Glenn Coleman Co-owner and Funeral Director/Embalmer
Glenn Coleman is a lifelong resident of Lafayette County. He opened Coleman Funeral Home in March 2004 as a way to give back to his community. Glenn serves as the company’s lead funeral director, embalmer, and crematory operator. He works with staff on a daily basis to provide the best care and support for our families during their time of need. He is active in building relationships with families, community partners, and national representatives to better Coleman Funeral Home.
He is a graduate of Oxford High School. He holds a bachelor of business administration from The University of Mississippi. He also earned an associate's degree in mortuary science from Northwest Mississippi Community College. Prior to opening Coleman Funeral Home, he served as a funeral director at Memphis Funeral Home, Holly Springs Funeral Home, and Moore Funeral Home in Sardis.
Glenn serves as Deputy Lafayette County Coroner, a position he has held for the last 10 years. He is also a member of the Northwest Mississippi Community College Advisory Board for the Funeral Service Technology Program at the DeSoto Center. As a member of this board, he is instrumental in shaping the professional career of future graduates in the industry. Aside from his advisory board and deputy coroner duties, Glenn is an avid hunter and fisher, and member of the Eagle Scouts Troop 146.
Through Coleman Funeral Home, Glenn is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the Mississippi Funeral Directors Association (MFDA), and the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association (ICCFA). He is also a licensed pre-need insurance agent.
Glenn and his wife, Nichole Massey Coleman, originally of Courtland, MS, have three children - Mary-Massey and Gage Perkins and Sarah-Kay Coleman. They are currently attending Yellow Leaf Baptist Church in Oxford.
Tom Fowlkes MD Co-owner and CFO
Tom Fowlkes, MD, has practiced medicine and led successful service businesses in the Oxford area for more than 25 years. His experience has also included serving intermittently as Deputy Medical Examiner and having completed the state’s death investigation training course.
A native of Clarksdale, he attended The University of the South at Sewanee and graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis. He is double board certified in both emergency medicine and addiction medicine. Tom and his wife, Vicki Rowland Fowlkes, are members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and have three daughters.
Jeremy Roberts Director of Operations and Event Services
Originally from Terry, MS, Jeremy Roberts has called Oxford home since 2002. Jeremy began working with Coleman Funeral Home in November 2015 where he oversees daily operations and events for the company. Jeremy helps families create personalized memorial experiences that both honor their loved one and welcome guests into the celebration of life. He works with the staff on creating brand consistency for the company, training new staff members, and working with the directors on day-to-day activities and tasks. Part of his responsibilities include increasing community relations in both Lafayette and DeSoto counties. He is also a notary public for the company.
Jeremy holds undergraduate degrees in English and hospitality management from The University of Mississippi, and a master’s degree in health and sport science from the University of Memphis. He currently teaches first-year and transfer student seminar courses, and study skills courses at The University of Mississippi. Prior to joining Coleman, Jeremy was an adjunct instructor of event management for over 4 years. He has nearly 20 years of event management experience in organizing fundraisers, weddings, parties, and sports-related events.
Jeremy is active in the Lafayette-Oxford-University (LOU) community as he is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Lafayette and also sits on the program’s Steering Committee. He is also an active member of the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of Night of Lights. For nearly a decade, Jeremy has also worked with the reigning Miss University on mock interviews before her traveling to compete for the title of Miss Mississippi. He also sits on several education and faculty training committees for the Center of Student Success and First-Year Experience at The University of Mississippi.
Lane Massey Funeral Director and Embalmer
Lane Massey is originally from Batesville, MS, but has lived in Oxford since 2015. He is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, and crematory operator for Coleman Funeral Home. A majority of his day is spent serving our families, working on front office tasks, and training new funeral directors. Lane works with local and regional government agencies in completing paperwork for the company, and oversees many aspects of our Magnolia Mortuary company.
A graduate of South Panola High School, Lane played baseball for the majority of his time in school and was even afforded the opportunity to play at the intercollegiate level in parts of Kentucky and Arkansas. He furthered his education at Northwest Mississippi Community College and earned a degree in mortuary science. He plans to complete a bachelor in business administration at The University of Mississippi in the next few years. He is also studying to become a licensed preneed insurance agent.
When not at Coleman, Lane is still active on the ball field as he plays in many softball tournaments around North Mississippi and Tennessee. He is becoming more active in Lafayette County as he has joined Young Professionals of Oxford.
