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

Our History

With more than 45 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. A new facility was added in 2017, serving the Yellville-Summit area at 206 S. Main Street, Summit, AR.

Our Valued Staff

  • Jason  P. Kirby

    Jason P. Kirby, President

    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 and Jessica, purchased Kirby and Family and Kirby's Tucker Memorial Cemetery 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. He is also an owner and board of director's member of American Life and Annuity Insurance Company in Hot Springs, AR. Jason and his wife Jessica have been married for 22 years and are parents of three daughters, Sierra, Olivia and Mica. 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 A. Kirby

    Jessica A. 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 owner of Halo Salon in Mountain Home. 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. Jessica enjoys scuba diving, hiking, and traveling with family.

  • Tom  Kiley

    Tom Kiley, Manager - 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 2009. Tom 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 member of the Twin Lakes Future Fund Board.

  • Heather  Marsalis

    Heather Marsalis, Bull Shoals Facility Manager, Funeral Director & Certified Life Celebrant

    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, Pre-arrangement Counselor, and Certified Life Celebrant. 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. She is a Certified Yoga Instructor, an avid knitter, hiker and reader.

  • 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. They have two sons, Ethan and Jerrad. He enjoys going to the lake and taking care of their small farm.

  • Teresa Justice

    Teresa Justice, Funeral Director

    Teresa is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Arkansas. Teresa graduated from Viola High School in Viola, Arkansas after growing up in Spain and in numerous states. While living in Viola she was a Safety Officer on the Byron Volunteer Fire Department and graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Criminal Justice (2009) and Associate’s of Art in Law Enforcement (2008) from University of Arkansas. In 2011, Teresa became a licensed private investigator in Missouri and Arkansas. Teresa then moved to Mountain Home, Arkansas to attend Arkansas State University where she received her Associate’s Degree of Funeral Science in 2017. Teresa joined Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services as an apprentice in September of 2017, and since then, she attained her professional license. Teresa and Robert “Rej” have been together 5 years and have two sons, Kendrick and Judge. Teresa enjoys exploring the Sylamore National Forrest, traveling with family, drawing and fishing.

  • Abby Strobeck

    Abby Strobeck, Funeral Director

    Abby Strobeck is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Arkansas. Abby is a native of the Branson, MO area. She moved to Mountain Home in 2018 to attend Arkansas State University where she received her Associate’s Degree of Funeral Science in December 2020. Abby joined Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services as an apprentice in November 2019, and has since attained her professional license. Abby enjoys the local lakes and eateries and is a lover of all things coffee and house plants.

  • 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.

  • Sharlet Gulley

    Sharlet Gulley, Pre-arrangement Counselor

    Sharlet Gulley grew up in Kansas and moved to Mountain Home in 2001. She is a fully licensed insurance agent and has worked in the funeral profession for nearly 20 years. Her credentials include those of being a certified preplanning consultant for over 10 years. She has assisted thousands of clients in a professional, caring, and dignified manner with making decisions about preplanning their funeral. Sharlet is married to Denver Gulley and is mother to Shelbi and step-daughter, Amber. She is a proud Mema to Casen, Rylan, Riggs, Detrick, Katie, and Aiden. One of her greatest joys comes from spoiling these bright spots in her life and spending time with her husband.

  • Amy Daugherty

    Amy Daugherty, Finance Administrator

    Amy Daugherty was born in Mountain Home and moved around Arkansas and southern Missouri during her teen years before finally settling back down in her hometown in 2000. In 2012, she graduated Arkansas State University Summa Cum Laude with her Associates in Business Management with focus on Business Development. She has over 20 years in the finance and accounting field. Amy married Brian Daugherty in 2017 and has three wonderful daughters: Kylie, Kara, and Kayden. She is also mother to two of the cutest little boys: French Bulldogs, Otis and Roscoe. Amy enjoys reading, traveling, good food and great music.

  • Shirley Kirby

    Shirley Kirby, Secretary-Treasurer

    Shirley is a familiar face in the Twin Lakes area, being a co-founder of Kirby & Family in 1976. She presently serves in the capacity of Secretary-Treasurer of the company and focuses on management of office procedures and financial affairs. She is a licensed funeral director and insurance agent. Shirley has served on many boards and community projects throughout the years. She is a member of First United Methodist Church and enjoys playing bridge, traveling, and spending time with friends. Her greatest enjoyment comes from family, which includes her son, daughter-in-law, and three granddaughters.

  • 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.

  • 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 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. 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 five grandchildren: Sierra, Olivia, Mica, Allie, and Austin.

  • 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 five grandchildren: Sierra, Olivia, Mica, Allie, and Austin.