History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.   The Moore family has served the Tulsa community since 1932 and continues to provide the best in service and care.   Moore's, a family owned and operated funeral service.

Our History

Our family has been taking care of Tulsa's families for a long time. Moores started in Claremore and moved to Tulsa by the courage and vision of a man from New Jersey. Moores has become one of our city's most respected enterprises, embodying the spirit that helped this city become such a wonderful place to live. Even before they introduced their 50 a month Full Family Funeral Plan (often taking chickens and other things in trade when money was really tight) they were here for the Tulsa community when they were needed most.  The Moores have done so with compassion, courage and commitment, the cornerstone of generations of service to this community.

James Herbert Moore and sons, William M. and John Foreman, founded Moore Undertakers in the early 1900’s.  Later they were associated with Musgrove Funeral Home of Claremore.  In 1929 they moved to Tulsa and became Moore’s Morticians.  In 1932 they became Moore Funeral Home.  Dr. Joseph Moore now oversees the operation of four Tulsa facilities.  Elaine Moore-Jones is the manager of Moore’s Southlawn Chapel.  The Moore family has worked to insure that Tulsa families have someone they can count on when they need them the most. 

Our family has been taking care of Tulsa’s families. providing quality service and value, for a long time and that’s the way it should be.  Because of the Moores in Tulsa, that’s the way it will continue to be.


Dr. Joseph  Moore

Dr. Joseph Moore, President

Dr. Moore is the third generation owner of Moore Funeral Homes. He is the son of legendary Tulsa funeral director Joe M. Moore. Dr. Moore worked at Moore's while in high school. Then, after attaining his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and M.D. from The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, he practiced medicine in northeast Oklahoma for more than 32 years. For 27 of those years, he specialized in treating blood and cancer-related disorders with Oklahoma Oncology, Inc., which later became incorporated into the Warren Clinics. Dr. Moore retired from the practice of medicine in October of 2013. He serves as General Manager of Moores. His hobbies are jogging, golfing, travelling and watching OU, OSU, and TU football.


Lynne  Moore

Lynne Moore, Funeral Director

Lynne was born in Austin, TX. She moved to Fayetteville, AR at an early age where she was raised. She attained her R.N. from the University of Arkansas and then worked at Washington General Hospital in Fayetteville, Okmulgee Hospital, Muskogee V.A. Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK. After she married Dr. Joseph Moore in 1983, she was a stay-at-home mom as she raised their 2 children. More recently, she attained her Mortuary Science degree and works as a licensed funeral director at Moores. She likes helping people and sees her role as a funeral director as a ministry. Her hobbies include working out, travelling with friends and family and going to movies.


Elaine Moore- Jones

Elaine Moore- Jones, Manager - Funeral Director

I'm Elaine Moore Jones, granddaughter of one of the founders of Moore Funeral Homes. From the time (age 10) I heard my Uncle Joe Moore meet with a family and guide them through life's most difficult transition, I knew I wanted to be a funeral director. I joined Moore's in 1983 as a secretary at Moore's Memory Chapel. In 1993, I went back to school, receiving my degree from UCO as a professional embalmer and funeral director. I've been manager at Moore's Southlawn Chapel since 2004. I married Gary L. Jones in 1987 and have a step-son, step-grandson and our dog, (who is like a child), Bogey! Gary and I enjoy golf and travel to beautiful destinations to play golf. I enjoy reading and am very involved with my church, John Knox Presbyterian, and The Rotary Club of Tulsa.


Cheryl  Benoit

Cheryl Benoit, Financial Manager/Officer

Cheryl has been with Moore’s since 2004. An alumni of Oral Roberts University, she concentrated in Voice, Piano, and Theology. Cheryl has served as a minister of music, children’s pastor, and pastor’s wife since marrying her husband, Steve Benoit, in 1986. They have lived in Tulsa, OK and the state of Maine, his home state. Late in 2003 while living in Maine, Cheryl received a call from her mother who had worked for Moore’s for over 40 years, asking her to return to Tulsa to take over her job as Accounting Manager. Steve works as a massage therapist for several doctors and has his own studio.

Cheryl has served as Accounting Manager since 2004 and has been an Officer of Moore Funeral Homes since 2006. She has been a member of Executive Women International since 2004 on behalf of Moores. She enjoys writing and recording music in her own music studio, reading, counted cross-stitch, knitting, and most of all their 3 dogs, Judah, Mattie and Barrett. Between 2008-2010, Hobby Lobby sold 4 of Cheryl's cd's nation-wide in their stores. That was a life-long dream that came about unexpectedly.

