Staff Directory

Once you request the services of McComas Funeral Home, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.

Our Staff: 

Howard K. McComas IIIHoward K. McComas III 

Howard K. McComas III was born on December 6, 1943 in Harford County, Maryland. He is the son of Howard Kennard McComas, Jr. and Nena Sewell McComas. Howard was raised in Abingdon at the old McComas Funeral Home, one block from the present McComas Funeral Home building. Howard graduated from Edgewood High School in June 1961 and began serving his funeral director and embalmer apprenticeship under his father at the McComas Funeral Home. He attended Eckles College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia and graduated in March 1964.

Howard is very active in his community. He has been a member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church since 1954 and currently serves on the Board of Trustees. In 1959 Howard became a member of the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company where he is still a member and served as Assistant Chief for five years in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Howard, along with his wife Judy, live in Abingdon. 

In 1971, Howard and his mother Nena, formed the Howard K. McComas III Funeral Home at the present location.


Howard K. McComas, the 4thHoward K. McComas IV

Born and raised in Abingdon, Maryland, Howard K. McComas IV is part of the sixth generation of the McComas Family in funeral service. He is a 1985 graduate of Edgewood High School. After high school, Howard attended Lynchburg College and later Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he received his B.S. degree in Business Administration.

Howard is active in the community, serving on the board of directors at the Boys and Girls club of Harford County and previously serving on the Board of Trustees for Harford Community College.

Howard enjoys coaching both of his sons in basketball and lacrosse.

Howard is president of McComas Funeral Home. He lives in Bel Air, Maryland with his wife, Cheryl, and his sons Howard V (Quentin) and Reagan.


Holly Kimble McComasHolly Kimble McComas, CFSP

Being part of the sixth consecutive generation of funeral directors in her family, Holly Kimble McComas has grown up around the family business. Born and raised in Abingdon, Maryland, Holly is a 1988 graduate of Edgewood High School and then attended Salisbury State University where she earned a B.S. degree in Business Management in 1992. Holly furthered her education by attending Catonsville Community College earning an A.A. degree in Mortuary Science and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1994. Through continued education, she is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner through the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice where she is a lifetime member. Holly is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Selected Independent Funeral Homes, and the Delmarva Funeral Directors Association. Through her care and compassion for helping others, Holly has been active in the Abingdon Fire Company for most of her life. She has also volunteered her time to the Maryland Professional Volunteer Corps and the Maryland State Funeral Directors Disaster Response Team, where her father, Howard K. McComas III, was one of the founding members. Holly has been extensively trained in Mass Fatalities Incident Response and hopes that all the experience she has received in this field will, God willing, be in the training itself.

Holly has been an active member of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association where she has honorably held positions on the Board of Directors as Secretary, Treasurer, and currently as President- Elect. She plans to proudly serve her fellow funeral directors and residents of the state of Maryland by serving as President of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association for the 2011-2012 term. 

Holly has put her competition days behind her and now continues her passion for horses through pleasure riding with her barn buddies. She finds joy in helping others through difficult times, and she is committed to carrying on the McComas tradition of her family serving your family. As part of the continuing care of helping the families after the funeral, Holly has been instrumental in starting programs at the funeral home such as the Widow/Widowers Bus Trip to Longwood Gardens and the Annual Service of Remembrance. With the compassion instilled in her by her ancestors, especially her late grandmother, Nena S. McComas, she strives to make a more meaningful experience for families served.


Stephen A. HughesStephen A. Hughes

Stephen A. Hughes was born, and grew up in, Harford Co., and graduated from Edgewood High School. Steve began his employment with the McComas Funeral Home, P.A. in 1972. He has earned his license as an Embalmer and Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. He graduated from Catonsville Community College, with a degree in Mortuary Science, where he has served on the Advisory Board. Steve attends St. Francis Catholic Church and is a member of the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company. He and his wife, Laureen, have raised two sons, Adam and Ryan, and one daughter, Shelby. They have been very active in Youth Community Activities with the Emmorton Recreational Council, serving in various capacities in Baseball, Softball, Swimming, and Basketball. Steve has also served as a Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Cub Scout Den Leader, and as a Harford County 4-H Assistant Leader. Steve is also a member of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association

Since 1996, Steve has assisted families in selecting and designing monuments and memorials to be placed at the site of their family members.


Charles A. Emge, Jr.Charles A. Emge, Jr.

Charles A. Emge, Jr. is a 1985 graduate of Edgewood High School. He has worked for the Panasonic Warehouse, United Parcel Service and the Klein’s Grocery Store chain. These different career backgrounds never would have pointed in the direction of funeral service; if it was not for the opportunity given by longtime friend Howard K. McComas IV. Charlie has been employed with the funeral home since 1994. He graduated in 1997 from Catonsville Community College with a Mortuary Science Degree. He is presently responsible for managing the part time staff at the funeral home and assisting with the management of the day to day operations of the business. With over 20 years of experience at McComas Funeral Home and working in his hometown community this “funeral service” experience has been extremely rewarding to Charlie to help those he may know.

