Powell Funeral Home is the only locally and family owned funeral home in Bald Knob and Searcy.
The Powell family came to White County in 1960, purchasing the funeral home in Bald Knob, later purchasing Kinney Funeral Home in Judsonia and the funeral home in Augusta. In the early 1980's Mr. Powell built the current location of our Bald Knob-Judsonia funeral home and combined the two locations to better serve both communities. As the Powell family wanted to better serve the families of White County, they saw the need to expand their services into Searcy. In March 2000, they did just that with the opening of their Searcy location.
Powell Funeral Homes proudly remain independent and locally owned. The Powell family and staff believe that we are accountable to you, not an out-of-town board of directors. We believe that our most valuable possesion is our reputation. We are kind, gentle, and knowledgeable men and women who respect your right to choose without pressure or undue influence. Every staff associate is expected and empowered to do anything it takes to serve your family well. Our fair prices represent the greatest value in the area. Our facilities are modern and immaculate. If you are dissatisfied with any of our professional services or facilities, we will reduce or eliminate that charge.
We encourage you to speak openly about any financial hardship you are experiencing. We take pride in serving all who call our firm-including those with financial difficulties. We work closely with county department of social services, victim's and worker's compensation departments, and other potential sources of funding. We can make suggestions to keep your costs low. Still, we understand that there are those who need a payment plan or a cost reduction in order for their need to be met, and we are here to help. No one has ever been turned down for lack of money. Regardless of what you spend, our superior service quality is the same for all.
The Powell Family is still active in the day to day operation of both locations with David Powell, Jr. and his daughter, Tammy Powell - Bennett working each day.
Other employees are J. Tyler Hyatt, licensed funeral director/embalmer, CPC and manager of Powell Funeral Home - Bald Knob; Barry Gladden, licensed funeral director/embalmer and manager of Powell Funeral Home - Searcy; Ciley Johnson, licensed funeral director and embalmer; Dale Bonner, licensed funeral director; James Vanoven, apprentice funeral director; Gene Martin, part-time licensed funeral director and visitation host; Jim Newman, David Arthur and Terry Staggs, funeral assistants and visitation hosts; Joanna Birchett, apprentice funeral director/embalmer.
Since 1960, the Powell family has served generations of White County area families-people of all races, all beliefs, all financial capabilities-completely, competently, and compassionately.
Our Valued Staff
D. R. Bob Powell, Founder of Powell Funeral Homes
David Robert "Bobby" Powell, Sr., well-known Bald Knob resident, died Saturday, September 30, 2006 at his home. He was 84 years of age. Mr. Powell was born January 17, 1922 in Altus, Arkansas, the son of Raymond and Floy Reid Powell. Bob was raised in Morrilton and from an early age worked with his family at the Reid Funeral Home, remaining there with the Harris family until 1960. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp, serving in World War II, a 33rd degree Scottish Rites mason and a member of the Albert Pike Temple in Little Rock. Mr. Powell was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Bald Knob, where he was a Deacon being ordained on December 15, 1963. Mr. Bob was respected in the community as well as the funeral industry having purchased Powell Funeral Home in 1960. He was the 2005 Citizen of the Year for Bald Knob and serves on the Board of Directors for Selected Funeral and Life Insurance Company, which he help found in the early 1960's. He was a past member of the Lyda P Miller Library Board, Bald Knob Housing Authority, Bald Knob Industrial Development Commission and the Bald Knob Education Committee. He also previously served as a member and president of the Bald Knob Rotary Club and the Lions Club, and served on the board for the Shady Grove Cemetery and the Bald Knob Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Powell was a past president of the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association and has been Funeral Director of the year for the state of Arkansas. He served several terms and as Chairman of the Arkansas Burial Association Board. For several years, he was Secretary and Treasurer of the Arkansas Club of Burial Associations. Mr. Bob had a big heart and was always very generous with his time. Paramount for him was his family, church, community, and his chosen profession, which was his life's calling. He always greeted everyone with a big smile and a friendly word and usually had something witty to add. He was a friend to everyone he met and counselor to many.
David R. Powell Jr., Owner
David has been involved in fuenral service his entire life. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and is currently serving as the White County Coroner. David has served his profession well through the years, having served on numerous boards on both state and national levels, including the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, The Arkansas Funeral Directors Association (Past President) as well as the Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board. He has also been very active in many civic clubs and other causes serving the White County area. David and his wife Cathy, who also assists at the funeral homes, reside in Searcy and are the parents of four children.