Cheryl says, “I am very proud and thankful to be a part of the Moore Funeral Homes family. We have wonderful employees who provide first class service to grieving families.”


John  Wilson

John Wilson, Manager - Funeral Director/Embalmer

Hello, I’m John Wilson. I have been with Moore’s for more than 20 years. I am the Manager at our Eastlawn location. I have witnessed the funeral industry change over the years and the one thing that has remained constant is our (Moore’s) tradition of serving families. I am proud of the fact that we (Moore’s) provide service to our client families with our own staff. We have staff on call and in two locations 24/7 to respond to our clients' needs.

My grandmother told me that she thinks what I do is a calling, and maybe it is. What I do know is funeral service and Moore’s give me the opportunity to help people through a difficult time in life. As Dr. Moore states, we know we did our job when the family we served gives us a hug and thanks us.

I was born and raised in Claremore, OK. I currently reside in Claremore with my wife Genelle and my three children and Genelle’s daughter. I graduated from Claremore High in 1987, then attended and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK in 1991 with a B.S. degree. Upon passing the National Certification test for Funeral Service, I became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 1992. After working a year in Oklahoma City, I moved back to the Tulsa area and was hired by Moore’s in April of 1993.

When I’m not present at the funeral home, I am either watching my children play a sport, hunting, fishing, canoeing, doing yard work or teaching/nurturing the next Wilson generation.


Chris  Penn

Chris Penn, Manager - Funeral Director

Chris was born and raised in Okmulgee, OK and now resides in Owasso, OK with his wife Kimberly and their two children, Leanna and Alec, and their three dogs Aurora, Lucky, and Mya. Family time is important, as well as staying in shape and just about everything that pertains to being outside or working on something.

Chris graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1989, then attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Services. After graduation in 1991 from Dallas Institute, Chris returned home to work in a hometown funeral home in Okmulgee, OK as a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

In 1997, Chris joined the Moore Funeral Home family as a funeral director and embalmer. He is now the manager of Rosewood Chapel and also manages Moore Cremation Services.


Terry  Hamm

Terry Hamm, Manager - Funeral Director

Terry L. Hamm, Funeral Director and Embalmer, is the manager of Moore’s Memory Chapel, 1403 South Peoria Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma. This was the original chapel of Moore’s Funeral Homes, Inc.

Terry graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Services in 1979. After graduation, he worked eighteen years for another funeral home in eastern Oklahoma before joining Moore Funeral Homes in 1997.

Terry is originally from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He now lives in Okmulgee, Oklahoma with his wife, Christy. They have two grown children, Barrett (who is in the United States Navy), and Erica (who is a surgical tech at St. John Medical Center) and her husband, Jacen. Terry and his wife are members of Okmulgee First Assembly Church, where he is a very active member of the Praise and Worship Team. Terry enjoys playing for his church and with a Southern Gospel Band. They play monthly for two senior adult groups.

"I enjoy my position at Moore’s because it gives me the opportunity to serve the families of the Tulsa area with compassion and sincerity."


Lawrence  Hutchings

Lawrence Hutchings, Maintenance & Security Manager

Larry is the Manager of Grounds Maintenance, Automobiles and Security. He has been with the Moore family since 2002.


Mary Helen  Stanley

Mary Helen Stanley, Funeral Director

Mary Helen Stanley is a native Oklahoman and the oldest woman licensed funeral director in Oklahoma still working in the industry. She has worn many hats: secretarial, teacher, was teaching at the University of Tulsa following WW2 when she met and married Bob Stanley, Sr. In 1960, following the death of her husband, she received her funeral director's license. She has been with Moore's for 10 years and has worked at all of the locations.

Reading has been a hobby and for over 60 years, she has given book reviews for Tulsa churches and organizations. Among her many life accomplishments, she received the Oklahoma Funeral Director of the Year Award in 2001-2002, Rotarian award in 2003, and in 2006 was included in the Journal Record Woman of the Year award. In 1974, she started the Grief Recovery Class at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, which was a forerunner of other classes now in service. In 2008, after serving on the Executive Board of Quota International for many years, she formed a new non-profit 501c3 group, Silver Service of Tulsa.

Mary Helen enjoys entertaining in her home, cooking and most important - meeting new people.


Judy  Patterson

Judy Patterson, Executive Administrative Assistant

Judy moved to Tulsa in 1984 with her husband Eddy and three children, Debra, Tim and Jeff. She has been in the funeral business since 1987 when she went to work for Graveside Service Funeral Home. In 1989, Mr. Moore bought Graveside and renamed it Moore’s Rosewood Chapel.

