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 and his wife Tiffany and their children Avory and Elias. 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 is attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. After working as funeral directors in Arkansas, Ryan and Shanda moved to Oklahoma in September 2008 to join the staff of Brown's Funeral Service. They are both licensed funeral directors and embalmers in the states of Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. Ryan and Shanda are available to help any family at their time of need.
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.
Brenda Batman Funeral Director
Brenda Marie Batman was born in Laverne, Oklahoma to J.D. and Freda Batman of Madill. During middle school she met her friend’s father Ronald Haaland who introduced her to the life of a Funeral professional at the age of 14 in Madill, later he invited her to learn more at his funeral home in Linden Texas and that created a passion within her.
She graduated from Silo High School in 1991 and raised two kids Zeke, of Durant and Dia, of Sherman. She has two beautiful grandchildren Seraphim and Dresden. After practicing cosmetology and raising her children she attended Southeastern State University while working as a phlebotomist, then transferred to Dallas Institute of Dallas, graduating with a Mortuary Science and Funeral Science degree. She served as Sergeant in Arms and Vice President of The Women In Black Sorority, in 2014.
During college she worked in Dallas for her apprentice and became fully licensed with a startup funeral home where she learned to appreciate the foundation of traditional funerals of all Faiths, and the diversity of nontraditional celebrations, then in 2019 came on to serve with Brown’s Funeral service. She is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for the States of Oklahoma and Texas. It is her desire to serve families with detail and personalization during their bereavement journey.
Chad E. John Funeral Director/Embalmer
Chad is a 1989 graduate of Bokchito High School. After graduation, he played baseball at Murray State College for two years. Chad attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas in 1991, graduating with a Mortuary science degree in 1992. After his mortuary schooling, he served his apprenticeship in Oklahoma with funeral homes in Elk City, Sayre, Cheyenne and Erick, and attributes his work ethic, foundation of professionalism and attention to details to the licensed funeral directors during this time. Chad earned his Funeral Director/ Embalmer licenses in October 1993.
After earning his license, Chad has worked in Skiatook, Durant, Denison/Sherman, and back to Durant. He has licenses both in Oklahoma and Texas. Chad has three awesome children, Emalee, Chay and Justin, and six beautiful grandkids, Riggin, Tate, Rylee, Kennedy, Sutter and Blakelyn. Chad enjoys working, being with his family, and is a huge Oklahoma Sooners fan. Boomer!!!
Chad believes funeral service to mankind is a self-satisfying service to all people who experience death and it is our job as professionals to help and assist these families go through this difficult time of losing a loved one. Funeral service is a “calling”, a ministry. We as funeral professionals have to strive to go above and beyond the call of duty in every aspect in serving these grieving families.
Scott Harper Family Services Coordinator, Pre-Need Counselor
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 Durant. He has raised three great boys, Kevin, John and Raul. Scott has worked for Brown's since October of 2013.
Loren "Blue" Mason Maintenance/Cemetery Set-up
Kelby Owens Part- Time Funeral Assistant
Melvin Blagg Funeral Director Apprentice
Angela Phillips Part-Time Visitation Hostess
Angela Phillips was born in Oklahoma City, OK and is the only child of Jim and Shirley Heil. She was raised in Moore, OK until her freshman year of high school when her and her family moved to Bokchito, OK. Her parents owned and operated Durant Optical, where she was employed for 23 years. She has one daughter, Whitney Dunegan and husband Eric. She now resides in Bokchito and loves spending time with her granddaughter, Heily. Angela joined the Brown's Funeral Service family in January 2018.
Evelyn Engel Part- Time Visitation Hostess
" Helping folks through a rough time is what it's all about. Not me. Not us. Them. Together we cry, laugh and remember. Seeing these people being strong gives me strength and confirms my belief in a loving and merciful God."
- Evelyn Engel, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother