Magnolia Funeral Home offers a staff of licensed professionals with over 100 years of combined local funeral service experience. Our staff of caring and experienced professionals understands that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to us. Our aim is to serve with dignity and respect. Please feel free to contact us at anytime. We are available 24 hours a day. Our trained staff chose this profession with the understanding that a family's need knows no time clock.
Jim is the son of the late Reed and Vadell Calvary and is married to Shelia Walls Calvary. They have one son Jason and two granddaughters, Jadyn and Jena. He serves as a Deacon and a Sunday School teacher at Oakland Baptist Church. He retired in 2016 as Agency Manager of Prentiss County Farm Bureau Insurance Company, having been employed there since 1986 and is one of the original founders of Magnolia Funeral Home.
Leroy is the son of the late Codie and Carlie McDuffy Brown. He is married to Hilda Gilliland Brown. They have three children Brian, Paul and Mark and five grandchildren. He attends Northside Church of Christ. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a past master of The Burnsville Lodge. He was employed at ITT/ Cortelco as a supervisor for 38 years. He is also a member of Magnolia car Club. He is State Board Certified in Funeral Directing and has been with Magnolia Funeral Home since 1993.
Charlie is the son of the late E.O. and Sally Browning. He is married to Brenda Bowen Browning and they have two children, Jeffery and Stephanie. He is a member of Oakland Baptist Church. He was employed at ITT/ Cortleco as the manager of Credit and Collectons for 28 years. He is State Board Certified as a licensed Funeral Director and has been with Magnolia Funeral Home Since 1993.
He is State Board Certified as a licensed Funeral Director and a licensed Insurance Agent since 1976. He has been with Magnolia Funeral Home since 2013.
Greg is the son of Joe and Shirley Woodruff and is married to Whitney Woodruff. He has four children, Kristen, Colton, Shiloh and Maisie and a grandson, Fletcher. He is State Board Certified as a licensed Funeral Director since 1997 and has been with Magnolia Funeral Home Since 2014. Greg also serves as a Northern District Governor board member of Mississippi Funeral Directors Association.
Rhonda is the daughter of the late Bobby Wayne & Faye Wilbanks. She has a degree in Cosmetology and Nail Technology, Makeup Artistry and Accounting Specialist. She is State Board Certified as a licensed Funeral Director and has been with Magnolia Funeral Home since 2006.
Our hearts are heavy as we grieve the loss of our dear friend and co-worker, Nathan Dixon, who departed this life into eternity on Sunday, June 18, 2017. There are no words to describe how badly he will be missed. Nathan had the calmest demeanor and the ability to defuse any problem that he faced. His knowledge and insight were invaluable, not only to the families he served but also to those of us who had the privilege to serve along with him. His calling was his life, and every action he took was in service to it. Whether behind the pulpit, directing a funeral, comforting the grieving, or playing with his children, Nathan’s conviction was the bedrock upon which his life was built. His faith was never forced into conversation because it was an undeniable undertone to everything he did. Nathan’s hands and feet preached the gospel louder than most preachers manage to shout it from pulpits, and his kindness touched more hearts than any lifetime of sermons. A true evangelist, everywhere he went he inspired and encouraged. Though Nathan was known as a gentle giant because of his stature, it is not his shoe size that anyone truly remembers; it is the size of his heart. With a booming laugh that preceded him into a room and a calm, steady voice that could soothe the most volatile of situations, Nathan’s presence never went unnoticed. In Isaiah 55, the Lord speaks of the word from Heaven, which cannot return empty. Nathan’s life exemplified this verse. Though he is no longer with us, his influence stretches before us like his shadow, and we will live the remainder of our lives being covered by it. Nathan’s exuberant love centered on his family, and if his children were his world, his wife Michelle was the axis on which it turned. His soul swelled larger than life, touching everyone around him, until the earth could no longer hold him. Perhaps heaven is big enough for the man earth could not contain.
