History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity. 

Our History

Pat Bailey and Robert "Bob" Bailey purchased funeral homes located in Springhill, Cotton Valley and Plain Dealing, Louisiana in 1957.  In 1963, Bob became ill and Pat became more active in the business.  In 1968, while two new funeral homes were under construction in El Dorado and Junction City, Arkansas, Bob passed away.

Pat Bailey was truly a self-made woman.  As a young girl growing up on a tobacco farm in North Carolina, she never dreamed that she would become director and sole owner of Bailey Mortuary. She believed that it was her purpose on earth to comfort families who had lost a loved one.  "You can see the hurt and sorrow in these families, and there is no amount of comfort that will take the pain away.  What we can do is to be respectful and professional."  Even so, Pat was often seen comforting people in a way that only she could - she always wanted the best for those she served.

Pat Bailey died in 2004 leaving her legacy to her three daughters; Joyce B. Neel, Wanda Kay B. Farrington, and Eloise B. Grant.  Eloise Grant passed away May 2008.  Joyce and Wanda Kay are continuing the legacy their parents began.  They feel they have enormous shoes to fill and they rely on their dedicated employees to carry professionalism, comfort and care to families.      

Our Valued Staff

Wanda Kay Bailey Farrington

Wanda Kay Bailey Farrington, President

Wanda Kay is Mrs. Bailey's youngest daughter who grew up in Springhill around the funeral business. She graduated from Springhill High School and attended LSU-S obtaining a BS in mathematics education. Wanda Kay left her career in education to join the staff as a licensed funeral director several years ago. She was awarded the 2014 Business Woman Of The Year by the Springhill Chamber of Commerce.

Sammy W. Smith

Sammy W. Smith, Funeral Director

Cody Manuel

Cody Manuel, Funeral Director

Jessica Ybarra

Jessica Ybarra, Funeral Director

David Hill

David Hill, Funeral Director

Melba Cannon

Melba Cannon, Controller

Sheila Robertson

Sheila Robertson, Administrative Assistant

Krista Ward

Krista Ward, Administrative Assistant

Horace Milliken

Horace Milliken, Funeral Assistant

Austin Honeycutt

Austin Honeycutt, Funeral Director

Jeff Garrett

Jeff Garrett, Funeral Director

Bonnie Weaver

Bonnie Weaver, Funeral Assistant

Bobby Neal

Bobby Neal, Funeral Assistant

Julia Ann Budwah

Julia Ann Budwah, Visitation Assistant

Derek Dodson

Derek Dodson, Cemetery Staff

Jackie Washington

Jackie Washington, Cemetery Staff

Robert  Crockett

Robert Crockett, Cemetery Staff