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Our Team


Our staff is comprised of professionals with a broad depth of funeral and cremation experience.  We are dedicated to helping direct you through this stressful and difficult time. We will answer all your questions regarding your options for funeral and cremation services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson

General Manager

Justin grew up in Diboll, Texas which is in the Deep East Texas area.  Justin grew up following and playing sports and he had a passion for the outdoors.  Living in East Texas hunting and fishing opportunities were all around and Justin spent time enjoying those opportunities with his father.

Justin attended Diboll High School where he was a proud member of the Lumberjack marching band.  He earned numerous honors including attending the state solo and ensemble contest and an invitation to travel to Europe with the Honor Band of America.  He was also selected for Who’s Who Among High School Students in 1997 and 1998.  Following high school, he attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in church ministries specializing in pastoral ministries and Christian education.  While in college Justin met his wife, Amber, and they were married in 2005.

Justin and Amber had their first child, Savannah, while living in Texas.  Five years later their second child, Baylor, was born while living in Oklahoma.  Justin pastored churches in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana before beginning his career in the funeral service.

Today Justin enjoys serving the families of Emerald Hills along with the families of Kennedale and surrounding areas.  He enjoys watching sports and spending time with his family.  Justin is the chairman of the ambassadors for the Kennedale Chamber of Commerce and is involved in other community activities.  Justin and his family attends TCAL Church in Mansfield where they are actively involved.

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Kristi Pyle

Kristi Pyle

Sales Manager

Kristi was born in Southern California but moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and later to Medford, Oregon where she has lived most of her life. She also lived quite a few years in Crescent City, California where she attended middle school and some of her high school years before returning to Medford, Oregon.


During her middle school and high school years, she enjoyed playing softball, dance, cheerleading and social activities. She has attended nationals in cheerleading and softball. She graduated from North Medford High School in 1991. Following high school, Kristi didn’t go straight to college but started her family and had her first-born son, Michael in 1993. She then decided to attend college at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. She was a member and co-founder of the American Marketing Association – Collegiate Chapter and participated in the General Motors Marketing Internship spear heading the research department. She also continued to enjoy softball throughout college and was on the dance team. She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing and a Minor in Economics. While in college, Kristi had her second son, Christopher in 1998.

 

After college, Kristi began her professional career in advertising sales working in radio for several years followed by time in print and then TV/Digital advertising. It was during this time that she was introduced to the death care industry. It was a difficult decision for her to make as she had never experienced a death in her family that she was required to make arrangements for and she was scared to death to work in a funeral home everyday (no pun intended). She was given the opportunity to work as a Family Service Counselor, Sales Manager and an Area Sales Manager, managing 10 locations in Oregon and Washington. During this part of her career, Kristi was married and divorced many years later in 2016. During that marriage, she was blessed with two other children who gave her the gifts of four grandchildren.

 

She started a new life as a single mom with one of her sons already graduated from high school and living on his own and the other still in high school. In 2016, she was given the gift of her first biological grandson, Carter who she loves and adores. After this time, she became reacquainted to a gentleman, Bob, that she had worked with in the industry. The two of them became very close and they quickly became a pair. He was living in Texas and Kristi still lived in Oregon and was ready to make a change, so she packed up her home and Bob came to meet her in Oregon where they drove a U-Haul to Texas. She was then given the opportunity to re-enter the industry she loved. Just last year in 2019, Bob and Kristi became husband and wife.


Today, she is the Sales Manager of 2 Funeral Home and Cemetery Combos, Emerald Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery and Wayne Boze Funeral Home/Gateway Memorial Park where she is able to serve families and build and train a team of professionals to serve families as she has learned to do. She enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling to see her family, specifically her grandson when they are able, video chatting with him every chance she gets and of course, playing softball and running 2 tournament teams, one women and one co-ed.

