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Funeral Service Associate
Ron Payne started grade school in Clay City and graduated from Salem High School in 1965. Ron then went on to attend a graduate from Lincoln Christian College. In the middle of his freshman year of college, and at the age of 18, he was called upon to serve as minister for the Ingraham Christian Church; an appointment he would hold for 47 years retiring in 2013.
Ron later moved to Louisville and accepted a position as Pastoral Minister at Red Brush Christian Church, working with senior citizens, teaching a weekly Hispanic bible study class and pastoring where needed.
Ron began working for the late John Neal Sr and later with the late Jack Neal. After Ron's retirement in 2013, he began working more extensively with the funeral homes. He has also been called upon many times over the years to pastor families who did not have a pastor or church affiliation.
Ron and his wife Shirley (Stanley) are proud parents of three children; Matt Payne who lives and works in Portland, Oregon as a trainer in the technology industry, Becky Payne who owns and operates Grace & Truth Counseling in Louisville and Abbey Brenneman, who along with her husband Chad, own and operate the Pizza Ranch Restaurant in Wentzville, Missouri. Ron and Shirley have six grandchildren.
Ron is honored to serve families and is also glad to help support Chris & Sandra Triplett with the continued smooth operation of the funeral homes. Ron perceives working at the funeral homes as a needed ministry for many and is thankful that he can be of service to those experiencing grief during the worst times in life.
Funeral Service Associate
Terry McKnelly has lived west of Louisville since 1968. He grew up and attended grade school in Bible Grove and later graduated from Clay City High School in 1965.
Terry spent most of his working years at World Color Press in Effingham for 30 years before his retirement. He had later worked as a custodian for North Clay School District where Terry was able to see his grandchildren on a daily basis.
Terry said "One day, Jack Neal asked me to help with a funeral. Little did I know that I would still be assisting with funerals and helping families to this day. I feel this is a service that I can do for a family at their time of loss".
Terry and his wife Linda have two children; Steve & Tara and are blessed with five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Funeral Service Associate
Gene has lived in North Clay County all his life, in the Bible Grove Area. He is married to Helen Birch, and he has two daughters, Jena and Amanda, and several grandchildren. Gene was raised on a farm and still have a farm today, and has been a minister for 11 years now. "I have always had the compassion to help people so this continues and is good ministry working here at the McGriff Funeral Homes."
Funeral Service Associate/Maintenance
Tony and his wife Barbie have lived in the Kinmundy area for their entire lives.
Tony is a 1982 graduate of Salem Community High School. He moved back to Kinmundy in 1989 after living in Salem for a period of time. They have two sons; Jared & Caleb Wimberly.
Tony is very involved in the community, currently he is serving as a councilman for the city of Kinmundy, vice-president of the Kinmundy Log Cabin Village and is on the board of directors at the Kinmundy Historical Society.
Tony believes in helping others and enjoys making new friends. He is very proud to assist the Triplett family in the operation of the funeral home. Tony put it best, "It's about serving the community we live in".
Sandy grew up in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Sandra later moved to Vancouver Island in British Columbia where she graduated from the Canadian College of Funeral Service in 2008.
Sandy decided to become a funeral director because she wanted to make a difference in funeral service, to help and to serve others as she herself would want. She holds a Funeral Director and Embalmers license in British Columbia. Sandy owned and operated a successful funeral home on Vancouver Island for nearly 10 years until the decision was made by her and her husband to transition to Illinois and purchase the J.W. Neal Funeral Homes.
Sandy has a professional arts background with a passion for fine arts. Her interests include traveling, history, nostalgia, and antiques. Sandy is also an orchid expert and raises many different beautiful varieties including some very rare and exotic orchid types throughout the year, some of which can be found in funeral homes.
Sandy enjoys meeting and visiting with people and can strike up a conversation with just about anyone she meets. Sandy attends the United Methodist Church of Louisville and is a member of The Louisville Rotary Club.
She and her husband Chris are poised to provide excellent service to the families of the local communities for years to come.