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Funeral Director / President & General Manager
After spending almost 20 years as second generation in the oil and gas industry, with most of his time spent in Management and Administration, Gene made a drastic career change.
Raised in rural West Texas, Gene graduated from Plains High School, South Plains College with a degree in Criminal Justice and afterwards continuing his studies at Wayland Baptist University. Upon making the career change to the Funeral Service Profession, he graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service with a degree in Mortuary Science. Gene became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Texas after successfully negotiating the exams of the International Conference of Examining Boards and is licensed in the State of New Mexico as well.
Gene has spent most of his adult life in community service having served on numerous boards, committees, and civic organizations. He was elected to three terms on the Levelland City Council before his move to the Dallas Metroplex. Prior to that, he served on the City of Levelland Planning and Zoning Commission for two terms.
Starting in a Funeral Home in Levelland, Texas, Gene’s career continued for three years in the Dallas area. On December 18, 2001, the purchase of Kerrville Funeral Home became official. Independent ownership and service to others in the community became reality. September 1, 2010, Kimble Funeral Home in Junction, Texas joined the KFH family, ready to serve the families in the Junction area. On December 23, 2016, the building was purchased, and construction began for Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland, Texas to become reality and also join the KFH family, giving the Levelland community a choice that was not present before. Upon completion of construction, Krestridge Funeral Home officially opened for business on September 1, 2016.
Community service continues to be a high priority for Gene. He has served , and currently serves many organizations, and on several boards in the Kerrville area and the State of Texas which include: Texas Governor appointed Commissioner of the Texas Funeral Service Commission 2009 - 2015, serving as Presiding Officer from 2012 - 2015; President of the Hill Country Funeral Directors Association for 2003 – 2004, and again from 2018 - 2019; Membership Resource Committee for 2005 - 2007, Professional Development Committee for 2007 -2008, Pursuit of Excellence Committee for 2011 - 2016 of the National Funeral Directors Association; Board Member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association for 2007 - 2009, a Board Member for 2005 - 2006, Secretary/Treasurer for 2006 - 2007, Vice-President for 2007 - 2008, and President for 2008 - 2009 of the TFDA South Central Region; Chair of the TFDA Legislative and Ethics Committees for 2015-2017, TFDA Secretary/Treasurer for 2017-2018, President-Elect for 2018-2019, and President from 2019 - 2020 ; the Funeral Ethics Association; the American Society of Embalmers; a member of the Cremation Association of North America; a past member of the Sciences Exam Committee of the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards from 2007 – 2010; a current member and Past President (2004-2005) of the Kerrville Host Lions Club; a past member of the City of Kerrville Planning and Zoning Board for 2008-2011, elected to serve for four terms as Councilmember, Place 4 for the City of Kerrville and served as Mayor Pro-Tem (2011 – 2012 and 2014-2015), past Vice-President for the City of Kerrville, Texas Health Facilities Development Corporation; former Chairman and Advisory Board member of Kerrville Main Street; Advisory Board member for The Haven Alzheimer’s Care Center; former Board member for the K’Star Youth Shelter; former Board member for the Hill Country Chapter of the American Red Cross; former Board member for the Dietert Senior Center; a former member of the Starkey Elementary Campus Improvement Team from 2005 - 2012. He is also a former member of the Kerr County Ambassadors, a member of the 20th Anniversary Class (2005) of Leadership Kerr County, a current member of the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce; former member of the Kerrville Networking Group; currently a member the West Kerr County Chamber of Commerce, the Junction Chamber of Commerce, and the Levelland Chamber of Commerce.
Gene is a 32deg. Master Mason with membership of Kerrville Masonic Lodge #697, A.F. & A.M., the Scottish Rite Valley of San Antonio, the Alzafar Shrine Temple of San Antonio, TX, a Past President of Hill Country Scottish Rite Club, a member of the York Rite Chapter #305, R.A.M., Council #240, R. & S.M., the Llano Commandery #54,the Brownwood Commandery #22, the Hill Country Shrine Club, the Hi-12 Club, and the Kerrville Order of Eastern Star #24; additionally a member of the Bandera Lodge #1123 (formerly the Medina Lodge #1319), Center Point Rising Star Lodge #429, Junction City Lodge #548, Levelland Lodge #1236, and the Tranquility Lodge #2000. Gene also served a six year term on the Committee on Credentials for the Grand Lodge of Texas.
