Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our doors we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not just a funeral home. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
Learn the legacy.
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.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Kaye Brawner Butler
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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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.