal, and is married to Shane Watkins and they have a son Braden and a daughter Kensely and now lives in Bluefield, VA.


Betty  Graham

Betty Graham



Betty joined the Mercer Funeral Home staff 1994 as our evening receptionist. She grew up and was educated in Mercer County and attended Bluefield College.
Betty has two sons and three fabulous grandchildren.

She is an avid reader and word puzzle addict and enjoys dabbling in writing poetry and essays as well as gardening and spending time with the grandchildren.


G. Ross  Boyce

G. Ross Boyce, In Memory Of


Mary Ann  Boyce

Mary Ann Boyce, In Memory of