Our knowledgeable staff are passionate about providing families guidance and support during the funeral planning process and well after the funeral. Together, we can honor your loved one’s life while beginning your grief journey.
Sidney M. “Sid” Oman (1928-2009) was co-owner of Oman Funeral Homes in Chesapeake and a long-time funeral director and embalmer in Virginia and North Carolina until his passing in 2009.
Mr. Oman was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Chesapeake where he formerly served as Vice-Chairman of the Administrative Board, Chairman of the Building Committee and a Sunday School teacher.
He served three terms as Mayor of Chesapeake and one term as Mayor of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The Sidney M. Oman Cancer Treatment Center at Chesapeake General Hospital was named for him in 1998. He served as President of both the Virginia Funeral Directors Association and the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.
Mr. Oman served as a board member and former President of the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic and the Board of Advisors for the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation and formerly served on the Boards of Tidewater Community College, Monarch Bank, Bank of Tidewater and Chesapeake General Hospital, Chesapeake and Elizabeth City Cosmopolitan Club, Rotary Club, to name a few.
As a civic-minded person at heart, he cherished the title “Mr. Chesapeake”. His love for Chesapeake and Elizabeth City was only superseded by his love in general for all people. His many civic memberships and appointments in Chesapeake and Elizabeth City are too numerous to list.
Some of his many honors include the 1968 First Citizen of Tidewater; 1969 First Citizen of Chesapeake, 1987 Norfolk State University’s Presidential Citation, 1991 Elizabeth City’s First Citizen Award, 1998-99 Virginian Pilot Readers Choice Award for the Best Known Citizen and Citizen Who has contributed the most to the City.
Mr. Oman is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Lillian Callis Oman; his son, Robert M. “Bob” Oman and wife Cindy, and his daughter, Susan Lynn Oman
Robert M. “Bob” Oman was President and Co-Owner of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory. Bob along with his wife, Cindy and his parents Lillian and the late Sid Oman, founded the funeral home in 1985. Bob is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Virginia and North Carolina and has served as President of both the Virginia and Tidewater Funeral Directors Associations. He was past president and three-term member of the Virginia State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. Bob was honored by being selected as “Virginia Outstanding Funeral Director of the Year” in 2004 by his peers of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association.
Bob is the senior member and past four term Chairman of the Board of the Chesapeake Hospital Authority, which also serves as the Board of Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. He was a founding member on the Corporate Board of Monarch Bank which later merged with Towne Bank, where Bob continues to serve on the Corporate Board of Directors. He is Past Chairman and former member of the Board of Directors of the Chesapeake Community Trust; a founding member of the Board of Governors of Greenbrier Country Club; Past President of the Hospice Council of Chesapeake General Hospital; former Board Member of the Widowed Persons Services of AARP and Past three term President of the Chesapeake East Camp of Gideon’s International.
Bob is a member of Great Bridge Baptist Church where he served as a former deacon and Sunday school teacher and is also a member the Great Bridge Masonic Lodge #257, Chesapeake. Bob lives with his wife in the Hickory section of Chesapeake.
Cynthia L. “Cindy” Oman was President and Co-Owner of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory. Cindy has actively been involved with many of the aspects of funeral service and has cared for the needs of the community for over thirty years.
Cindy‘s background in banking prior to joining her husband, Bob and his parents, Lillian and the late Sid Oman, lent itself to managing the office in the early days and handling the accounting since the funeral home opened in 1985.
Being a local model and charm school instructor for many years, Cindy’s experience with etiquette, colors, make up, hair and clothing has proven to be an invaluable asset to the services we provide families.
Cindy was named “Chesapeake Woman of the Year” in 2006 by the Women’s Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Chesapeake. She is on the Board of Directors for the Great Bridge Woman’s club where she has been a member for over twenty years. Cindy also served as a former President and board member of the Women’s Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Chesapeake and a former member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Cindy along with her husband, Bob, live in the Hickory section of Chesapeake and are members of Great Bridge Baptist Church.
Jeremy B. Moritz is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer with Oman Funeral Home & Crematory. He is graduate of Gloucester High School, and Tidewater Community College where he earned a degree in Mortuary Science. Jeremy is a Virginia Certified Crematory Operator, and is also licensed by the Virginia Bureau of Insurance to assist families with funeral pre-planning. Jeremy enjoys using technology to create unique and meaningful life celebrations and funeral services.
When Jeremy is not serving families, he enjoys spening time with his family. He also enjoys hiking, snowboarding, fishing, hunting and traveling.
Stephen P. Napier grew up in the South Norfolk section of Chesapeake and was a graduate of Oscar Smith High in June of 1976. Son of Rev. Henry V. And Lois Imogene Napier, Steve served his internship and was a 1980 graduate of John Tyler Community College with an associate degree in Applied Science for Funeral Service. He was licensed by the State of Virginia that same year to practice Funeral Service. In 1981 Steve was also licensed to practice Funeral Service in North Carolina. In 2020, He was licensed by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, bureau of insurance as he holds a life, health, and annuities license.
Steve’s primary focus with Oman Funeral Home and Crematory is Advance Funeral or Life Celebration planning wherein he helps families plan and finance services that will best meet their future needs, will comfort the bereaved, and will demonstrate love, honor, and respect for their loved one. Steve takes time to develop a personal relationship with each family he meets and works diligently to assist them in designing Funeral or Life Celebration Services to meet their individual needs.
“My desire is to assist individuals and families to create these advance plans in a stress-free environment that promote open discussion, the opportunity for families to receive answers to all nature of questions, to offer suggestions to reduce or eliminate the financial burden that may otherwise impact their families at the time of need. Planning in advance reduces a significant burden for families who have suffered the loss of a loved one or close friends and allows them to focus on the memories of their loved one’s life rather than the details associated with their loss!”
