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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 Sales 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 Sales Counselor for the funeral home and enjoys assisting families. 

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 & Keira Speikes and grandson, Jamison Speikes.

Brenda enjoys cooking, reading, bowling, shuffleboard, traveling and spending time with family and special friends.  She and her husband, Greg reside in Gas City and are members of the Gas City Moose Lodge.


R. SCOTT ROBINSON

R. SCOTT ROBINSON

Funeral Director

Scott is a 2001 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service.  Scott has been serving the families of Grant, Huntington and Wabash Counties for the last 16 years.  He married Shelly (Mays) Warren in 1996 and they have three children: Kimberly (David) Branning, Ft. Wayne, Dakota Robinson, Marion and Brandon (Adrienne) Warren, Liberty Mill, Indiana.  They also have three grandchildren, Tasha, Bentley and Everett.

Scott is a veteran of the Indiana Army National Guard and served two tours in Iraq. He is a member of the VFW Post 7403, Marion and the American Legion Post 286.

He enjoys spending time with his family, riding his Harley, canoeing, and tending bees.    Scott and Shelly reside in Fairmount, Indiana.


REV. DARRELL SMITH

REV. DARRELL SMITH

Associate

Reverend Darrell Smith was born in Elkins, W. Virginia and served in the United States Army.

Darrell earned a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Divinity.

He is a licensed and ordained Minister and is currently serving as Senior Pastor at Servant Community Church in Marion.  

Darrell previously held positions as Vice President of Finance for Global Missions and a Christian University.  He also served as Senior Chaplain for multiple law enforcement departments and nursing homes.  He served as Plant Controller and General Accounting Manager for a major chemical corporation.

Darrell has served on the Board of Directors of CASA, Kiwanis, the Ministerial Association and Mayors Commissions.  He is a member of the Kiwanis, and Veterans and Minister Associations.

He currently resides in Gas City and has 5 grandchildren who he enjoys spending time with. 


KELLY PEARCY

KELLY PEARCY

Associate

Kelly has been with the funeral home since January 2017.  She is a graduate of Oak Hill High School and attended Ivy Tech.  She grew up in Sweetser but has lived in Marion the last 14 years.  She also works with special needs preschool children "Little Giants" at Marion Community Schools.

She is married to Doug Pearcy and they have two sons, Conner and Cohen.  Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and going out on their boat.  Her family attends St. Paul Catholic Church in Marion.




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