The fall of 2004 brought additional professional certifications and recognition for Gene. He completed the requirements for certification in the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice to become a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), and successfully completed the course work offered by the National Funeral Directors Association to become a Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC)
Gene has been published in the TFDA magazine, “Texas Director” with his authored article titled, “Personalization: Here Today, Tomorrow, and Forever.” He was also featured in the “Texas Director” in the July 2005 edition with an article titled “Caring for the Departed.” Gene has been a continuing education presenter for the spring 2005, the fall 2005, and the spring 2008 “Continuing Education Symposium” sponsored by Texas Funeral Service Commission in Austin, Texas. The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association hosted Gene to present at the March 2006 International Convention that was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gene was invited to give the Commencement Address for the summer graduating Class of 2011 at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas and was also invited to give the Commencement Address for the spring graduating Class of 2013 at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.
Despite all of these activities, Gene does find time for his family. His lovely wife Katie, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Middle School Counselor, is also a Licensed Funeral Director as well as the Director of After Care and Grief Recovery for Kerrville, Kimble, and Krestridge Funeral Homes. They have four children, and four grandchildren, although their nest is now empty. Their two furry babies make up for the kids being gone! They are both members of the First United Methodist Church, Kerrville, Texas.
In the daily management and ownership of the KFH family of Funeral Homes and Crematory, Gene has a basic guideline that he and the staff follow, which is: “Treat all families with dignity, pride, and honor.” Service is also a high priority, with the constant reminder that Kerrville, Kimble, and Krestridge Funeral Homes “serve one family at a time.” Each family is as important as the other, and they should each be treated equally, with the same respect.
Funeral Director / Director of After Care & Grief Recovery
Coming from a background of social work and education, Katie Allen is well experienced in working with people.
As a child of an Air Force family, Katie grew up in various locations, but considers San Angelo, TX her home town and attended Angelo State University where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. Kate continued her education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX earning a M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling.
After years of social work, Katie had the opportunity to begin a rewarding career as a school counselor, focusing on Special Education. During this time she became licensed in the State of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor and opened a Private Counseling Practice in which she offers counseling to individuals and groups. In the summer of 2018, Katie retired from Kerrville ISD after many years serving as Counselor on two different campuses. She has now made her home at Ingram ISD Middle School as their Counselor, where she enjoys her responsibilities.
Certified in Trauma and Loss, Katie currently serves as the Director of Grief Recovery and After Care for Kerrville, Kimble, and Krestridge Funeral Homes. She continues to further develop the After Care programs for the families served by the Funeral Homes as well as others in the communities who might need these services. Katie is a Licensed Funeral Director, having completed her Funeral Director studies through St. Louis Community College, and is willing to serve families along with the rest of the KFH Team.
Katie is active in the Kerrville community in many different areas. She has previously served on the Advisory Board for The Haven Alzheimer’s Care Center, the Advisory Board for Any Baby Can, a Board Member of the Hill Country Crises Council, currently volunteers as a trainer and facilitator for Peterson Hospice through the “Bridging the Gap” children’s grief program, has played for the Hand Bell Choir of First United Methodist Church, a member of the Kerrville Order of Eastern Star #24, Texas Counseling Association, and the Hill Country Counselors Association in which she is served as President (2011 - 2012).
Katie is a member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, the Cremation Association of North America, the Hill Country Funeral Directors Association, and the Funeral Ethics Association, along with membership in Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the West Kerr Chamber of Commerce, Junction Chamber of Commerce, and the Levelland Chamber of Commerce.
As the wife of a Funeral Director and being a Funeral Director herself, along with the credentials that she brings with her to the Funeral Homes, Katie feels that she clearly understands the importance of the needs of family members who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Her compassion for people and their emotions are a valuable asset to compliment the many areas of service that the Funeral Homes have to offer.
