New Olive Branch facility under construction

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Errol Castens under Community
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Celebrating the construction of Coleman Funeral Home’s new Olive Branch location recently were Olive Branch Mayor Scott Phillips; Coleman Funeral Home co-owners Tom and Vicki Fowlkes; Olive Branch manager and funeral director Larry Wray; funeral apprentice Nikki Castleberry; and co-owner Glenn Coleman.


Convenient location on Parkview Boulevard is set to open in 2017

The new Olive Branch facility will look like Coleman's Oxford funeral home.

The new Olive Branch facility will share the same layout and design features as Coleman’s Oxford funeral home.

OLIVE BRANCH – With DeSoto County staff members and North Mississippi owners, Coleman Funeral Home will soon settle into a new facility built to accommodate its mission of high-quality, high-value funeral care.

Coleman Funeral Home recently broke ground at a four-acre site on Parkview Boulevard, across from the Olive Branch YMCA. The new funeral home will replace Coleman’s existing facility on Goodman Road. Plans are for the nearly 6,000-square-foot new facility to be completed next year.

“The design is open and full of light, dignified but not somber,” said Glenn Coleman, co-owner and funeral director. “It will reflect the architecture and aesthetics of our Oxford facility, which is so inviting that we have hosted weddings, reunions and other events there.

“As a venue for memorial services, our new Olive Branch facility will truly be a place to celebrate life, remember loved ones and reconnect with each other,” he added. “Our great hall and chapel will accommodate unlimited seating arrangements, and a lot of people will find the porch and patio the perfect places to reminisce.”


Having served the Lafayette County community since 2004, Coleman Funeral Home expanded to Olive Branch in February 2015. Larry Wray, a longtime funeral director and former owner of Brantley Funeral Home, manages the Olive Branch location.

“Our Olive Branch staff are local people committed to DeSoto County and its communities. And we’re proud of our North Mississippi ownership,” Wray said.

Other members of the Coleman Funeral Home staff in Olive Branch include funeral director apprentice Nikki Tubbs-Castleberry and funeral assistants Perry Lee Bowlan and Stanley McKnatt.

The new location will enhance options for DeSoto County families, offering flexible seating arrangements for visitations and services as well as in-house catering for funerals and other events.

“This facility will offer a more inviting atmosphere, generous parking and new conveniences and capabilities for the families we serve,” said Tom Fowlkes, MD, co-owner. “But our focus remains on taking excellent care of our families — and being able to offer them exceptional value in our pricing.”

Coleman Funeral Home’s new building is designed to adapt to a society in which mobility, individuality and time constraints impact even funeral plans.

“Increasingly, our role includes handling details for out-of-town families, like arranging airport pickups and catered meals,” Coleman said. “Grieving families are dealing with so much; it is a relief to them to be able to focus on remembering their loved one’s life and renewing connections.”

Coleman Funeral Home’s new Olive Branch location will include a chapel space that can also serve as a banquet hall for catered meals or receptions. Events coordinator Jeremy Roberts will have a well-equipped kitchen in which to prepare menus from finger foods to full-course banquets.

Currently, families can make funeral arrangements and host small memorials at Coleman’s Old Towne location at 9370 Goodman Road in Olive Branch, while larger services are held at local churches, including LaBelle Haven Baptist Church.

Coleman Funeral Home’s complete pricing and packages are available online. Learn how to save your family money and stress by taking care of funeral planning ahead of time. Contact Clay Jackson, director of family services, at (662) 816-0603 or [email protected].


Inside our Oxford facility

Errol Castens

Aftercare coordinator, Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford/Olive Branch

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