Jarolyn Butler, CEO/Funeral Director/Preneed Agent
Jarolyn was born in Caruthersville, MO and graduated from Braggadocio High School in
1965. She attended college at Southern Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, AR, then
transferred to Southwest Baptist University in 1967. She met Stephen Butler at SBU and
was married in 1968. She is a member of the First Christian Church in Bolivar and has
served as a coordinator in various organizations such as The American Cancer Society, The
American Heart Association. She has also been a member and officer in the Beta Sigma Phi
Sorority in Bolivar.
Jarolyn's business career began while Stephen was attending Mortuary School in Dallas, TX
at the Park City Bank in Highland Park then retiring after 20 years with Commerce Bank of
Jarolyn became a Licensed Funeral Director in 1989 and assists her husband Stephen in
the daily operation of the funeral home. Jarolyn feels the importance of serving our families
as a funeral director with the compassion and dedication that they deserve
In her spare time, Jarolyn and her husband, Stephen, like to travel on various cruises, going to many different shopping destinations,and spending time together.
Kyle Lancaster, Manager/Funeral Director/Embalmer
Kyle was born in Fort Scott, KS and graduated from Fort Scott High School. He attended Kansas State University, earning his Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Criminology. He then received his Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science from Kansas City Kansas Community College. Kyle is an active member of the local Rotary Club. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Education for Bolivar R - I Schools, and is a member of the board of directors for the Bolivar Educational Advancement Foundation. Kyle and his wife, Sarah met while they both were attending mortuary school. Sarah, also a licensed funeral director and embalmer, stays home to raise their daughters, Olive and Daly.
Justin Mather, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Justin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma but was raised in Lebanon, Missouri. He is a graduate of Lebanon High School and continued his education at Southwest Baptist University where he graduated in 2014. Justin then attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and graduated with honors in 2016. After he was finished in Dallas, he started working for Holman-Howe Funeral Homes in Hartville, Missouri. He joined the Butler team in August of 2020.
Melissa Britton, Office Manager/Butler House Director
Melissa Britton was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. She graduated from Hillcrest Highschool, and continued her education at Southwest Baptist University, then to ITT Technical Institute, where she earned a degree in Criminal Justice, and is certified as an American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators from Saint Louis University.
Melissa has two children, Ashley and Matthew, with whom she was a stay at home mom for eighteen years.
Melissa is currently the Coroner for Polk County, and joined Butler Funeral Home in March of 2017.
Janet Keith, Office Manager-Humansville Chapel
Clay Meyer, Funeral Assistance
Clay was raised in Jefferson City, MO and graduated from Jefferson City High School. He attended Central Missouri State University for a period of time before entering into the United States Army, where after basic training, he served in Germany as a Military Policeman for three years. After an honorable discharge in May of 1990, Clay entered the Missouri Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy in July of 1990, Upon graduation he was assigned to the Troop D, Springfield, MO Headquarters. He patrolled in and around the Polk County area for the next 28 years before retiring in 2018 as a Master Sergeant.
Clay is married to Renee Luebbering Meyer, who is also originally from Jefferson City, MO. Together, they have two children: Cole Meyer, from Kansas City, MO and Cristen (Meyer) Nelsen, who is married to Phillip Nelsen, of Bolivar, MO.
Kim Smith, Funeral Assistance