Tyler Hyatt CPC, Bald Knob Location Manager - Funeral Director/Embalmer
Tyler manages the operation of our Bald Knob location and is a licensed funeral director/embalmer, White County Chief Deputy Coroner, a Certified Pre-Planning Consultant (CPC) and owner of the Hyatt Monument Company. He is a native of Woodruff County and graduated from McCrory High School in 1991 and joined the Powell Staff in 1994. Tyler has three wonderful children: Peyton, Meredith and Camryn and three wonderful step-children: Bethany, Branson and Britain. He has served as Chamber of Commerce President as well as numerous years on their Board of Directors and is a past Bald Knob School Board member. He is a member of the Bald Knob Rotary Club, the Shady Grove Cemetery Board where he serves as Cemetery Sexton and also serves as the Chairman of the L.J.Steward Addition Board of Directors, and is also a firefighter with the Bald Knob Volunteer Fire Department. Tyler served on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association and as Association President, 2012-2013 and is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. He and his wife Jada own and operate "An Extra Closet Self Storage" in Bald Knob and enjoy spending time with family and friends and working on the farm where they raise a variety of animals.
Barry Gladden, Searcy Location Manager - Funeral Director/Embalmer
Barry serves as the manager of Powell Funeral Home - Searcy and has been active in funeral service for a number of years. He is a graduate of Northwest Mississippi College of Mortuary Science and also serves as a White County Deputy Coroner. Barry and his family enjoy traveling and camping and are members of the Church of Christ.
Ciley Castillo, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Ciley joined the Powell Funeral Home staff in October, 2010 as a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer and a licensed pre-need/insurance counselor. She is from Bradford, Arkansas where she graduated high school in 2007. Ciley graduated from Arkansas State University - Mt. Home in 2010 with a degree in Funeral Science. She loves sports, the outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends. She married Dylon Castillo of Strawberry, Arkansas.
David R. Powell III, Funeral Director
David is a fourth generation funeral director and has been involved in funeral service his entire life. He has been active in many civic organizations through the years, serving as President of the Bald Knob Chamber of Commerce and President of the Bald Knob Rotary Club. David resides in Searcy and has three children: Nicole, Robbie and Ben.
Tammy Powell-Bennett, Insurance Clerk/Secretary
Tammy is the office manager at our Searcy location and is the third generation of the Powell family to care for families in White County. She and her family are active members of the Valley Baptist Church and always can be counted on to help with other civic activities.
Dale Bonner, Funeral Director
Dale is a funeral director and a retired United States Air Force Veteran. He is a native of Louisiana and has pastored Baptist Churches in Arkansas for many years. He and his wife Penny have two sons and enjoy time with their new grandchildren.
James Vanoven III, Apprentice Funeral Director
James is serving an apprenticeship to become a licensed funeral director and is a crucial member of the funeral home operations. He is also the Pastor of the Highway Baptist Church in Judsonia. He is married and has two wonderful children.
Brenda Basinger, Office Manager
Brenda serves as Office Manager at our Bald Knob location and previously worked in banking for over 30 years. She and her husband Danny are natives of Bald Knob and are very involved in the community. Brenda serves on the Bald Knob Housing Authority Board and is a past Chamber of Commerce Board Member.
Terry Staggs, Funeral Assistant/Visitation Attendant
Terry is a resident of Searcy and a native of the Bald Knob Community. Terry is a vital member of our staff and is known by nearly everyone. He and his wife Margie have two grown children and they love spending time with their grandchildren. He enjoys the outdoors, especially fishing, and is a member of the First General Baptist Church in Searcy.
Jim Newman, Visitation Host/Funeral Assistant
Jim serves both locations and is a faithful part-time employee. He is retired from Wal-Mart and enjoys golfing in his spare time.
David Arthur, Visitation Host/Funeral Assistant
David has served in the funeral profession off and on since the 1960's and is a life-long resident of Augusta. He is a devoted member of the Church of God of Prophecy and is a minister. David loves people and always has a kind word for everyone he meets.
Joanna Birchett, Apprentice Embalmer/Funeral Director
Joanna is a lifelong resident of the Bald Knob/Bradford area and has operated a well-known beauty shop for a number of years. In October 2016, she successfully completed a portion of her National Board Exam to become one step closer to obtaining her license. She has two sons and two grandchildren and enjoys time with them.
Gene Martin, Funeral Director
Gene is a licensed funeral director and assists the funeral homes, part-time, with funerals and visitations. He has owned and operated several sucessful businesses in White County throughout the years and been active in civic affairs. He and wife Freda are active memebers of the Westside Church of Christ in Searcy.