The knowledgeable staff of Laurel Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park are passionate about providing families guidance and support during the funeral planning process as well as long after the funeral. Together, we can honor your loved one’s life while beginning your grief journey.

Emily Bearden

President & CEO

  

I am honored to follow in the footsteps of my father (the late Hugh G. Bearden II) and grandparents (the late Hugh G. Bearden and Maxine Bearden) by serving families in the DFW metroplex at their time of need. My family has a long-standing history of helping families in the area honor their loved ones through pre-need and at-need funeral services and celebrations of life. I strive to perpetuate my father's legacy of providing individuals with the support they need during their toughest times.

  

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Dean Barker
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Emily Bearden
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Shannon Bunch
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Shannon Bunch
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Jennifer Rankin
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Blanca Trevino
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Dean Barker
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Shannon Bunch
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Dean Barker General Manager
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James Peavey Managing Funeral Director
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Carmen Perales Funeral Director, Provisional Embalmer
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Shannon Bunch Funeral Director
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Brock Grone Funeral Director / Embalmer
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Morgan Jaramillo Embalmer, Provisional Funeral Director
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Ted Kiser Funeral Assistant / Chaplain
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Octavio Sepulveda Funeral Assistant
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John Epps Funeral Assistant
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Gilbert Escamilla Funeral Assistant
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Jennifer Rankin Office Manager
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Blanca Trevino Receptionist/Memorial Specialist
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Jose Centeno Memorial Specialist
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Rafael Hernandez Park Staff
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Vicente Alonso Park Superintendent
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Mirian Centeno Domestic Engineer
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Eliecer Xetey Park Staff
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Teofilo Sec Park Staff
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Juan Rodriguez Park Staff
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Benjamin Esequen Park Staff

Dean Barker

photo I have been in the funeral industry for over 40 years and the highlight of my career is the opportunity to be general manager here at Laurel Oaks. Our goal is to provide the highest of professionalism and standards expected by the families we serve. I owe all the credit to every employee and their effort for us to be successful. I am a graduate of the University of Iowa and the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. I was honored to serve our country with the army during the Vietnam War at the US Mortuary in Saigon, Vietnam. I am a member of the Rotary Club of Mesquite. My wife, Patty, and I live in Sunnyvale and have 2 wonderful children and 4 terrific grandchildren. I enjoy “escaping” with my piano playing and working in my yard.

Emily Bearden

photo I am honored to follow in the footsteps of my father (the late Hugh G. Bearden II) and grandparents (the late Hugh G. Bearden and Maxine Bearden) by serving families in the DFW metroplex at their time of need. My family has a long-standing history of helping families in the area honor their loved ones through pre-need and at-need funeral services and celebrations of life. I strive to perpetuate my father's legacy of providing individuals with the support they need during their toughest times.

Shannon Bunch

photo I was born and raised in Barbourville, KY where I grew up singing and playing the piano in local churches. As I continued pursuing a music career, I also worked as a funeral attendant in my hometown for several years. I received my funeral director's certificate in 2021 from Amarillo College Mortuary Program and still travel nationally as a gospel music recording artist. I’m honored to be an employee at Laurel Oaks Funeral Home. I love the families we serve. I strive each day to share God’s love and compassion to those who are experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Shannon Bunch

photo I was born and raised in Barbourville, KY where I grew up singing and playing the piano in local churches. As I continued pursuing a music career, I also worked as a funeral attendant in my hometown for several years. I received my funeral director's certificate in 2021 from Amarillo College Mortuary Program and still travel nationally as a gospel music recording artist. I’m honored to be an employee at Laurel Oaks Funeral Home. I love the families we serve. I strive each day to share God’s love and compassion to those who are experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Jennifer Rankin

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Blanca Trevino

photo I have been married for 45 years to a wonderful man and I have two adult children who I love dearly. I retired from Penson Financial five years ago as a Securities Processing Analyst. Previously, I worked at Restland Funeral Home in their call center department. I am a very social person. Working at Laurel Oaks gives me the opportunity to meet and help people in need. On my days off, I enjoy working in the yard and spending time with family and friends.

