Thomson Staff

Keith N. Beggs

Managing Funeral Director

Keith with his twin brother Kevin grew up in the funeral business working with their father the late E. Carlton Beggs.  Through values instilled by his father, Keith realized the importance of respecting those families who trusted his family in their time of need.  Born in 1968 and the son of Ellie N. Beggs and the late  Carlton Beggs, he attended Lincoln County High School and graduated in 1986.  He then attended Gupton Jones School of Mortuary Science in Decatur, Georgia.  Keith's experience in the funeral industry includes following with his father at a young age, and serving families at Horis Ward Funeral Home in Atlanta while attending mortuary college. He had begun working at M. W. Callaway & Sons Funeral Home after graduation which later became Beggs Funeral Home.  Sometime later Keith moved to Thomson to take over management of our location there.  It was during this time that our Thomson location moved to the present site on Cobbham Road. Keith has been married to his wife, Candy, for 22 years. They have two children, Chase Norman Beggs and Carrington Parris Beggs.

Telephone: 1-706-595-4100


Spencer C. Wood

Co-Managing Funeral Director

Spencer is a 2013 graduate of Briarwood Academy.  After completing high school, having a passion to serve others, he attended Ogeechee Technical College where he graduated with honors and received an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Sciences. He then completed his apprenticeship with an Augusta funeral home.  Upon passing the National Board, he became the youngest licensed mortician in the State of Georgia at that time.  He then began his career at Starling Funeral Home in February of 2016.  Since that time, he has transferred to Beggs Funeral Home in May of 2020.  Spencer is the son of Mr. Dewayne and Mrs. Lynn Wood of Warrenton, Georgia.  He is currently engaged to Amy Kersey to whom he is to marry in June of 2021.  They will make their home in Warrenton, Georgia.  He is a member of Norwood Baptist Church where he currently serves as a Deacon. 

Telephone: 1-706-595-4100


Trudy Ingram Matthews

Office Administrator

Trudy was born in Washington, Georgia and has lived all her life in the Washington and Lincolnton, Georgia area.  She is the daughter of Lucille Turpin Ingram and the late Mr.  Marcus “Tiny” Ingram.  Mrs. Matthews graduated from Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School in 1976.  After graduation, she attended Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and furthered her education by obtaining a Master’s in Business Education from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.  Over the years, Trudy has  had the opportunity in her career to work with the community in retail, in the field of education, as a legal assistant, office manager and in customer service.  Mrs. Matthews married Mike S. Matthews in 2009, and they reside in Washington, Georgia in the Aonia Community.  Trudy came to work with us in January, 2021 to serve as full-time Office Administrator to assist the funeral directors in carrying out the daily operations of managing the office, bookkeeping, and handling all clerical matters associated with funerals and visitations while diligently and respectfully serving families during their time of loss.

Telephone: 1-706-595-4100


Warren Adams, Jr.

Funeral Director's Assistant

Warren, Jr. was born in Wilkes County, Georgia and raised in McDuffie County. He graduated from Thomson High School in 1966. Mr. Adams worked with his father and uncle doing construction until going to work at Martin Marietta. He retired from Martin Marietta in 2008 with 35 years. Warren, Jr. has been married to Louise Waller Adams for 49 years. They have two children Mark (Tonya) and Ryan (Maureen) and four grandchildren. Mr. Adams has been a part of Beggs Funeral Home for over 10 years.

Dean Payton

Funeral Director's Assistant (Retired)

Born in 1937 Dean Payton grew up in Cozad, Nebraska. He enlisted in the Army in 1957 where he served for 20 years. Overseas assignments were Korea, Germany twice, and Vietnam. Mr. Payton attended various military schools. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1977 at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He went back to Lexington, Nebraska to live and worked in a small Electronic Firm for almost eight years. He and his wife, Jean, moved back to Georgia in 1985. Dean was an Electronic Instructor at Fort Gordon for three years before being laid off. He went to work in Atlanta, Georgia as an Electronic Technician for the General Services Administration Federal Government for almost 15 years. Mr. Payton retired from there in January 2000. Dean is currently living in Thomson and has been married for over 30 years to his wife Jean. Mr. Dean played a vital role in the success of Beggs Funeral Home where he spent many years caring for the families of our area. He retired in 2014 due to back problems, but still visits frequently. We are grateful for his dedicated service to our country and our family's business.

John Parlett

Advance Funeral Planner

John Parlett is a native of Edgewater, Maryland, before relocating to Evans, Georgia in 2005. He is a licensed life insurance agent, with many years of sales experience. John and his wife, Tammy, have two children, Emily and Austin. As the son of a Pastor, John has experienced the loss of loved ones through members of their church, and has learned compassion for families in their time of need. As his father once told him, “If you take care of the family, everything else will take care of itself.” John joined our staff in 2021 as a pre-need counselor. His duties with us include assisting our families full-time in aftercare consulting and pre-arrangement planning.


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