Our Valued Staff

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. Our role is to walk beside you through this difficult time, helping you navigate the decisions ahead. Quality, caring service allows you to focus on what's most important: Remembering and honoring your loved one, and reconnecting with those who gather around you in care and support.

  • Glenn Coleman

    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

    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

    Lane Massey Funeral Director and Embalmer - Oxford

    Lane Massey is originally from Batesville, MS. He is a resident of Oxford and is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, and crematory operator for Coleman Funeral Home in Olive Branch and Southaven. A majority of his day is spent serving our families and training new funeral directors. Lane works with local and regional government agencies in completing paperwork for the 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 a licensed pre-need insurance agent assisting families with future funeral planning. When not at Coleman, Lane is still active on the ball field as he plays in many softball tournaments around North Mississippi and Tennessee. Lane also enjoys being involved in various community organizations in Lafayette County.

  • Ashley Bowlan

    Ashley Bowlan Funeral Director and Embalmer - Olive Branch

    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. Ashley is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), Mississippi Funeral Directors Association (MFDA) as a Northern District Governor and is licensed to assist families with future burial and cremation planning. A graduate of Olive Branch High School, Ashley expanded his education at 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. He also cherishes the time he can spend with his dachshund mix, Wilton. Ashley is a member of Maples Memorial United Methodist Church and the Olive Branch Rotary Club.

  • Diane Schafer

    Diane Schafer Funeral Director - Olive Branch

    Diane grew up in the Memphis area and graduated from Memphis Technical High School. Her life has been of service to others, mostly as a licensed hairstylist and currently as a licensed Funeral Director. After moving back to the Midsouth area, Diane started work as a receptionist and hostess for a local funeral home. As part of her nature, she wanted to help others and be more involved. Diane started an apprenticeship to become a funeral director and graduated from John A. Gupton Mortuary College in Nashville, earning her license. She and her husband, Harry have resided in Olive Branch since 2009. Before the birth of her granddaughter, Zoe, she and her husband, Harry lived in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia due to Harry’s United States Navy duty, from which he retired after 30 years. Harry and Diane have raised four children together, Harry’s children, Kimberly and Michael plus Diane has two children of her own, Dr. Angela Hopper (Tony) of Olive Branch and Marty Massey of Cordova, TN. Angela is the director of the Mortuary Science Program at Northwest Mississippi Community College and Marty is a lieutenant on the Memphis Fire Department. Commitment to others has always been in her character. Diane was very involved during their military life as President of the US Dwight D. Eisenhower Wives Club and a liaison with the Navy Ombudsmen for the military spouses of the aircraft carrier when deployed. Diane and Harry have been the Mississippi Directors for the Gold Wing Road Rider’s Association, local chapter, MS-Y. Diane also belongs to the Red Hat Society local chapter, Memphis Red Hat Divas, and is involved with the Memphis Tech alumni. The most important objective to Diane is the care and concern she has for each and every family she serves at the most difficult time of their lives.

  • Anna Payton Butler

    Anna Payton Butler Funeral Director and Embalmer - Olive Branch

    Anna Payton Butler is a native of Sardis, MS and resides there with her husband, Clay. She is a licensed funeral director and embalmer with Coleman Funeral Home and she graduated from the funeral service technology program at Northwest Mississippi Community College and was licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Funeral Service in 2021. In 2019, she graduated from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in natural science with a minor in psychology. While at CBU, she served as a lab technician at the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) and Genesis in Memphis, TN.Outside of Coleman Funeral Home, Anna Payton enjoys photography and working out. She is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Memphis Alumnae Chapter and Calvary Baptist Church in Batesville, MS.

  • Taylor Lynn Taylor

    Taylor Lynn Taylor Funeral Director - Olive Branch

    Taylor Lynn Taylor is originally from Cleveland, MS. She is now a resident of Olive Branch with her husband, Conner, and son, Renly. She attended Hinds Community College in Raymond, MS before going on to get her Bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. While there, she worked for the Health and Anxiety Research (HART) Lab on campus. Taylor has joined Coleman Funeral Home of Olive Branch as a funeral apprentice and now as a licensed funeral director. Taylor spends her free time outside of work with her friends, family, and pets. She loves animals, spending time outside, reading, and playing video games.

  • Ellen Weaver

    Ellen Weaver Funeral Director - Oxford

    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.

