History & Staff

Since 1925, with the help of four generations of the Pickle Family, and our dedicated loyal staff, we have been honored to serve our community.  E. E. Pickle Funeral Home has set the standards for superior funeral service in our community. 

E. E. Pickle Funeral home has two (2) locations in North East Mississippi: Amory and Smithville. Our staff has taught, mentored, and helped license funeral directors whom have gone on to set up their own funeral homes and/or become professors in the industry. We are proud of our heritage and tradition of providing caring detailed funeral services to our surrounding communities over the past 95 years.

Here are the people behind E. E. Pickle Funeral Home's reputation of quality, sincerity, and trust:

Our Valued Staff

  • Tonya Pickle

    Tonya Pickle, President

    Tonya is the wife of the late Warren Pickle, the third generation Pickle who served Amory and the surrounding community. She graduated from Virginia High School in Bristol, Virginia. Then she graduated from Jefferson Hospital School Of Nursing in Roanoke Virginia. Later, Tonya received her Graduate Degree from Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX in Post Graduate Operating Room Nursing and Administration. She served as the Head Nurse in the Operating Room for Cardiac, Kidney and Neuro Surgeries. Tonya worked at Gilmore Memorial Hospital and then at the Monroe County Health Department for over 25 years. Tonya's presence at the funeral home ensures that the great standards of care are carried on in the community.

  • Robert Guy Pickle

    Robert Guy Pickle, Manager & Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Robert was born and raised in Amory. He is the fourth generation of the Pickle Family serving in the funeral industry. He started working under his father, Warren Pickle, and grandfather, Guy Pickle, when he was 12 years old. Robert received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ole Miss and later graduated top in his class at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a licensed Funeral Director and licensed Embalmer in both Mississippi and Tennessee. He is married to Diane Fallin Pickle and they have two children and three foster children. He enjoys playing golf in his downtime and just spending time with family and friends.

  • Kirk Lindsey

    Kirk Lindsey, Funeral Director/Accounts Manager

    Kirk is from Nettleton, Mississippi and has worked in the funeral industry for over 40 years. He has his funeral director license as well as his license to sell Insurance in the State of Mississippi. He grew up in a family involved in funeral service and his passion is serving families in need. Kirk has served as the Nettleton City Alderman at Large and Vice Mayor for seven terms and he also worked as the interim Mayor for three separate brief periods for the city of Nettleton. He has a daughter and a son who are both married and he is blessed with four grandchildren. He also has a son who is his angel as he passed away in 2009. His many years of experience and genuine compassion are treasured by Pickle Funeral Home.

  • Elissa Hart Middleton

    Elissa Hart Middleton, Certified Grief Counselor/ Funeral Associate

    Elissa is originally from Newbern, TN and has made her home in Amory, MS since 1978. She is one of very few Funeral Home Employees in the State of Mississippi who is a Licensed Grief Counselor. She received a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee and a Masters degree in Counseling from the University of Mississippi. She has worked at Pickle Funeral Home for 37 years. Elissa worked many years in the Monroe County School System until her retirement. She is also licensed as a Pre Need Agent and also works in the office as well. Her experience in counseling and serving the public is invaluable.

  • Mickey Miller

    Mickey Miller, Funeral Associate

    Mickey was born in Amory and grew up in Monroe County and graduated from Hatley, MS. He is a Funeral Associate for Pickle Funeral Home and treats each and every family with great compassion. Mickey is a Mississippi State University Graduate and he attended Delta State University and got his Masters Degree in Physical Education and School Administration. He worked many years as a coach, teacher and administrator at Hatley High School, Nettleton High School and Aberdeen High School. Mickey also worked as the Women's Basketball Coach at Delta State University where they won a National Championship. He is married to Sheila Kerr and they have three grown children and six grandsons. Pickle Funeral home is blessed to have such a great people person on staff.

  • Kyle Stevens

    Kyle Stevens, Funeral Associate

    Kyle Stevens grew up in Smithville and graduated from Smithville High. He has a Bachelors Degree from Ole Miss in Multiple Disciplinary Studies and is currently studying in the Funeral Service Program at North West Mississippi. He is married to Maleah Miller Stevens. Although they have no children yet, they have nine nieces and nephews who keep them busy in their down time. He is a Funeral Associate who enjoys being around people and helping others in need. Kyle is musically talented, playing the guitar and singing, and he played several years in a band. He is also a sports enthusiast who loves the New Orleans Saints and Mississippi State. Kyle is a great team member and always has a great attitude about going the extra mile to serve others at Pickle Funeral Home.

  • Tony Summerford

    Tony Summerford, Funeral Associate

    Tony was born in Amory and has lived the majority of life in Smithville, MS. He is married to Mitzi Seals Summerford and together they have three sons. All their sons are married and they are blessed with five grandchildren, four boys and a girl. He is a Funeral Associate and has worked for Pickle Funeral Home in Smithville and Amory for over 24 years. He manages Smithville Funeral Home operations. He loves his community and always enjoys a good joke. Tony enjoys singing and playing guitar and just socializing with others. Pickle Funeral Home is grateful for his dedication over all these years.

  • Jacob Cumberland

    Jacob Cumberland, Funeral Associate/ Maintenance

    Jacob was born in Oxford, MS and moved to Amory when he was 10 years old. He is a Funeral Associate and he ensures grounds upkeep and maintenance for the Funeral Home facilities as well as Haughton Memorial Park Cemetery. Jacob is blessed with two children, a daughter and a young son. His family roots in Monroe County go back as his grandfather was a Deputy Sheriff as well as the Monroe County Coroner for many years. Jacob has a huge heart, is actively involved with his children and family here in Amory. Pickle Funeral Home is blessed to have Jacob on staff.

  • Charles  Smith

    Charles Smith, Funeral Associate/Maintenance

    Charles Smith is from Hatley, MS and has lived his life in Monroe County. He is a Funeral Associate and helps with managing property maintenance. Charles oversees Haughton Memorial Park Cemetery. He has worked many years in the funeral business as well as public service positions, serving as a career Fire Fighter and a Law Enforcement officer. Pickle Funeral home is grateful for his dedication to carrying on the Pickle tradition of excellent service.

  • Garrett Williams

    Garrett Williams, Funeral Associate/ Maintenance

    Garrett is from Amory, MS and is part of a large family with three other brothers. He is currently in studies at Mississippi State University, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. He works at Pickle Funeral Home part time during scholastic breaks and he assists with funerals as well as general maintenance and set up at our facilities. He is a kind, thoughtful young man and Pickle Funeral Home is grateful for his service and compassion for others.

  • Diane  Pickle

    Diane Pickle, Office Administration / Insurance

    Diane was born in Ohio and has lived in many states during her lifetime including California, Maryland, Montana, Tennessee, the District of Columbia, Ohio and Mississippi. She works in the office at the funeral home and helps with the insurance and accounts. Diane is married to Robert Pickle and they have 2 children and 3 foster children. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice, a Minor in Aviation and a Minor in Accounting. She is a Mississippi Licensed Insurance Agent as well as a licensed Pre Need Agent.