"Faces You Know ~ People You Trust"

Eddie Brown, Owner

Funeral Director & Embalmer/ Preneed-Life Insurance Agent

Eddie is the founder and owner of Brown's Funeral Service. Having discovered at age 12 of having an interest in funeral service it was a lifelong dream to become not only a Funeral Director and Embalmer he wanted to own and operate his own Funeral Service. Eddie was the fifth child of seven (first son) born to A.E."Aus" and Annie (Goff) Brown, lifelong Marshall County (Madill-Kingston area) pioneers. Eddie graduated from Madill High School with the class of '67. Eddie served his first Funeral Director/Embalmers apprentiship in 1976 and worked everyday toward being licensed. After a 20+ year career in grocery and real estate business he made the opportunity happen to go back to college and then to Dallas Institute of Funeral Service where he was class president and recieved Scholastic Acheivement Award. 
Brown's has grown to 5 locations since aquiring Durant Funeral Home in 1994. Eddie is a 33 year member of the Lions Club, a member of Atoka Masonic Lodge #4, Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association and The National Funeral Directors Assn. and all the area Chambers of Commerce where we have locations. Eddie served as City Councilman, Police and Fire Commissioner and as Mayor in Tishomingo. Eddie is a licensed Life Insurance agent and a pre-need councilor. 

 "Helping people has been a lifelong endeavor and Funeral Service has been the most rewarding part of my life because of the position I am in to help people, at their worst time." 

Mike Overton, FDIC

Funeral Director & Embalmer/  Preneed-Life Insurance Agent

Mike is a life long resident of Durant and the son of Don Overton and Judy and Billy Hauk. He graduated from Durant Public Schools in 1988 and attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He went to work for Brown's Funeral Service in October 2004 and graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in May 2006. He is married to his wife Dana, and they are proud parents of one son, Dylan who is a student at Durant High School. They are members of the First Baptist Church in Durant. Mike believes that Funeral Service is the most rewarding profession he could have chosen and to be able to bring a little peace and happiness to the families that he serves in their time of grief is very satisfying.  

Shanda (Brown) & Ryan Olmstead

Funeral Directors & Embalmers ~ licensed in Oklahoma and Arkansas 

Preneed- Life Insurance Agents

Shanda (Brown) Olmstead, born in Ardmore, OK, to Tommy and Vickie Brown formerly of Madill, OK.  Her brother is Grant Brown, currently of Illinois.  After graduating from Madill High School, Shanda attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.  While attending mortuary school, she met Ryan Olmstead of Arkansas.  After graduating, they later married and had a daughter, Abby, who now attends McCall Middle School in Atoka.  After working as funeral directors in Arkansas, Ryan and Shanda moved to Oklahoma to join the staff of Brown's Funeral Service.  They are both licensed funeral directors and embalmers in the states of Oklahoma and Arkansas.  Ryan and Shanda are available to help any family at their time of need.

Ryan Olmstead is a 5th generation Funeral Director born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1975.  Ryan attended the Universtiy of Arkansas, majoring in Finance before attending mortuary school in Dallas. 

D'Ray Beauchamp

Funeral Director & Embalmer

D'Ray Beauchamp was born in Norman, OK to Darrell Keith and the late Brenda Keith of Washington, OK.  D'Ray has two siblings Kody and Lana Keith both of Washington, OK.  D'Ray graduated from Washington High School then attended Carl Albert State College then went on to mortuary school at University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.  D'Ray met her husband Brandon while attending Carl Albert and after graduating from UCO they married and are now the proud parents of 2 children, Avery and Blane.  D'Ray and her family live in Mead.

Scott Harper

Family Services

Scott Harper was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas to Dub and Linda Harper. Scott is the oldest of five children, all from the North Little Rock area. He attended school in his hometown of Sherwood, Arkansas. Scott moved to Durant, Oklahoma in 2001 and currently lives in Mead. He has raised three great boys, Kevin, John and Raul. Scott has worked for Brown's since October of 2013.

James Moss

Funeral Assistant

Kelby Owens

Funeral Assistant

Alvie Thornton

Funeral Assistant

Loren "Blue" Mason

Maintenance/Cemetery Set-up

Mikayla Praytor

Apprentice Funeral Director/ Embalmer/ Funeral Assistant

Mikayla Praytor is the youngest of two girls, born to Dan and June Praytor of Atoka, Oklahoma. She lived in Atoka all her life until she graduated from Atoka High School in 2012. To continue her education she moved to Edmond, Oklahoma to attend The University of Central Oklahoma and major in Funeral Services. She is now living in Durant and attending the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service to become a Licensed Professional Funeral Director and Embalmer. She has been with the Brown's family since November of 2014.

Patricia Blagg

Funeral Assistant

Monty Wood

Funeral Assistant

Mike Harper

Funeral Assistant