About Us | Meadowbrook Funeral Home

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

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Our Valued Staff

Richard  Gaulden

Richard Gaulden, Owner-Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Richard is a Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer and has over 35 years experience in arranging and directing funerals. During this time he has served literally thousands of families. His career in the funeral profession began at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas where he was a funeral director for 28 years prior to coming to Marshall in 2009. He is very involved with many community events serving as one of the Leaders for Leadership Marshall, Booster Club, Lions Club, Chamber Ambassador, serves on the Board of Directors for Marshall Chamber of Commerce and is a member of First United Methodist Church in Marshall. He married Melinda and her children, Sara, Billy and Charlie in 1997. The highlight of his life is being "Papa" to their granddaughter, Lexi and grandson, Case. Richard and Melinda bought Meadowbrook Funeral Home in April, 2014 and are very happy to live and work in Marshall, Texas. It is a privilege and honor for Richard to assist families when they have had a loss.

Curtis  Smith

Curtis Smith, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Curtis has over 50 years experience as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, serving most of his career in the St. Louis, MO area. He and his wife, Sandye have one son, Shannon. Curtis is very experienced in restorative art and takes great pride in being able to present the family with a comforting memory of their loved one.

Charles  Callaway

Charles Callaway, Funeral Service Assistant

Charles has been a resident of Marshall, Texas his entire life. He has over 15 years experience in assisting with visitations and funeral services. He is dedicated to the families we serve and enjoys helping others when there is a need. He and his wife, Evelyn, enjoy spending time with family and their trips to Shreveport.

Brenda  Abraham

Brenda Abraham, Funeral Service Assistant

Brenda is a lifelong resident of Marshall and loves working with people. She is employed at First Methodist School and assists with visitations and funerals during the evenings and weekends. She is a dedicated, compassionate employee who loves her town and helping those during a difficult time.

Gail  Palmer

Gail Palmer, Funeral Service Assistant

Gail is a retired teacher from MISD and enjoys her time helping others as a funeral service assistant, working visitations and funerals. She has a compassionate heart and is able to minister to those in grief. She is a member of First United Methodist Church and is also employed part time at the Brass Trunk in Marshall. Gail enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Dacia  Hayley

Dacia Hayley, Funeral Service Assistant

Tyrone  Hayley

Tyrone Hayley, Funeral Service Assistant

Debbie Warbington- Rogers

Debbie Warbington- Rogers, Funeral Service Assistant

Debbie and her husband, Flint, have lived in Marshall for many years. They are the parents of three sons and two beautiful grandchildren, Audrey and Cole. Debbie is a full time employee of East Texas Baptist University, possibly their biggest sports fan and also loves the Marshall Mavericks. Debbie attends River Crossing Cowboy Church and loves being able to assist families in their time of need.

Melinda M. Gaulden

Melinda M. Gaulden, Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer

Melinda and her husband, Richard purchased Meadowbrook Funeral Home in April, 2014 and feel very honored to be serving the community of Marshall. She has 20 years experience in the funeral industry, graduating from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1997. She and her daughter, Sara Thompson, were in Mortuary School together and have worked together periodically their entire career. In 1997, Melinda and her children, Sara, Billy and Charlie married Richard Gaulden. She is blessed with one beautiful granddaughter, Lexi Mitchell, and one precious grandson, Billy Case Mitchell. Melinda has served on the Marshall Chamber of Commerce Board, Twelve Way Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of Marshall Lions Club, Rotary Club and First United Methodist Church. She feels very blessed to be able to help families during a very difficult time in their life. She loves her community and loves the funeral profession.

John Oswalt

John Oswalt, Funeral Assistant

John and his wife, Renea are long time Harrison County residents. John is a volunteer fire fighter, is a prior Texas State Elks President and works full time at NAPA. They have three children and five beautiful grandchildren who they adore. John is always ready to serve and is a true blessing to the many families he has the privilege of helping.

Kim Parkman

Kim Parkman, Funeral Assistant

Kim and his wife, Frankie have been associated with the funeral industry for over two years, assisting in many areas. They are both active with the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses and are involved with their children and grandchildren full time. Kim has a servant's heart and is grateful for the opportunity to help families when they have had a loss.

William Halliday

William Halliday, Funeral Assistant

Jamie Thomas

Jamie Thomas, Office Manager

Melanie Valdez

Melanie Valdez, Funeral Assistant

Frankie Parkman

Frankie Parkman, Funeral Assistant