Barry was born and raised in Athens, Alabama. After high school, Barry attended Jefferson State Community College, earning an associate degree in funeral service education. Having served over 3 decades in the funeral industry, Barry loves the opportunity to help families of Madison County and surrounding areas as a valuable part of our team.
Barry's funeral career began on January 15, 1984 at McConnell Funeral Home in Athens, Alabama, beginning as an apprentice and, after completing mortuary school, was promoted to funeral director and embalmer. He served in that position until 1992, when he was promoted to location manager.
After serving the Athens Community at McConnell’s for 26 years, Barry transferred to Roselawn Funeral Home and Cemetery in 2009, where he served as general manager for almost 5 years, before relocating to serve in his current position as general manager for 3 area locations.
Beverly M Burch
Beverly Moss Burch is a native of Tennessee. She is a graduate of Austin Peay State University, Trevecca Nazarene University and Jefferson State Community College, where she received an Associate of Applied Science degree in funeral service education. Beverly holds licenses as a funeral director and embalmer in the states of Alabama and Nevada.
She spent 16 years in elementary and adult education before beginning a career in the funeral service industry while her husband was on military assignment in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1999. While there she served as an apprentice with Smith and Gaston Funeral Services and later as a funeral director and embalmer. Moving to Las Vegas, Nevada, she was soon employed for 8 years as an arrangement director by Palm Mortuaries, Cemeteries and Crematories. After relocating to Huntsville in 2010, Beverly became an associate of our team in 2013 and presently serves as funeral director and earned the distinction of certified funeral service practitioner in 2016.
Beverly is a member of the Fellowship of Faith Church, the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practitioners, a state and national member of Alabama Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc. and member of the National Funeral Directors Association. She and her husband have 2 children, an awesome son-in-law and 3 grandchildren. Beverly has a love for reading the Bible and spending time with her family. She enjoys working as a volunteer and watching movies with happy endings.
Charles D Craig
Charles Dennis Craig was born in Limestone County, Alabama. He has been in the funeral business since the 1980s and loves helping families in time of need. He became part of our staff as a licensed funeral director after working at our sister firm, Roselawn Funeral Home in Decatur, Alabama, for 4 years.
Charles has been a Century Club member since 2015 and was the 3rd Quarter 2014 Take-up-Rate Leader for Main Street East.
Married since 2004, Charles and his wife live in the East Limestone Community. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Charles enjoys fishing, hunting, gardening, golf and Alabama football. Charles and his wife are members of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in the Monrovia area.
Ralph E Michel
Ralph Michel began his funeral apprenticeship at the age of 15 in the small county seat of Brookhaven, Mississippi. Ralph has served on our team since 2004 and has a huge, caring and understanding heart that he loves to share with the many families he serves!
While attending Mississippi College in Clinton on a football scholarship, he studied for and received a funeral director and embalmers license. Ralph went on to study toward a Master of Business Administration at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
Through the decades Ralph, also a licensed insurance agent, has worked as a licensed funeral director in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and Alabama, serving as a family counselor and director of family services, extended care services, sales and aftercare services. Currently, he is an officer in our Widowed People’s Organization, a coordinator of the We Honor Veterans program and is a presenter for ongoing seminar programs. He has been a Million Dollar Sales Member 6 different times in his career.
Also an accomplished musician, Ralph has played guitar professionally in many settings including both the Grand Ole Opry and Dollywood and currently shares his talents with University Baptist Church of Huntsville. He enjoys the beauty of nature in plants, landscaping and bird-watching in his yard.
Kelly A Russell
Kelly Russell has served on our team since November 2014 and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Kelly is a graduate of Jefferson State Community College, where she obtained her degree in mortuary science. She was chosen as a Century Club member for 2015 and 2016. Her greatest joy is serving families during a very difficult time in their lives.
Prior to working in the funeral industry she held various administrative roles in several types of businesses. Kelly grew up in north Georgia and relocated in 2006 to Huntsville, where she and her husband currently reside. They have 4 children, 2 granddaughters and more grandchildren to come. She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, playing with her grandchildren and spending time with her family. She has an incredible love for God and the people she serves. Kelly and her husband are members of Willowbrook Baptist Church in Huntsville. Kelly is a University of Georgia Bulldog fan and cheers, "GO DAWGS!!"
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