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.

David R. Hardee
Location Leader

Dave has worked for Thompson Funeral Home twice; first as an apprentice funeral director in the 1980's with Earl "Tootsie" Thompson, and he currently works with families at all three funeral home chapels. David has been a licensed funeral director since 2008, and is a member of St. Martin's in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in downtown Columbia. Dave is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, and also serves as the 2017 Chairman for the Central-Coastal region of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association.

Dave earned his bachelor's degree and two masters' degrees from the University of South Carolina, and was a SC public elementary and middle school teacher for 15 years prior to returning to funeral service. He enjoys caring for people in their time of greatest need.

Kim Dennis
Director of Operations

Kimberly Dennis started her business management experience with an international security firm where she developed a strong background in human resources, payroll and personnel management.  Kim has worked with some of the biggest names in the retail industry along with hospitals, golf courses, and industrial plants helping tailor their needs to services available to them.  Prior to the security industry, Kim worked for ambulance services and hospitals as an EMT and technician.  Kim has a strong desire to help people in their time of need.

Kim was born in Franklin PA and spent her childhood there before moving to South Carolina in 1996.  Kim currently lives in Irmo, SC with her husband who is the Assistant Chief of Police with a local police department and their 2 children Carlton and Jackson. She currently serves as an ambassador with Serve and Connect a non-profit in Columbia, SC where she enjoys interacting with the community.

Mary Beth Lamey
Community Care Coordinator

Mary Beth joined Woodridge 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 twenty years. Currently, Mary Beth is licensed both as a clinical social worker and as a funeral director apprentice. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to new places, attending concerts and spending time with family and friends.

Joe Morris
Sales Manager

Joe was born in Boston MA and has lived in MD,PA,VA and now SC. Joe has two daughters and two grandchildren. Joe has been in the death care industry for twelve years and loves to help families and build lasting relationships. Outside of work Joe likes to play golf, mountain bike, hike and spend time with his family.

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”

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.

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. 

Gregg Pinner
Family Service Advisor

Gregg Pinner was born and raised in Cayce, SC and currently lives in West Columbia, SC with his wife Paula and their two dogs Misty and Roxie. His two sons, Allen and Chris, were also raised in the area and have made their adult homes there as well.

Gregg was the President/CEO of The Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber of Commerce and a Realtor with Coldwell Banker. His experience as an Ambassador with Thompson Funeral Home led to his joining the team at Woodridge as a Family Service Advisor.

Gregg has always had a passion for helping people in various ways over the years and now believes he can help families plan for the most difficult time we all will eventually face.