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.

Our History

The history of Royston Funeral Home began in 1898 by Z.V. Royston. At the corner of Rt. 17 and Rt. 55, the present Ford company property, he served the town and surrounding rural communities as the local undertaker. The business was then passed on to his son, Lewis Royston and he continued the tradition for more than 30 years at the present location 4125 Rectortown Road, Marshall. Norris Royston Sr., having worked for both his father and grandfather, started his business in Middleburg, carrying the same name, and in 1932 he purchased the present property 106 E. Washington Street, Middleburg. They remained in business that way into the 1970's. In 1972, following the death of Norris Sr., the two locations were brought together and jointly owned  by his son, Norris Royston Jr., M.D. and the current owner, Tyler M. Gore Jr. forming Royston Funeral Home, Inc. In 1994, Mr. Gore’s grandson, Brad Draisey, joined the Royston tradition. Still operating out of the original buildings, with the familiar faces of members of our communities, Royston Funeral Home, Inc. has long stood as the only funeral home in the area for over 100 years. We dedicate our lives and services to each generation of families that step through our door.


Our Valued Staff

Tyler M. Gore Jr.

Tyler M. Gore Jr., Owner/ President

Tyler M. Gore Jr., was born and raised in nearby Warren County, Va. He attending William and Mary College before enlisting in the U.S. Army and serving his country during the Korean conflict.

Tyler came to Middleburg, Va., in 1956 and graduated from Echols College of Mortuary Science in 1958. He is a former president of the Middleburg Lions Club, former DDGM of the 4th Masonic District, former Master of the Cochran Lodge 271 AF&AM, The Plains, Va., and served on the Middleburg town counsel.

Tyler enjoys collecting antique toys and spending time with his family. He currently resides in Middleburg with his wife. They have two children, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.


Gareth  Hilton

Gareth Hilton, Licenced Funeral Director Manager of Marshall

Gareth “Gary” Hilton is a retired Sergeant Major who served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve and Virginia Army National Guard. Gary has been a resident of Fauquier County since 1987, living in Marshall, Va. He began his funeral service career upon leaving active duty in 1973.

Gary is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science. He obtained his Virginia funeral directors license in May of 1977. Gary has worked for several funeral homes in the Northern Virginia region, gaining valuable experience. He is well versed in the funeral customs of the diversified community of the Washington D.C. area. Gary has conducted numerous funerals and is very familiar with military protocols when needed. He likes to fish, travel, ride motorcycles and volunteers with the Ride 2 Recovery organization during his time away from the funeral home.

Gary is a life member of American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 82nd Airborne Division Association and Special Forces Association.

He has a proud history of serving his country, his community and especially his fellow veterans. Gary and his wife Carroll K. are residents of Marshall, Va., with their children.