I look forward to serving families in the Oman tradition of providing the best possible service and care to the deceased and their families. Our
staff work hard to provide quality service to everyone we serve, both internally and externally.
Steve resides in the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake with his wife, Shannon and their black lab, Belle. They have three children, Abigail, Sean and Patrick, a grandson, Levi, and granddaughter, Madison.
One other thought to hold on to is simply that a funeral service filled with compassion and detail brings comfort and healing to family and friends. Planning ahead gives peace of mind to those closest to you. We are here for you and your family when you are ready to think about pre-planning end of life arrangements.
Blair Young is a native of Pittsburgh, PA, and is a Steelers fan. After graduating high school, he served honorably in the United States Air Force. He continued his studies and graduated from John Tyler Community College with his degree in Mortuary Science. He is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, and certified crematory operator. In his leisure time he enjoys being with his wife and son.
Donna Jewell was born in Elizabeth City, NC. She is the daughter of the late George Jewell and Edna Turner Jewell. She has lived in Virginia most of her life, and spent her youth in the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake. She is a graduate of Great Bridge High School and received an Associates Degree in Applied Secretarial Science from Tidewater Community College.
Donna grew up in a home filled with music, which her mother instilled in her from an early age. She is a member of Great Bridge Baptist Church where she shares her love of music in the church Music Ministry. Over the years she has played handbells, and has sung with the choir, Praise Team and Ensemble group “One Voice”. She enjoys trips with her family and vacationing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
After a 13 year career in Government contracting, Donna changed paths and began a career at Oman Funeral Home in 2001. She has held several positions over the years and currently serves our staff and the community as the Office Manager.
Donna resides in the Greenbrier West section of Chesapeake.
Lynne Caris joined the Oman staff in January 2021. After graduating from Hickory High School, she received an Associates Degree in Social Science from Tidewater Community College. Lynne was then awarded a scholarship to the University of Costa Rica, where she attended for a summer before continuing to Virginia Wesleyan. During her time at Wesleyan, she obtained two bachelor’s Degrees in Spanish and Health and Human Services. Lynne worked as a hospital Social Worker for numerous years before leaving to start a family.
As a mom of two boys, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their children and attending their various sporting events! In addition to working at Oman Funeral Home, Lynne continues her lifelong love of dance, teaching at Academie de Ballet, where she has been instructing for over 20 years.
Sean Graham was born in upstate NY and raised in the rural Hickory section of Chesapeake. He graduated from the Great Bridge Schools, and later Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a Charter Member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Sean Graham joined the staff of Oman Funeral Home in 2006 and has provided compassion and care to the families we serve for over 15 years.
Denise Phelps Holmes was raised in the Portlock section of Chesapekae and graduated from Oscar F. Smith. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Denise has raised three children in North Carolina where she continues to reside with her husband Kevin.
Kevin Holmes is a lifelong resident of Currituck County, NC. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from N.C. State University, He recently retired as a Supervisory Nuclear Engineer from Norfolk Naval Shipyard after a thirty-three year career.
Clyde Miller grew up in the South Norfolk section of Chesapeake, where he graduated from Oscar Smith High School in 1961. After graduation, he worked for Old Dominion Marine Railway as an apprentice pipefitter and later worked for Solite Masonry Units. Clyde joined Local #110 in Norfolk, which is one of many Locals of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada. Clyde was a Journeyman Pipefitter, certified welder for pipe and plate, a master plumber licensed by the State of Virginia, qualified to fuse up to and including 4”polyethylene gas pipe, and certified as a Type I Technician to recover and recycle refrigerants from air condition equipment. Clyde also Attended classes sponsored by Carrier and Demuth Trane Air Condition, as well as job related classes at Alpena Community College and Tidewater Community College.
Clyde attended South Norfolk Baptist Church for 43 years, where he served three terms as a
Deacon, and served on the Property Committee for several years. Additionally, Clyde and his wife Dianne taught Sunday school and served on the Youth Council. Today, Clyde and his wife are now members of Great Bridge Baptist Church.
Clyde and his wife of 60 years, Dianne have two children, Marty Miller (Susan) of Duck, NC and Mike Miller (Kathy) of Quinton, VA; four grandchildren and one great grandchildren.
Clyde has been an associate in the funeral service for 18 years.
Audrey Marriner Whitehurst joined the staff of Oman Funeral Home in 2006. She attended the Great Bridge Schools, and graduated from Bob Jones University where she met her future husband George Whitehurst. Audrey and George are proud parents of April, David and Todd; six granddaughters and two grandsons. Audrey taught seven years in the Norfolk County / Chesapeake Schools, and for thirty-five years at Great Hope Baptist School, most of that time teaching first grade. She is a charter member of Great Hope Baptist Church, where she has taught Sunday School and Children's Church.
Aimee Young joined the Oman staff in 2022 as an associate. She is a Hickory High School graduate, then continued on to graduate from Old Dominion University with a degree in Psychology and Human Services. Aimee, also, has a passion for fitness and has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years. in her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and two boys.
Monica Zimmerman is from a small town in Northern Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school and attending post graduate courses, she started her career in banking. Monica later moved to Virginia where she continued in banking with what is now Bank of America. In 2001 she joined Monarch Bank until she retired in 2016. Monica loves sports and is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She also enjoys watching baseball and college basketball. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading and crocheting, as well as spending time with her family and pets, Lil Jim, Shadow and a spoiled schnauzer, “Roy Hobbs”.