"It has been a blessing to work for such a wonderful company and to be a part of the Moore Funeral Home Family."


James  Lenox, II

James Lenox, II, Senior Accountant

I was born in Tulsa, and have lived here all my life, except for the four years I was in the Air Force. I graduated from Tulsa Central High School and Tulsa Junior College. I have three married children and nine grandchildren that all live in the St. Louis, MO area.

I started working for Moore Funeral Home in 1989, which means I have been here for over 25 years. I have worked in the accounting office all that time, first doing Accounts Receivable and now doing the Accounts Payable. I also work with the preneed trust funeral accounts and preneed insurance accounts.

My hobbies are reading, sports and going on cruises. My favorite authors are James Patterson, John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, John Grisham and Tom Clancy. I have been on 18 cruises to places like Alaska, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal, Carribean, Canada and one Trans-Atlantic. When I go on a cruise I take my iPad and that's when I really read a lot of books and enjoy the ride.


Brandi  Bryan

Brandi Bryan, Accountant

Brandi Bryan graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Higher Math Education. She taught at Christian Life Academy, a private international prep school in Baton Rouge, LA, from 2006 to 2011. Her duties included teaching A.P. Physics, Head of the Science Department and Senior Class Sponsor. She joined the Moore's team in 2011 and serves as the Senior Accounts Receivable Clerk.

Brandi has traveled the world on mission relief trips starting in 2001 to present day. Her travels have taken her to Mexico, Haiti, New Zealand and Guatemala. She has provided aid to people closer to home with Hurricane Katrina relief work in Mississippi in 2005 and Children's Home Ministry in Oklahoma. Brandi loves music and is a talented musician, being proficient on 10 instruments. She currently serves on her church's worship team and heads up the youth group's student-led band. Her faith is a guiding light for her life and she loves to share it with the world around her. Brandi is also an outdoor enthusiast. She loves hunting, fishing, kayaking, hiking, climbing and longboarding.


Murray  Seat

Murray Seat, Crematory Operator

Murray has been with Moore's since 1987 and is the full-time operator for the Moore Funeral Home Crematory.


Jeff    Tutt

Jeff Tutt, Manager/Funeral Director

Jeff has been with Moore Funeral Homes since June, 2011. In addition to working for Moore’s as a funeral director and member of the management team, he also frequently facilitates Moore’s grief support group “Silver Linings”. He has been in funeral service since 1978. A native of Illinois, he has lived in the Tulsa area since 2006. Jeff is an honors graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, IL. And he is also a graduate of the National Foundation of Funeral Service Management Course. He is married to the former Karen Holmes-Kammer who resides with him in Bixby. His daughter, Juliana, attends college in the Chicago area.

Jeff and Karen attend Faith United Methodist Church. His hobbies include playing the organ. Jeff says “I am very proud to be affiliated with Moore Funeral Homes. Here I feel that I work for an organization that provides first class service to grieving families”.


Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson, Preplanning Counselor

Karen Johnson has been serving families with Advanced Funeral Planning in the Tulsa area since 1996. She is a caring lady who specializes in helping families to learn more about the many benefits of Pre-Need funeral planning. Many families have expressed that they have experienced the precious gift of Peace of Mind by planning ahead. She is available to meet in your home or at one of our many locations around town.


Sharon  James

Sharon James, Office Manager

I have been with Moore Funeral Homes since February, 1998. I have been in the funeral industry for over 24 years and am currently the office manager at Moore's Southlawn. I have lived in the Tulsa area all my life, and it is a great city to raise your family. I am a graduate of Tulsa Central High School and Tulsa Business College. I have two grown married children, Jason and his wife, Amanda, who live in Laguna Niguel, CA; and Jan and her husband Jeremy, who live in Midlothian, VA. They have my two very special grandchildren, Connor and Hannah.

I enjoy traveling and was able to take my dream cruise trip to Alaska in July, 2013. I am a member of Faith United Methodist Church. I am so blessed to have this wonderful job because I am able to convey compassion and love to the families we serve. They are all special families and we recognize them every December at our annual Remembrance Service here at Southlawn. I couldn't ask for a better company to work for and feel honored to work for Moore Funeral Homes.