  • Cain Havens

    Cain Havens Funeral Director and Embalmer - Oxford

    Cain Havens joined the staff of Coleman Funeral Home in August of 2022 as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He is a native of Calhoun City, Mississippi, but spent his founding years of life in Lee County, graduating from Saltillo High School in 2015.His career in funeral service began in March of 2019 as a funeral director’s assistant in a small town family owned firm. His passion for serving people led him on a journey through Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Funeral Service Technology program where he graduated in May of 2021.Aside from his daily responsibilities in the funeral home, Cain serves as the Student Pastor at Derma Baptist Church. In his time of leisure he can be found on the golf course playing a round with his friends or baiting a hook and casting a line fishing.

  • Trey Pipkin

    Trey Pipkin Funeral Director - Southaven

    Trey Pipkin, resident of Southaven, MS, has joined Coleman Funeral Home of Southaven as a Licensed Funeral Director and Preneed Counselor. He is also a Rotarian with the Hernando Rotary Club.Trey’s funeral service career began in 2019 working in Oxford, MS, and later, Water Valley, MS. He completed his apprenticeship and obtained his Funeral Director’s license in October of 2022. Trey is a first generation Funeral Director in his family. It is important to Trey to help grieving families celebrate a life well lived for their loved ones, serving and guiding them along the way.In his free time, Trey enjoys being outdoors, hiking, traveling, and vacationing in West Palm Beach, FL. He enjoys attending MS Funeral Director Association events and conferences, learning and keeping up with the latest trends related to the profession.

  • Mike Roberts

    Mike Roberts Family Services Counselor

    For nearly 20 years, Mike Roberts has been helping North Mississippi families plan ahead and protect their loved ones. He is the owner of Roberts Insurance Agency and serves as a pre-planning specialist for Coleman Funeral Home, Garden of Memories Oxford, and Autumn Woods Memorial Park.Roberts brings both professional and personal experience to his work with in helping families plan ahead. Through experiencing the death of parents, he and his wife, Ashley, learned first-hand how difficult it is for loved ones to manage decision making and a sudden financial burden in the midst of coping with grief.In addition to his work with families, Roberts serves on the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors for District 5. He is an avid outdoorsman and attends First Baptist Church of Oxford with his wife and two children, Emma Hays and Max.

  • Perry Lee Bowlan

    Perry Lee Bowlan Funeral Assistant - Olive Branch

    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 and delivering flowers to families after services. 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 was married to the late Charlotte Floate Bowlan for 48 years. 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. He has been a long time member of First Baptist Church of Olive Branch.

  • Rick  Pickens

    Rick Pickens Funeral Assistant - Olive Branch

    Rickey Pickens, a native of Olive Branch, MS, serves as a funeral assistant for Coleman Funeral Home. As a funeral assistant, Rickey assists with visitations, funeral and memorial services, and delivering flowers to families after services. Rickey graduated from Olive Branch High School in 1971, and continued his education at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, MS. After attending college, Rickey worked for Century Telephone from 1977 – 1998 where he was an outside plant technician and network services technician before becoming Network Services Supervisor. After he retired from Century Telephone, Rickey worked for Bay Industries as the Project and Plant Manager from 2000 – 2018. In addition to working, Rickey was a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard from 1972 – 1998 and served as the Communications Chief for 2/198th Armored Cavalry, retiring as Sergeant First Class. Rickey is married to Mary Reid Pickens, and together they have one daughter, Angela Pickens Simpson. He is also the proud grandfather to his grandson, Collin Simpson. In his spare time, Rickey enjoys spending time with his family, working in the garden and riding horses. He and his wife are long time members of First Baptist Church of Olive Branch and are residents of the Pleasant Hill Community.

  • Stanley McKnatt

    Stanley McKnatt Funeral Assistant - Olive Branch

    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, Stanley is able to work with community vendors in forming lasting relationships with Coleman Funeral Home. As a funeral assistant, Stanley works many visitations and services, interacts with the families, and assists where needed.Before coming to Coleman Funeral Home, Stanley spent many years working for the Roadway Truck Line, served as a meter reader for the City of Olive Branch, and assists with elections.Stanley 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, Stanley enjoys watching Rebel football and basketball. His family’s favorite getaway place is Branson, MO. Stanley is a member of Bridgetown Baptist Church in Nesbit, MS.

