History & Staff

Powell Funeral Home is the only locally and family owned funeral home in Bald Knob and Searcy.

Our Valued Staff

  • D. R. Bob Powell

    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.

    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

    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 and a Certified Pre-Planning Consultant (CPC). 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 and a precious granddaughter, Braylynn. 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. Tyler has been a member of the Bald Knob Volunteer Fire Department for a number of years and is currently serving as Captain. 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

    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

    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 married Dylon Castillo of Strawberry, Arkansas and they are expecting their first child in May of 2019. Ciley was elected to serve on the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association Board (AFDA) and will hold the position of Treasurer. She has two dogs and loves spending time with her family.

  • Tammy Powell-Bennett

    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.

  • Brenda Basinger

    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

    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

    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.

  • Gene Martin

    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.

  • Danny Holobaugh

    Danny Holobaugh Funeral Assistant

    Danny has served as a funeral assistant and visitation host since the 1980's and is a resident of Bald Knob. He is retired from GTE - Century Link after many years of service. Danny has served as Chief of the Bald Knob Fire Department for over 30 years and has been instrumental in the building of a new station and obtaining newer, more modern equipment. He helps with all communication and radio issues in the fire and police departments and is a very involved community member. He is a long time member of the Velvet Ridge Church of Christ.

  • Amanda Burns

    Amanda Burns Funeral Director/Apprentice Embalmer

    Amanda was born in Bradford, Arkansas and was a 1989 graduate of Bald Knob High School. Amanda's family, William and Brenda White, owned and operated the Bald Knob Flower Shop for many years where Amanda grew up working and learning the business. She was blessed with a daughter who will be a 2019 graduate of Midland High School. In 2015, Amanda changed career paths by enrolling in the Mortuary Science program at A.S.U. She says, "My life-long dream was to be like Bob Powell" who she always admired and looked up to. Amanda is proud to now be a member of the Powell family where her goal is to care for the families she serves with the utmost dignity and respect and to be an involved member of the communities Powell Funeral Homes serve.