History & Staff

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

Our Valued Staff

  • D. R. Bob Powell

    D. R. Bob Powell Founder of Powell Funeral Homes

    1922 ~ 2006
    Always In Our Hearts

  • Tyler Hyatt CPC

    Tyler Hyatt CPC Owner/President - Bald Knob ~ Searcy ~ Augusta, Arkansas

    Tyler is the President/Owner of Powell Funeral Homes and is a licensed funeral director/embalmer 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 children: Peyton, Meredith and Camryn and three step-children: Bethany, Branson and Britain and three precious granddaughters, Braylynn, Austyn and Baylor. 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 served 22 years in the White County Coroner's Office, several of those years as Chief Deputy and the county's only Medico-Legal Death Investigator . 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 served as Captain for several years. 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 also 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.

  • Jada Brooks-Hyatt

    Jada Brooks-Hyatt Owner

    Jada and her husband Tyler are the owners of Powell Funeral Homes. She is the biggest "people person" in the world and loves interacting with our families. Jada is a Bald Knob native and graduate of Bald Knob High School. She has 6 children, Bethany; Branson, Britain, Peyton, Meredith and Cami as well as 3 granddaughters, Braylynn, Austyn and Baylor.

  • Brenda Basinger

    Brenda Basinger Office Manager/Accounts Payable

    Brenda serves as Office Manager at our Bald Knob location and is responsible for accounts payable for Powell's 3 locations. She previously worked in banking in Bald Knob 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.

  • Meredith Hyatt-Davidson

    Meredith Hyatt-Davidson Apprentice Funeral Director/Funeral Assistant

  • Britain  Brooks

    Britain Brooks Administrative Assistant

  • Mike Prince

    Mike Prince Funeral Director/Embalmer

  • Anna  Browning

    Anna Browning Funeral Director

  • Mike Hancock

    Mike Hancock Funeral Director

    Mike Hancock has been working in the funeral home business since the age of 18 in 1969. He has spent 40 years in the funeral home business and 25 of those years were spent here in Searcy, Arkansas. He is a 1975 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, where he had become a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He served as the White County Coroner from 1991 till 2000. In 2005 he started working for the White County Sheriff’s Department as the Resource Officer for White County Central Schools, and retiring in 2013. He is also a 3rd Degree Mason, member of the Searcy Masonic Lodge number 49, Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Searcy, and was a former member of the Searcy Lions Club for many years. He and his wife, Mary, have been married coming up on 51 years on April 30, 2022. They like to spend most of their time traveling to different places and going on camping trips together.

  • 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.

  • David R. Powell Jr.

    David R. Powell Jr. Former Owner/Advisor

    David is the former Owner and President of Powell Funeral Homes. In August 2021, he passed the torch to long-time employee Tyler Hyatt and his wife Jada. David has been involved in funeral 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 will remain active in the funeral homes as an advisor and will be critical in the ongoing success of the funeral homes.

  • 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.

  • Rodney Westmoreland

    Rodney Westmoreland Pre-Arrangement Advisor

  • Sara Templeton

    Sara Templeton Visitation Host/Funeral Assistant

  • Lechelle Cross

    Lechelle Cross Administrative Assistant

  • Kenny Knight

    Kenny Knight First Call Support /Cemetery Services

  • Christina  Knight

    Christina Knight First Call Support/Cemetery Services

  • 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.