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.
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, 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 have been a part of numerous medical and evangelist missions trips to South and Central America. Jim Bob says he has no plans for retirement and is looking forward to the working on the construction of the Center Valley Memorial Gardens on land which has been in his family for over 100 years.
Annita Davis, Administrative Assistant
Annita has been with Humphrey Funeral Service for 16 years. She serves many roles including Corporate Treasurer. Annita brings her boundless energy and encouraging personality to work each day. She is a licensed Arkansas Funeral Director and loves working with and helping our client families. Annita and Richie live in Atkins and have been married for 24 years and they have a son, Cole Davis. Annita also loves working in her garden at home. She and her family attend First Baptist Church in Atkins.
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 is serves with the involvement ministry.
Bob Lawson, Funeral Director
Aris Ortiz, Funeral Assitant
Megan Williams, Burial Association Secretary and Pre-Planning Counselor
Robert Heflin, Funeral Assistant
Phillip Collie, Funeral Director
Phillip holds both the Embalmer and Funeral Directors license in the state of Arkansas. He is a 1995 graduate of Dover High School and a 2000 graduate of Arkansas State University Mountain Home where he attended mortuary college. He and his wife, Rachel, live in Dover and have two sons, Conner James and Carson Phillip. Rachel is a cosmetologist at Dover. Phillip is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and he and Rachel have pastored Rehoboth Assembly of God in the Buttermilk Community since 2011.