Who We Are
Our professional staff has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.
When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Our firm traces its roots back, deep into the 20th century, when our first facility was dedicated. Many years later, this location has seen renovations and changes, but has always been and will continue to be an integral part of this community.
Over the years, the original mission of the firm hasn't changed. We have always intended to provide the best, most professional services, complemented by the finest products. Today, we pride ourselves on being current with the major changes in funeral service trends - and bring those innovations and memorialization options to our client families with integrity and insight.
Ashley Latham, Licensed Funeral Director
Ashley was born and raised in Yakima, WA, where she graduated high school and earned her Associate’s Degree at the same time. Moving to Spokane to attend EWU, she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Chemistry. Her career in the funeral industry began 12 years ago at age 16 in Yakima and continued here in Spokane. After graduating from EWU, she went to work at two small funeral homes in Colfax and Pullman while obtaining her Funeral License. Ashley and her husband, Tony moved back to Spokane where she has been proudly serving her families and community as a Funeral Director and Embalmer at Hennessey's for over 4 years. During Tony's year long deployment overseas, they welcomed their son, Kaden and their second son, Kolton was born after the deployment in 2011. Ashley is very involved in the community, volunteering with many organizations, is a member of the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, served as Secretary on the Colfax Cemetery Board and is currently the V.P. for the Inland Empire Funeral Director's Association. Ashley was chosen to lead Tony’s Unit’s Family Readiness Group, which offers family and soldier support among other responsibilities. She is also very active in the Spokane Christian Church, serving in many capacities. Through SCC, they lead a group within the Married and Family Ministries, were past members of the EWU Campus Ministry and led a WSU Campus Ministry together. Ashley's passion is for the families she serves and for their loved ones that she is privileged to take care of.
Jim Asper, Managing Partner
Jim started his career in the industry at the age of 14 working part time at a cemetery owned by Chuck Hennessey in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He attended Mt. Hood Community College and graduated with a degree in Mortuary Sciences in 1997. He has worked in North Idaho, and Eastern Washington as a licensed funeral director/embalmer for most of his career. He has worked at Hennessey Smith and Hennessey Valley since 2007, and accepted the job as managing partner of both locations in 2008. Jim is married to Autumn, and has four children; Austin, Sierra, Payson and Elise.
Sue Belote, Office Manager
Sue has worked in the funeral industry for nearly 20 years, helping families with everything from placing obituaries to filing life insurance and veteran’s claims. Attention to detail and commitment to families is how she spends every day. Outside of work, Sue enjoys watching her son play in multiple musical groups at Whitworth University along with her husband, Jeff, of 26 years. Sue also enjoys cheering on the Seattle Mariners, Gonzaga Bulldogs and Whitworth Pirates. You may also find her and Jeff behind the concession stand at Rogers High School where they have volunteered their time for the last eight years.
Kevin Gabbert, Advanced Planning Manager
Kevin started his career with Hennessey Funeral Homes in 2004 after 15 successful years in the Financial Services Industry. His previous financial background brings a unique skill set to Hennessey Funeral Homes and our clients. Kevin has a Bachelors of Science Degree with a concentration in Business Administration. Along with being a Funeral Director, Kevin is also licensed in various financial disciplines. Kevin is the proud father of three, two boys and one girl and loves living and raising his family in the Spokane Community.