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 - Southaven
Lane Massey is originally from Batesville, MS, and lived in Oxford for five years. Lane is a resident of Southaven, MS 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 Desoto County.
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, Mississippi Funeral Directors Association as a Northern District Governor and is licensed to assist families with advance 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 in Olive Branch and the Olive Branch Rotary Club.
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 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.
Angela Massey Hopper Funeral Director and Embalmer – Southaven
Angela Hopper joined the staff of Coleman Funeral Home of Southaven in January 2021. She is a graduate of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Angela holds a Funeral Service Certificate and an associate degree both from Northwest Mississippi Community College, in Southaven, MS; a Baccalaureate Degree in Mortuary Management and a Master’s Degree in Communications, both from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri; and a doctorate in Education from The University of Mississippi.
Prior to joining the team at Coleman Funeral Home of Southaven, Angela worked in the funeral profession, not only as a funeral director but also as a teacher, donor coordinator and recovery coordinator. She has been a duly licensed funeral director and embalmer for over twenty years.
Since 2019, Angela has served the funeral service community as a site examiner for the American Board of Funeral Service Education. She is a member of several academic honor societies, including the Alpha Sigma Lambda, Iota Nu Chapter.
Angela lives with her family in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
Larry Wray Funeral Director - Consultant
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 - 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.
Trey Pipkin Funeral Service Apprentice
Trey Pipkin was born and raised in Water Valley. Trey graduated from Water Valley High School and is currently undergoing his Funeral Directing Apprenticeship. Once completed, he will be a licensed Funeral Director.
Trey assists in the daily operations of the funeral home, as well as works with our funeral staff to carry out each funeral service we host. He believes that when planning a funeral, it is important for the funeral staff to get to know the family and their lost loved one.
When not at Coleman, Trey enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time on his family's farm.
Taylor Lynn Taylor Funeral Service Apprentice
Taylor Lynn Taylor is originally from Cleveland, MS and is currently residing in Southaven with her husband. She attended Hinds Community College before going on to get her Bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. Taylor has joined Coleman Funeral Home of Olive Branch as a funeral apprentice, where she assists in the daily operations of the funeral home and works with the funeral directors to service our families in need.
Taylor enjoys animals and has four of her own: a rabbit, dog, and two cats. She spends her free time outside of work with her family and friends, reading, or playing video games.
Annie Vanlandingham Funeral Service Apprentice
Annie Vanlandingham, native of Bruce, MS, joined Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford in January of 2022. She is currently enrolled at Northwest Mississippi Community College undergoing the Funeral Service Technology Program. After completion of the program, Annie will be a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.
In her spare time, Annie enjoys singing, being outdoors, and most importantly, visiting with her family. Annie is aspiring this career to pave a path for young women to enter this profession and be successful, while offering the simplicity of a helping hand to the families grieving the loss of a loved one.
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, 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 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 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, delivering flowers to families after services, and with the company’s pet services venture. As a resident of the Pleasant Hill Community, Rickey assists our families at our Southaven location.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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.
Cameron Lee Adams Funeral Assistant - Southaven
Cameron Adams grew up in Como, MS, graduating from Lafayette High School in 2017, where he was the runner-up state champion in powerlifting and a member of the Lafayette Commodores state champion football team. Cameron then furthered his studies at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts. Cameron has joined Coleman Funeral Home of Southaven as a funeral assistant, where he assists in the daily operations of the funeral home and works closely with our funeral directors in servicing our families in need.
In his free time away from work, Cameron enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He and his father are both avid hunters and Florida Gators fans, and they enjoy being able to share hobbies as family. Cameron also has a passion for dogs and enjoys working with them and training them to retrieve.
Emily N Morrison Business Office Manager
Emily Morrison was born and raised in Oxford. She graduated from Lafayette High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Mississippi. Emily serves all three locations as our Business Office Manager.
Emily manages the daily office operations. She provides frontline customer service to every individual who calls or visits the funeral home.
Emily attends Yellow Leaf Church and enjoys spending time with her parents, Mike and Shelley. Emily also loves children, working as a nanny before joining Coleman Funeral Home. She still enjoys babysitting in her spare time.
Patsy Burnett Office Manager - Olive Branch
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 the Office Manager and works with our Pet Services side, as well as 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.
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.
Sheri Gentry Office Manager - Oxford
Originally from Cleveland, Mississippi, Sheri moved to Oxford in 2018. She joined Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford in 2021. She is a graduate of Mississippi Delta Community College and the University of Mississippi.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Braelyn, and pursuing her law degree. Sheri has a passion for helping others, especially grieving families. Her favorite quote is, “Life will never be perfect. You just have to get comfortable being uncomfortable.”
Bonnie McKnatt Office Assistant - 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 answering the phones 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 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 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.
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 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.