Dean Barker

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Shannon Bunch

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Dean Barker

General Manager
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I have been in the funeral industry for over 40 years and the highlight of my career is the opportunity to be general manager here at Laurel Oaks.  Our goal is to provide the highest of professionalism and standards expected by the families we serve. I owe all the credit to every employee and their effort for us to be successful.  I am a graduate of the University of Iowa and the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.  I was honored to serve our country with the army during the Vietnam War at the US Mortuary in Saigon, Vietnam.  I am a member of the Rotary Club of Mesquite.  My wife, Patty, and I live in Sunnyvale and have 2 wonderful children and 4 terrific grandchildren.  I enjoy “escaping” with my piano playing and working in my yard.

James Peavey

Managing Funeral Director
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I served, previously, as a licensed Assembly of God pastor having studied Pastoral Ministries through the Global University of the Assemblies of God in Springfield, MO. I began work in the funeral industry in 2005. I graduated from Commonwealth Institute in Houston and became a licensed director in 2009. I came to Laurel Oaks Funeral Home in January of 2019. I consider it a privilege and my passion to serve and be a comfort to families in their greatest time of need. I live in Oak Ridge with my beautiful wife, Kim. Together, we have five children and seven grandchildren. During my spare time, I enjoy photography, history, and working in my yard.

Carmen Perales

Funeral Director, Provisional Embalmer
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Shannon Bunch

Funeral Director
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I was born and raised in Barbourville, KY where I grew up singing and playing the piano in local churches.  As I continued pursuing a music career I also worked as a funeral attendant in my hometown for several years.  While I still travels nationally as a gospel music recording artist I am currently enrolled in Amarillo College Mortuary Program where I will receive my funeral director’s certificate in 2021.  I’m honored to be an employee at Laurel Oaks Funeral Home .  I love the families we serve.  I strive each day to share God’s love and compassion to those who are experiencing the loss of a loved one. 

Brock Grone

Funeral Director / Embalmer
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Hello, I'm Brock Grone and I have been affiliated with Laurel Oaks Funeral Home since 2006, and have worked in the funeral industry since 2002. I am a graduate of York College of Nebraska and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Laurel Oaks is an institution that provides a high quality of service for which families of loved ones can feel confident. In my spare time, I enjoy John Deere tractors and rooting on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Go Big Red!

Morgan Jaramillo

Embalmer, Provisional Funeral Director
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Ted Kiser

Funeral Assistant / Chaplain
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I retired from Church ministry in 2008 and went to work at Laurel Oaks funeral home the next day. I immediately saw a difference in the way the employees at Laurel Oaks treated their clients. I was so impressed by their honesty and caring attitude, that I moved my own funeral plan to Laurel Oaks. My job at Laurel Oaks is a blessing to me. As a Funeral Assistant, I help the Directors serve the families who come to them . I help by being a part of the group that serves the family at their time of loss. As the Funeral Home Chaplin, I am available to minister to families who do have a family minister. I interview the family and deliver a message of comfort and hope concerning their deceased loved one. In this position, I am able to continue to minister to families.

Octavio Sepulveda

Funeral Assistant
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John Epps

Funeral Assistant
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Gilbert Escamilla

Funeral Assistant
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Jennifer Rankin

Office Manager
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Blanca Trevino

Receptionist/Memorial Specialist
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I have been married for 45 years to a wonderful man and I have 2 adult children who I love dearly.  I retired from Penson Financial 5 years ago as a Securities Processing Analyst.  Previously, I worked at Restland Funeral Home in their call center department.  I am a very social person, working at Laurel Oaks gives me the opportunity to meet and help people in need. On my days off I enjoy working in the yard and spending time with family and friends.

Jose Centeno

Memorial Specialist
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Rafael Hernandez

Park Staff
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Vicente Alonso

Park Superintendent
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Mirian Centeno

Domestic Engineer
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Eliecer Xetey

Park Staff
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Teofilo Sec

Park Staff
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Juan Rodriguez

Park Staff
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Benjamin Esequen

Park Staff
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