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

    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 wonderful children: Peyton, Meredith and Camryn and three wonderful step-children: Bethany, Branson and Britain and two precious granddaughters, Braylynn and Austyn. 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 and served 22 years in the White County Coroner's Office. 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.

  • 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 3 children, Bethany; Branson and Britain and 3 step-children; Peyton, Meredith and Cami as well as 2 granddaughters, Braylynn and Austyn.

  • 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.

  • Ciley Castillo

    Ciley Castillo Operations Manager - Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Ciley serves as the Operations Manager of Powell Funeral Homes 3 locations. She joined our 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 in 2019, they welcomed their first child, Lane. Also in 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.

  • Mauri Jones

    Mauri Jones Funeral Director

    Mauri joined the Powell family in February 2020. She is a licensed funeral director and has been serving the families of Central Arkansas for many years. She and her family enjoy the outdoors and love spending time kayaking the Buffalo River.
    Mauri looks forward to serving the families of White, Woodruff and surrounding counties.

  • Tammy Powell-Bennett

    Tammy Powell-Bennett Office Manager ~ Searcy

    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/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.

  • 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.