History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

  • Michael O. Raymond

    Michael O. Raymond Owner and Licensed Funeral Director

    Michael Raymond has been an active funeral director in Southern Maryland for 50 years. He was born and raised in La Plata, Maryland and graduated from La Plata High School in 1968 and the Kentucky College of Mortuary Science in 1970.

    Michael resides in La Plata with his wife of 49 years, Kristina Raymond, and has two children, Mike Jr. and Lindsey. Michael is dedicated to maintaining strong ties to his beloved hometown and is an active member within the community. In 2004, he was crowned "King Rex" for Civista Medical Center's Mardi Gras Ball and was awarded with the "Good Scout Award" by the Boy Scouts of America in 2010 for his outstanding community service. Over the years, he has been involved in many civic organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, Sons of the American Legion, United Way, and Hospice.

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Our History

Bart Yates, CFSP/CPC/CCO
Licensed Funeral Director and Manager

Born and raised in La Plata, Maryland, Bart is a licensed Mortician and Life and Health Insurance Agent for Raymond Funeral Service. With over 30 years of funeral service experience, he holds an Associate’s Degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. 

Bart who is born and raised in La Plata, is a lifetime member of the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department and a charter member of the Dentsville Volunteer EMS and Auxiliary, Inc. He has been active and involved in his community throughout his life. Along with his wife, Susan, and daughter, Julia, Bart lives in La Plata with their three Westies and attends the La Plata United Methodist Church.  

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Diana E. Wilkerson, CCOLicensed Funeral Director

Diana E. Wilkerson, CCO
Licensed Funeral Director 

Diana was born in Clinton, MD and was raised in the Indian Head and Waldorf areas.  She is the youngest of 3, having 2 older brothers. Diana went to Lackey High School for two years and graduated from McDonough High School in 1997.  She received an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science in 2005 from Catonsville Community College.  

Diana has been with Raymond Funeral Service since April 2012. She currently resides in Brandywine with her husband Bobby, daughter Libby and their Yorkie, Dallas.  Diana is a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Aquasco and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Baden, she often volunteers at her daughter’s school, St. Mary’s Bryantown.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, shopping, and traveling.  Diana is a Washington Capitals and Dallas Cowboys fan.

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Patsy ThomasAdministrative Assistant and Office Manager

Patsy Thomas
Administrative Assistant and Office Manager 

Patsy is the head of the "Command Center" and is usually the friendly voice you hear on the other side of the phone. She retired from the Charles County Board of Education after 36 years and has been with Raymond Funeral Service since August 2008. 

She graduated from La Plata High School with Mr. Raymond in 1968 and grew up in Southern Maryland on her family farm.

In her spare time, Patsy enjoys quilting, working on crafts, and spending time with her family and friends. She has two children, Beverly and Brian, and 5 grandchildren. She resides in Charlotte Hall with her husband, Allen.

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John SpaldingFuneral Service Associate

John Spalding
Funeral Service Associate

Born and raised in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, John joined Raymond Funeral Service in 2019. 

Before arriving to Raymond’s, John previously spent many years with the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Washington. His experience is indeed a welcome addition, especially assisting families with monument and marker selections. 

In his spare time, John enjoys bike riding and tending to the farm he and his wife Michele own and operate. 

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