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.

Our History

Claud and Mickie had rented a two story white, wooden house at 918 East Union Avenue for their home. The had rented a building at 107 East Union Avenue, just across the alley from the Baus Meat Market; for their new business, Kernodle's Undertaking Company, which later became Kernodle Funeral Home.

Although Claud and Mickie Kernodle moved to Cross County as young people and lived in Pleasant Hill Community, this was the first time that they had lived in Wynne, Arkansas.

Claud Kernodle had just graduated from Gupton-Jones Embalming School in Nashville, Tennessee, had passed the Arkansas Embalmers Board and was the first licensed embalmer in Cross County.

Shortly after arriving in Wynne, the Kernodles purchased the first motorized ambulance that was used in Cross County. This vehicle was used as an ambulance and a hearse. Kernodle Undertaking Company offered a full line of caskets and coffins, their embalming services, full funeral services and a hearse and ambulance service.

This was the beginning of Kernodle Funeral Home...

As the children of W. Claud Kernodle and Mickie Jones Kernodle, we are proud that they wanted to offer their services to the people of Cross County and founded Kernodle Funeral Home.

For the past eighty years, The Kernodle Family has lived in Wynne, and owned and operated Kernodle Funeral Home and served you. 



Our Valued Staff

Kaye Brawner  Butler

Kaye Brawner Butler, Office Manager

Kaye Brawner Butler, office manager of Kernodle Funeral home, joined our staff in 2003. Kaye handles all of our Obituaries, Funeral Service Programs, Memorial Pictures, and our new DVD Memorial Program. It is a wonderful way to share with others the memories of your loved one. She will help you with any of your Funeral Arrangements questions, Pre-Need questions or help you with your burial insurance. Kaye's family is husband Tim Butler, Co-Owner of Butler Wrecker Service in Wynne.


Rausch Hodges

Rausch Hodges, Funeral Director, Embalmer/Owner

Rausch has been in the funeral industry for 30 years. He attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer, he is also a CPC, Certified Preplanning Counselor for the funeral home. Rausch is married to his wife Sandy and they have two children, Mary Hoshall and Billy Rauscher.


Regan Hill

Regan Hill, Funeral Director, Embalmer/Owner

Regan has been in the funeral industry for 31 years. He attended Commonwealth College of Mortuary School in Houston, Texas. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Regan is married to his wife Carla and they have two children, Colin and Jaynee Claire. They are members of the First Baptist Church.


Sandy  Brawner

Sandy Brawner, Part-Time Secretary

Sandy Brawner, joined the Kernodle Funeral Home staff in 2005 is a part time secretary and night hostess. Sandy's family are daughters Ashley Duncan (husband Pete and children, Luke Rylee and Parker) Erin Oguin and husband Cpl. Russ Oguin, U. S. Marines.


Margaret  Ellis

Margaret Ellis, Night Hostess

Margaret Ellis a Wynne native, is a night hostess for Kernodle Funeral Home. Mrs. Ellis is avaliable during visitation hours for questions or needs you have while you are visiting our funeral home.


Jason  Butler

Jason Butler, Funeral Director Apprentice

Jason Butler is a part time employee of Kernodle Funeral Home and a Funeral Director Apprentice. Jason assists with funerals and transportation services. Jason is Co-Owner of Butler Wrecker Service in Wynne.


Carol  Melhorn

Carol Melhorn, Night Hostess

Carol Melhorn is a Cross County native and a night hostess for Kernodle Funeral Home. She is avaliable during visitation hours for questions or needs you have while you are visiting our funeral home.