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

With more than 35 years of serving the Twin Lakes area, Kirby & Family Funeral & Cremation Services demonstrates a strong commitment to local ownership and service to our communities.

Today's staff provides the same personal service that Elton Kirby promised when he established the company in 1976. Those we serve say there is a difference in what we do and how we care for all families. Perhaps that is because we are family-owned and family-operated, working to serve our neighbors and friends as we would serve our own family.

Kirby & Family serves the Mountain Home area from its facility on Hospital Drive and serves the Bull Shoals/Lakeview area from its Bull Shoals facility, established in 1979. Since 1980, Kirby & Family Funeral & Cremation Services has operated and expanded its serene countryside cemetery and mausoleum complex, Kirby's Tucker Memorial Cemetery.


Our Valued Staff

Jason  P. Kirby

Jason P. Kirby, President, Funeral Director

Jason is a licensed embalmer and funeral director and a native of Mountain Home. He graduated from Mountain Home High School in 1994 and attained his professional licensure in 2000. He graduated from Arkansas State University of Mountain Home in May of 2006 with an Associates Degree in Funeral Science. After many years working in his family's business, he purchased Kirby and Family from his father, Elton, in 2011. He is a former co-chairman of the newly formed Twin Lakes Future Fund, a former member of the Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation Board and was recently nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year by our local Chamber of Commerce. Jason and his wife Jessica are parents of three daughters, Sierra, Olivia and Mica. The family attends First United Methodist Church. When not on duty, Jason enjoys spending time with his family, scuba diving in our area lakes, playing tennis, hiking and fly fishing on the White River.


Jessica Kirby

Jessica Kirby, Vice President

Jessica is very active in our community; she coordinates many events in the funeral home and community. Jessica is a licensed cosmetologist and graduate of Mountain Home High School. She has helped with the Peitz Cancer House, Serenity House, Mountain Home Backpack Program, the Food Bank's Bridge Bash, ASUMH Productions such as "Annie" and the Russian Nutcracker. Jessica and Jason have three beautiful daughters, Sierra, Olivia, and Mica. Sierra is attending University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Olivia is a sophomore at Mountain Home High School, and Mica goes to Hackler Intermediate School. Jason and Jessica attend First United Methodist Church in Mountain Home with their family. Jessica enjoys scuba diving, hiking, and traveling with family.


Heather  Marsalis

Heather Marsalis, Bull Shoals Facility Manager, Funeral Director & Pre-arrangement Counselor

Heather Marsalis is the manager of the Kirby & Family Funeral & Cremation Services facility in Bull Shoals. She joined our staff in 2005. She is a licensed Funeral Director and Pre-arrangement Counselor. Heather grew up in Cincinnati and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sales and Marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is on the Board of Directors of the Bull Shoals-Lakeview Rotary Club and has three times been awarded the prestigious Service above Self award and was Rotarian of the Year in 2012-2013. Heather is also a member of the Bull Shoals Library, The First Thursday Book Club and the Bull Shoals Historical Society. She is a Certified Yoga Instructor, an avid knitter, hiker and reader. Heather and her husband David moved here from Seattle in 1998. They live in Fairview with their parrot, three cats and a dog.


Tom  Kiley

Tom Kiley, Funeral Director

Tom Kiley is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Arkansas. Tom is a native of De Pere, Wisconsin. After working on his family's dairy farm, he attended the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. He served as a captain on the Point Lookout Fire Department, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness and Animal Science in 2009. Tom then moved to Mountain Home, Arkansas to attend Arkansas State University where he received his Associate’s Degree of Funeral Science in 2010. Tom joined Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services as an apprentice in September of 2009, and since then, has attained his professional license. Tom is a member of the First United Methodist Church, Rotary, volunteers with the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, and is a Co-Chairperson for the Food Bank’s Bridge Bash.


Bill  Wiles

Bill Wiles, Pre-Arrangement Manager

Bill Wiles is a native Arkansan, originally from Hardy in neighboring Sharp County. Bill and his family have resided in Mountain Home since 1986. As a Pre-arrangement manager since 1995, Bill meets with individuals to discuss their pre-planning needs at their convenience in their homes or at the Kirby & Family offices. Bill attended college in Mississippi and at Arkansas State University Mountain Home. A past member of The Gideons International, Bill attends Twin Lakes Baptist Church in Mountain Home, where he has served as a deacon and as a greeter. Bill and Sheila Wiles have been married since 1984 and have two children, Alex and Emily.


Judy  Lewis

Judy Lewis, Office Manager

Judy Lewis joined the staff of Kirby & Family in July of 1990. She is office manager and a native of the Mountain Home area. Judy and her husband, Don, are the parents of two daughters, Angie Kemp and Miranda Strode both of Jonesboro. They are proud grandparents of one granddaughter, Madison Blue and three grandsons, Saben, Kaden and Keean Strode. They are members of College and North Church of Christ and enjoy traveling with their RV, fishing and attending Bluegrass festivals.


