Tommy Peters - Owner & Funeral Director

A lifelong resident of Dinwiddie County, Tommy has been a licensed funeral director since 1997. He is a graduate of Dinwiddie High School and John Tyler Community College. After 25 years of employment at a funeral home in the Petersburg area, Tommy assumed ownership of Williams Funeral Home & Crematory on April 1, 2020.

Tommy is active in numerous civic and fraternal organizations, including Ruritan and the Masonic Lodge, and is also a longtime member of Ocran United Methodist Church. Tommy enjoys long drives through Brunswick and Dinwiddie Counties, admiring all of the beauty their backroads have to offer. He has two sons, Thomas and Nicholas.

Emory H. Samford - Retired Owner

Emory has been a licensed funeral director since 1972. He is a graduate of the Brunswick Senior High School and the Gupton - Jones College of Funeral Service, Atlanta GA. He is licensed in the states of Virginia and North Carolina. In 1982, Emory became the owner of Williams Funeral Home and operated the business until his retirement on April 1, 2020. He remains an active part of the business, assisting with funeral services.

Emory is a US Army veteran and a member of many civic organizations, including the Lions Club and the American Legion. Mr. Samford is also a lifelong member of Bethel United Methodist Church. He has one daughter, Katharine, and a grandson, Sam.

Many families reach out after the conclusion of the services to let us know how much our support and guidance meant to them in their time of need, and we’re honored to receive such heartfelt praise. We feel that these messages speak for themselves and we’d like to share them with you.

If you feel we’ve gone above and beyond in supporting you through this difficult time, or would simply like to reach out and say thanks, contact us to share your thoughts. It means the world to us to hear from you and know that we’ve made a difference.

Williams Funeral Home and Crematory is located on two acres of land in the central part of historic Lawrenceville. The firm was founded in 1937 by Charles H. Williams, who was then connected with the old Lawrenceville Furniture Company.

After the Death of Charles in 1947, F. Earl Williams followed in his father's footsteps with 45 years of service. He retired in 1982 and sold the business to Emory Samford. Emory continued to operate Williams Funeral Home with the same dedication and sense of community as his predecessors. Retiring in 2020 after 38 years of service, Emory sold the business to Tommy Peters, Jr., a lifelong resident of Dinwiddie County and well respected funeral director.

The Williams Funeral Home and Crematory is a member of the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Gaston Chamber of Commerce, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Independent Funeral Homes of Virginia. We are a family owned and operated business, and operate our own on-site crematory.