About Us | Magnolia 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 Past

On May 12, 1993, the doors of Magnolia Funeral Home, located at 1223 Tate Street in Corinth, were opened to serve the needs of the people of Corinth/Alcorn County and the surrounding counties with dignity and respect. Magnolia Funeral Home was locally owned and operated by Charlie Browning, Leroy Brown, Jim Calvary, James (Jim) Johnson and James Cornelius. Magnolia Funeral Home began in the former Tate Street Baptist Church building where we served the community for 11 years.

East Chapel  

Magnolia Funeral Home purchased and remodeled the former Oakland Baptist Church building in 2004. It has the largest seating capacity of any funeral home chapel in the surrounding area and is handicapped accessible. We offer two nicely appointed state rooms which provides an area for video tributes to be displayed.

Our foyer area is large and spacious and our  refreshment room, with full kitchen facilities, allows visitors and family a place to sit down and take a moment for a refreshment.

We fully understand that our future rests upon the quality of service we provide our families, the compassion we extend and the promise to provide dignified funerals in a warm atmosphere of genuine love and concern.

The Magnolia family takes great pride in the comforting atmosphere and décor of our funeral home. We have recently updated our state rooms, refreshment room and our foyer area with beautifully appointed furnishings and paintings. In these relaxed surroundings, you'll find caring and dedicated people who are here for you when you need us the most.

South Chapel

Magnolia Funeral Home purchased a building in May of 2019  that had been used previously as Hight Funeral Home. We have been working to update this facility and it is now open and available for families in Corinth and surrounding areas to use. Magnolia Funeral Home South contains a large chapel which will accommodate services and seating for 200, two visitation areas, an office suite, as well as a beautifully appointed cafe lounge and foyer area to serve our family’s needs. We have also created a multi-purpose Family Reception Center where friends and family can gather in remembrance of your loved one. We provide an environment of comfort to celebrate life, memories and connect after a funeral or memorial service is over. Our public areas will have audio-visual equipment to enhance whatever type of service you may choose.  Our South Chapel is conveniently located on the same property as Magnolia Gardens, one of three cemeteries we own and operate in the surrounding area.  We also have our own crematory located at our South Chapel location.

Magnolia Gardens

We are honored to offer to our community and surrounding areas a fifteen acre cemetery, formerly known as Forrest Memorial Park, that provides a beautiful and peaceful setting to permanently memorialize your loved one. It is conveniently located on the same property as Magnolia Funeral Home - South Chapel.

Six Garden Locations:
  • Veterans
  • Good Shepherd
  • Devotion
  • Masonic
  • Reformation
  • Christ Wall

Magnolia Gardens is also responding to public requests for additional burial options. We are in the process of opening two new gardens in the near future for burials marked with upright monuments. Our Garden of Peace and Garden of Faith will allow for what are commonly known as headstones or tombstones. These are the kinds of memorials frequently seen in county cemeteries or church yards.

Our Valued Staff

Magnolia Funeral Home offers a staff of licensed professionals with over 100 years of combined local funeral service experience.  Our staff of caring and experienced professionals understands that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to us.  Our aim is to serve with dignity and respect. Please feel free to contact us at anytime. We are available 24 hours a day. Our trained staff chose this profession with the understanding that a family's need knows no time clock.

Jimmy  Calvary

Jimmy Calvary, Owner

Jim is the son of the late Reed and Vadell Calvary and is married to Shelia Walls Calvary. They have one son Jason and two granddaughters, Jadyn and Jena. He serves as a Deacon and a Sunday School teacher at Oakland Baptist Church. He retired in 2016 as Agency Manager of Prentiss County Farm Bureau Insurance Company, having been employed there since 1986 and is one of the original founders of Magnolia Funeral Home.

Leroy  Brown

Leroy Brown

Leroy is the son of the late Codie and Carlie McDuffy Brown. He is married to Hilda Gilliland Brown. They have three children Brian, Paul and Mark and five grandchildren. He attends Northside Church of Christ. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a past master of The Burnsville Lodge. He was employed at ITT/ Cortelco as a supervisor for 38 years. He is also a member of Magnolia car Club. He is State Board Certified in Funeral Directing and has been with Magnolia Funeral Home since 1993.

Charlie  Browning

Charlie Browning

Charlie is the son of the late E.O. and Sally Browning. He is married to Brenda Bowen Browning and they have two children, Jeffery and Stephanie. He is a member of Oakland Baptist Church. He was employed at ITT/ Cortleco as the manager of Credit and Collectons for 28 years. He is State Board Certified as a licensed Funeral Director and has been with Magnolia Funeral Home Since 1993.

Billy N. Floyd

Billy N. Floyd, Funeral Director/ Preplanning and Insurance Manager

He is State Board Certified as a licensed Funeral Director and a licensed Insurance Agent since 1976. He has been with Magnolia Funeral Home since 2013.

Mike Timbes

Mike Timbes, Preplanning Counselor

Greg Woodruff

Greg Woodruff, Manager/Funeral Director/ Preplanning Counselor

Greg is the son of Joe and Shirley Woodruff and is married to Whitney Woodruff. He has four children, Kristen, Colton, Shiloh and Maisie and a grandson, Fletcher. He is State Board Certified as a licensed Funeral Director since 1997 and has been with Magnolia Funeral Home Since 2014. Greg also serves as a Northern District Governor board member of Mississippi Funeral Directors Association.

Rhonda  Wilbanks

Rhonda Wilbanks, Funeral Director

Rhonda is the daughter of the late Bobby Wayne & Faye Wilbanks. She has a degree in Cosmetology and Nail Technology, Makeup Artistry and Accounting Specialist. She is State Board Certified as a licensed Funeral Director and has been with Magnolia Funeral Home since 2006.