Funeral Director / Vice President of Operations
Reese was born in Lubbock, Texas and a graduate of Smyer High School, and attended South Plains College on a livestock judging scholarship. In 2006 he enlisted in the United States Army, being stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington after basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He served our country for 6 years, with one tour in Afghanistan as an infantryman, assigned to a Stryker Brigade. After returning from his tour of duty, in the summer of 2012, Reese made the decision to move to the Texas Hill Country and pursue a career in the Funeral Profession as a valued member of the KFH Team. Having obtained his Certificate as a Certified Crematory Operator, he then graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas, TX in November of 2014 and became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Texas after successfully negotiating the exams of the International Conference of Examining Boards.
In August of 2015, Reese married Amanda Evans Taylor, whom he met while residing in Dallas. They now make their home Kerrville, TX where Amanda is also a Funeral Director with the family business. Cooper Reese Taylor, the “mini” Reese, and Audrey Kate are his pride and joy, and the reason he works hard every day to be a father that his son and daughter can be proud of. Reese enjoys golfing, hunting and spending time with his family and friends. He is also a loyal fan of the Texas Tech Red Raiders," Guns Up!" Reese graduated from Texas Tech University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Reese is a member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, the Cremation Association of North America, the Hill Country Funeral Directors Association, and the Funeral Ethics Association, along with membership in Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the West Kerr Chamber of Commerce, Junction Chamber of Commerce, and the Levelland Chamber of Commerce.
Reese is very thankful for the opportunities life has dealt his way. He is very pleased to be a part of the Team for Kerrville, Kimble, and Krestridge Funeral Homes, and looks forward to having a long and fulfilling career helping families in the area that we serve.
Funeral Director / Support Services Manager
Rob was born in Arcata CA. on March 11, 1953 to Clarence and Ruby Miller. Rob has been blessed with two daughters and 3 grandchildren. Rob is a Pianist and an Organist and in his lifetime, he has been a Minister of Music in two different churches, along with being a Musician in various other churches as needed.
Rob started in the funeral profession in 1987 where he served part of his apprenticeship in Riverside, CA., and ultimately finishing his apprenticeship in Eureka, CA.
Rob attended San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1990 and completed his degree in 1991. Rob went back to Eureka, CA. where he was employed by Chapel of the Ferns where he worked with four Funeral Homes in three cities.
In 1996, Rob and his wife moved to the East Bay area he was employed at Greer Family Mortuary in Alameda, CA. In 1998, Rob’s wife changed employment so they moved to Santa Rosa, CA. where he was employed at Daniels Chapel of the Roses. During his tenure at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, Rob’s wife passed away.
In 2006 Rob took a break, during that four year break, Rob worked for the world’s largest seminar company, “Get Motivated Seminars,” where he was the director of operations for the logistics of the show.
Rob is a member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, the Cremation Association of North America, the Hill Country Funeral Directors Association, and the Funeral Ethics Association, along with memberships in the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the West Kerr Chamber of Commerce, Junction Chamber of Commerce, and the Levelland Chamber of Commerce.
Rob joined the team at Kerrville, Kimble, and Krestridge Funeral Homes in 2010 where he serves as the Manager of Support Services. He resides in Kerrville so he can enjoy being close to his granddaughter.
Funeral Director / Kimble Operations Manager
Larissa spent many summers in the Hill Country as a child and in 2003 moved here permanently. Larissa and her husband, Mark, have settled in Mountain Home where they enjoy the quiet of the country. Together, they have six beautiful children, Lucy, Chandlin, China, Chance, Koree and Kadee.
Larissa grew up in the Dallas Metroplex area where she also attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, graduating with honors in 1999. She served her provisional license period in the rural community of Haskell, TX, and first worked as a licensed funeral director in Marshall, TX before coming to Kerrville to join the KFH Team.
In August of 2012, Larissa returned to the KFH Team after working in the nursing department of a local hospital for two years. Working in nursing services for those years provided a special gift of care which also reflects the care given from funeral service. She currently serves as the Operations Manager at Kimble Funeral Home in Junction, TX.
