Who We Are: Our History and Staff

Slack and Wallace Funeral Home is family owned and operated by Richard L. Slack and Beth A. Wallace. Rick and Beth worked together at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home in Chesapeake, OH and decided there was a need for a funeral home in South Point, OH. The funeral home is located in the building where Tri-State Worship Center held their services before moving to their new location. The renovation of the building started in July of 2010 with Beth's father, Johnnie Wallace (General Contractor) designing and completing the construction of the building. Upon opening of this new funeral home, it is hoped that this much needed service is provided to all of Lawrence County, Ohio and the surrounding area.

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Pictured above: Richard Slack and Beth Wallace McNearney

  Richard L. Slack, Owner

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

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Rick has worked in the funeral business for 44 years. He graduated from Ohio Valley University with an Associate of Arts Degree and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.  While attending Ohio Valley University he worked nights and weekends at Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg, WV.   He went on to serve his apprenticeship there. After his apprenticeship was completed, he was employed by Leavitt Funeral Home, where he worked for 6 years. He left Leavitt's to come to Chesapeake, OH where he was employed at Schneider Funeral Home in 1978.  This is when he met his wife Lesa and married her in March of 1979.   He was a partner in the funeral business with his father-in-law, Joe M. Schneider, and his brother-in-law Brian Schneider until 1995, at which time the business was sold to Carriage Services. Rick agreed to continue working for three years at the funeral home as manager to provide stability for the business in the community. In April of 2000 Rick and Lesa became the owners of Perry and Derrick Paint and Decorating Center in Huntington, WV.  They sold the business in 2004, and Rick returned to the funeral business by working part-time at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home. Rick and Beth met in 2005 and worked together at the funeral home and decided there was a need for a funeral home in South Point, OH. They opened Slack and Wallace Funeral Home January 11, 2011.

Rick is involved in the following organizations:

  • Member, South Point 1st Church of the Nazarene
  • Member and former President of the Greater Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
  • Vice President and Executive Board Member of the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation
  • Past Chief of Chesapeake Volunteer Fire Department and an active member for 30 years
  • Past President and active member of Chesapeake/Rome/Proctorville Lion's Club
  • Board member of Rome-Proctorville Cemetery
  • Hospice of Huntington Patient Volunteer
  • Hospice of Huntington Advisory Board Member
  • Member and past President of Lake Forest Association

Rick enjoys spending time with family, being involved in his church and community, golfing, photography and fishing.

Family:

Wife: Lesa Schneider Slack (Chesapeake Elementary School Nurse)

Children: Richie (Marlee Hilton) Slack (Supervisor, Fresenius Medical Corp.) and Cory Slack (Student at Marshall University)

Grandchildren: Jayden, Sawyer and Sofia Slack 

Parents: Earl (1921-2013)  and Dorothy Slack; Joe (1930-1996) and Polly Schneider

 Beth A. Wallace McNearney, Owner

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

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Beth has worked in the funeral business for 10 years. She has been a resident of Huntington, WV since birth and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 2000. She enrolled in Marshall University and earned a B.A. in Business Management in 2004. Beth decided to pursue the funeral industry after her brother; Jason Owen Wallace was killed in the 1996 Scottown, Ohio fireworks explosion.  Upon moving to Cincinnati, she graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and earned her degree in 2005. While serving her apprenticeship, she worked with Rick at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home from October 2005 - February 2007. She then moved to Florida and worked for Edgley Cremation Services and Crime Site Restoration. After returning to Huntington in 2009 she once again worked for Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home as a Funeral Director/Embalmer until June 2010. Rick and Beth met in 2005 and worked together at the funeral home and decided there was a need for a funeral home in South Point, OH. They opened Slack and Wallace Funeral Home January 11, 2011.

