Our Staff

Our staff's commitment to you 

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief. 

Autry Funeral Home is proud of its compassionate Christian staff. With some of the area's finest men and women, we are dedicated to making each funeral ceremony a warm and memorable reflection of the person memorialized. Our highly trained and knowledgeable staff goes to great lengths to personalize each service with photographs, memorials, special music and displaying special momentos.

With over 65 years of combined experience, our people are people you know and trust, people that have been a part of our community for many years, and cherish the career that they have chosen by serving others.


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Barry Autry Funeral Director

Barry Autry, funeral home director, founder, and first-generation funeral service provider, has worked in every aspect of funeral services since 1981. Having started his career in Jacksonville after graduating from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, he has served families across the area for over 3 decades. He and his wife Jana established Autry Funeral Home in 2003 and carefully chose a staff of caring and christian individuals who have committed their lives to serving others as they would want to be served. Barry and wife Jana have two children, Whitney Best and Brady Autry and 2 grandchildren. Members of Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville for over 30 years, Barry serves as a Deacon. He is also a Rotarian, a Gateway Community Partners Human Rights Board Member, Lake Jacksonville Advisory Board Member, and has served many years with United Way.

 

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Ralph Lindsey Funeral Director

Ralph Lindsey, a native of Alto, Texas has lived in Jacksonville for over 42 years. He graduated from Commonwealth College of Mortuary Sciences in Houston in 1973. As a Funeral Director, Ralph has served the families of our community for over 43 years. In his tenure he has been a two time past President of the East Texas Funeral Directors Group being named Funeral Director of the Year in 2000. He is a past board member of Texas Funeral Directors Assoc. in Austin. Heavily involved in his community, Ralph has served with various groups as well as being Chairman of the  Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.  He is married to his wife and best friend, Jill Lindsey. They have six children and eleven grandchildren.

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Brady Autry Funeral Director, Oaklawn Administrator

Brady Autry is a graduate of Texas A&M- Commerce School of Business and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He completed his College Education on a football scholarship. After completing his undergraduate degree he attended the Dallas institute of Funeral Service. While attending mortuary school Brady completed his apprenticeship with Laurel Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park where he later became General Manager of the Funeral Home and Cemetery serving the Mesquite/ Dallas community for close to 5 years.

Brady is currently a licensed Funeral Director with Autry Funeral Home and is Oaklawn Memorial Park’s Administrator, responsible for the day to day operations, administrative duties, and compliance with the TFSC, DOB, and other agencies.

Brady resides in Athens with his wife Melanie and son Bennett. They are members of the First Baptist Church of Athens.

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Sean McRight Funeral Director

Sean was born in Jacksonville and graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1987. He attended Lon Morris college and later graduated from Commonwealth Institute of Mortuary Science in 1998. He was managing Funeral Director at Thompson Funeral Home from 2003-2007 when it merged with Autry Funeral Home. He has served his community in various ways over the years including Kiwanis Club Vice President, JISD School Board Member, and a Board Member of Jacksonville Education Foundation. He is a hometown boy and considers it a great privilege to serve the community he calls home.

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Kelly Fowler Funeral Director

Kelly moved to the Jacksonville area with her family in 1984.  She attended Jacksonville High School and graduated from Tyler Junior College.  While raising her sons she worked locally in manufacturing focusing on customer service and quality control. Kelly is a Member of Afton Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She was an active member of the Jacksonville Jaycees for over 10 years, serving as president for two of those years. In May of 2011 she enrolled in Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and graduated in 2012.  She served her apprenticeship here at Autry Funeral Home, becoming fully licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in May of 2013.

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Barbara Fails Comptroller

Barbara graduated from Tyler Commercial College in 1980. She began working in the Funeral and Cemetery business in 2001. She joined the Autry Funeral Home and Still Waters Memorial Gardens family in 2003. She has over 20 years experience in HR, payroll and accounting and is the Comptroller of Autry Funeral Home and Still Waters Memorial Gardens. She and Husband Tommy have one son and are members of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler. 

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Monica Reyes-Rangel Funeral/Administrative Assistant

Monica was raised in Angleton. She moved to East Texas in 1996. She serves families at Autry Funeral Home as a Funeral/Administrative Assistant. She is bilingual and helps assist families with obituaries, memorials as well as other pertinent tasks. She has 3 children and one granddaughter. She has been a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Jacksonville since 1997. She also serves with ACTS (Adoration, Community, Theology and Service) of St. Mary Magadalene in Flint. She graduated from Tyler Junior College, Magna Cum Laude in 2010 with a Associate of Applied Science, Paralegal degree. 

