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 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 were both attending mortuary school. Sarah now stays home to raise their daughters, Olive and Daly. Kyle and Sarah are excited to be back in a smaller community to raise their family, after relocating from Kansas City in December of 2014.
Taylor D. Howe, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Taylor D. Howe was born and raised in Lebanon, Missouri. He graduated from Lebanon High School and continued his education, graduating from Southwest Baptist University. Taylor then attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Service where he graduated in the Spring of 2016. As well as his duties at the funeral home, he currently serves as the President of the Bolivar Rotary Club.
Taylor met the love of his life, Caitlin, at Southwest Baptist, and they were married in June of 2016. They both enjoy being involved in the community that brought them together. In May of 2019, they were excited to introduce their daughter, Ainsley Barritt Howe.
Garrett W. Hurd, Funeral Director
Janet Keith, Office Manager-Humansville Chapel
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 Universality.
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.
Clay Meyer, Funeral Assistance