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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 Crossroads Christian Church in Grand Prairie where they are actively involved and also lead a connect group from their home.

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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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Amy Ott

Amy Ott

Office Coordinator


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Joy Smith

Joy Smith

Family Service Counselor

Creating, enhancing and renewing value are the cornerstones of Joy’s belief system. Her biggest influences are of people and movements that have shaped world views on a local level. She has always been a strong voice for local businesses, government, and even sports teams. Known in her inner circle as the Home Team Queen, Joy is famous for supporting local headliners, unless there is a New York visitor in the building.

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Joy experienced the highs and lows of a blended family.  Growing up she learned very early on that families are made of love, not blood, and leadership came early in life. Always dreaming of attending Howard University and then to pursue a Law degree, Joys dream derailed at the age of 17 after burying her mother. She was responsible for the loving care and nurturing of her 3 younger sisters. On a daily basis, Joy was reminded how important it was to plan, manage and execute in order to ensure the success of her new role in life as provider.

Joy spent the lion share of her professional experience in property and asset management.  Finding the challenges of multi-family housing to be amongst her most rewarding successes , Joy has worked in some of our nation’s largest metropolitan areas including Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Raleigh-Durham, NC, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, TX . In these roles, her business acumen and compassion has made her an intricate partner in the success and wellness of hundreds of families. Leaving the mark of a great leader, Joy has a legacy of building confidence and pride in her team. 

Joy’s professional accomplishments paled in comparison to the fulfillment she felt in marriage and giving birth to her daughter Jada Auset. Joy tells stories about being raised by her own mother, and looking forward to imparting the same strength, resilience and zest for life that her own mother, had sewn into her.  Jada is sophomore in High School and captain of the step team.

Currently in the role of Survivor herself, Joy has joined the ranks of millions of women in the fight against breast cancer. Using her own life experiences, Joy joins the Emerald Hills team as a Family Service Counselor, with a sincere heart, compassion and is the living proof of the spirit of renewal and the power of love and support.

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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!


Dora Hinojosa

Dora Hinojosa

Ambassador



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. 


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