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.
Market Leader, Licensed Funeral Director, and Cremation Specialist
Gregg is a native of Saluda and began his career in the funeral industry while in high school after losing a childhood friend in an accident. The time he shared with this friend’s family during the funeral caused him to choose a career in funeral service. He is a lifelong resident of the Midlands and was first employed with Thompson Funeral Home in 1987. He rejoined the team several years ago and now serves as the market leader.
Gregg is a graduate of Saluda High School, LaSalle University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Business and a 1984 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. He is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, pre-need counselor and licensed pre-need insurance agent.
Gregg is a member of the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club and Lions Clubs International, having served as District Governor. He is an active member of the Lexington and Cayce-West Columbia Chambers of Commerce, the National and South Carolina Funeral Directors Associations and Wightman United Methodist Church where he is a vocalist and musician on the Praise Team, Chairman of Finance and serves on various other committees. Gregg also is a member of the West Columbia River District, where he serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors.
Gregg is married to Tracie Pitts Turner who is employed with Bernardo Geriatric Medicine. They have two children, a son, Tyler and a daughter, McKensey, both of whom are married. He and Tracie have one grandson, Bennett.
David R. Hardee
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.
Family Care Advisor & Licensed Funeral Director
Makeba joined the Thompson Funeral Home family as a licensed funeral director with years of service to families.
Assisting families in advance with preplanning their service is a passion of hers and credits her family with instilling benignant traits in her as a child.
She is involved with various organizations, including, but not limited to Rotary, Hospice, Junior League, as well as Habitat for Humanity.
Mary Beth Lamey
Community Care Coordinator
FD Apprentice 4093
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.
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.
Family Service Advisor
John began his career with Greenlawn in 2022 after over twenty five years of customer service experience in financial services, assisted living and real estate. He is passionate about working with families and providing solutions during difficult times. A native of Central Florida, John graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC where he played baseball and received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology.
John has lived in Columbia for 28 years, is a father of one daughter, and is active in the community. He enjoys playing tennis, golf, following baseball and roots passionately for the Gamecocks. He is a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Shandon.
Manager of Administration
Simone has joined the Thompson Funeral Home team in June of 2022. She is a native of Blythewood, South Carolina. She has been in the customer service and administrative field since 2014, and loves making a positive impact on the people that surround her. Before joining the Thompson Funeral Home team, she was in management where she grew and coached her team for the last 5 years leaving them to be one of the best spas in the Columbia area at time of departure. Simone is currently working towards her Business Management degree to continue growing in her career field.
She has a large family and quite a few friends who she loves to spend her spare time with. Simone’s intentions for her new role are to continue being the best version of herself while growing and evolving in her personal and professional life to exceed in her goals for the future.
Market Sales Manager
Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dan has always worked in professions that involve helping people. Having worked in the Cemetery/Funeral industry for over 20 years, he is passionate about his work as a Market Sales Manager in the Columbia/Lexington area of South Carolina.
Dan is dedicated to the families and staff who call on him, seeking assistance, guidance, and practical solutions to their needs. He is trained to listen and personally address particular issues and concerns. He specifically enjoys sharing the necessary information needed to make informed decisions about making arrangements now or planning for the future.