Beth is involved in the following organizations:

  • Member of England Hill Freewill Baptist Church
  • Alpha Chi Omega Alum
  • Marshall University Alum
  • Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science Alum
  • Hospice of Huntington Patient Volunteer
  • Hospice of Huntington Pet Therapy Volunteer with dog, Zoe
  • Member of the Greater Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of Lawrence County Young Professionals
  • Member of Huntington YMCA

Beth was introduced to Jonas in 2009 and married at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado in 2010.  They welcomed their first daughter; Emily Dawn April 23, 2011.  A week shy of two years they welcomed their second daughter; Claire Anne April 16, 2013.  Two little girls wasn't enough for the McNearney family so God blessed them with a little baby boy; Owen Wallace on October 3, 2014.  Beth loves spending time with her family and friends, church, crafting, traveling, being involved with the community and loves animals. 

Family:

Husband: Jonas McNearney (Engineer at Rubberlite, Inc.)

Children: Emily Dawn McNearney, Claire Anne McNearney & Owen Wallace McNearney 

Parents: Johnnie Owen and Willa Wallace (both retired teachers from Wayne County Board of Education)

Sister: Amie Dawn Wallace Crockett (Correctional Counselor for Cabell County Youth Reporting Center)                                                    

Brother-in-law: Tyler Crockett (Assistant Director of Ticketing, Marshall University)                                                                          

Brother: Jason Owen Wallace (1986-1996)

 Bill Clark, Attendant

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Bill has been a resident of Lawrence County Ohio since birth and is a graduate of Symmes Valley High School. After graduation from high school he joined the United States Army and was on active duty for 2 years with 13 months of that time in Korea. He remained on non-active duty for 4 years and was honorably discharged in 1971. He worked for Nabisco and retired there after 34 years. After Bill retired he worked as a part-time attendant at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home for 3 year. He has been a big help and tremendous asset during the renovation and building of the new Slack and Wallace Funeral Home.

  • Attends Sunshine Freewill Baptist Church

Family:

Wife: Karen Keeney Clark (Chesapeake Middle School Secretary)

Children: Ronnie Clark (1969-1998) and Dustin (Libby) Clark

 Johnnie Wallace, Attendant

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Johnnie has been a resident of Wayne County, WV since birth.  He graduated from Wayne High School in 1967  and West Virginia State University in 1972, where he was a starting linebacker for the football team.  He received his master's degree from Marshall University in 1976 and taught Building Construction for the Wayne County School system for 32 years.  While working for the school system he was an assistant coach for Wayne High School Football Team and Head Coach for the Wrestling Team.  Upon retirement, he has continued to be a WV licensed contractor where he specializes in residential building construction.  Johnnie just received the distinguished honor of being voted BEST in the Tri-State 2014 for Wayne County's Custom Builder and General Contractor.

  • Member and Trustee of England Hill Freewill Baptist Church
  • Member of Wayne County Teachers golf league (Silo Golf Course- Lavalette, WV)

Family:

Wife: Willa D. Webb Wallace (retired Wayne County teacher for 33 years and wife of 45 years.

Children: Beth (Jonas) Wallace McNearney , Amie (Tyler) Wallace Crockett and Jason Owen Wallace (1986-1996) 

Grandchildren: Emily Dawn McNearney, Claire Anne McNearney and Owen Wallace McNearney

 Amie Wallace Crockett, Attendant

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Amie Dawn Wallace Crockett is a part-time attendant at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home.  She has worked for Slack and Wallace since the opening in January 2011.  Amie is the sister of co-owner Beth Wallace McNearney.  Amie has been a resident of Huntington, WV since birth and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 2002.  She enrolled in Marshall University and earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice in 2007.  Amie works full-time for the Division of Juvenile Services in WV.  She is a Corrections Case Manager for the Cabell County Youth Reporting Center and has worked there since November 2011.  After graduating from Marshall University, Amie obtained employment at Transitions, Inc. Halfway House in Ashland, KY as a Primary Counselor.  She worked there from January 2008 until November 2011.  Amie hopes to work full-time for Slack and Wallace Funeral Home with her sister in the future.

