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Sardis Chapel
232 S. Main St.
Sardis, MS
(662) 487-1234
Dickins Funeral Home
99 Public Square
Batesville, MS
(662) 563-7638
Senatobia Chapel
3065 Hwy. 51 South
Senatobia, MS
(662) 560-4430

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Our Experienced Staff

Each of the staff members at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home is committed to providing your family with the finest in personal care. In fact, for years, it’s been comforting for area families to know that we are available to help at any time of the day or night.

When a loved one dies, all you need to do is make one phone call. From that moment on, we’ll take on the responsibilities of the physical care of your loved one, and the emotional care of those left behind.

Please take a few minutes to get to know our staff. We’re sure you’ll find each of us to be all that you would hope for in a trusted funeral professional.

Terrell W. Davis, CFSP, Managing Owner / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Office Phone: (662) 560-4430
Fax: (662) 560-4432
Mobile Phone: (901) 484-3793

Terrell was first licensed by the Tennessee Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers before reciprocating his licenses to Mississippi in 1999 where he was duly licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Funeral Service.  Terrell serves our families as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer as well as overseeing daily operations as our Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Owner.

Terrell completed his education in Mortuary Science at Northwest Mississippi Community College. In addition to his functions in the funeral home, Terrell is also a Registered Nurse having graduated from Northwest Mississippi Community College School of Nursing, and he earned his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership for Business at Crichton College in Memphis, TN.  Terrell also completed additional advanced science coursework at The University of Mississippi.  

He is a licensed life insurance agent in the State of Mississippi, a certified member of The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (CFSP), a member of the National Funeral Director's Association, Mississippi Funeral Director's Association, Senatobia Rotary Club, serves as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Funeral Service Program at Northwest Mississippi Community College, and has served on the Board of Directors for Sycamore Arts.

Terrell has previously served as a Mortuary Officer with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) - Region IV, a division of the National Disaster Medical System.  He has also served as a volunteer fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and on the Board of Directors for Very Special Arts - Northwest Mississippi District.

Through the funeral home, he is a member of the Tate County Economic Development Foundation and the Panola Partnership.

Terrell lives in Senatobia with his two daughters, Abbey and Anna-Lauren, where they attend the First Baptist Church.

Wiley (Skip) Lowder, Jr., Licensed Funeral Director
Office Phone: (662) 560-4430
Fax: (662) 560-4432

Skip Lowder is a retired farmer, originally from Sumter, SC.  Skip became a funeral director in 2014, when he was duly licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Funeral Service.  He is also a licensed life insurance agent with the State of Mississippi.

Skip earned his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Mississippi and is also a graduate of Northwest Mississippi Community College.  

Skip lives in Senatobia, MS with his wife, Patricia, and has one grown son, Trip.

Hal Johnson, Licensed Funeral Director & Staff Chaplain
Office Phone: (662) 487-1234
Fax: (662) 487-1236

Bro. Hal Johnson is one of our staff chaplains and a licensed funeral director.  He serves as minister at Sardis Church of Christ in Sardis, MS.  Bro. Hal was licensed by the Mississippi Board of Funeral Service as a funeral director in February, 2016.  

He is very active in area nursing home ministries among other events in Panola and Tate Counties and he is a member of the Sardis Rotary Club.

He and his wife, Sue, live in Sardis and are the parents of one son, Clint.

Patricia Lowder, Office Manager / Pre-Need Counselor
Office Phone: (662) 560-4430
Fax: (662) 560-4432

Patricia Lowder, currently serves as our Office Manager, Pre-Need and Family Services Counselor, and Monument Specialist.  She is actively responsible for our three separate locations with regard to day-to-day business.  She is a licensed insurance agent with the State of Mississippi and coordinates our pre-need programs, in addition to coordinating schedules and keeping the staff on task.

Patricia earned her Associate of Arts from Northwest Mississippi Community College and her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Crichton College in Memphis, TN. After many years of service, she retired from Northwest Mississippi Community College, and began a new chapter in her life by entering the funeral business.

Patricia has three grown sons, Patrick, Terrell and Robert.  She and her husband, Skip, live in Senatobia.

Pat Blakely, Hostess
Office Phone: (662) 487-1234
Fax: (662) 487-1236

Ms. Pat Blakely is a hostess, mainly at our Sardis Chapel, but may be found in Batesville or Senatobia from time to time.

Ms. Pat is a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church and lives in Sardis, MS.

Robert Davis, Funeral Associate
Office Phone: (662) 560-4430
Fax: (662) 560-4432

Robert joined our staff in 2012, by assisting part-time with building maintenance and upkeep.  As time progressed, Robert began assisting in other roles and since 2013 has served as a funeral associate.

Robert is a graduate of Senatobia High School and Northwest Mississippi Community College.  He currently works full-time for Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia and serves with the Senatobia Fire Department as a Firefighter.  

Robert lives in Senatobia and assists our funeral directors by working visitations and by assisting on funeral services.

Don Scates, Cemetery Staff / Groundskeeper / Maintenance

Don Scates serves a number of roles within the funeral home.  His main function is cemetery set-up and grounds keeping; however, he is also responsible for maintenance, maintaining our vehicles and acts as a courier between the funeral homes.

Don is veteran of the U.S. Army and lives in the Harmontown Community. He has one grown daughter, Meagan.

Anne Jones, Licensed Funeral Director Emeritus
Office Phone: (662) 487-1234
Fax: (662) 487-1236

Ms. Anne Jones is a licensed funeral director and has been working at our Sardis Chapel since May 15, 1980.  While she retired December 31, 2015, Ms. Anne remains a part of our family assisting us on an as needed basis.

Ms. Anne is a resident of Sardis, MS and is a member of First Baptist Church in Sardis.

Book of Memories™

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Dying is one of the few events in life that's certain to occur, yet one we rarely plan for. Should we spend more time preparing for a two week vacation than we do our last days on Earth?

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