Joy Herndon is a life-long resident of George County. She is the daughter of Blane and Ann Davis and a 1999 Graduate of George County High School. Joy received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. After receiving a Master’s Degree from the University of South Alabama, she pursued Funeral Service Technology at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Joy is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Mississippi and Alabama. She had the privilege of learning from some veteran professionals in the industry for several years as she worked in Jackson, Greene, Jones and Mobile counties. Joy also holds a Full Life Insurance Producer license. She recently received her Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation awarded by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice which signifies a commitment to raise and improve the professional standards of funeral service practice and pursue life-long learning. In addition to various community involvement organizations, Joy’s time outside of funeral service is spent with her husband, Jeff, and their children, Easton and Hadley.
Jeffery W. Herndon
Jeff is originally from Greene County. He is the son of Lyman “Buddy” and Jean Herndon of the Unity Community. He is a 1993 Graduate of Greene County High School. Jeff pursed drafting and design at Jones County Junior College. He also successfully completed Lineman School and worked for some time with the Power Association. Jeff spent several years surveying with a local company as well as working inside Chevron Refineries in Pascagoula, Mississippi. He also worked in a Quality Control position at American Tank and Vessel shop in Lucedale, Mississippi. He and Joy have been married since 2003. Jeff spends a lot of his time with the couple’s two children, Easton and Hadley.
Chase Rouse is the son of Keith and Tara Rouse, the nephew of Jeff and Joy Herndon. Chase is a 2019 graduate of George County High School. He is currently a full-time student at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. After graduation, he plans to attend Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee. In his free time, Chase enjoys playing softball and is an avid duck hunter.
Bro. Mitch Osborne is an ordained Baptist Minister and has
been leading worship at Ridglea Heights Baptist Church since 2001. He has been
married to his childhood sweetheart, Sandy, since 1982 and has three grown children,
Ricky, Logan and Katy and three beautiful grand baby girls. Bro. Mitch serves
as a Funeral Assistant at Moments Funeral Home as his schedule allows.
Stephen Crigler has been married to his wife Blair for 14
years and the couple has three awesome kids. For the past ten years, he has
been preaching full time for the Rocky Creek Church of Christ. In the fall, he
will begin working on his Doctorate degree in counseling with which he hopes to be
able to use to continue to help meet the needs of others during their times of trials.
Tyler Rouse is the son of Keith and Tara Rouse, the nephew
of Jeff and Joy Herndon. Tyler is a 2017 graduate of George County High School and received his Associate Degree in Business Administration from Jones County Junior College in 2019. He is currently a full-time student at Mississippi State University. In his free time, Tyler enjoys a
good game of corn-hole and is an avid ping pong enthusiast.
Tina Davis Smith has been the wife of Blaine Smith, and step-mom to his 2 sons, since 2002. She was raised in George County and is active in her community. After graduating high school she pursued her Associates degree at Jones junior college. Tina worked for the United States Air Force as a civilian on the joint Air Force base in Minneapolis, MN where she earned multiple service commendations. She spent 18 years as office manager and physical therapy tech for Encore Rehabilitation serving in Lucedale & Leakesville.
Pennie is the daughter of Kenneth and Kathia Davis and a
life-long resident of George County. She graduated from George County High
School in 1987. Pennie and her husband, Stevie, have been married since October
1987 and have three children, Emily (Allen) Poole, Garrett Taylor and Kaci
Taylor. They also have two granddaughters, twins, Kambree and Kinslee Poole.
Pennie retired from Walmart after 30 years, where she worked and managed the
accounting office. She and her family are faithful members of Antioch
Missionary Baptist church. Pennie spends her free time enjoying the simple
country life of Brushy Creek with family and friends.
Mike Steede is a life-long resident of George County. He graduated from George County High School, then attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College and received his BS in Ag. And Ext. Education from Mississippi State University in 1985 and MS in 1999. Mike taught high school agriculture for 15 years and then worked with Mississippi State University until his retirement in 2010. Mike and his wife Darlene have two children, Garrett of Lubbock, TX and Shelby of Waynesboro, MS. When Mike is not busy managing J&B Feeds, he enjoys spending time with his family and doing mission work.
Wayne Roberts is a proud U.S. Veteran. He is retired after
working several years in various industries. He and his wife Lana moved to the
Jackson county area to be closer to family. Wayne also preached for several
years at the Hurley Church of Christ and currently severs as an Elder for the
congregation. Wayne and Lana have two children, Keri and Russ and 4
grandchildren. Their extra time is divided between Tennessee and Texas visiting
Ann N. Davis
N. Davis is a life-long resident of George County. Originally Ann Nicholson
from the Cooks Corner area, her parents are the late Mr. JR and Mrs. Faye Baynes
Nicholson. Ann and Blane have owned and operated Country Farms Quail &
Smokehouse in Rocky Creek for over 20 years. She is a faithful member of the Church
of Christ and worships with fellow Christians at the Hurley congregation. Ann
has three daughters, Tina, Tara and Joy. She has 5 grandsons and 1
Davis is a life-long resident of George County. He was born and raised in
Buzzard Roost, Mississippi to the late Mr. Gordy and Mrs. Sybil Adams Davis.
He comes from a large family with 13 siblings. Blane and Ann Davis have owned
and operated Country Farms Quail & Smokehouse in Rocky Creek for over 20
years. Blane is a member of the Hurley Church of Christ. He and Ann have three
daughters, Tina, Tara and Joy and 6 grandchildren.
Diane K. Burch, GC-C
Certified Grief Counselor
Burch is a resident of Mobile, Alabama. She is a graduate of Faulkner
University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Resources and her
Masters of Science in Management. She is also a Certified Grief Counselor with
the American Institute of Health Care Professionals. Diane is employed full-time as the Registrar
at Mobile Christian School, a K3-12 private school located on Cottage Hill Road
in West Mobile. Diane and her husband, Larry, who have been married since 1979,
enjoy their time together at Bellingrath Road Church of Christ in Theodore,
Alabama, working with the community. They are also involved in mission work
with the Sojourners.