  • Patsy Burnett Snider

    Patsy Burnett Snider Funeral Assistant - Olive Branch

    Patsy Burnett Snider 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 the office assistant, she assists with answering the phones and fielding general questions for guests and families as they 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.

  • Billy Loftin

    Billy Loftin Funeral Assistant - Olive Branch

    Billy Loftin was raised in Olive Branch and graduated from Olive Branch High School. As a high school student, he enjoyed playing football and baseball. After high school graduation, Billy attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College and continued playing football as a college student. After attending Northwest, he was in the profession of sales and home construction. In his leisure time, he enjoys his retirement life watching his great nieces and great nephews play sports. Billy is a member of First Baptist Church of Olive Branch and has a true passion for helping grieving families in their time of need.

  • Allen  Floate

    Allen Floate Funeral Assistant - Olive Branch

    Allen Floate, of Olive Branch, MS, works as a funeral assistant for Coleman Funeral Home. As a funeral assistant, Allen assists with visitations, funeral and memorial services, and delivering flowers to families after services.Allen graduated from Independence High School and furthered his education as a registered nurse for thirty-two years where he specialized in mental health, home health and hospice care. Allen worked as an RN for thirty years at Parkwood Behavioral Health in Olive Branch. Allen has two children and five grandchildren. He is married to Linda Floate and they are active members of Meadow Brook Baptist Church in Byhalia, MS. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family.

  • Charles Maples

    Charles Maples Funeral Assistant - Oxford

    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 helps funeral directors with visitations, funeral services, 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 was married to his late wife, Ruby R. Maples, for almost 39 years, and has six children (Lisa, Stephanie, Cynthia, Sherry, Jeffery, and Stacy), eleven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He is also a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

  • Al Canon

    Al Canon Funeral Assistant - Southaven

    A native of Memphis, Al Canon has lived in Senatobia for the past 40 years. He currently serves as Associate Pastor and Worship Leader at First Baptist Church in Southaven, a position he has held since 2003. Since 1975, Al has served both as a full-time and/or part-time Minister of Music at several Baptist churches in the Memphis area.Al served as a Family Services Counselor at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemeteries in Memphis where he assisted families in making the final arrangements for their loved ones. He provided counseling and encouragement on what, for many, is the worst day of their lives. As an ordained minister, he was also called on to preside at funerals. Additionally, he was a part of the apprenticeship program for embalmers and funeral directors. Al was promoted to Director of Community Relations, Church Relations, and Veteran Services. He joined the staff of Coleman Funeral Home in Southaven in March of 2021.Prior to his position at Memorial Park, Al served as Director of Spiritual Growth and Development at The Baddour Center, a residential community for adults with special needs. In addition to the ministry aspect of this position, Al was one of the managing directors of the facility. It was his honor to travel when possible with The Miracles, a talented choir made up of residents of The Baddour Center. He accompanied them to the White House during the Reagan administration, to the Crystal Cathedral in Los Angeles, and to the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. In addition, as an Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster, he organized a Scout Troop of special needs residents of The Baddour Center. The troop won several awards even when competing against non-handicapped troops.Al served as a paratrooper with the Unit Police of the 5th of the 81st Airborne Artillery Division, and he worked for 12 years as Assistant Chief of Security with Goldsmith’s Department Stores.A graduate of Westside High School in Memphis, Al has studied at Oklahoma Baptist University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Mid-South Bible College. Al and his wife, Sybil, enjoy spending time with their three adult daughters and five grandchildren. He is also an avid outdoorsman. Al also enjoys participating in drama productions which include the Memphis Passion Play at Bellevue Baptist Church, Mid-American Baptist Theological Ceremony, the Singing Christmas Tree, and the Fourth of July Program.His experiences at Memorial Park and Coleman Funeral Homes have developed a unique sensitivity and compassion in his heart for those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one, and he works very hard to respond to families with God’s love and comfort. It is his honor to be called on to officiate memorial services at the request of families, and he takes great care to provide a service that is both personal and Christ-centered

  • Cindy Eskridge

    Cindy Eskridge Office Manager - Olive Branch

    Cindy comes to Coleman Funeral Home of Olive Branch as the Office Manager after working as Office Administrator/Closing Coordinator for a local real estate firm. Prior to that experience, she spent several years working as a merchandiser for a large home improvement chain. She has a background in public relations, journalism, publication editing, working for non-profit professional organizations, conference and continuing education planning. Her greatest challenge and joy, as she says, has been the eighteen plus years spent at home, raising her family. Cindy is a graduate of Stockbridge High School (Stockbridge, GA). She has a B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations from Georgia State University. Cindy has lived in Olive Branch for twenty years with her husband and three children. She is a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Olive Branch and has taught preschool choir, children’s choir, rang in the hand bell choir, sang in their praise team and is a member of the choir. Cindy is an avid runner, enjoys raising organic herbs and vegetables and finds spending time with her family and friends one of the most rewarding ways to spend her day.

