Our licensed staff has over 150 years combined experience in the funeral
profession; our support staff has over 100 years of funeral service
experience as well. Below you can learn a little about each of our staff members.
Verlyn G. “Butch”
Heath, President, Funeral Director & Embalmer
Heath, Funeral Director
Wortham, Manager, Funeral Director & Embalmer
Doug and his wife Tammy along with their two children Danielle and
Seth moved to Cherokee Village in 1998. Although new to the area they
have long family ties to Sharp county.
Doug began working in the funeral profession in 1989 at Heath Funeral
Home in Paragould.
He attended Southern (now Williams) Baptist College in Walnut Ridge and
then moved on to attend Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, graduating
in 1992. He attended U of A with a major in Crime Scene Investigation.
Graduate of the St. Louis School of Medicine in Medicolegal Death
Investigation. He also graduated from
Leadership Arkansas program in 1994 under the late Governor Jim Guy
Tucker. Doug is also a National Registered EMT-A, and assists the local
ambulance service when needed. He has been very active in the community,
serving as the Lt. Governor for the District 19 Kiwanis Clubs
and Past President of the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce and a
member of the Gideon's. Doug is
also a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom , having 32 years of service with the
Army and Army National Guard, And a member of the Disabled
Doug became member of the Disaster Mortuary Response Team (DMORT) in July of 2000.
Doug also serves as the Sharp County Coroner and a Deputy Coroner for Fulton County.
In 2011 he became a Deputy Registrar for Arkansas Department of Health. Doug and
his family are members of Cherokee Village First Baptist Church. “I believe that the funeral profession is a ministry of helping people
in grief and to assist them in a troubled time of their life. When not
working I love to spend time with my family and grandchildren.”
Adam Bates, Funeral Director & Embalmer
Adam is a native to the Ash Flat area and joined the staff at Heath
Funeral Home in 2004, working part time until 2006. Before
coming to the funeral home full time Adam worked for Wal Mart
Stores Inc. and Cherokee Village Water Works. In 2008 Adam changed
from full time back to part time to pursue a career with the Ash
Flat Fire Department.
Adam is a 1999 graduate of Highland High School and received his
Mortuary Science Degree from Arkansas State University in 2006. He is an
EMT–A and has served with the Ash Flat Fire Department since 1999;
he also serves as a Deputy Coroner for Fulton County. Adam
is a member of Wilson Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons #432
in Hardy, and attends Friendship Baptist Church in Highland.
When not working Adam keeps busy with beekeeping, farming and trout
Adam and his wife Amy have two daughter's, Katlin and Emma, and live in
the Ash Flat area.
Bellah, Funeral Director & Embalmer
Wade is a native to the Pocahontas area. He is a graduate of Pocahontas
High School and The Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He began his
career in the funeral profession in 1973 at Heath Funeral Home in
Paragould. In 1979 he left Paragould and moved to Northwest Arkansas
where he worked until he retired to Alabama. In 1995 he moved back to
this area and he started working part time at Heath Oak Hill Chapel.
Wade is a member of Imboden Baptist Church where he also serves as
Sunday School Director,
Wade and his wife Pearl live in Imboden.
Harvey Smith, Funeral Assistant
Harvey and his wife
Wanda are natives of Thayer Missouri. Harvey served 20 years in
the U.S. Navy. After retiring from the Navy he and his family
moved to Cherokee Village where he worked in rental property management
for another 28 years. Harvey began working with Heath Funeral Home
in 2000. Harvey and his wife currently live in Ash Flat.
Ken is a retired funeral director and embalmer, licensed
in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. Ken is a third generation
funeral director, he graduated from The Dallas Institute of Funeral
Service in 1962. He took courses at the Baylor Medical School Complex
and then went on to Central State in Edmond, Oklahoma where he received
a Bachelor of Science degree. Ken went to work for Service Corporation
International in 1963 and retired in 1997, serving 18 of those years in
management. While working Ken completed a 2 year course in grief
counseling and served with the Disaster Response Team, he specialized in
identification of remains. While serving on the Disaster Response Team
he worked with the recovery effort after the Murrah Federal Building
bombing in Oklahoma City. Ken has always been involved with the
community, he was a scout master for The Boy Scouts of America for 19
years and served on the Boy Scout Council for 5 years, he is also a past
Lieutenant Governor for Kiwanis, district 7. Ken is member of Saint
Michaels Catholic Church where he serves on the Columbarium Committee,
teaches CCD classes and serves as a Eucharistic Minister. Ken and his
wife Hope live in Cherokee Village.
Richard " Dick"
Alexander, Funeral Assistant
Before beginning his career in education Dick worked for eight and a
half years with T.B. Smith Funeral Homes in Ridgway, Omaha and New
Haven, Illinois, Klinger Funeral Home in Springfield, Missouri and
Rainey’s Chapel of the Ozarks. Dick is a former Methodist Minister in
Missouri East Conference of the United Methodist Church. He retired
from the Hoxie School District where he served as Elementary Counselor
with an overall experience in the field of education as School
Psychological Examiner, Principal, Superintendent and classroom
teacher. Dick and his wife Carol live in Highland.
Wright, Funeral Assistant
O. C. is a native of the
Paragould area. He was a minister for many years in Paragould
before moving to Wichita Kansas and eventually to the Sharp County
area. O. C. has served as pastor to churches in the area for many
years, and is now retired. O. C. worked with Verlyn L Heath in the
Paragould funeral home for a number of years, where he learned the
values that Mr. Heath instilled in his employees. Understanding
the need for professional service O. C. was very important in helping to
establish Heath Oak Hill Chapel, where he worked for a number of years
and still helps out when he can. O. C. and his wife LaVera are
members of Highland Hills Baptist Church, and live in Hardy. O.C.
retired in 2002 for health reasons, but he and LaVera will always
be a part of the Heath Funeral Home family