History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our Valued Staff

  • Eddie  Brown

    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

    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

    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 a Senior at Atoka High School. 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 and Arkansas. Ryan and Shanda are available to help any family at their time of need.

  • D'Ray  Beauchamp

    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

    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 Durant. He has raised three great boys, Kevin, John and Raul. Scott has worked for Brown's since October of 2013.

  • Loren

    Loren "Blue" Mason Maintenance/Cemetery Set-up

  • Kelby  Owens

    Kelby Owens Part- Time Funeral Assistant

  • Patricia  Blagg

    Patricia Blagg Part- Time Funeral Assistant

    Born in Talihina, Oklahoma to Simeon and Linzey Wood. Her and her husband, Melvin, are both ordained ministers, and has a ministry called Ministry In Action Native American Out-Reach. She is a member of The Choctaw Nation. Patricia has been a funeral assistant since April of 2015.

  • Melvin  Blagg

    Melvin Blagg Part-Time Funeral Assistant

  • Angela  Phillips

    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

    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