Ashley Bowlan Funeral Director and Embalmer
Ashley Bowlan is an Olive Branch native and serves the company as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He previously served in this role in Atlanta, GA, for seven years, where he maintains his license. In this position, Ashley works with families in arrangement conferences, overseeing visitations and services, completing paperwork to ensure death certificates and other items needed to be filled on behalf of the family are done so in a timely manner. He works with the company on community outreach and training many of our office assistants and apprentices.
A graduate of Olive Branch High School, Ashley expanded his education at the Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, GA. Here, he earned an associate of science degree in funeral service and was a member of the Phi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity. He was also awarded an academic achievement award for his studies and the college’s perfect attendance award for his dedication to learning in the classroom.
Outside of Coleman Funeral Home, Ashley enjoys traveling to Fort Lauderdale, FL, road trips with his friends, spending time with his family and nephews (Matthew and Andrew), and learning about funeral service history. While in Atlanta, he was a member of Project Open Hand. He also cherishes the time he can spend with his dachshund mix, Wilton. Ashley also attends First Baptist Church of Olive Branch.
Larry Wray Funeral Director
Originally of Booneville, MS, Larry Wray has lived in Olive Branch, MS, for the past 45 years. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for Coleman Funeral Home, Larry assists in making arrangements with families, visitations, funeral and memorial services, cemetery preparation, and building lasting relationships with those living in DeSoto county.
A 1970 graduate of Booneville High School, Larry furthered his education at the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, graduating with a degree in mortuary science in 1971. Larry spent 30 years with Brantley Funeral Home, as an owner, then transitioned into a different part of the service industry as he owned Wray’s Fins and Feathers for 9 years.
Married Debra Wray in 1977, the two have two sons (Chad and Jeremy) and two grandsons. Larry is a member of the Star Busters Trap Club. He enjoys spending time with his grandsons, fishing, camping, and sprint car racing. Larry’s grandsons are active in youth baseball within DeSoto county. Larry enjoys watching Olive Branch Football, serving families at Coleman Funeral Home, and spending time with this family and friends. His family is also members of La Belle Haven Baptist Church.
Ellen Weaver Funeral Director
Ellen Weaver, also a lifelong resident of Lafayette County, graduated from Lafayette High School and attended The University of Mississippi. She spent a 30-year career with the Mississippi Employment Security Commission, retiring as a manager. She views her role as a funeral director as a continuation of a career focused on service to others. Ellen has one son and is a member of First Baptist Church of Abbeville.
Perry Lee Bowlan Funeral Assistant
Perry Lee Bowlan, a native of Olive Branch, MS, serves as a funeral assistant for Coleman Funeral Home. As a funeral assistant, Perry Lee assists with visitations, funeral and memorial services, delivering flowers to families after services, and with the company’s pet services venture. As an Olive Branch native, Perry Lee works with the company on increasing community relationships within DeSoto county.
Perry Lee graduated from Olive Branch High School, where he lettered in baseball and football. He also attended Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia. In 1966, Perry Lee began working for the Home Telephone Company (later known as Century Telephone) for 32 years. He was awarded their “Outstanding Customer Service Award.” A former Olive Branch Alderman, Olive Branch Volunteer Fire Chief, team member at Northcentral Mississippi Electric Power Association, and employee for Guardsmark, Perry Lee was inducted into the Olive Branch Hall of Fame in 2014 for his contributions to the city of Olive Branch.
Perry Lee is married to Charlotte Floate Bowlan. Together the two have two children (sons, Jason and Ashley), and two grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching college sporting events, and is an ardent Ole Miss football supporter. His family has been long time members of First Baptist Church of Olive Branch.
Stanley McKnatt Funeral Assistant
Stanley McKnatt is an Olive Branch, MS, native. He serves as a funeral assistant for the company and being that he is familiar with the surrounding area, McKnatt is able to work with community vendors in forming lasting relationships with Coleman Funeral Home. As a funeral assistant, McKnatt is works many visitations and services, interacts with the families, and assists with the Pet Services side of the company.
Before coming to Coleman Funeral Home, McKnatt spent many years working for the Roadway Truck Line, served as a meter reader for the City of Olive Branch, and assists with elections.