Nathan Dixon

Nathan Dixon, Funeral Director/Mortician

Our hearts are heavy as we grieve the loss of our dear friend and co-worker, Nathan Dixon, who departed this life into eternity on Sunday, June 18, 2017. There are no words to describe how badly he will be missed. Nathan had the calmest demeanor and the ability to defuse any problem that he faced. His knowledge and insight were invaluable, not only to the families he served but also to those of us who had the privilege to serve along with him. His calling was his life, and every action he took was in service to it. Whether behind the pulpit, directing a funeral, comforting the grieving, or playing with his children, Nathan’s conviction was the bedrock upon which his life was built. His faith was never forced into conversation because it was an undeniable undertone to everything he did. Nathan’s hands and feet preached the gospel louder than most preachers manage to shout it from pulpits, and his kindness touched more hearts than any lifetime of sermons. A true evangelist, everywhere he went he inspired and encouraged. Though Nathan was known as a gentle giant because of his stature, it is not his shoe size that anyone truly remembers; it is the size of his heart. With a booming laugh that preceded him into a room and a calm, steady voice that could soothe the most volatile of situations, Nathan’s presence never went unnoticed. In Isaiah 55, the Lord speaks of the word from Heaven, which cannot return empty. Nathan’s life exemplified this verse. Though he is no longer with us, his influence stretches before us like his shadow, and we will live the remainder of our lives being covered by it. Nathan’s exuberant love centered on his family, and if his children were his world, his wife Michelle was the axis on which it turned. His soul swelled larger than life, touching everyone around him, until the earth could no longer hold him. Perhaps heaven is big enough for the man earth could not contain.
May God bless the memory of our dear brother and friend.

Chip Reaves

Chip Reaves, Funeral Director

Chip is the son of the late Sperry Ellis Reaves Jr. and Martha Carmichael Reaves. He is married to Amy Daniel Reaves and has two children, Lakann Reaves Lacny and Quade Reaves. He also has a grandson, Memphis Lacny. He is State Board Certified as a licensed Funeral Director and has been with Magnolia Funeral Home since 2016.

Jason Moore

Jason Moore, Funeral Director/ Mortician

Jason is the son of Leroy and Betty Moore and has one son, Gavin. He is State Board Certified as a licensed Mortician and has been with Magnolia Funeral Home since 1995.

Shelia Calvary

Shelia Calvary, Office Manager

Shelia is the daughter of the late Richard and Mary Walls and is married to Jimmy Calvary. They have one son, Jason and two granddaughters, Jadyn and Jena. She retired in 2013 as Chief Nursing Officer at Magnolia Regional Health Center having been employed there for 28 years. Shelia now serves as Office Manager of Magnolia Funeral Home.

Hilda Floyd

Hilda Floyd, Office Clerk

Hilda is the daughter of the late L.V. Elam and Beatrice Elam and is married to Bill Floyd. They have a daughter, Christy and a fur baby, Laci. Hilda has worked for several local businesses over the years including Wurlitzer and CB&S Bank. She has been employed with Magnolia Funeral Home since 2013.

Katie Miles

Katie Miles, Office Clerk

Katie is the daughter of Kenny and Donna Miles. She serves as Office Clerk and is responsible for our Aftercare Program. Katie has been employed with Magnolia Funeral Home since January 2018.

Buddy Kemp

Buddy Kemp, Funeral Associate

Buddy is the son of the late Charles and Rethia Kemp and is married to Lil Kemp. He has a son, Jessie Kemp and has served as a Funeral Associate with Magnolia Funeral Home since October 2000.

Wayne Moore

Wayne Moore, Funeral Associate

Wayne is the son of the late James H. and Pauline Moore and is married to Maylene Moore. He has three children, Kellie Carter, Shellie Duncan, and Dustin Moore. Wayne has served as a Funeral Associate with Magnolia Funeral Home since September 2012.

Dave Jennings

Dave Jennings, Funeral Associate

Dave is married to Connie Jennings. They have one son, Miller Jennings.

Cecil Jacobs

Cecil Jacobs, Funeral Associate

Cecil is the son of the late Charlie and Lottie Jacobs and is married to Jewel Jacobs. They have two sons, Brian and Daniel. Cecil has served as a Funeral Associate with Magnolia Funeral Home since 2013.

Billy Miller

Billy Miller, Funeral Associate

Billy is the son of Edna Miller and the late R.H. (Bob) Miller and is married to Linda Miller. He has two children, Blake Miller and Mallory Hanson and one precious grandchild, Madi Beth Miller. Billy has served as a Funeral Associate with Magnolia Funeral Home since 2019.

Tony Meeks

Tony Meeks, Funeral Associate

Tony is the son of the late Deward and Mildred Meeks and is married to Carol Meeks. They have a son, Sean and a grandson, Ryan. Tony has served as a Funeral Associate with Magnolia Funeral Home since 2019.

Janet Holley

Janet Holley, Cemetery Operations Manager

Janet Holley serves as our new cemetery operations manager at all three of our cemetery locations. Janet will manage the customer service portion of the cemetery, handle grave site requests, design and sell bronze monuments and markers and coordinate grave site preparation. Janet will be responsible for our Cemetery Flower Placement Program, coordinating with workers to maintain the landscaping, and repair cemetery markers or mausoleums when needed. Janet is the daughter of Dan and Peggy Walls and is married to Bobby Holley. They have three children, Hannah, Samuel, and Luke. She is a member of Oakland Baptist Church and is recently retired from the Alcorn School System after 28 years of teaching.