Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Kevin A. Sanderlin

Kevin A. Sanderlin

Licensed Funeral Director/Owner

Kevin A. Sanderlin has been a valued asset in the funeral industry for 20 years. A native of the West Munden Section of Chesapeake, he is the son of Phillip (Juanita) Sanderlin and Hope Sanderlin.

He is a graduate of Indian River High School. In 1996, he received an AAS Degree from John Tyler Community College in Chester, Virgina with a concentration in Funeral Services. Kevin received his formal training from Graves Funeral Home from 1995-2002.

Kevin became Manager/Funeral Director formerly P. G. Thomasson Funeral Services, Inc. in 2002, and later co-founded Beach Funeral Services in January of 2005. He serves as the chief owner and director of the business.

Kevin's civic affiliations include Virginia Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and the board of Tidewater Funeral Directors Association. In addition, he is licensed in the states of Virginia and North Carolina.

Kevin is married to his loving wife, Dawna Sanderlin. They have three daughters, Sacoria, Amore and Kiersten and four sons, Tyler, Travion, Travious, and Neval.

Kevin looks forward to serving the Tidewater area with the utmost compassion as families deal with difficult times.


Amore C. Sanderlin

Amore C. Sanderlin

Licensed Funeral Director/Manager

Amore Chera Sanderlin, a native of Norfolk, VA, she is the daughter of Kevin and Travia Sanderlin. 

Amore attended Norfolk Public Schools and was a 2009 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School.  She furthered her education by attending Shaw University in Raleigh, NC where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology degree in 2015. 

Following her graduation, Amore felt the need to join with her father in the funeral industry after the passing of our co-founder, Barbara A. Jones.  She then attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, GA where she received her Associate of Science degree in Funeral Service in 2016.  Amore received her Funeral Directors License in June 2017.  Amore is also a licensed crematory arranger and operator.

Her civic affiliations include Junior Artist – Pi Sigma Eta, Outstanding Academic Proficiency – Mu Sigma Alpha, Dorcas Bethany Bessie Ellison #50 - Order of Eastern Star.  Amore also serves as a member of the Virginia Mortician's Association.

In her leisure time, Amore enjoys reading, cooking, painting, dancing, swimming, concerts and playing her flute.

Amore has one beautiful daughter, Ava Marie Painter, two sisters, Sacoria and Kiersten Sanderlin and four brothers, Tyler, Travion, Travious, and Neval Sanderlin.  She is also blessed with her grandparents,  Andrea Hope Sanderlin, Thomasina Allen, Juanita Sanderlin, and a niece, Leyonna Janet.

Amore’s possesses a gracious and caring spirit which all our families encounter as they enter the doors of Beach Funeral Services.  She is willing to serve and eager to continue the Beach legacy with compassion, pride, professionalism and dignity.

Telephone: 1-757-499-8999


Bridgette Armstrong

Bridgette Armstrong

Office Administrator

Bridgette Armstrong, proud daughter of Alvin & Mildred Armstrong, was born in Norfolk, VA and raised in Virginia Beach, VA.  Her family line has been native to Virginia Beach and upper North Carolina areas for many generations.

Bridgette graduated in 1987 from the Floyd E. Kellam High School and later enlisted in the US Army.  After serving her country, SGT Armstrong was honorably discharged in 1996.

Continuing her education, Bridgette graduated from ECPI Summa Cum Laude with an Associates degree in Computer Science and a minor in Telecommunications.  She joined the Beach Funeral & Cremation Services family in 2014 as Office Administrator.  After completing her training under the late Barbara A. Jones, Bridgette migrated to cosmetologist and stylist.

Howard E. Belvin

Howard E. Belvin

Licensed Funeral Director

Howard E. “Gene” Belvin, a native of Elizabeth City, NC is married to Margaret B. Belvin.  They have two children, Howard E. Belvin, Jr. and Christopher P. Belvin and 5 grandchildren.

He was a graduate of Frederick Military Academy and received his Associate Degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

Gene has served the Commonwealth of Virginia as a licensed funeral director since 1970 and has a Funeral Service Courtesy Card in North Carolina for 6 years.

Gene’s current civic affiliations include current Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Norfolk along with the Tidewater Funeral Directors Association.  He is also a member of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association.

Previously, Gene served as Past President of the Norfolk Jaycees, the Monument Builders of the Virginia’s and Allied Memorial Council of Virginia.  He was the National Certification Chair of the Sales & Marketing Executives of Tidewater, a past member of the Chamber of Commerce and Norfolk Sister City, Inc.

Gene proudly serves as a Licensed Funeral Director at Beach Funeral Services.

Barbara A. Jones

Barbara A. Jones


October 4, 1955 - September 14, 2015

Barbara Ann Jones was a valued entity in Funeral Services for over 10 years. She was born in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Jessie L. Saunders and Ella (Love) Jones. 

Barbara grew up in the Virginia Beach until the age of 11, before returning to Norfolk to reside with her grandmother the late Theresa Saunders. Barbara attended Granby High School and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and later a graduate of Anne's Beauty School of Cosmetology. She also received a Certificate of Completion from VOTEC in Geriatric Nursing and completed GSH Real Estate School. 

Barbara's objective had always been to help people in any capacity possible. She kept this passion in mind while pursing her various positions in the community. Barbara was a member of Bros and Sisters-n-Unity Gospel Promotions and charter member of St. Paul COGIC, Norfolk under leadership of Dr. Wilbert L. Daniels, Pastor & First Lady Lillian B. Daniels.

Barbara was the Co-Founder of Beach Funeral Services, Inc. She proudly served as Office Manager, Stylist, and Funeral Attendant.

Barbara was the single mother of one son, Vincent Jones and daughter, the late Trina Jones. Barbara also raised her two granddaughters, Nyha & Khayla Jones. Barbara always looked forward in continuing serving the Tidewater area with the care and compassion that each family deserves.

Sadly, our Angel of Beach Funeral Services was called to Heavenly Home on September 14, 2015.  We all loved Barbara and miss her tremendously.  Rest on in the arms of Jesus.

Oscar P. Briley

Oscar P. Briley

Funeral Attendant

Oscar P. Briley has been a Funeral Attendant with Beach Funeral & Cremation Services since 2015. Oscar is president of Briley Point Properties, a local property management company consisting of rental and commercial properties. Previously, Oscar owned First Choice Carpet Installers. Oscar has a wealth of customer service experience and he is well known in the Hampton Roads area.

Mario Devonne Thourogood

Mario Devonne Thourogood

Funeral Attendant/Minister

Mario Devonne Thourogood, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was born on December 19, 1994, to his mother, Marsha Thourogood Taylor, and his late father, Dorian Moore.


Mario was educated in the Virginia Beach Public Schools System. He graduated in 2013 from Frank W. Cox High School. In 2017, he graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a concentration in accounting.


Mario is known across the city and nation as a dynamic Preacher, young leader, and mentor. He serves his church, Faith World Ministries in Norfolk, Virginia, as an Assistant Pastor, Adjutant-Apostolic, and teaches several classes for ministry leaders.


Moreover, his greatest accomplishment and call is to be a devoted husband and father. On December 2, 2020, he married the love of his life Bethany Rhea Thourogood. To their union they are parents of two princesses, Eliana Ariah-Ray and Olivia Renae Denise. 

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