Meet Our Staff

James A. Riffe, Sr.
In Loving Memory
1938-2008 

 

From a young age, Jim served his community in a number of different endeavors. A 1957 graduate of Narrows High School and a Fall 1960 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he served as the President and Manager of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows until his sudden and unexpected death on April 18th, 2008. Jim was a faithful member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Narrows where he taught Sunday School and served as a Deacon, Elder and Chairman of the Board. He was a charter member of the Giles Lifesaving and Rescue Squad, and served in the Narrows Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years as an Assistant Captain, Chaplain, and a Purchasing Agent. Jim also served on the Giles County 911 Formation Committee and the New River Community College Board of Directors. He was the first president of the Narrows Business and Professional Association, a past-president of the Narrows Lions Club, a past-president of the Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association, and served the Virginia Funeral Directors Association on the Legislative Committee, Disaster Response Committee, and on the Board of Directors. But he will best be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather to his family and simply as, "Button," the nickname he lovingly earned from his grandson, Tyler.

 

 

 

 

James A. Riffe, Jr., CFSP, CPC
General Manager
Licensed Funeral Director 

A 1984 graduate of Narrows High School and a 1988 graduate of Radford University, James returned home to Riffe's Funeral Service in 2002 after a successful career in broadcast production and marketing. He earned an Associate's Degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2004 and became a Virginia-licensed funeral service provider in December 2004. He received his West Virginia license in May 2005. Upon the sudden and unexpected death of his Dad in 2008, James was named General Manager. In March 2012, James earned the designation of CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practitioner) from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.  In June 2012, he received the Virginia Funeral Directors Association's prestigious "Member of the Year" award at its annual convention in Virginia Beach.  In May 2015, James earned the designation of Certified Preplanning Consultant by the National Funeral Directors Association.  In addition to serving as a funeral director and embalmer, he also manages the business office and is a notary public. He has twice served as President for the Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association, and is a past board member for the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, an active member of Glen Lyn Baptist Church, a messenger to the Executive Board of the Mountain State Baptist Association and serves on the boards of New River Community College, representing Giles County, as well as the United Fund of Giles County. James is also a freelance videographer, producer/director, and voiceover talent. He and his wife, Joyce, a teacher at Narrows Elementary/Middle School, are the parents of one son, Tyler Andrew Riffe.

 

 

 

Allie Riffe
   Administrative Assistant 

 

 

Allie grew up in Glen Lyn, Virginia and graduated from high school in Oakvale, West Virginia in 1959. She is a board-certified cosmetologist. She is a longtime member first Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Narrows, where she is a Past President of the Christian Women's Fellowship and a member of Christian Women's Fellowship and the Chancel Choir. She is also a member of the Rose Garden Club in Narrows. 

Jimmy Neice
Funeral Service Assistant

 Jimmy Neice
Funeral Service Assistant

 

 

Jimmy joined the Riffe's Funeral Service staff in January 2007 as a part-time assistant, and became a full-time employee in March 2012. He brings a wealth of experience in funeral service work and is very well known throughout Giles County. He and his wife, Patty, make their home in Rich Creek.

 

Shirley Rowland

Shirley Rowland
Organist
 

It could be safe to say that Shirley Rowland has played for more than 3,000 funerals since joining the staff at Riffe's Funeral Service.  A 1952 graduate of Narrows High School, Shirley has been with us for over 40 years.  She is a faithful member of First United Methodist Church in Narrows where she also served as their organist for many years.  Her husband, B.W. Rowland, also assists with funerals from time to time.  Shirley and B.W. have two grown children and three grandchildren.

 

 

 Larry Day

Larry B. Day
Funeral Service Assistant

A retired employee of the Virginia Department of Transportation, Larry joined our staff in December 2011 as a part-time funeral service assistant.  He is a longtime member of the Narrows Volunteer Fire Department, and is the pianist at Rich Creek Baptist Church.  He and his wife, Bobbie, live in the Wolf Creek community near Narrows.

 

 

Scott King

Scott King
Funeral Service Assistant
 

Scott joined the Riffe's Funeral Service staff in October 2014 as a funeral service assistant.  A 1981 graduate of Peterstown High School, Scott worked in the funeral industry for 25 years in various capacities.  He is an active member of Peterstown Baptist Church.  He and his wife, Tricia, are the proud parents of a daughter, Lyda Beth.

 

 

BWRowland 
B.W. Rowland
Funeral Service Assistant

Following his retirement from Celanese Acetate in Narrows in 1983, B.W. came to work as a part-time funeral service assistant.  He is a faithful member of First United Methodist Church in Narrows, and an avid hunter.  He and his wife, Shirley, make their home in Narrows.