Professional memberships include the Texas Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, the Cremation Association of North America, the Hill Country Funeral Directors Association, and the Funeral Ethics Association, along with membership in Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, the West Kerr Chamber of Commerce, and the Junction Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the Junction Rotary Club, Larissa served as President for the 2014-2015 year.
Larissa and Mark are members of Notre Dame Catholic Church in Kerrville where they stay active in church and school activities. They are proud Navy parents to two boys currently serving, and four talented young ladies. Mark and Larissa like to travel and spend as much family time together as possible. They have a small farm that homes many beloved pets.
December 2019, marks Larissa's twenty year anniversary of serving in the funeral profession.
Amanda has a diverse background with over 10 years of experience in hotel management, retirement communities and golf & country clubs in the North Texas area. She has had heavy involvement in Food & Beverage as well as Member Relations in Private Clubs both business and golf. She completed her degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management at the University of North Texas in 2009, while working in several country clubs where she gained experience in fine dining, hospitality, customer service, private events and club management. Clubs that Amanda has worked at include Trophy Club Country Club, Oakmont Country Club and Tower Club-Dallas and most recently she has worked as the Clubhouse Manager at Comanche Trace Country Club.
In 2015, she pursued a career in Mortuary Science, becoming a Licensed Funeral Director in 2017. She joins her husband, Reese Taylor as a valued member of the KFH Team. Amanda is grateful for the opportunity to help people in their most vulnerable time of need treating every family with the utmost respect. In her spare time Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Amanda is a member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, the Cremation Association of North America, the Hill Country Funeral Directors Association, and the Funeral Ethics Association, community memberships include the Kerrville Rotary Club, First Presbyterian Church, Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, the West Kerr Chamber of Commerce and the Junction Chamber of Commerce; other memberships include the Levelland Chamber of Commerce.
Bill was born in Ft. Worth, TX, moved to Abilene, TX as an infant and lived there until he completed the 10th grade. He attended and graduated from Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, TX. Bill is also a graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX and was a member of Phi-Kappa Alpha Fraternity and the Blue Key National Honorary Fraternity. After college, he furthered his education at Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science (now Dallas Institute of Funeral Service) in Dallas, TX.
After completing mortuary school in 1963, Bill moved back to Abilene, TX to serve his apprenticeship at Kiker-Warren Mortuary. In September of 1966, Bill and wife Karen moved to Kerrville to enter into business at Plummer-Fair Funeral Home. He remained in this business until 1973 when he sold his interest in the funeral home and purchased The Rose Shop.
Bill has served on the Kerrville City Council from 1976-1980; Kerrville Planning and Zoning Commission from 1995-2001; Past President of the Kerrville Rotary Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow. Bill is an Elder and member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville.
Professional memberships include the National Funeral Directors Association, the Texas Funeral Directors Association, Funeral Ethics Association, the Hill Country Funeral Directors Association, the Cremation Association of North America along with being a member of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, the West Kerr Chamber of Commerce, the Junction Chamber of Commerce, and the Levelland Chamber of Commerce.
With Bill's experience and compassion for the Funeral Profession, Kerrville, Kimble, and Krestridge Funeral Homes are very proud to have him as a vital part of the Team. He is available to help in any way that a family might need.
Holly was born in Houston, TX and soon moved to Ingram, TX at the age of five. She has lived in numerous places but calls the Texas Hill Country home. Being raised in the country, Holly loves just sitting on the back porch watching the sun set, spending time outside with family, friends and her many animals. Holly greatly enjoys gardening, fishing and swimming and traveling.
Holly was a private care giver for 15 years. She has owned and operated her own business and was the store manager of a local retail store.
Holly is blessed with 5 children and 11 grandchildren thus far. To the grandchildren, Holly is known as Hada Holly is very blessed to live a humble life on family owned property that her mother bought in the early 1960s. When Holly’s father passed away at the age of 42 leaving a wife to raise 7 children they all had to pitch in and grow up fast. Holly and her family are members of Calvary Temple Church in Kerrville. Holly is also a member of Calvary Temple women’s Ministry. Thru the Women’s Ministry, Holly had the opportunity to have short stories of how God has blessed her life published in a daily devotional for women called “Heartstrings”.