Amie met her husband, Tyler Crockett, during her freshman year at Spring Valley High School.  They dated off and on for 15 years.  They married at St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands in August 2013.  They reside in Huntington, WV with their two dogs, Lucky Lucy and Maggie.

Tyler Crockett has been a resident of Huntington, WV since birth and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1999.  He enrolled in Marshall University and earned a B.A. in Sports Management and Marketing in 2005 and earned a M.S. in Sport Administration in 2010.  Tyler works for Marshall University's Athletic Department as the Assistant Director of Ticketing and has worked there since June 2011.

Amie loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling, cooking, crafting, shopping, and has a love for animals.    

Family:

Husband: Tyler Crockett (Assistant Director of Ticketing at Marshall University)

Parents: Johnnie Owen and Willa Wallace (both retired teachers from Wayne County Board of Education)

Sister: Beth Anne Wallace McNearney (Owner of Slack and Wallace Funeral Home)

Brother-in-law: Jonas McNearney (Engineer at Rubberlite, Inc.)

Nieces and Nephew: Emily Dawn McNearney, Claire Anne McNearney and Owen Wallace McNearney

Brother: Jason Owen Wallace (1986-1996)      

 Chris Smith, Attendant

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Chris has worked for Slack and Wallace Funeral Home for the last 2 ½ years.  He has been a resident of Lawrence County since birth and is a graduate of St. Joseph High School in Ironton. Chris is originally from Ironton and relocated to South Point in 1995 upon his marriage to his wife, Tracy.  He has been employed with the Ohio Highway Patrol since May of 1991, when he began his career as a cadet dispatcher at the Ironton Post until he attended the Ohio Highway Patrol Training Academy in Columbus Ohio.   Upon completion of the training, he was assigned to the Defiance Post until he was transferred to Lawrence County in February of 1993.   Chris worked in Lawrence County until he was promoted to position of Sergeant at the Portsmouth Post and remained there until he returned to Lawrence County in 2005.   Chris is currently a Sergeant/Assistant Post Commander for the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Lawrence County.

Chris is involved in the following organizations:

  • President of People for the Point, Inc. (includes planning and hosting Party in the Park and Heritage Days)
  • President of South Point Athletic Boosters
  • Attends New Life Church with his family
  • Councilman for Village of South Point
  • Member Ohio State Troopers Association
  • Member for Spectrum Outreach Advisory Board
  • South Point Baseball Coach (Middle School age/Junior League)

Chris enjoys spending time with family, being involved in his community, being outdoors hunting and fishing with his children, working on his Jeep build project and RC car racing.

Family:

Wife: Tracy Jones Smith (Self-Employed)

Children: Lexi (Senior at South Point High School) and Drew Smith (Student at South Point Middle School).

Parents: Robert R. Smith who resides in Ironton and Marta J. Smith (1938-2010)

Sister and Brother in Law: Sheila and Ed Pennisten, who reside in South Point

Bob Slack, Attendant

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Bob is originally from Indianapolis and moved to Huntington, WV in June 2010.  He is currently the facilities manager for Whitaker Square East Condominiums.  Prior to that he was the facilities manager for White River Christian Church in Noblesville, Indiana.

 

Family:

Wife: Jane Slack

Children: Tricia Hudson, Rebekah Smith and Kim Mayse 

Grandchildren: 11

   Jack Hutchinson, Attendant

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Jack is originally from Lincoln County, WV  and moved to Huntington, WV when he was 12.  He married Jody Harris in 1967 and moved to Chesapeake, OH.  He retired from Roadway Express after 33 years.  He is an avid Cincinnati Reds fan and loves to play golf.   

  • Member 1st Baptist Church of Proctorville
  • Active member of Chesapeake/Rome/Proctorville Lion's Club

Family:

Wife: Jody Harris Hutchinson

Children: Jeff (Jackie) Hutchinson April Massie (Doug) Price

Grandchildren: 5