November 2023

Page A2 november 2023 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Section A Published monthly by: Nomis Publications, Inc. PO Box 5159, Youngstown, OH 44514 1-800-321-7479 • fax 1-800-321-9040 www.NomisPublications.com info@NomisPublications.com Subscription: United States $30.00 - Canada/Mexico $60.00 - Outside North America $75.00 Circulation 21,000 per issue. Deadline for Press Releases: 5th of the Previous month. Advertising: Display Ad rates sent upon request. Classified and Shipping Directory rates published in each issue. All advertising must be received by the 5th of the previous month. Due to the vast amount of sources, the publisher is not responsible for the content of any news articles or advertisements. Nor is the publisher responsible for any loss of revenue by failure to insert an advertisement. 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Obituaries... etc. Columns Aftercare by Linda Findlay...............................................................................A8 Critical Thinking by Jon O’Hara.....................................................................A14 Embalming 101 by Wally Hooker....................................................................A16 HearseHub by Mike Jamar................................................................................B6 Memoires des choix des Jacque by Kate Frediani-Gorman..........................A34 Museum Corner...............................................................................................A36 Musings with Marika by Marika McMeans......................................................A18 Observations by Steven Palmer.....................................................................A12 Powerhouse Marketing With Welton by Welton Hong.....................................A6 Presidential Funeral Trains by Todd Van Beck..............................................A24 Random Musings by Nancy Weil......................................................................A4 Share This With Widowers by Fred Colby......................................................A20 Monthly Features Association News.......................................................................................... 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Rackley The Tolle Family Conner Funeral Home Continued from Front Page Little’s Funeral Home Wilson-Little Funeral Home bly, the basement was excavated with a horse and dredge to accommodate the coal-fired heating system. “Rackley was operating the home in 1897, but the first publication about the funeral home in a newspaper was September 23, 1898, so that’s the beginning date we go with, since there’s publication proof,” says Amy Tolle, current owner and funeral director, along with her husband Michael. In 1956, Mr. Rackley sold the funeral home to Pat Conner, a Purcell School teacher, and his wife Euna. They subsequently rebranded it as Conner Funeral Home. Later on, their daughter, Betty Roberts, and her husband Jim joined the business, resulting in the funeral home being known as Conner-Roberts Funeral Home. Jim’s family had previously owned a funeral home in Blackwell, OK, and after his father’s passing in 1974, they relocated to Blackwell to run the Roberts Funeral Home. In 1974, Bill Sparlin, the son of Purcell car dealer Jody and Bessie Sparlin, purchased the funeral home from the Conner family and renamed it Sparlin Funeral Home. Tragically, Bill Sparlin passed away in a car accident in 1976. The Sparlin family subsequently sold the funeral home in 1977 to Wendell and Betty Little, who gave it the name Little’s Funeral Home. Wendell had been a close friend of Bill Sparlin. Under their ownership, a new chapel was constructed in 1989 and improvements were made to the west side parking area. Eventually, Wendell and Betty retired in Purcell. In 1995, Tim and Gale Wilson acquired the funeral home, renaming it Wilson-Little Funeral Home. In 2003, WilsonLittle Funeral Home expanded its services to Newcastle, OK, by opening a brand-new location. Today, Wilson-Little Funeral Home is embarking on a new chapter, with Michael (Mike) and Amy continuing the legacy of service in Purcell, Newcastle, and the surrounding areas. The Tolle family moved to Purcell in 2006 and actively contributes to the community. Together, they have raised three daughters - Kylie, Madi, and Karlee Grace. The funeral home has changed names with different families, but the Tolle’s have no intention of changing the name. “We don’t see a need to change the name,” says Amy. “Wilson-Little is a good name with a long-lasting legacy.” Mike and Amy both are from Watonga, OK. Their families shared a lifelong friendship and attended the same church. After their marriage, Mike saw an ad in the paper that mentioned looking for a couple to live on the premises. He went to the interview and found out it was at a funeral home looking for Mike as an apprentice and Amy for office work. “At that point, he changed his major to be a funeral director,” says Amy. Mike pursued his education at the University of Central Oklahoma, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science. He had an apprenticeship under the guidance of Troy Lee and gained experience working at Vondel Smith & Sons Mortuary in Oklahoma City. Amy, on the other hand, attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She later achieved a Master’s Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. Afterward, they relocated to Altus, where Mike worked at Kincannon Funeral Home, and Amy served as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) at Jackson County Memorial Hospital. In 2006, their journey led them to Purcell, bringing them closer to their family roots. Mike devoted nearly 15 years of his career to working alongside Tim and Gale Wilson, while Amy pursued private therapy practice and served as a counselor for both Wayne and Purcell Schools. With over 23 years of experience, Mike holds licenses as a funeral director and professional embalmer. Amy boasts credentials as a licensed insurance agent, licensed funeral director, and even serves as a professor at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. “We purchased Wilson-Little in January of 2020 and navigating a pandemic in our first year of ownership taught us so much,” says Amy. Outside their professional roles, Michael and Amy cherish a simple, small-town country lifestyle. They share a passion for playing the guitar, enjoying worship music, relaxing on the beach, and most importantly, spending quality time with their daughters. “Our motto is family-owned, generationally trusted,” Amy says. She adds that a lot of funeral homes are now being run like corporations. “People in our area appreciate the personal touch we provide,” she says. They know the families they serve. They go to church with them. Their children graduated school together. They’ve known these families for years. Continued on page A4

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