Our Story

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
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Rausch Hodges

Rausch Hodges

Funeral Director, Embalmer/Owner
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Regan Hill

Regan Hill

Funeral Director, Embalmer/Owner
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Sandy  Brawner

Sandy Brawner

Part-Time Secretary
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Jason  Butler

Jason Butler

Funeral Director Apprentice
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Carol  Melhorn

Carol Melhorn

Night Hostess
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Our location.

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