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 Story

Tankersley Funeral Home has been serving the families of Mullens and the surrounding communities of Wyoming County for more than 82 years from their central location at 102 Moran Avenue.

The funeral home was established in 1928 when Harry Foglesong, A.B. Robertson and William Lewis opened the Robertson-Foglesong Funeral Home. In 1940, the well known Sam Foglesong, Harry’s cousin, joined the firm. This partnership continued until the retirement of Mr. Robertson in 1962.

At that time, George Nease and Don Neely joined the partnership and the funeral home was named Foglesong-Nease-Neely Funeral Home. After George Nease’s retirement and Don Neely’s death in 1973, Sam Foglesong continued the business by himself, until 1976 when he sold the firm to John Longanacre. The funeral home was then renamed Foglesong-Longanacre Funeral Home. Mr. Foglesong remained active in the funeral home for several more years, loyally serving his friends in the community.

In 1985, an employee of Mr. Longanacre purchased the funeral home and the name was changed to Tankersley Funeral Home, as it remains today. In the 1990’s, David Wood first became a part of the Tankersley Funeral Home and is the manager and director of the firm today.

There have been many improvements to the facilities over the years, but the major changes occurred when, in July, 2001, a devastating flood ravaged the area. The funeral home, although not in the “officially designated” flood plain, sustained heavy damages to the interior when approximately four feet of water made its course through the funeral home. The interior was completely remodeled at that time. Since then, many improvements have been made to better serve the community, including the purchasing of adjoining properties, demolition of the structures, and paving for a new parking lot. The most recent improvement is the new permanent front fa├žade, which literally gave a completely new appearance to the building.

The staff and owners of Tankersley Funeral Home are proud to continue their rich heritage and commitment of dedication in serving the families of Wyoming County.

Our Valued Staff

  • David  Wood

    David Wood Funeral Director in Charge

    David L. Wood, II is a native of Beckley, West Virginia and considers Mullens his adopted home. He is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley College (now Mountain State University) and The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed funeral director, embalmer and pre-need insurance sales agent in the State of West Virginia.

    David began his funeral career in 1979. He is actively involved in the Mullens Area Chamber of Commerce, The Mullens Dogwood Festival, and attends Herndon Freewill Baptist Church in Herndon.

    David and his wife, Christina (McKinney), are the proud parents of four children, Jonathan, Brianna, Dylan and Madison.

    David is always available to help families in the Mullens and surrounding communities with immediate and advance planning needs.

  • Leah  Brewer

    Leah Brewer Administrative Assistant

    Leah Carr Brewer is a native of Mullens along with her husband, Randy. She is a graduate of Mullens High School and attended Concord College. Prior to her joining the Tankersley staff in 1997, Leah was a day care provider for 10 years for the children of the Mullens area.

    Leah is a member of the Mullens United Methodist Church where she is a member of the adult church choir. She is also a member of the Red Hat Ladies.

    Leah and her husband, Randy, are the proud parents of three children, Amy, Jarrod and Kelsey Brewer. In her leisure time, Leah enjoys attending and watching her children participate in sports and spending time with her family and friends and her animals, especially her canine companion, Gabby.

    Leah and Randy recently fulfilled a long-time dream by purchasing a farm in Summers County.

  • Brianna  Wood

    Brianna Wood Apprentice Funeral Director