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.
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 Maples Memorial United Methodist Church of Olive Branch.
David Owens Funeral Director and Embalmer
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Dave Owens is Coleman Funeral Home of Southaven’s first dedicated funeral director and embalmer. He joined the company in January of 2019 after nearly 30 years of funeral care in Atlanta. In his position, Dave serves the families of Southaven and DeSoto County, helping with arrangements, overseeing visitations and services, and completing any other tasks a family might need.
Dave holds an associates of science degree from the Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, Georgia. After almost 19 years working at a large corporate firm in Atlanta, his friend and former colleague Ashley Bowlan recruited Dave to Mississippi. The pair worked together in Atlanta. The move to Southaven was a welcome change for Dave.
When he is not serving families, Dave enjoys reading, collecting antique clocks and Occupied Japan items and attending antique car shows. He also works with ministries and organizations within the deaf and hard of hearing community.
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.
Lori Payne Community Ambassador
A lifelong resident of Southaven, Lori helps connect local families with information about Coleman Funeral Home's services. She is a graduate of Southaven High School and is the owner of LRP Studios, a performing arts school which she has led for more than 25 years. She is married to Ward 3 Alderman George Payne and has four daughters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kathy Brummett Family Care Coordinator
Kathy Brummett, an Oxford resident of 40 years, works with Coleman Funeral Home as the Family Care Coordinator. In this role, she focuses on supporting families that the funeral home serves. Kathy ensures that every family she works with knows that they have not been forgotten, even months after the death of a loved one.
Kathy previously served as an Independent National Sales Director for Mary Kay Cosmetics, retiring January 2017. She is an active participant in the fight against human trafficking. For her efforts, Kathy was named 2017 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts.
Kathy is married to Pete, and has three daughters, Christy, Casey, Kimberly and eight grandchildren. She is an active member of the Oxford Church of Christ, where she works in the college ministry.
Tanya Pettit DIrector of Cemetery Services and Pre-Need Sales
Tanya Pettit, a native of Memphis, oversees cemetery care and family services at Garden of Memories Oxford, DeSoto Memorial Gardens and Autumn Woods Memorial Park. Her primary role is helping families prepare for and navigate the loss of a loved one. Tanya specializes in helping families pre-arrange burial and cremation services.
With over 25 years of experience in the funeral industry, Tanya has worked for Family Heritage Plan in Houston, Texas, and Forest Hill Funeral Home in Memphis, Tenn. In her work, Tanya focuses on treating the families she serves the way she would want her own family treated.
When she is not at work, Tanya enjoys spending time with her four sons and reading. She also enjoys umpiring, a role she has been in for nearly 26 years.
Matthew Malone Family Service Manager
Matthew Malone was born in New Albany and graduated from New Albany High School. Matthew works with Garden of Memories Oxford as a Family Service Manager, where he focuses on helping families memorialize the legacies of themselves and their loved ones. Additionally, Matthew leads the management of Garden of Memories Oxford and assists families in the process of pre-arranging burial and cremation services.
Matthew began his career in the funeral industry in 2016, working as a family service counselor just outside of Memphis. Over the course of his career, Matthew has learned the most important thing he can do for a family is listen to them. This way, he can focus on properly memorializing their loved one.
When he is not at work, Matthew enjoys traveling and spending time with his two godchildren. Matthew also spends his spare time grant writing and volunteering for non-profits, previously sitting on the board of directors for three different organizations.
Michael White Family Service Consultant
Michael White, a Wynne, Arkansas native, works with Autumn Woods Memorial Park as a Family Service Consultant. Michael focuses on helping families during the process of pre-planning burial and cremation services. By helping families pre-arrange funerals, Michael ensures that every family he works with properly memorializes their loved ones. He also handles all at-need arrangements being made at Autumn Woods Memorial Park.
Michael is passionate about giving families a sense of security in their choice of cemetery. To achieve this, Michael focuses on the upkeep of Autumn Woods Memorial Park. He and his team work hard to maintain the beauty of the grounds, so as to honor those who are laid to rest in the park.
When he is not at work, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, Carol, and their four children.