Carolyn  Shaw

Carolyn Shaw, Funeral Director

Carolyn graduated from UCO in Edmond in 2013 with a Bachelors degree in Mortuary Science and two Associate degrees in Chemistry and Biology. She has been with the Moore family since June 2013. Before then, she worked in Oklahoma City with Service Corp International at Bill Eisenhour Northeast Mortuary. She is currently working as a director at Moore Southlawn, but she is also a licensed embalmer. Her favorite part of her job is making a difference in the lives of the families she serves. No detail is too small or too troublesome. Carolyn's desire to become a director/embalmer started when her grandfather (Papa) passed away in 1998. The director that helped the family was so caring and helpful that she wanted to be able to leave all families with that same feeling.

Carolyn grew up in the Tulsa area. She has a great family that has stood behind her through all her adventures. She met her husband in 1999 and has been happily married since 2002. With gaining her best friend as her spouse, she also gained great in-laws. When not at the office she loves cooking, event planning/hosting, crafts, reading, music, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She is proud to live in such a great city with so much history, amazing residents and massive amounts of beauty. She feels very blessed to be able to serve the Tulsa area and hopes that she can help make a great difference in her home.


Marcia Freeman May

Marcia Freeman May, Funeral Director

Marcia joined Moore Funeral Home on May 2, 2016 as a licensed funeral director. She was formerly a funeral director with Freeman Harris Funeral Home which closed on March 31, 2016. She has been a funeral director and licensed embalmer since 2004. Marcia’s mother, Joan Freeman, worked for Moore Funeral Home for over 40 years. Marcia has a Funeral Service Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK, as well as, an Office Administration Degree from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. She has a twelve year employment history in Human Resource Management and is licensed to write property, casualty and life insurance in Oklahoma. Her licensing gives her the ability to write preneed insurance arrangements for Moore Funeral Home.

Marcia was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is married to Clark May and has three children, Chase, Cami and Tye. Marcia says “I have a small zoo at home” since she has three dogs, a macaw, two parakeets, two doves and two freshwater aquariums. Her faith and commitment to Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior, is extremely important to her. Marcia's loves to travel, bowl, go to movies, try new restaurants, antique, remodel “ fixer upper “properties, work in the yard and around her home. She has been a member of the Junior League of Tulsa, the Rotary Club of Southside Tulsa and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Marcia says “I am excited that I have been given the opportunity to be a part of the Moore’s team. I am thrilled to serve not only Moore’s families but also the families who were previously the clients of Freeman Harris Funeral Home.”


Robert  Fourtner

Robert Fourtner, Funeral Director

Robert has been in the funeral business for 37 years and has served the families of Moore's for over 10 years. He takes care of preparing the deceased for burial, along with meeting families to make final arrangements. Helping families at their time of need and making sure that their loved ones look the best that they can is something he not only enjoys but considers a top priority.

Robert resides in Broken Arrow along with his wife, Debbie. They have 3 children and 3 wonderful grandchildren. Robert enjoys scuba diving, traveling and bowling.


Michael  Wallace

Michael Wallace, Funeral Director

I have been in the funeral industry for 17 years and have worked at Moores for 15 years. I am married and the father of three children. I spend as much time as possible with my seven grandchildren. I have been involved in youth and adult services for 28 years. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the PULF Legacy College Scholarship Program.

People ask if I get depressed working at job that involves such a level of sadness. My answer is, "No, there obviously is sadness but I have more of a sense of satisfaction that I have helped a family through what may be one of the worst days of their lives."


Thomas  Carreno

Thomas Carreno, Funeral Director

Thomas has served Moores as a Funeral Director since 2005 at the Southlawn Chapel location.


Raymond Panther

Raymond Panther, Funeral Home Representative


Carole  Coleman

Carole Coleman, Administrative Assistant

I have worked in the funeral industry since 1992. I began as a hairstylist for another local funeral home. I have a son; he and his wife live in Columbia, MO. He works for Mizzou. My daughter lives in Broken Arrow, OK and works for AT&T. There are 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

I have had the opportunity to work at the Moore Southlawn Chapel location for five years. I remember the day that Elaine Moore called me to ask if I would come talk with her. I was so excited because I had waited for that call a long time. She is truly an inspiration in my life as well as the families she serves. This is the best job and company! God has truly blessed me with this job and the people I work with here at Southlawn.

My job can vary; I am a licensed hairstylist and I also do makeup. Some of my various jobs include helping families in their selection of folders, pictures for videos, and occasionally helping with some of the funeral services. I always try to keep videos and folders as personal as possible with inserts of scenes and music according to their life and hobbies.

Working with families in need, when there are so many emotions they have to deal with, is what I consider myself called to do. I see it as a way of serving in ministry. I get to do it every day.


