History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is owned by Tonya R. Parker. Along with our professional staff, they continue a long tradition of service to the communities of Charleston and the Kanawha Valley.

The funeral home was founded in 1929 by Tonya’s grandfather, Emmons A. Johnson. He was committed to the ideal that the funeral home would be “Known for Service.” This slogan became the foundation upon which future generations would build including the Cunningham family who owned the funeral home for over 45 years. In 1979, Tonya’s father, James E. Johnson, and her husband, R. Brent Parker, purchased the firm. Throughout the years, J.E., Brent and Tonya continually added innovative services and options to help families through the death of a loved one.

With the passing of J.E. Johnson in 2005 and Brent Parker in 2008, Tonya Parker is committed to carrying on her family’s legacy. The mission of the funeral home is the same as it was 80 years ago – to be known for service. And the staff at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson will continue to serve with the same compassion, attention to detail, and affordability that you have come to expect.

Our Valued Staff

  • John R. Casto

    John R. Casto Office Manager / Family Assistance

  • Cheryl Ann Smith

    Cheryl Ann Smith Funeral Director, Embalmer

  • J. Evan Parker

    J. Evan Parker Associate


  • Pastor Scott Davis

    Pastor Scott Davis Ordained Minister, Associate

  • Marvin High

    Marvin High Associate

  • Vaughn Shafer

    Vaughn Shafer

    Associate