Betty Evans

Betty Evans, Secretary

Betty joined the staff of Kirby & Family in 2007 as an office secretary/receptionist. She is responsible for the front office and preparing paperwork for services. She graduated from Tampa College, with an Associate's Degree, majoring in accounting and data processing. Betty is married and has two children, Lee and his wife, Misti and James and his wife, Carol and five grandchildren, Chance, Lucas, Marialice, Penny and Delani. She enjoys gardening and traveling to the east coast to visit her family.


Jamie Morrow

Jamie Morrow, Yellville-Summit Assistant Manager

Jamie Morrow is the newest member of our staff. She will be the assistant manager of our new Yellville-Summit location. Jamie was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, and moved to Arkansas with her family when she was 9 years old, where later she met and married the love of her life, Jeff Morrow. They have one son, Coty, who has blessed them with a wonderful daughter-in-law Gerrie and two grandchildren, Cooper and Krisslyn. Jamie is a member of Antioch Grace Church in Flippin and also a member of the Marion County Medical Reserve Corp (MRC). When she is not in the office, Jamie enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.


Rita Watts-Minardi

Rita Watts-Minardi, Funeral Director

Rita grew up in Missouri and graduated from Ritenour High School in St Louis. After living in several states and the Philippines, where she worked as dental assistant. She moved to Arkansas in 1994 and joined Kirby & Family as the Bull Shoals Facility Manager. In 2000, she obtained her funeral director's license and now works part-time as a Funeral Director and Driver. She is very active in Twin Lakes Baptist Church, were she sings in the choir and is the Activity Director for Senior Adults. Rita enjoys serving the Lord, reading, needle work, playing volleyball, walking and loves to travel. She married her husband, Ray in 2011 and lives in Mountain Home.


Wade Britt

Wade Britt, Cemetery Superintendent

Wade Britt is our Cemetery Superintendent and in charge of the largest Mausoleum Complex in north Arkansas. He has been employed with Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services since 2001. He is a native of Mountain Home and is married to Melanie Britt, who works at Integrity First Bank. They have two sons, Ethan and Jerrad. He enjoys going to the lake and taking care of their small farm.


Larry Bruffett

Larry Bruffett, Funeral Director's Assistant

Larry was born in Ozark County, Missouri. He attended Thornfield, Missouri grade school and Bradleyville, Missouri high school. He married Mary Jane in May of 1966. Together, they have three daughters, seven granddaughters, and a grandson. They moved to Mountain Home in 2014 and joined Kirby & Family in 2015. Larry and Mary Jane attend First Free Will Baptist Church of Mountain Home.


Elton  Kirby

Elton Kirby, Founder, Funeral Director

A native of New Madrid, Missouri, Elton Kirby graduated from West Memphis High School and Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science (dean's list). He served in Vietnam as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. In 1976, Kirby started Kirby & Family Funeral Directors in Mountain Home and expanded to Bull Shoals in 1979. He also co-founded American Life & Annuity Insurance Company in 1989. He continues to serve as a director for that company.

Elton was elected county coroner for two terms and continues to serve as a deputy coroner. He has been an officer and director of the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce. Elton is a long-time Rotarian with Paul Harris Fellow Recognition as well as a member of the American Legion and VFW. He was president of Hospice of the Ozarks Board of Directors for 10 years and still serves as a Hospice board member. Elton is a member and president of the Baxter Regional Medical Center Advisory Board. Elton is a member and past president of the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association and the North Central Arkansas Funeral Directors Association. Elton served on North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development's Board for two years. Elton and Mary are members of the First United Methodist Church in Mountain Home. Between Elton and Mary they have four children: Lisa, Jason, Josh and Jennifer. They also have four grandchildren: Sierra, Olivia, Mica, and Allie.


Mary  Kirby

Mary Kirby, Funeral Director

Mary Kirby, a native of Arkansas, is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She joined the staff of Kirby & Family as a pre-need counselor in 1994 and completed her funeral director apprenticeship in 1996. Mary then served as Family Services Director until she became co-owner in 1998. Mary's activities in the community are extensive. Mary served for several years on the Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute Board. Mary is a member of Mountain Home Rotary Club and served as Rotary Club president in 2005-2006. She was the 2003 president of the Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce and served three years on that board. Mary and Elton are members of the First United Methodist Church in Mountain Home. Between Elton and Mary they have four children: Lisa, Jason, Josh and Jennifer. They also have four grandchildren: Sierra, Olivia, Mica and Allie Elizabeth.


Mandy Switzer

Mandy Switzer, Bookkeeper