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 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.
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.
Tony Payne Funeral Director/ Embalmer
Tony was born in Wichita, KS and raised in the Washington D.C. area. After serving in the United States Marine Corps he ended his enlistment and pursued his life long passion. Tony left MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI and enrolled in The University of Central Oklahoma where he would earn a Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science. He performed his apprenticeship under the direction of Keith D. Biglow of Biglow Funeral Directors in Muskogee and Tulsa. He has three daughters, Toni Payne, Ariana Payne and Sydney Payne all of Wichita, KS. Tony believes there is no greater joy or honor than to restore a loved one for a family to an image they recognize and love. He also believes, caring, and compassion helps the grieving family begin a healthy healing process and he is honored to be a part of that transition.
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.
Mikayla Wood Apprentice Funeral Director/ Embalmer/ Funeral Assistant
Mikayla (Praytor) Wood is the youngest of two girls, born to Dan and June Praytor of Atoka, Oklahoma. She is married to Zack Wood. Mikayla was raised in Atoka, OK and 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 has graduated from The Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston with a mortuary degree. She will soon become a Licensed Professional Funeral Director and Embalmer. She has been with the Brown's family since November of 2014.
Loren "Blue" Mason Maintenance/Cemetery Set-up
Kelby Owens Part- Time Funeral Assistant
Mike Harper Part- Time Funeral Assistant
Michael Harper was born in Arkansas City, Kansas. Mike has a younger brother, Randy. The family moved to Dallas, Texas, where Mike graduated from Bryan Adams High School and attended Dallas Community College and East Texas State University. He moved to Oklahoma in 2004. He has worked in manufacturing, automobile sales and service, and retired from Choctaw Nation in 2012. He and his wife, Elaine, have a blended family of six adult children, sixteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. They reside in Calera, Oklahoma and attend church at First Baptist Church of Calera. He has enjoyed working for the Brown's family since 2014.
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.
Samantha Carnes Office Manager
Sam was born in Denison, Texas to Stacy Pendleton and Dawn Brown. She attended school in Atoka and graduated from Atoka High School in 2007. Sam married William Carnes on March 13, 2010 in Atoka, Oklahoma, they then moved to Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Sam has worked for Brown's Funeral Service since 2006 during this time she has worked at all 4 locations. Sam is currently the Office Manager at our Madill location.
Wesley Miller Maintenance/ Cemetery Set- Up
Melvin Blagg Part-Time Funeral Assistant
James "Jim" Gregg Part-Time Funeral Assistant
Jim was born in Sherman, TX and moved to Arizona at seven years old and spent 26 years there. He has two sisters, Mary Insall and Martha Gregg. He worked in custom farming with his father and married Wilma Urich in 1964 in Avondale, AZ.
Jim moved to Misouri and worked for Alltel Telephone Co. for 18 years in Milburn, OK and retired in 2000 after 34 years with the company. While living in Milburn, he served 15 years on the school board, served on the City Council for 6 years, and 27 years as a volunteer fireman. Since retirement, Jim has carried mail part-time for the Coleman rural route for 18 years.
In September of 2013 him and his family moved to the Durant area after selling their farm in Milburn. Together, they attend Live Oak United Pentecostal Church in Durant. Jim joined the Brown's Funeral Service family in December of 2017.
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