History and Staff

Our unique location, nestled in rolling hills and deep valleys, is a restful and beautiful setting where families can visit and honor their loved ones.  Our 50-seat mausoleum chapel, and unique family shelter gazebo by the 1 acre pond with fountain also allow for unique venues for staging special memorial occasions.

A History of Caring

Woodridge Memorial Park has been proudly serving families in the Lexington County area since its founding in 1976 by Leon and Edith Strasburger. Our unique location, nestled in rolling hills and deep valleys, is a restful and beautiful setting where families can visit and honor their loved ones. Our 50-seat mausoleum chapel and unique family shelter gazebo by the 1-acre pond with fountain allow for unique venues for staging special memorial occasions. The beautiful hydrangeas, rose bushes and azaleas throughout the park were raised by Mrs. Strasburger in her personal garden and relocated to Woodridge Memorial Park.

Woodridge Funeral Home was established in 2006 to provide an even greater level of service and convenience for our families. This modern and cozy facility allows for small group visitations in a warm homelike setting.

Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Woodridge Memorial Park & Funeral Home, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.

Bob Shields
Managing Director

Bob has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia in 1981. He is a Licensed SC Funeral Director, and has a SC Department of Insurance license for pre-need arrangements. 

After 30 years as the very recognizable Sports Director with WLTX-TV, Columbia, SC, and nearly 9 years as a co-host on 107.5 “The Game” sports talk radio in Columbia; Bob sought a new path in the funeral profession. He is passionate about his career. 

He says, “I have been blessed to work in this honorable profession. Serving families and assisting them during one of the most difficult times of their lives is more than just rewarding – it is my true calling!”

Born in Charleston, SC, Bob has been a Midlands resident since 1977. He played sports his whole life and still enjoys golf, swimming and doing yard work. He is a member of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and a member of both Chapin and Irmo Chambers of Commerce. 

Bob married Renee’ Ellisor in 1989. They have a son and a daughter, and are members of St. Jacobs Lutheran Church in Chapin.

Kim Graber
Family Service Counselor

Originally from North Carolina, Kim has lived in South Carolina since 2005. She has been married to her husband Tom for 32 years. They have three wonderful children: Kyle, Lauren and Sara . They also have four-legged children, Lucy a chocolate lab and her “twin sister” Millie, a poma-poo. Kim is a member of Shandon Baptist Church, and enjoys spending time with her family, entertaining and needlework.

Since joining the staff at Woodridge Memorial Park as a Family Service Counselor, she has had the privilege of serving many families. “It gives me great satisfaction when helping families honor and celebrate the life of a loved one, whether assisting families at their time of need or planning for the future”

Kelvin Price
Family Service Advisor

Growing up in Columbia SC, Kelvin attended Columbia High School and USC. He now calls Lexington, SC home. He attends and is an active member at St. Mark's Methodist Church. He enjoys cooking, fishing and spending time with his family.
Kelvin is always willing and available to assist you in your planning needs.

Debra Whiteside
Funeral Home Administrator

I am the Administrator at Woodridge Funeral Home, and I have been with the company since 2006. I have two grown children; Lauren & Andrew, who are the loves of my life. As the first "face" that families see when they walk through the doors of the funeral home, I find my work very fulfilling. I believe that putting families first is of the utmost importance. I do volunteer work in my community; I love to travel and spend time with family and friends.

Brian Gargis
Family Care Advisor - Licensed Funeral Director

Brian and his wife Laurie have joined Woodridge Funeral Home from Florida, where they owned and operated their own funeral home. Brian graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, and has been in the funeral business for over 25 years. He is the proud father of two boys who keep him active with youth baseball.

Alicia Clark
Family Care Advisor - Licensed Funeral Director

Alicia is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in South Carolina and North Carolina, as well as being licensed to sell preneed insurance.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in biology from Furman University and an Applied Associate of Science degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

Alicia moved to South Carolina from Massachusetts and has been a resident of Lexington for 10 years and enjoys her free time with her son Jody. 

Mary Beth Lamey
Community Care Coordinator

Mary Beth joined Woodridge Memorial Park & Funeral Home after working in the field of hospice and end of life care. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Master of Social Work degree and has provided counseling and support to grieving families in the Columbia area for over seventeen years. Mary Beth greatly enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, and traveling to new places.