In 2011 Holly joined the staff of Kerrville, Kimble, and Krestridge Funeral Homes as an Administrative Assistant. In 2015, Holly was named Office Administrator, and is an integral part of the business.
Holly loves life to the fullest, but her greatest passion is loving the Lord with all her heart spending time with her children, and grandchildren along with helping others. At the end of the day, it’s not about whom you love, but who loves you. One of Holly’s favorite scriptures is 2 Corinthians 5: 8 KJV, “we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”
Funeral Home Associate
Born and raised in the small community of Walnut Springs, (Bosque County) TX, Frankie was from a large family who has always maintained a close relationship. Once the last of the family graduated from high school, her parents moved to the Panhandle and West Texas.
After attending college, Frankie met and married Elbert Allen, Sr. who had just returned from a tour of duty during WW II in the United States Army. Two children were born from the marriage, Linda and Gene. Frankie spent most of her life as a housewife and mom while Elbert made his career in the Oil and Gas Industry in West Texas, living most of that time in Levelland, TX.
Upon retirement, they moved to Brownfield, TX where they co-managed an apartment complex for 23 years. After the loss of her husband, Frankie relocated to the beautiful Texas Hill Country to be close to her son and family along with assisting in many areas of Kerrville, Kimble, and Krestridge Funeral Homes, whenever she may be needed.
Frankie enjoys reading, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and of course, her “grand-canines,” Phoebe, Chaz, Dublin, and Max.
Funeral Home Chaplain
Rev. Sam, a native Texan, received his calling for the ministry while in high school. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas and pursued his ministerial goals with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the University of Texas. Over the last forty years, Sam has served the Baptist community primarily as a Minister of Education with churches in Denver, Colorado and the Kerrville, TX areas. In addition, Sam is certified by the Association of Christian Counselors, with his expertise in marital and premarital counseling.
His musical talent, both vocal and instrumental, enabled him over the years to serve as organist, soloist, and assistant to church music directors. Currently, Sam is a Music Associate at Trinity Baptist Church. In his spare time, he performs at community, civic, and private functions. Rev. Sam currently serves as the Chaplain for Kerrville and Kimble Funeral Homes.
We are fortunate to be able to call on Rev. Sam to provide ministerial duties and musical accompaniment for Funeral and Memorial Services. Sam and his wife, Nancy Carol, have three sons, Mark, Phillip, and Stephen. Sam maintains an interest in interior design and remodeling. He and his wife have enjoyed studying the architecture of older buildings in the areas of the country that they've lived in.
Rev. Sam stands ready to help and serve the families that choose our services, and is a tremendous asset to not only the KFH Team, but to the community as a whole.
Funeral Home Associate
Donleta was born May 28, 1945 in Junction, TX to Leslie and Ruby Bundick. She was the youngest of 5 born to her parents.
Donleta married the love of her life, Cecil D. Conner in Oct. 1966. They were Married for 44 years until Cecil’s passing in July 2011. Donleta and Cecil have 2 children, Cecil Martin Conner, of Junction, Tx who is currently the Assistant Hospital Administrator at Kimble Hospital (as well as the local Fire Chief ), and a daughter, Nicole, who lives in Junction.
Being a stay at home mother, she took pride in raising her children. As the children got older, Donleta helped her sister in law, Fern, at the family’s local doughnut shop. Donleta and her family attend the Junction Full Gospel Church where Cecil was the Pastor for 28 years.
Loving to work in her yard where she maintains her plants and a beautiful lawn, she also enjoys helping decorate for the Annual Thanksgiving dinner held at the Junction Volunteer Fire Dept. each year.
Donleta joined the Kimble and Kerrville Funeral Home family after the passing of Cecil in 2011, assisting as needed. She is a valuable asset to the KFH Team who enjoys helping others in their time of need.
