Our History

Dering’s Funeral Home is a long standing establishment of Morgantown. It was originally formed in 1909 by Fred Dering then was operated by his son, Edward Dering for a number of years. In 1984 the Dering family sold the funeral home to Franklin Matthews who successfully ran the operations until 2008. After working for Dering’s Funeral Home for fifteen years, Thomas Henson had the privilege and honor of buying the funeral Home and changed the name to Dering-Henson Funeral Home. He enjoys meeting and serving the people of the community and is proud Dering’s has been a community friend since 1909.

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Thomas W. Henson

Thomas W. "Tom" Henson is a native of South Charleston, WV, and graduated from South Charleston High School. He attended West Virginia University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Tom joined Dering's Funeral Home in 1993. In 1995 he graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He is a member of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and Kappa Sigma Fraternity (WVU). . He is the licensed funeral director in charge, embalmer, and prearrangement counselor.

Tom and his wife, Lisa, have two grown children, Morgan and Tanner, and live in residence of the funeral home. They welcome you to their home and encourage all to make themselves comfortable while visiting.

Tom and Lisa are also the owners of Almost Heaven Pet Cremations offering end of life care for your beloved pets.

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