Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Jefferson Funeral Chapel opened its doors in September of 1999 as a family owned and independently operated full service funeral home. Our intent is to provide a funeral home where all would feel welcome. A funeral home where fine facilities, a sensitive staff and true personal service can be found.
Our pledge to the Northern Virginia community is to provide these facilities, the staff and services at a cost that is fair.
Our staff comes from a wide range of funeral service backgrounds and they were carefully chosen to render thoughtful and considerate care to each family we serve.
You will find us most approachable and welcoming! We are pleased to answer any questions you might have about funeral services, traditions, costs and procedures. We will make the information understandable and present you with a complete review of your options.
Jefferson Funeral Chapel brings a new and caring choice to funeral service to the Northern Virginia Community.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Jefferson Funeral Chapel was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
President and Funeral DirectorRead Bio
I was raised in Oakland, Maryland. My hobbies include western horsemanship, hunting, and outdoor activities. I moved away from the country, for more opportunities here in the Greater Washington Area. My goal in funeral service is to provide a personal and professional service to families in need. When a death occurs it is a difficult time in one's life and that is why it so important to treat families like family. We live and work in such a rapid paced environment here in the Metro area, it is nice to be able to offer a service that may remind others of home. My travels and experiences have affected me greatly as a business professional and person. I strive to continue to provide professional family service to other families that need help during a difficult time.
Cynthia A. Evans
I was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. I moved to the Greater Washington Area as a teenager and haven't looked back. I love my family and where I came from, but I'm a city girl at heart. I met my husband in Silver Spring, Maryland and started my family. I am proud to say my son is here helping serve our community. Family businesses can be stressful; but it is a wonderful experience that I wouldn't want to change. I enjoy caring for our horses, vacation time at the beach, and spending time with family.
Cory R. Evans
Manager and Funeral DirectorRead Bio
I grew up in Annapolis, Maryland where I enjoyed many years of being so close to the Chesapeake Bay. Later, I attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. I was very active in many programs; wrestling being the most prominent of them all. After graduation, I moved to Denver, Colorado and received my Bachelor Degree from Regis University. I am an outdoorsman at heart and Colorado will always be a place I call home.
I moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to attend mortuary school at The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. I never thought I would be living in Pittsburgh, but it was a great experience. My father attended school there 30 some years earlier and it was a special feeling continuing the legacy.
I have worked at a number of funeral homes in my career and have finally found my place as a funeral director at Jefferson Funeral Chapel. I find great purpose working for a family-owned funeral home that allows me to help the families we serve as my own.
Brian R. Derlunas
Assistant Manager and Funeral DirectorRead Bio
Born and raised in Coaldale, Pennsylvania, I attended Marian Catholic High School in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania and Northhampton Community College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania receiving a degree in Mortuary Science. I Relocated to Northern Virginia in 2003 and began my career here at Jefferson Funeral Chapel. I am a member of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Triangle, Virginia and reside in Montclair with my wife, Emily; sons, Connor and Quinn and beagle Olivia. In my spare time I enjoy working on cars and doing home improvements.
Aaron N. Charlton
Supervisor and Funeral DirectorRead Bio
I was born in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, a small suburb of Pittsburgh. At a young age, I knew I wanted to help people in need. At 17 years old, I decided I wanted to serve my community as a funeral director. Immediately following high school, I attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. After graduating in 2006, I attended Point Park University where I graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
The same year, I moved to Maryland to serve a funeral service apprenticeship. As a licensed funeral director, I served Montgomery County, Maryland for more than four years, until an opportunity became available at Jefferson Funeral Chapel to serve in Virginia in late 2011.
Since then, I’ve enjoyed growing as part of the team at Jefferson Funeral Chapel and as part of the community in Alexandria. At Jefferson, the owners of the funeral home make the staff feel like part of a family. The faith and trust I have in my coworkers creates a very warm and positive work experience. My hope is that this trust conveys to the clients who entrust us with their loved ones and that they might feel like part of our family too. I want to continue developing business and personal relationships and am honored with every opportunity to serve others.
Aracely Aguilar Pineda
Funeral DirectorRead Bio
I was born and raised in Honduras, Central America. I came to the Metropolitan area seventeen years ago and made this my second home. I attended Wakefield High School through the Arlington Adult Education Program where I obtained my GED. Later on I achieved my Associate' Degree in Mortuary Science from John Tyler Community College. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and outdoor activities. Before joining Jefferson Funeral Chapel I served a diverse range of cultures in the Falls Church and Arlington area for over 11 years. I'm honored to be part of a family owned and operated funeral home where we serve our families as our own.
Funeral DirectorRead Bio
Born and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia. I attended Hayfield Secondary School. After attending Northern Virginia Community College, I moved to Chicago, Illinois to pursue my degree in Mortuary Science. Since graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, I have moved home to Alexandria, Virginia and began working at Jefferson Funeral Chapel. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with my family.
Funeral AssistantRead Bio
Born in San Diego, CA I have lived in a variety of places across the world. After graduating West Potomac High School, I joined the United States Marine Corps. After exiting the Marine Corps, I started working at a gym before transitioning into a profession I feel I can better serve my community. I enjoy working at a family owned business where I feel that all the staff are not only efficiently professional but able to forge personal relationships with families working through a difficult time in their lives.
Funeral AssistantRead Bio
I was born and raised in a small town in Southwest Virginia called Castlewood, Virginia. I graduated from Castlewood High School and moved to northern Virginia for better career and life opportunities. I am currently attending Northern Virginia Community College to further my education and to find a career. In my spare time I enjoy activities with friends and being with family.
Samuel (Sam) Cockerham
Funeral AssistantRead Bio
Born in North Carolina, and attended Mars Hill College. A Virginian since 1957, and a retiree of The Department of Defense, after 35 years. Funeral Director's Assistant full and part time since 1992; the last 12 years have been with Jefferson Funeral Chapel. I take pride in serving families on our journey of life with love, honor, and respect to all. Kindness returned is great reward.
Community Care CoordinatorRead Bio
Twenty years ago my family and I relocated from Nashville, Tennessee to Alexandria. We quickly adopted Northern Virginia as our home. Serving families in this area has been my passion ever since. Jefferson Funeral Chapel specializes in family care; it is my pleasure to be on this fine team. I look forward to serving you as well. Married to Carolyn, we have two adult children and one grandson. Outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, gardening and swimming are my choices of recreation.
I grew up in Monticello, Florida and graduated from Stetson University in DeLand. I married my high school sweetheart, and his 23 year career in the Army has allowed us to live in various locations in Europe and the U.S. I have worked as a high school math teacher, preschool teacher, and book store manager. I am extremely happy to now serve the families here at Jefferson. My husband and I have 3 sons and a daughter-in-law. We enjoy hiking, sports, and most of all serving in our church.