History & Staff
We are the "new" funeral home in Gardendale but we are not inexperienced in caring for families. In fact, we feel that we are very proficient in ministering to our community one family at a time. We value each family and treat them with respect and compassion. Each family that comes to us can expect us to be leaders in our profession, to be dedicated to excellence in service, and to have the highest integrity.
Gardendale Funeral Home is proud to be a locally owned, community-oriented funeral home. Our commitment to you is to provide your family with a welcoming, compassionate, professional staff and a comfortable, clean, hospitable environment during your time with us.
It is our mission to provide your family with the guidance that you need and the care that you deserve during a very difficult time. We believe that each funeral should be individually tailored to suit the specific needs of each family during their time of loss. It is our pledge to you that, while no two funerals are exactly alike, each family will be treated the same way: with compassion, kindness, respect, and a commitment to our highest level of service. We are a proud provider of Brown Service funerals.
Our Valued Staff
Michelle Beasley CPA, General Manager (Funeral Director, Embalmer, Preneed Counselor)
Michelle is a 1993 graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery with a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting. After many years in public accounting, she feels funeral service is her true calling. She recently graduated Jefferson State Community College with an Associates Degree in Funeral Service Education. Michelle has passed all required national and state exams and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Alabama. She has a compassionate heart for the families she serves and a desire to comfort them as if they were her family.
Larry Barr, Funeral Director and Embalmer, Consultant
Larry has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology from Birmingham-Southern College and an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from Jefferson State Community College. He has been in the funeral industry for over 33 years, working with one of the largest funeral homes in the Birmingham area for 27 years.We are proud to have Larry associated with The New Gardendale Funeral Home, which is locally owned and operated.
Ed Willams, Funeral Assistant/Chaplain/Community Outreach Professional
Ed is a retired minister and has worked for many years with the funeral home in community outreach. Ed takes birthday cupcakes to the local senior citizen meetings on a monthly basis and is loved by all. He also helps with visitations and funerals. He is a wonderful asset to The New Gardendale Funeral Home and we are blessed to be associated with him.
Vicki Beasley, Office Clerk
Vicki is retired from HUD after many years of service while living in Oregon. She moved to Alabama after retirement to be with her family here. She helps with the required paperwork. We are happy to have her.
Sheila Jenkins, Preneed Counselor
Sheila brings many years of experience in the preplanning area with her. She does so in a compassionate and caring way. Please reach out to Sheila with any questions you have regarding transferring your existing prearrangement contract or new prearrangements. Sheila is a valued asset to our families as they plan for the inevitable future.
Betsy Hughes, Office Manager
Betsy comes from a background in the service field and is an incredible asset to our team. She cares for people and takes pride in her work. We are so blessed to have Betsy and we know she will minister to many who walk through our doors.