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CHARLES G. CHOATE

CHARLES G. CHOATE

Owner/Funeral Director

Charles was born in Herrin, Illinois. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. degree in Management and an A.A.S. in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. He has been a licensed funeral director since 1990. Charlie purchased the funeral home on December 1, 2001. He is a member of the Moose Lodge, the Elks Lodge, the Aero Club, McCulloch Lodge No. 737, F&AM, and the Samaritan Lodge No. 105 F&AM, all of Marion.  Charlie has one daughter, Sydney.



BRENDA HENSLEY

BRENDA HENSLEY

Business Manager/Pre Need Family Service Counselor

Brenda has been with the funeral home since March 1996. She was born in Marion and has lived in Grant County all her life. She is a graduate of Mississinewa High School and Wright School of Cosmetology.  She is also a licensed Pre Need Counselor for the funeral home. 
She is the mother of daughter, Lyndsay Speikes (husband, Corey) of Urbana, Maryland; and son, Justin Whitton of Miami, Florida.  She is also the proud "Nana" of two granddaughters, Madison Rheanne & Keira Lynn Speikes and grandson, Jamison Jaraun Allen Speikes.
Brenda enjoys cooking, reading, bowling, shuffleboard, traveling and spending time with family and special friends.  She and her husband, Greg Hensley reside in Gas City.


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