McKnatt is married to Bonnie McKnatt and has two children (daughter, Tina and son, Tim), along with five grandsons and one granddaughter. He enjoys watching his grandchildren play soccer. An avid Ole Miss Fan, McKnatt enjoys watching Rebel football and basketball. His family’s favorite getaway place is Branson, MO. McKnatt is a member of Bridgetown Baptist Church in Nesbit, MS.
Charles Maples Funeral Assistant
Charles Maples is a lifelong resident of Lafayette County. He has been with Coleman Funeral Home since the Summer of 2017, and serves as a Funeral Assistant. In this position, Charles assists with many crematory operations for the company’s pet services side, and works funeral directors with visitations, funeral and memorial services.
A graduate of Taylor High School, Charles has worked in the sales industry for 26 years and 9 yeas as a medical sales technician. Charles is also a former Emergency Medical Technician and is CPR certified. He is also a licensed minister.
Charles is married to Ruby R. Maples and has six children (Lisa, Stephanie, Cynthia, Sherry, Jeffery, and Stacy), eleven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He and Mrs. Ruby are members of Calvary Baptist Church.
Mayra Gonzalez Office Assistant
A native of Stockton, CA, Mayra Gonzalez has called Batesville, MS, home for the past 7 years. As an office assistant for Coleman Funeral Home, Mayra works with directors, staff, local and regional affiliates, and families on paperwork related to the funeral industry. She assists staff on answering the phone, sending emails, and setting up for events/visitations and services.
A 2015 graduate of South Panola High School in Batesville, Mayra is completing her degree in mortuary science from Northwest Mississippi Community College. At Northwest, she is treasurer of the Sigma Phi Sigma funeral fraternity and has represented the fraternity during Homecoming activities twice. Upon graduating from Northwest, Mayra plans to complete an apprenticeship to become a funeral director and embalmer.
Mayra comes from a large family with having 5 sisters and 2 brothers. She is also a proud mother to her daughter, Mariela Adelen, with whom she spends a large majority of her time when outside of Coleman Funeral Home.
Cindi Newman Office Assistant
Cindi Newman is a lifelong native of Water Valley and Yalobusha County, MS. Cindi joined Coleman Funeral Home in the Fall of 2017 as an Office Assistant. In the role, she works with the directors on paperwork, answering phones, and maintaining the office duties of both Coleman Funeral Home and Magnolia Mortuary. Cindi is active on the Pet Services side of the company as well. She began her funeral apprenticeship in July 2018.
Cindi is a graduate of Bruce High School, right down the road from Oxford and Lafayette County. She also holds a diploma in Funeral Service Education from the Stratford Institute. To further her education, Cindi is enrolled in the funeral service technology program at Northwest Mississippi Community College. Her educational goal is to purse a degree in mortuary science, complete an apprenticeship, and become a funeral director and embalmer.
Outside of Coleman Funeral Home, Cindi enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading, and learning more about the funeral profession.
Patsy Burnett Office Assistant
Patsy Burnett has lived in North Mississippi for most of her life, living in Olive Branch and most recently in Hernando. She joined Coleman Funeral Home in January 2018 as an Office Assistant and works with our Pet Services side, as well as answering the phones and fielding general questions for guests and families as the enter the facility.
Patsy is a graduate of Olive Branch High School. She has worked for Harrah’s Casino in the Security Department in Robinsonville, MS, as well as for the Mississippi Department of Medicaid in Senatobia, MS. She was the secretary for the North Mississippi Security Association and a past member of Tunica County Crime Stoppers. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the funeral home from various other industries to assist in the day-to-day operations.
Outside of Coleman Funeral Home, Patsy enjoys spending time with her daughter, Melanie, and three grandchildren, Taylor, Artie, and Emma. Patsy is also an active member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She enjoys reading, sewing, crafting, gardening, and antiquing.
Debbie Benson Office Assistant
Debbie Benson joined Coleman Funeral Home in January 2018 as an Office Assistant. A 20-year resident of North Mississippi, she assists the office in general paperwork, filing, entering data into the computer software, and answering the phones for our facilities. She also assists with the Pet Services side of the company.
Debbie is a graduate of Gulfport High School and has recently gone back to Northwest Mississippi Community College to further her education in Mortuary Science. She hopes to become a funeral director and embalmer once through with school.
When not at Coleman Funeral Home, one can find Debbie and her husband, Jerry, tending to their two cats, Cole and Cody, as well as spending time with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoys horseback riding, fishing, and volunteering. Debbie is a volunteer for the Dark Horse Rescue organization.
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