  • Theresa Hawks

    Theresa Hawks Office Manager - Southaven

    Originally from Memphis, TN, Theresa moved to Olive Branch in 1990 to raise her two sons. In 2015, she retired and moved to Robinsonville, MS. Theresa joined Coleman Funeral Home in July of 2019 and works at our Southaven location as the Office Manager. Theresa became a part of the Coleman Funeral Home family after retiring from Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation in Memphis. After seventeen years of service as Supervisor of Contract Administrations in their Corporate Procurement Department, she enjoys being a part of the funeral service industry. Outside of the funeral home, Theresa enjoys spending time with her husband, Rick, and her two granddaughters, Iris and Maria. She also enjoys her large family gatherings every Sunday for lunch. Theresa and her husband are members of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Robinsonville.

  • Bonnie McKnatt

    Bonnie McKnatt Hospitality Coordinator - Olive Branch and Southaven

    As a resident of Olive Branch for over 50 years, Coleman Funeral Home is honored to have Bonnie as a dedicated employee who assists the funeral home with receptions and fielding general questions for guests and families as they enter the facility. Bonnie was a hairdresser for over thirty years in Olive Branch and she continues to assist our families with any cosmetology needs. Bonnie is married to Stanley McKnatt, and they have two children and six grandchildren. She and her family are true Ole Miss Rebel fans and they enjoy spending time watching their two grandsons play soccer. Bonnie is an avid Elvis Presley fan and also enjoys crocheting, crafts, thrift shopping and dining out in her free time.

  • Lori  Payne

    Lori Payne Community Ambassador - Southaven

    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.

  • Kathy Brummett

    Kathy Brummett Family Care Coordinator - Oxford

    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, eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, and is an active member at Batesville Church of Christ.

  • Kim Byrd

    Kim Byrd Coleman Pet Services Representative - Oxford and Lafayette County

    Kim Byrd, lifelong resident of Oxford, works with Coleman Pet Services serving Oxford and Lafayette County. Kim graduated from Lafayette High School and then received a Business Management degree from The University of Mississippi in December 2003. Kim has worked as an Independent Beauty consultant with Mary Kay for the past 15 years. Kim is married to Daryle and they have one fur baby, Thor, who is a Great Dane. She attends Pinelake Church in Oxford. Kim has a passion for animals as well as enjoys shopping, helping others feel beautiful with Mary Kay, and watching her husband coach kids baseball.

  • Paula Sarten

    Paula Sarten Coleman Pet Services Representative - Desoto County

    Paula Sarten, native of Olive Branch, has joined the Coleman Funeral Home team as our Coleman Pet Service’s Representative for Desoto County.Paula graduated from Southaven High School and then went on to obtain a degree in cosmetology from Northwest Mississippi Community College. She previously worked as an Administrative Assistant for 10 years and also as a Supervisor at an Assisted and Independent Facility for 7 years.Paula is a member of LaBelle Haven Baptist Church in Olive Branch and In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, spending time with her grandchildren, and working in her flower beds.

  • Karen Phillips Bollinger

    Karen Phillips Bollinger Business Manager

    Karen Phillips Bollinger is a native of Booneville, Mississippi, and has been married to Eddie Bollinger for 34 years. Karen and Eddie met at NEMCC (Booneville) as members of Campus County. She graduated from Jumpertown High School, NEMCC (Booneville) and Mississippi State University with a B.A. in Communications / Public Relations. Karen joined our staff in 2022 as business manager for all of the Coleman Funeral Home locations. In her spare time she enjoys being with her family, especially her grandson Watson. She also helps her husband with his business, Sound Ideas. She and Eddie attend Derma Baptist Church where he is a Deacon and she is the Financial Ministry Assistant.