A native of Arkansas, Lee moved to the Memphis area in 1998 to attend mortuary school at Northwest Mississippi Community College. He began his funeral service career that same year and has served as an embalmer, funeral director, operations manager, location manager, and general manager. He is now director for the Memphis market.
Invested in the future of funeral service, Lee sits on the funeral service program advisory committee at his alma mater and is our company’s scholarship ambassador at the school. He is part of the annual ICCFA University Cremation College held in Memphis each summer.
Lee is an active member of Minor Memorial United Methodist Church, where he sings in the choir and serves on several committees. Lee and his wife live in Desoto County, Mississippi. They have 2 children.
Troy Wayne Smith
Troy is a graduate of Olive Branch High School, Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Mississippi and Tennessee and currently serves as Northern District Governor for the Mississippi Funeral Director’s Association. He loves serving the people of Olive Branch.
He says, "I always want to strive to take care of our families, just as I would want mine taken care of and to lighten the burden of grief when things seem very dark in life. I am a firm believer that when we take care of our families, everything else will work out."
A lifelong resident of DeSoto County, Troy lives in Olive Branch with his wife and son.
Gary W Taylor
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Gary has been in funeral service for more than 2 decades, serving in many capacities. He is a graduate of Bartlett High School, Northwest Mississippi Community College and Freed-Hardeman University.
Gary is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Tennessee and Mississippi, and he serves as the general manager of Brantley Funeral Home. His main focus is to ensure each family receives personal, caring service. He says, “Every life is unique and should be remembered and celebrated in an equally unique way. My role is to listen intently to everything a family says about their loved one and their specific needs. By listening, I will be able to assist them in determining their needs and make suggestions that will accomplish their desires and exceed their expectations.”
Gary lives in Collierville, Tennessee, with his wife and children. He is a member of the East Shelby Church of Christ.
Jonathan H Matthews
As a funeral celebrant Jonathan helps families design and host personalized tributes and celebrations of life. He believes every life has a story and strives to make every service meaningful and memorable.
Jonathan is a licensed funeral director in Tennessee and Mississippi. He first entered funeral service in 1986. He received his mortuary science degree from John A. Gupton College in Nashville and also holds a bachelor’s in communications from Freed-Hardeman University, a master’s in Biblical studies from Lipscomb University, and a juris doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law.
In addition to his work at the funeral home, Jonathan serves as minister of music and worship of Redeemer Evangelical Church in Collierville. In his spare time, he enjoys singing in a gospel quartet and providing musical programs to churches, senior citizen gatherings and nursing homes. A native of Ripley, Tennessee, Jonathan now lives in East Memphis.
Alva G Phillips
Alva "Gene" Phillips is the president and former owner of Brantley Funeral Home. Gene, as he is known by all, has served the Olive Branch community since the 1970s. He is a former member of the Mississippi Board of Funeral Service, having been appointed by the Governor, as well as an active member of the Mississippi Funeral Directors Association where he has served many years as Northern District Governor.
Gene is a solid and consistent presence in the town and is respected by the citizens and other funeral service professionals alike. Gene and his wife, an Olive Branch native, have lived in Olive Branch since the 1960s. They are both active members of First Baptist Church of Olive Branch and have 3 adult children.
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