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.


  • Brian R. Scharff

    Brian R. Scharff General Manager, Advanced Funeral Planner & Funeral Director

    Brian Scharff was born and raised in Marietta. After graduating from

    Muskingum College in 1997, he went to work for Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home. Following his apprenticeship, he is now a licensed funeral director, receiving his license in May of 2001. His passion in the funeral industry is advance funeral planning, and is very knowledgeable in this matter. Brian's community involvements include being a member of The Telesis Alumni Network, a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, and the Knights of Columbus #478, where he is a 4th Degree Knight. He is very active with his children's sports, and enjoys helping their teams in any way possible. Brian's favorite activities are golfing, especially with his son, family time, and he and his wife love to travel. Brian resides in Marietta with his wife Holly, his son Caleb, his daughter Maddi, and his step children, Alli, Emi, and Cole.

  • William Peoples

    William Peoples Funeral Director - Semi Retired

    Bill Peoples was raised in Lowell and graduated from Fort Frye High School. Following college, he graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he currently serves as a trustee, and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1971. As well as being an active member of the First Congregational Church, Bill's caring for the community is evidenced by his involvement in local organizations, such as Marietta Rotary Club and serving for over 20 years on the Boards of Directors for Selby General Hospital and Marietta Memorial Hospital. Bill lives in Marietta with his wife, Patricia. Their daughter Grace resides and works in the Toledo area. In his spare time Bill enjoys collecting antique automobiles and funeral memorabilia.

  • Patricia  Peoples

    Patricia Peoples Funeral Director - Semi Retired

    Patricia Peoples, a licensed funeral director since 1987, is well known in Washington County as an educator, having been associated with Warren Local Schools, as well as Fort Frye Local School District and later with the County School system for many years. She also had been an adjunct professor at Marietta College and Ohio University. Pat, like her husband, enjoys her work at the First Congregational Church and in various community groups, including Marietta Rotary Club and Heart of Ohio Girl Scout Council.

  • Joanne  Ollom

    Joanne Ollom Associate

    Joanne is a life long resident of the Barlow community. She started working for the Barlow Chapel of Cawley & Peoples in January of 2009. She is a member in local organizations and St. Ambrose Catholic Church. She resides in Vincent with her husband, Ralph. The Ollom's have two children and four grandchildren.

  • Rick  Morgenstern

    Rick Morgenstern Associate

    Rick works part time as an assistant at our chapels in Marietta, Lowell and Barlow. He also helps with deliveries at Sincerely Yours and Two Peas in a Pod. He and his wife, Sandra, reside in Vincent. He retired in August of 2008 from Boilermakers Local #667. Rick and Sandra are the parents of three children, Brandy Circle (and husband, Grant), Nicholas (and wife, Lindsey) Morgenstern, and Jeremy (and wife, Jody) Warner, and grandparents of many! Their immediate family are all members of The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Marietta. Rick enjoys golfing and spending time with his grandchildren.

  • Cathy  First

    Cathy First Store Manager / Office Assistant

    Cathy started with us in January, 2013. She manages our gift shop, Sincerely Yours. As a hobby, Cathy has always enjoyed designing and making flower arrangements, and working with arts and crafts. She creates many of the items in our shop.


    Cathy and her husband Robert live in the Oak Grove Community, and are the parents of two sons, Matthew and Andrew. They are members of Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta.

  • Polly  Campbell

    Polly Campbell Associate

    Polly began working for us in October of 2013, as an associate of our Barlow Chapel. She is the daughter of Ralph and Frances Witten of Lowell. Polly graduated from Fort Frye High School in Beverly. She presently lives in the Barlow area with her husband, Larry. They are a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Vincent and are very active in hiking, biking and golfing.

  • Robert  First

    Robert First Associate

    Robert started with us in October, 2013. He works part-time as an associate at all three of our chapels and also assists in giving tours at Peoples Mortuary Museum. He retired in 2011 after working for over 37 years with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in southeast Ohio, working as a project coordinator related to conservation, rural community development and environmental improvement. Robert and his wife Cathy live in the Oak Grove Community, and are parents of two sons, Matthew and his wife Kristin, and Andrew. They are members of Christ United Methodist Church.

  • Gary  Pitt

    Gary Pitt Associate

    Gary, of Lowell, joined us as an associate in the summer of 2015. He retired from Dominion in 2014 following 40 years of service. Gary is a member of The Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption, the Marietta Knights of Columbus, and plays in the Handbell Choir at the church. He is also a volunteer with Franciscan Meals. Gary is currently serving on the Lowell Village Council. His duties with us are all inclusive from working funerals and visitations to delivering flowers and running errands.

  • Rhonda Huck

    Rhonda Huck Associate

    Rhonda began working as an associate in June of 2015. She helps out mainly in Lowell and Marietta, but, is always on call for Barlow as well. She and her husband, Robert, live in the Lowell area. They are members of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Lowell. Bob and Rhonda have two children and two grandchildren. They enjoy their time with family and watching their grandchildren play sports.

  • Christy  Combs

    Christy Combs Associate

    Christy resides in Beverly, Ohio and joined our team in April of 2016.She is currently available to assist our families in the evenings and on weekends. Christy helps out at all three of our chapels. She enjoys photography, reading, quilting, and spending time with her family and her dog. Her main attraction, and a definite asset, to our firm is that she likes being good to people on purpose!

  • Margy  Perdew

    Margy Perdew Retired

  • Agnes  Simmons

    Agnes Simmons Retired

  • Beverly  Strickler

    Beverly Strickler Retired

  • Bernadine  Richardson

    Bernadine Richardson Retired