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.
We have served the Wildwood and Sumter County communities with compassion and care for over four decades. Our founders, Lonnie Page, his son-in-law Cecil Theus and Coleman Banks, have sought to create a top-notch facility with excellent standards of service. Our funeral professionals continue this tradition and strive to help each family honor their loved one in a personalized and unique manner.
We strongly focus on the needs of each family. We know the importance of small details and assist in creating an experience that is just right for your needs and preferences. Whether it is a simple service or an elaborate one, we work diligently to ensure that it is a memorable experience.
We offer Video Tributes, Floral Services, Balloon Releases, Dove Releases, Military Honors, Special Musicians, and dozens of other ways to memorialize and pay tribute to the departed soul.
We are available to conduct services in any religious institution and/or cemetery. We also provide a number of options both for funeral services as well as entombment at our own cemetery.
Our friendly and helpful staff is always available to answer your queries and provide any information or assistance that you may need.
Who We Are
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
General ManagerRead Bio
William C. Ward, III was born in Rochester, New York and is married to his wife Dr. Marnie L. Ward. They have three children, Diana M. Ward, William C. Ward, IV and Grace L. Ward. Bill has been in the funeral industry since 1991 and when asked why he is in this industry Bill states “Since I was a young man I have always had a calling to help those who were truly in need of help. The funeral service has truly offered me the opportunity to help families who are truly in need of help.” When asked what Bill likes about his job he stated “Helping families through the difficult process of the funeral arrangement, funeral service and committal service. Thereby allowing them the opportunity to have a service that meets and exceeds their request.” When Bill is not working his favorite things to do are, Helping his children with school work, 4H projects and working on his Lionel Train layout. When asked what the best advice was that he had ever received Bill said “Always treat a client family as though they were your own family and you will never be wrong! Given by the late Orlando J. Fero, Jr. who was the owner of Fero Funeral Homes of Beverly Hills and Dunnellon, Florida.”
Funeral Home ManagerRead Bio
Stuart Force was born in Elizabeth, N.J and is married to his Wife Elaine. They have six children, Joe Smith, Scott Smith, David Force, Elizabeth Acton, Laura Rodriguez and Amanda Church. Stuart has been in the funeral industry since 1982 and when asked why he is in the funeral industry he states “I love helping people and being involved in the community. This career allows me to assist people thru the hardest time in their life and to be active with the community.” When Stuart is not at work his favorite things to do are, Backpacking, Hiking, kayaking, camping and spending time with his grandchildren. When asked what was the best advice you ever received he said “Be patient.”
Funeral Director/EmbalmerRead Bio
I’m Bruce Stout, I was born in September 1963 to George and Shirley Stout in Olney, Illinois, the fourth of five children and grew up on a farm in southeastern Illinois. I went to Robinson High School in Robinson, Illinois. My favorite pastime growing up was playing the piano and spending time in the woods surrounded by nature, reading a good book; as I still enjoy reading, and playing the piano.
I moved to Arizona in 1987, where met my late wife Susan Ferrell, we married in 1991. Susan passed in 1998 leaving behind her husband, daughter Reiley, and her family. I attended Mesa Community College Mortuary Science Program, graduated in 2002 with distinction. I Worked for Mesa Heritage and Apache Junction Mortuary as Crematory Manager and Licensed Funeral Director. I also worked for All Saints Catholic Church as a part-time Music Director and Liturgist for overflow masses.
I moved back to Olney, Illinois working at Stasi-Grove Funeral Home and then Kistler-Patterson Funeral Home being licensed in Illinois and Indiana.
I remarried in 2010 to my wife Kimberly Fussell from Florida. We relocated to Mt. Dora, Florida in 2017 to be near her family. I obtained my Florida License and am working at Page-Theus and Banks/Page-Theus Funeral Homes.
I became a funeral Director due to the influence of the local Funeral Director I knew in my High School days. The duty and ministry of helping families through the beginning of the grieving process is what being a Funeral Director is about. Death is an experience we all will have to encounter in one form or another. Helping families through the process of saying goodbye, whether it be by a traditional funeral or simple cremation, is what my calling in life is. I have known the sorrow but also the joy of that experience myself, and I take aim to make that transition for the family as meaningful as possible.
Grief does not end with the funeral or celebration of Life ceremony but continues for a period of time. Being a Funeral Director, we are here for you and the community whenever we are needed.
Funeral Home DirectorRead Bio
Mike Evans, born and raised in Gallipolis, Ohio. He was lucky to have played high school sports, and enjoyed water skiing on the Ohio River. He enjoys target shooting and golfing as well as working on family genealogy.
He is married to Lisa Dunn-Evans for 26 years (also a funeral director) who has Blessed him with two sons Ian and Austen, who are graduating from college this year. He is a member of The Local Leesburg Moose lodge and a Master Mason for 41 years.
Mike has been a licensed Funeral Director for over 40 years. Over the decades he has seen a big change in the funeral service. However, serving families to the best of his ability has never changed.
Staff AssociateRead Bio
Don Jernigan was born in Orlando, Florida and is widowed with two children, Paul and Jeff Jernigan. Don has been in the funeral industry since 2007 and when asked why he is in the funeral industry and what he likes most about his job Don states “I like meeting people. The people I work with and being understanding and sympathetic to our clients in the most difficult times in their lives.” Don’s favorite things to do when he is not working are, Teaching Sunday School and relaxing. When asked what the best advice was that he ever received Don said “Treat people how you would like to be treated.”
Clerical & Administrative SpecialistRead Bio
Peggy Banks was born in North Carolina and has three daughters, Paige, Deidra and Cheryl. Peggy has been in the funeral industry since 1966. When asked why she is in the funeral industry she states “ My husband, Coleman Banks, was a Funeral Director, Embalmer for 42 years prior to his death in 2003.” What Peggy likes most about being in the funeral industry is the satisfaction of knowing she can help a family during their time of grief. When she is not working her favorite things to do are being with her family, helping with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and shopping. When asked what the best advice was that she has ever received she said “Never take life for granted – we don’t have the promise of tomorrow. (This has been true in many, many instances).”