"In loving memory of our friend and colleague"
Jeff was born February 20, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. Jeff grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated High School in 1961. After graduation he enlisted in the Navy in 1961, served 28 years, and retired as Command Career Counselor of Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. He moved to Kerrville in 1988 where he worked for the VA Hospital for 18 years. Jeff joined the KFH Family and contributed to serving families for several years until his health prevented him from doing so.
Jeff liked to travel by sea with his wife, Christine, and had dreams to go again. He was loved by all, a patriot who honored God, country and family. Jeff was a man of his word and a faithful provider who never knew a stranger. One of Jeff's favorite quotes was "Five minutes early is ten minutes late."
Jeff will forever remain in our hearts and minds, as he will be missed by us all.
"In loving memory of our friend and colleague"
1966 - 2016
Matt was born August 19 1966 in Del Norte, CO. Matt graduated high school in Ruidoso, NM and after graduation Matt moved to Dallas, TX where he pursued his career in Food & Beverage and Hotel Management & administration. Matt lived in Dallas close to 20 years before he was transferred to Waco, TX.
Matt moved to the Texas Hill Country in late 2004, which is where he met his wife, Holly. Matt and Holly were married in March of 2007. Between the two, they have six children, and nine grandchildren.
Matt truly understands that everyone has a different set of wants and needs during their times of grief. Knowing this, Matt is committed to each person he comes in contact with and wants to help them to make their situation the very best it can be.
In 2011, Matt joined the staff of Kerrville, Kimble, and Krestridge Funeral Homes, assisting as needed.
He will be missed by us all.
"In loving memory of our friend and colleague"
Rev. Cecil D. Conner was born September 4, 1946, in Junction, TX, to Glenn and Ethel (Wagner) Conner.
Cecil was the youngest of 6 siblings, (the other's are all now deceased).
Cecil graduated from Junction High School in 1964, and spent a large portion of his life as a meat cutter and produce worker, and served for several years as Assistant Manager of Mansfield's General Store in Junction.
Cecil played drums and guitar and sang in Country dance bands throughout his teen years and early adult years. In 1966, Cecil accepted the call of God in his life, and gave up the "band business", and the many distractions that went with it! In October, 1966, he married the love of his life, Donleta Bundick.
Cecil and Donleta have two children, Cecil Martin Conner, who is currently assistant Hospital Administrator at Kimble Hospital (as well as the local Fire Chief), and a daughter, Nicole, who currently lives in Kerrville, and is working in child day care.
Cecil was licensed and ordained into the ministry in 1976 though the Gospel Ministerial Alliance, headquartered in Brady, Texas, serving as an assistant to the Pastor of the Junction Full Gospel Church. In 1980, Cecil was selected as Pastor of the Junction Full Gospel Church, a position he kept until ill health forced his retirement in 2008. Cecil also holds a Bachelor of divinity Degree from Grace Apostolic Bible College in Niles, Ohio, attained though extension courses.
Cecil spent several years assisting with Graham Funeral Home before Mr. Graham's retirement. He was very proud to be a part of the KFH family, serving Kimble and Kerrville Funeral Homes where needed.
Cecil's main focus in life was serving other people, and Cecil was very proud to be a part of the staff in meeting the needs of those who needed the services offered.
Cecil will be greatly missed, but never forgotten by all who knew him.
"In loving memory of our friend and colleague"
Rev. Andy L. Phea, a native of Texas, was born on May 20, 1924 and raised in Bonham, Texas. His parents, Luther and Leavie Phea worked on the XD Barr Ranch and his father was a rodeo contestant for many years.
Rev. Phea went to high school in Bonham, Texas and is a veteran of WWII, where he served as a medic in the United States Army. He graduated from the Oklahoma School of Religion in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He also attended the Way Side Theology in Sylvester, Texas. Rev. Phea has served numerous congregations in New Mexico, Oklahoma, as well as Texas.
Among his many talents, Rev. Phea was employed in the Funeral Profession for a number of years. Serving a Funeral Home in Chickasha, Oklahoma, he served as a valuable member of the "Team" with the KFH Family until his passing on November 28, 2009. He will be missed by all, but never forgotten.