Mary Stith Hamlin

“Hearing from a family that we have made a difference in their lives by the advice we gave or the experience they had – sometimes many years down the road – it’s what fills my heart the most. Making sure our families can reclaim some sense of control in a very emotional situation where control has been taken from them is so important… we empower them with that feeling to help start the healing process. Our driving purpose is to make sure we all treat a family the way we’d like to be treated…and more.”

Robert Hamlin

“Many ask me how I can answer the phone in the middle of the night and go right then to a family’s side. It’s because I know from experience what it feels like to not have my needs met…and for that person on the other end of the phone this is likely the worst feeling in their life. Every family grieves in a different and necessary way – it’s their own path to healing from the loss. I see my role as providing the best experience and outcome possible for our families and making sure each need is met.”
*picture with grandson Owen

Marcia Shackelton

“We always get to know our families so well during this vulnerable time and all of us have a role to play in helping them through it. Many times I’ve been able to find benefits that the family didn’t know existed…and that has helped to ease some of the burden. It means a lot to me to be a person they know they can count on to be there and to give them my all.”

AnnYager Hamlin McCrosky

“The death of a loved one is such a life-altering moment, and how it is handled will last with a family forever. Most members of our Stith family have had a previous funeral experience that did not meet a need in some way and we still carry that feeling with us. I think this is why our family so highly values the families that entrust us with their loved one. We see it as our responsibility to take the broken pieces of their loss and put them back together in such a way that the healing can begin….”
*picture age 3

Brenda Denton

“What I care about most is helping a family tell the story of their loved one – to help them honor that person in the best way possible. I get so much out of listening intently about the person and letting the family teach me who they were and how much they are loved. My work with pre-planning on one end and aftercare on the other has taught me so much about love, healing and what’s really important.”

Tutti Welch

“This is a family-owned and operated business that is truly based on genuine family values. Everyone that comes to Stith Funeral Home for services is considered and referred to as ‘our family’ – and they are treated as such. In my time here I have found each member of our Stith family to be sincere in their kindness and level of caring….it comes from the heart.”

Ann Cassada

“For me, there is no more caring place to work than here. In a small community a feeling of closeness, trust and family – of being there for each other when a loved one passes – is such an important part of the healing process. My role here is an important ministry for me. I pray for our families and I do all I can to let them know I’m here to help in any way I can. There is strength in family – that’s what Stith is.”

Karl Luttrell

“I got to know so many people in our community from my years in the sheriff’s office, but not many know I’ve had my funeral director’s license for 50-plus years. Being able to care for these families in such a difficult time is very important to me, and I guarantee that no funeral home family goes out of their way as much and genuinely cares as much for our extended family of clients as Stith. It’s why I’m here.”

Mark Lister

“I’ve known the Stith family for 40-plus years and believe they are the most caring family around. A few weeks after I started here I thanked Mary for making me feel so much like family, and she replied, ‘Well, Mark, you are family.’ Having that feeling and the opportunity to renew old friendships from my early years in the community has meant so much to me. I want to pay that feeling forward to our families….”
*picture with his wife Jerri

Brian Ruth