Married in 1998 to Lisa Ann Siptroth. They reside in Forest Hill with their daughter, Kelly Ann and their sons Eric Michael and Matthew James. He enjoys supporting his children’s interest in sports.


Kimberly A. ZavrotnyKimberly A. Zavrotny

Kim was raised in northeastern Pennsylvania. She is a 1988 graduate of Dallas High School, attended Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and received her AAS in Mortuary Science from Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY in 1991. After graduation, Kim served her apprenticeship in Norristown, PA and obtained her Pennsylvania funeral directors license in March 1993. After moving to Maryland in 2001, she fulfilled the requirements to secure her Maryland funeral directors license.

Kim is active in the Harford County community serving as a board member for both the Chesapeake Professional Women's Network (CPWN) and Geriatric Assistance and Information Network (GAIN). She has also served on the CPWN fashion show committee including chairperson for the 2011 and 2012 fashion shows. She has also been a member of the Mason-Dixon Business Association, BNI, and the planning committee for the ARC Northern Chesapeake Region's annual After D'Arc event.

Kim has lived in Abingdon since moving to Maryland in 2001 with her husband, Jeff and her children, John and Zoe.


Melissa A MinerMelissa A. Miner

Born and raised in Baltimore County, a graduate of Perry Hall High School, Class of 2000. After graduating from high school she starting working at a local funeral home as a receptionist and funeral assist while attending classes at Essex Community College. After completing her prerequisites courses she then transferred to Catonsville Community College to complete her A.A. degree in Mortuary Science. She received her Mortician License in 2006.

After graduating, Melissa worked for a Baltimore County family owned and operated funeral home before joining the McComas Funeral Home in 2016. She has been a Member of the NFDA since 2008.

Melissa and her husband Charlie live in Abingdon along with their Red Belly Parrot Dupree. They have been Harford County residents since 2006.


Ryan HughesRyan Hughes

Ryan was born and raised in Abingdon, MD. He early on became familiar with McComas Funeral Home as his father, Stephen Hughes, is currently the Director of Funeral Service Operations and has been with McComas Funeral Home since 1972. Ryan began working at McComas Funeral Home in the spring of 2000 as an Funeral Service Associate.

He graduated from Bel Air High School in 2002 and participated in the Work Study Program his senior year working at McComas Funeral Home. After high school, Ryan completed prerequisite courses at Harford Community College and continued to obtain his AA in Mortuary Science from CCBC Catonsville.

Ryan served his apprenticeship at McComas Funeral Home and became a Licensed Funeral Director in 2006. In 2008, Ryan returned to college to pursue his RN license. He graduated from the CCBC Essex RN program in 2011, and worked full time for two years on the ICU Stepdown Unit at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. While pursuing his second degree and working as an RN, Ryan maintained a part time position with McComas Funeral Home. After realizing a greater passion to serve bereaved families, Ryan returned to full time employment at McComas Funeral Home in October of 2013.

In May of 2013, Ryan married Agatha Helena Gajec. Ryan and his wife reside in Belcamp, MD.


Robert D. ShermanRobert D. Sherman

Robert Sherman, a lifelong resident of Harford County, is a 1964 graduate of Bel Air High School. He served in public law enforcement for over sixteen years with the Harford County Sheriff’s Department and Maryland State Police. A licensed auctioneer since 1969, he was employed by Michael Fox International and GoIndustry as an auctioneer and Director of North American Operations.

Bob and his wife, Carol, reside in Bel Air and are members of Bel Air United Methodist Church. They have a son, daughter and seven grandchildren.

Bob attended Harford Community College, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD and received a certificate as a criminal analyst from Anna Capa Science, Santa Barbara, CA.

In October of 2012, Bob completed a two year course of study at Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

Bob joined McComas Funeral Home in 2009 where he currently serves as Director of Cremation Operations.


Melissa KennedyMelissa Kennedy

Graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. She then went to Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science where she graduated in 2000. She became a licensed mortician in Maryland in 2001 while working in Montgomery County, and has also been licensed in Ohio, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

In 2005 she received her insurance license, and then started helping people to pre-plan their funerals.

Melissa and her husband Ken moved to Bel Air in 2005. They have 2 sons, Jaxon, born in 2007 and Wade born in 2012.

Melissa joined the McComas Funeral Home in 2007.


Kasi HughesKasi Hughes

Kasi N. Hughes is a 2010 Perryville High School graduate. She grew up in Abingdon and since 2001, has been a resident of Port Deposit in Cecil County. After experiencing the amount of dedication, care and support given by the funeral staff at her grandmother’s funeral in 2008, she took an interest in the field. She began the Mortuary Science Program at CCBC in the Spring of 2012. She graduated in August 2015 and began working at McComas Funeral Home where she then completed her apprenticeship. She has been a licensed funeral director since June 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys taking care of her two Great Danes, Duck and Purple. They are her kids. She also enjoys oil painting.




Two Locations serving Harford County
1317 Cokesbury Road
Abingdon, MD 21009
Phone: 410-676-4600
Bel Air
50 West Broadway
Bel Air, MD 21014
Phone: 410-838-4040
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