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

Funeral Director

Being a light, showing love, and compassion to all mankind is the core of who Christopher is. The trials and tribulations of life have molded him into the gentle serving man that he is today. Being a proud resident of Mansfield, TX and an alumni of Mansfield High School class of 93, has given Chris a strong love and appreciation for our local area. Chris is the father of three amazing children, in which he affectionately refers to as “The Blessed Trinity”. Being a strong man of faith his motivation every day is to show Love to every person he encounters. Chris started his journey in the death care industry at the age of 14, working for the late Great Rev. Dr. Gregory W. Spencer. Having been mentored by such an amazing mortician and his staff of great morticians instilled in Chris the integrity and excellence in funeral service he has today.  After high school he joined the United States Navy where he served aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN72), until the end of his enlistment where he was Honorably discharged. Realizing something was missing in his life, Chris decided to go back to his first love of serving people during the most difficult time in their life. Christopher is also a proud alumni of the distinguished Dallas Institute of Funeral Service spring class of 2005. Where he served as class Chaplain and was a Co-recipient of the distinguished Bill Pierce Award. He is a Member of the National Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Texas Funeral Directors Association and Independent Funeral Directors Association. Chris has an enduring love for creation and enjoys traveling and experiencing nature in his spare time. The motto that he lives by and will follow him for the rest of his life is “May the works I’ve done speak for me” … 

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Christi Blake

Christi Blake

Office Coordinator


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Cindy Cantero

Cindy Cantero

Family Service Counselor

Cindy is proud to proclaim that she comes from "The Sun City", otherwise known as the "old west Texas town of El Paso."  In the early 90s, Cindy's family moved across Texas to the DFW area where she attended school in Irving and graduated from Keller ISD.  While at Keller High School, she joined the high school band and became Drum Major both Junior and Senior years, leading the Keller High School Indian Band in 1997 into the beginning of its now well-known and established championship era.  After graduating in 1997, Cindy worked in customer service at Delta Air Lines where she utilized her Spanish and French speaking skills.  Delta Air Lines is also where she met her husband Cesar in 1999.  Since then, Cesar and Cindy have settled in rural Venus, Texas with their five children; Ashley, Gwen, Tristan, Elayna, and Melina.  Until recently, Cindy had been a stay at home mom, running kids from girl scout meetings, to field trips, to football games, and band competitions. 

Her earliest treasured memories are spending the weekends with her beloved grandparents.  Every Saturday morning, Cindy and her grandmother would take the city bus to the downtown shopping district where they would have breakfast at their favorite diner inside the popular Kress Department Store building, and then would take a cab or bus and cross the border into Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.  They would spend the morning and early afternoon walking around the mercado shopping for Cindy's favorite chocolate bar and comic book, and of course for groceries and house goods.   Their lunchtime consisted of tacos or flautas from the food stands at the El Chamizal park before they would cross the international bridge by foot back into El Paso where her grandfather would be waiting for them.  Cindy will always carry these memories with her as values from her grandparents about her heritage that she proudly shares with her children now.  Because of the value in those memories, Cindy defines happiness as an emotion or act, felt or done with passion, patience, faith, strength and understanding.  Cindy and her family are members of the St. Jude Catholic Church in Mansfield, Texas, where her children also attend school in the Mansfield school district.  Being a Texas girl through and through, Cindy's other very important passion after her faith and family, is wearing the Silver and Blue on game days of America's team, the Dallas Cowboys!

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Rob Woodward

Rob Woodward

Family Service Counselor


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Don Miller

Don Miller

Funeral Ambassador

Don is a Funeral Ambassador and will be assisting with funeral services and helping on visitations. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&I University in Corpus Christi and a Master of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Don and his wife Kathi have two children: Melanie and David and a daughter-in-law, Desiree. Don and Kathi are also the proud grandparents of Conner!


Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes

Ambassador

Tim was born in Houston, TX and raised in Pasadena, TX with a very close knit family.  After graduating from Sam Rayburn High School in 1997 he moved to Springfield, MO where he graduated from Baptist Bible College with a degree in Youth Ministry and Bible.  He began working in churches in 1999 and has been involved in ministry ever since.

After working in churches in Texas, Missouri, and Michigan he returned to Texas in July of 2017 to rebuild a struggling church.  Tim is a big fan of the Astros, Rockets, and Texans (sorry Cowboys fans) and has enjoyed being active in recreational sports and outdoor activities. 

Tim and his wife Kristi have 6 kids (yes, it’s true) of which two are adopted.  Tim is grateful to be here to help families because he himself has lost a child and knows the hurts and pains of the loss. Tim wants to be able to help the families of Emerald Hills through some of their most difficult times and wants to be a blessing to every person he comes in contact with. 


Dora Hinojosa

Dora Hinojosa

Ambassador



Dillon Bartley

Dillon Bartley

Ambassador



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