History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

K.L.Brown Funeral Home came into existence in 1978 when Koven L. (K.L.) Brown purchased Roebuck-Greenlawn Mortuary from Sammie F. Bryant. It continues to operate as a locally owned, family operated business. In 1994, a crematory was built to enhance offerings to families that choose cremation. An electrical fire destroyed the crematory in 2001 and a cremation center was built to further enhance facilities for families that choose cremation. The cremation center is fully handicap accessible and houses a Community Room with full kitchen facilities and seating for up to 35 people, rest rooms, an arrangement office with cremation products and spacious crematory with viewing window for families wishing to witness the cremation. 


Our Valued Staff

Craig Bodiford, CCO

Craig Bodiford, CCO, President, Funeral Director, Embalmer

A native of Monroeville, AL, has been Manager of K.L. Brown Memory Chapel since September 2006. He is married to Tonia Walker Bodiford and has a son, Walker Bodiford. Craig graduated with an A.A.S. in Funeral Service Education from Jefferson State Community College and received a National Board Certificate from the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. He is licensed both as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Alabama as well as the State of Georgia. Craig is a National Funeral Director's Association (NFDA) Certified Crematory Operator and is also a licensed life insurance agent in the State of Alabama. He is a member of the NFDA and the Alabama Funeral Director's Association. Craig has worked in funeral homes in Anniston and Birmingham, as well as Atlanta, GA. He is a veteran of the US Air Force and served in Operation Desert Storm in both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Craig is a graduate of Leadership Calhoun County, a member the Anniston Civitan Club, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of East Central Alabama. He and his family are members of Anniston Bible Church. In August 2016, Craig and Tonia purchased both K.L. Brown Memory Chapel and K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center.


Chris Smith

Chris Smith, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Chris is a licensed funeral director and embalmer with 30 years of service in the funeral profession. A native of Eastaboga, he graduated from Lincoln High School in 1983, then Jefferson State Community College. Chris began his career in the funeral service profession in 1987. He is a member at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where he serves as a musician on the praise team. When not working, he enjoys playing drums at church, drawing, and painting murals. Chris and his son, Houston, reside in Alexandria.


Kyle Burgess, CCO

Kyle Burgess, CCO, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Kyle is a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and a National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Certified Crematory Operator. He was born and raised in Choccolocco and is a life-long Calhoun County resident. Kyle is a 2008 graduate of White Plains High School and has received his degree in Funeral Service Education from Jefferson State Community College. He is a member of Sigma Phi Sigma and the NFDA. His hobbies include hiking, fishing, and spending time with his family. Kyle has been employed with K.L. Brown Funeral Homes since 2015.


Michele  Lewis

Michele Lewis, Office Administrator

Michele is the mother of Kelly and Kaleb Lewis and a 1981 graduate of Jacksonville High School. She is the Office Manager/Secretary for K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center and has been in the funeral business, with Koven Brown, for 14 years. She is a member of Agape Christian Fellowship and is an Ordained Minister in the Five Fold Ministry as a teacher of the Gospel.


Stacey Lloyd

Stacey Lloyd, Office Administrator

Stacey has worked with K.L. Brown Brown Funeral Homes since 2008. She and her husband, Jay, live in White Plains with their dogs, Wilson & Nicki, and are members of Grace Fellowship Community Church at McClellan. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys teaching Zumba & Dance Fitness.


John  Cassell

John Cassell, Licensed Funeral Director


Twylia  Cassell

Twylia Cassell, Hostess


Kenydia Bowie

Kenydia Bowie, Maintenance and Grounds


Janice Martin

Janice Martin, Hostess


Rev. Hollis Martin

Rev. Hollis Martin, Funeral Assistant


JoAnn Parkman

JoAnn Parkman, Hostess


Ralph Parkman

Ralph Parkman, Funeral Assistant


Evin Thompson

Evin Thompson, Funeral Assistant


Jane Hay

Jane Hay, Hostess