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Kathie and Buzz Sides, Frankston Funeral Assistants

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Support Staff

From left to right: John Mark Lester, Rodney Kelley, Robert Selman, Mary Monkress, Dixie Traylor, Kathie Sides, Charles Dickerson, Buzz Sides, Charles Sessions

Barry Autry

Funeral Director
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Barry Autry, funeral home director, founder, and first-generation funeral service provider, has worked in every aspect of funeral services since 1981. Having started his career in Jacksonville after graduating from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, he has served families across the area for over 3 decades. He and his wife Jana established Autry Funeral Home in 2003 and carefully chose a staff of caring and christian individuals who have committed their lives to serving others as they would want to be served. Barry and wife Jana have two children, Whitney Best and Brady Autry and 2 grandchildren. Members of Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville for over 30 years, Barry serves as a Deacon. He is also a Rotarian, a Gateway Community Partners Human Rights Board Member, Lake Jacksonville Advisory Board Member, and has served many years with United Way.

 

Ralph Lindsey

Funeral Director
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Ralph Lindsey, a native of Alto, Texas has lived in Jacksonville for over 42 years. He graduated from Commonwealth College of Mortuary Sciences in Houston in 1973. As a Funeral Director, Ralph has served the families of our community for over 43 years. In his tenure he has been a two time past President of the East Texas Funeral Directors Group being named Funeral Director of the Year in 2000. He is a past board member of Texas Funeral Directors Assoc. in Austin. Heavily involved in his community, Ralph has served with various groups as well as being Chairman of the  Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.  He is married to his wife and best friend, Jill Lindsey. They have six children and eleven grandchildren.

Brady Autry

Funeral Director, Oaklawn Administrator
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Brady Autry is a graduate of Texas A&M- Commerce School of Business and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He completed his College Education on a football scholarship. After completing his undergraduate degree he attended the Dallas institute of Funeral Service. While attending mortuary school Brady completed his apprenticeship with Laurel Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park where he later became General Manager of the Funeral Home and Cemetery serving the Mesquite/ Dallas community for close to 5 years.

Brady is currently a licensed Funeral Director with Autry Funeral Home and is Oaklawn Memorial Park’s Administrator, responsible for the day to day operations, administrative duties, and compliance with the TFSC, DOB, and other agencies.

Brady resides in Athens with his wife Melanie and son Bennett. They are members of the First Baptist Church of Athens.

Sean McRight

Funeral Director
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Sean was born in Jacksonville and graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1987. He attended Lon Morris college and later graduated from Commonwealth Institute of Mortuary Science in 1998. He was managing Funeral Director at Thompson Funeral Home from 2003-2007 when it merged with Autry Funeral Home. He has served his community in various ways over the years including Kiwanis Club Vice President, JISD School Board Member, and a Board Member of Jacksonville Education Foundation. He is a hometown boy and considers it a great privilege to serve the community he calls home.

Kelly Fowler

Funeral Director
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Kelly moved to the Jacksonville area with her family in 1984.  She attended Jacksonville High School and graduated from Tyler Junior College.  While raising her sons she worked locally in manufacturing focusing on customer service and quality control. Kelly is a Member of Afton Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She was an active member of the Jacksonville Jaycees for over 10 years, serving as president for two of those years. In May of 2011 she enrolled in Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and graduated in 2012.  She served her apprenticeship here at Autry Funeral Home, becoming fully licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in May of 2013.

Barbara Fails

Comptroller
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Barbara graduated from Tyler Commercial College in 1980. She began working in the Funeral and Cemetery business in 2001. She joined the Autry Funeral Home and Still Waters Memorial Gardens family in 2003. She has over 20 years experience in HR, payroll and accounting and is the Comptroller of Autry Funeral Home and Still Waters Memorial Gardens. She and Husband Tommy have one son and are members of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler. 

Monica Reyes-Rangel

Funeral/Administrative Assistant
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Monica was raised in Angleton. She moved to East Texas in 1996. She serves families at Autry Funeral Home as a Funeral/Administrative Assistant. She is bilingual and helps assist families with obituaries, memorials as well as other pertinent tasks. She has 3 children and one granddaughter. She has been a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Jacksonville since 1997. She also serves with ACTS (Adoration, Community, Theology and Service) of St. Mary Magadalene in Flint. She graduated from Tyler Junior College, Magna Cum Laude in 2010 with a Associate of Applied Science, Paralegal degree. 

Kathie and Buzz Sides, Frankston

Funeral Assistants
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Support Staff

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From left to right: John Mark Lester, Rodney Kelley, Robert Selman, Mary Monkress, Dixie Traylor, Kathie Sides, Charles Dickerson, Buzz Sides, Charles Sessions