Ridout's Gardendale Chapel

2029 Decatur Highway Gardendale, AL

Associates

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    Richard Michael Yates

    General Manager

    Mike started his funeral service career at Ridout’s Gardendale Chapel in 1992. He is the longest active funeral director in the North Jefferson area, having served hundreds of families over the years. Mike has achieved the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, which is a voluntary program to distinguish those who offer more than what is expected of them. It is the highest professional designation in funeral service.

    Mike considers community and professional involvement an honor. He is a chamber ambassador for the Gardendale Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Fultondale Chamber of Commerce, and a past board member and coach for Gardendale Girls Softball. Mike is active in the funeral industry on the state level as a member of the executive board of the Alabama Funeral Directors Association, where he has been instrumental in helping pass new laws to strengthen funeral service in the state. He also serves on many committees for the organization and has advocated for more benefits for military veterans.

    Mike and his wife are active in the Gardendale School system, participating and supporting their twin daughters. Mike’s hobbies include traveling, boating, college football and spending time with his family. Mike is proud to be part of this great community and feels blessed to work with a group of caring professionals who are committed to creating memories that will last a lifetime.

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    Kelly Coleman Karrh

    Funeral Director

    Kelly has compassionately provided care to families in Jefferson County and the surrounding area since 2010. Kelly earned Associate of Applied Science degree in funeral service education from Jefferson State Community College in 2012. As a member of the Dignity Memorial® team, he proudly guides each family through one of the most difficult times of life. When he is not serving families, Kelly enjoys spending time with his family, reading and being involved in different activities at the First Baptist Church in Mount Olive.

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    Vincent E. Shannon

    Funeral Director

    Vincent Shannon has been a licensed funeral director for more than 40 years. He takes great pride in providing families with care, patience, and compassion as he assists them with services for their loved ones. Vince is a graduate of Jefferson State's Mortuary Science and Funeral Service Education Program. Vince and his wife have been married since the 1970s and have 2 grown sons. They enjoy attending Alabama football games, bicycling and summer family vacations to the beach.

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    GENE D SMITH

    Funeral Director

    Gene, a lifelong resident of Birmingham, has served a variety of roles in the funeral industry for nearly 3 decades. He now serves on our team where he got his start, and his main role is to help families through the process of making funeral arrangements. Gene fulfills his duty to each family with utmost respect.