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 History

In 1933, Guy Gardner founded Gardner
Funeral Home. After Mr. Gardner passed away, Herman & Kate Humphrey purchased the funeral home in 1960. Working for over 57 years, Herman was associated with over 11, 750 funeral services before his death in 1997. Today, Jim Bob & Betty Humphrey own and operate the family business.

In August, 1974, the Humphrey family moved the firm from its South Denver location, to its current location at 2801 West Main Street, to better serve our growing area.

Our Valued Staff

Mr. Jim Bob Humphrey

Mr. Jim Bob Humphrey, CEO

Jim Bob is a second generation funeral director. He was adopted by Herman and Kate Humphrey at the age of 7 and grew living in the apartment over the old Gardner Funeral Home building in downtown Russellville. He says that he actually got his start in the funeral business by washing the hearses for his dad when he was 10 years old.
He is a 1974 graduate of Russellville and a 1978 graduate of Harding University and 1981 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. He and his wife, Betty have been married for 40 years and this is his 35th year in funeral service. They have 3 grown children, and 3 grandsons. They are members at the West Side Church of Christ, where Jim Bob serves as a Deacon. Jim Bob has been a part of numerous medical and evangelistic missions trips to South and Central America. Jim Bob says he has no plans for retirement and is looking forward to working on the construction of the Center Valley Memorial Gardens on land which has been in his family for over 100 years.

James Morgan Humphrey

James Morgan Humphrey, Operations Manager

James is a 3rd generation funeral director. He is a 1996 graduate of Russellville High School and a 2005 graduate of Harding University where he received a degree in Computer Programmer. James is a licensed Arkansas Funeral Director and currently serves as Operations Manager for the company. He has also written several iPhone applications to assist funeral directors with remote and mobile solutions for the company. James is married to the former Brandy Bland and they have a son Max. James enjoys outdoor recreation and woodworking. The family attends New Life Church where he serves with the involvement ministry.

Bob Lawson

Bob Lawson, Funeral Director & Embalmer

Bob Lawson graduated from Lamar High School in 1969, and attended college at the University of the Ozarks and Arkansas Tech University, before completing a degree in Mortuary Science at the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1975. He has been a practicing Funeral Director & Embalmer for more than 20 years. Bob is married to Linda, and they have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Bob enjoys restoring automobiles and is a skilled craftsman in various construction & renovation projects. He and Linda attend the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Russellville.

Robert Heflin

Robert Heflin, Funeral Director

Rick M Smith

Rick M Smith, Funeral Director & Media Specialist

Rick Smith graduated from Frayser High School in Memphis, TN, in 1973, and attended college at Union University in Jackson, TN, as well as Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR. He is a returning Funeral Director to Humphreys, having served our firm in 1999-2001, and also contributes to our multi-media marketing & services, advertising and special event promotions. Rick is married to Carol and they have 3 grown children, 5 grandchildren and one great-grand daughter. He enjoys videography, art graphic design, voice-over production, oil painting and watching golf. He serves on the Board of Directors for CASA of the 5th Judicial District of Arkansas. He is the bi-vocational pastor of Moreland First Baptist Church near Russellville, and a licensed Arkansas agent in life & health insurance.

Aris Ortiz

Aris Ortiz, Funeral Assistant

Tamara Leone

Tamara Leone, Receptionist for Visitation

Becky Ellison

Becky Ellison, Receptionist for visitation

Teresa Holland

Teresa Holland, Business Office Manager

Teresa graduated from Arkansas Tech University with an Associates Degree in Secretarial Science. Teresa is married to Jeff and they have two grown sons and five grandchildren. Teresa is an active member of Second Baptist Church in Russellville. She and Jeff enjoy the outdoors; camping, kayaking, and riding their Harley.