Claudette  Foster

Claudette Foster, Administrative Assistant

I have only worked at Moore since August 12, 2013. Such a short time, but already it feels like home. Having worked for the past 12 years as an account manager in the Information Services Industry, it has at times been challenging learning the different aspects of the funeral industry. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work at Moore’s, where it doesn’t really seem like a job as I enjoy it so much!

My husband, Roger, and I have been married for 43 years. We were both raised in sunny California on the Monterey Peninsula, which is an awesome place to visit and vacation, but after visiting relatives in Sand Springs, we made the decision that this was the best place to raise our children. Those children are all grown now with families of their own. We have a son, Paul; two daughters, Jacque and Layla; and 6 grandchildren, Diana, Noah, Caleb, Nathan, Cody and Anthony. I like to read and spend as much time as possible enjoying my grandchildren, as well as all my family and friends.


Sonja  Padgett

Sonja Padgett, Executive Administrative Assistant

A long time Tulsa resident, Sonja has worked for Moore Funeral Homes for 16 years. She attends Grace Church in Tulsa. She has one son who is an electrician in Tulsa.

“I have always been proud to say I work for Moore Funeral Homes and enjoy my work very much.”


Gregg Lee

Gregg Lee, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Gregg Lee grew up in Tulsa and graduated from Webster High School in 1989. He attended Northeastern State University and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.S. in Funeral Service in 1995. He served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard for 8 years. In 1995, Gregg married his high school sweetheart, Erin. The family grew with the addition of daughter, Caitlin, in 2000.

Gregg has enjoyed being a member of the staff for several years, due to a true sense of camaraderie and the Moore family’s commitment to excellence in the industry and uncompromising service.


Frank  Kelley

Frank Kelley, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Hi, my name is Frank Kelley. I was born and raised in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and I still reside there today. I graduated from Sapulpa High School in 1995 and attended one year of college at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and one year at TCC in Tulsa. I graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, TX in August 1998. Immediately I began serving my apprenticeship at Moore’s Eastlawn Chapel, where I still work today as an Embalmer and Funeral Director.

I married my wife in the fall of 2000, and we have one daughter. When I am not at work, spending time with my family is a priority. I also enjoy fishing and working outside.

I have been extremely fortunate to be employed by the Moore Family Funeral Homes for nearly 16 years. The opportunity to work for and to get to know both Mr. Moore and Dr. Moore has truly been a blessing. Their compassion for families during the time of grief and their dedication to the employees is remarkable. Moore’s is truly a great place to work.


Timothy 	 Osborne

Timothy Osborne, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Tim began working in a local funeral home of his home town of Coffeyville, KS when he was 16. He worked there till finishing high school and Junior College. He moved to OKC in 1970 to attend Central State University and to finish his mortuary schooling. After graduation, he continued to work in OKC, eventually managing several funeral homes owned by Service Corporation International (a large funeral corporation).

In 2008, he joined the staff at Moore Funeral Home as a funeral director and embalmer. He lives in Broken Arrow with his wife Linda and is very proud to be a part of the Moore Funeral Home Family. He explains that after 33 years in the corporate workplace, it is such a pleasure to be able to help families with their needs as priority and not the corporation's. Tim will celebrate his 45th year in working in the funeral industry, and his 40th year as a licensed director.


Robert  Gardner

Robert Gardner, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Robert began working at Moore's Eastlawn Chapel as a Funeral Director/Embalmer April 2013.


Preston  Walker

Preston Walker, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Preston Walker began his funeral career in 1978 working as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in Fredonia, Kansas and later in Chanute, Kansas before moving to Tulsa in 2001 to work for Moore’s. He works at the Moore Eastlawn Chapel location in East Tulsa.

He and his wife Kimberly have three children and four grandchildren. Preston is a licensed Cosmetologist, and in 2007, he graduated Rhema’s School of Ministry. As a licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director in Kansas and Oklahoma, he also conducts and ministers at chapel and graveside services for families with no Church or pastoral affiliations.


Dianne Seat

Dianne Seat, Executive Administrative Assistant


Sheldon  Sparks

Sheldon Sparks, Funeral Director

I grew up in Broken Arrow, OK and graduated from Union High School in 1979. I graduated from Oklahoma Central University in 1986 with a B.S. in Funeral Service and started working for Moore Funeral Home in 1988.

Christy and I have been married for over thirty years and have four sons. Christy works for Jenks Public Schools. We live in Jenks and attend St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.


John  Irby

John Irby, Funeral Director

John has been in the funeral industry for over 40 years. He has served many of those years as a Funeral Director for Moore Funeral Home.


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