May God bless the memory of our dear brother and friend.
Chip is the son of the late Sperry Ellis Reaves Jr. and Martha Carmichael Reaves. He is married to Amy Daniel Reaves and has two children, Lakann Reaves Lacny and Quade Reaves. He also has a grandson, Memphis Lacny. He is State Board Certified as a licensed Funeral Director and has been with Magnolia Funeral Home since 2016.
Jason is the son of Leroy and Betty Moore and has one son, Gavin. He is State Board Certified as a licensed Mortician and has been with Magnolia Funeral Home since 1995.
Shelia is the daughter of the late Richard and Mary Walls and is married to Jimmy Calvary. They have one son, Jason and two granddaughters, Jadyn and Jena. She retired in 2013 as Chief Nursing Officer at Magnolia Regional Health Center having been employed there for 28 years. Shelia now serves as Office Manager of Magnolia Funeral Home.
Hilda is the daughter of the late L.V. Elam and Beatrice Elam and is married to Bill Floyd. They have a daughter, Christy and a fur baby, Laci. Hilda has worked for several local businesses over the years including Wurlitzer and CB&S Bank. She has been employed with Magnolia Funeral Home since 2013.
Katie is the daughter of Kenny and Donna Miles. She serves as Office Clerk and is responsible for our Aftercare Program. Katie has been employed with Magnolia Funeral Home since January 2018.
Buddy is the son of the late Charles and Rethia Kemp and is married to Lil Kemp. He has a son, Jessie Kemp and has served as a Funeral Associate with Magnolia Funeral Home since October 2000.
Wayne is the son of the late James H. and Pauline Moore and is married to Maylene Moore. He has three children, Kellie Carter, Shellie Duncan, and Dustin Moore. Wayne has served as a Funeral Associate with Magnolia Funeral Home since September 2012.
Dave is married to Connie Jennings. They have one son, Miller Jennings.
Cecil is the son of the late Charlie and Lottie Jacobs and is married to Jewel Jacobs. They have two sons, Brian and Daniel. Cecil has served as a Funeral Associate with Magnolia Funeral Home since 2013.
Billy is the son of Edna Miller and the late R.H. (Bob) Miller and is married to Linda Miller. He has two children, Blake Miller and Mallory Hanson and one precious grandchild, Madi Beth Miller. Billy has served as a Funeral Associate with Magnolia Funeral Home since 2019.
Tony is the son of the late Deward and Mildred Meeks and is married to Carol Meeks. They have a son, Sean and a grandson, Ryan. Tony has served as a Funeral Associate with Magnolia Funeral Home since 2019.
Janet Holley serves as our new cemetery operations manager at all three of our cemetery locations. Janet will manage the customer service portion of the cemetery, handle grave site requests, design and sell bronze monuments and markers and coordinate grave site preparation. Janet will be responsible for our Cemetery Flower Placement Program, coordinating with workers to maintain the landscaping, and repair cemetery markers or mausoleums when needed. Janet is the daughter of Dan and Peggy Walls and is married to Bobby Holley. They have three children, Hannah, Samuel, and Luke. She is a member of Oakland Baptist Church and is recently retired from the Alcorn School System after 28 years of teaching.
Jeff along with his wife Annie is the owner of the funeral home. Jeff is a 1985 graduate of Wayne State University’s Mortuary Science Program.
He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University which he earned in 1992. He enjoys exercising and spending time off with his children – Maggie, Jack and Peter.
Jeff and his family are members of the St. Basil Catholic Church. When time allows, Jeff likes to be active in our community and is a member of the Kiwanis Club, Loyal Order of the Moose, Sons of the American Legion, and the Knights of Columbus. In 2013, Jeff and his family were the St. Basil Knights of Columbus Family of the year.
Jeff was recognized by the Bobby Walker Administration with their Leadership Award in 2010. He was also recognized by the First Spiritual Church of Covert for his role in community leadership in 2015.