Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

 

For more information about our staff, please click on their individual photo below.

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Chris Branson President/Owner
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Mary Beth Branson Owner
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Bill Bailey Service Assistant - 6 Years of Dedicated Service
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Cyndi Cooke Pre-Planning Specialist and After-Care Coordinator - 5 Years of Dedicated Service
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Kay Cunningham Office Administrator
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Wanda Davee Cleaning Staff
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Jim Forester Service Assistant - 9 Years of Dedicated Service
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Mike Haskins Service Assistant - 13 Years of Dedicated Service
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Randy Keeton Service Assistant - 11 Years of Dedicated Service
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Mark Metz Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Marilyn Miller Staff Musician
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Don Noel Service Assistant - 11 Years of Dedicated Service
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Angela O'Farrell Apprentice
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Steve Remster Service Assistant
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Ron Stapert Service Assistant - 11 Years of Dedicated Service
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Allen Whitesel Service Assistant – 5 Years of Dedicated Service
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Stuart Winternheimer Monument Specialist
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Chris Branson

President/Owner

Chris began working in the funeral service industry when he was 17, during summers and holidays at Leppert Mortuary in Indianapolis. He is a graduate of Xavier University, Worsham College of Mortuary Science, and has been in funeral service since 1992. He was employed by Leppert Mortuary for 12 years, leaving there in 2005 as the general manager.

Chris, and his wife Mary Beth, purchased the funeral home from Sam Carlisle in January of 2007. They have two sons, Benjamin and Buddy. Chris enjoys the funeral service industry and serving the community in their time of need.

In addition to the day-to-day operation of the funeral home, Chris stays busy by serving as President of the Community Foundation of Morgan County, Vice President of the Mooresville Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the board of the Mooresville Senior Center. He is a member of the Mooresville Kiwanis Club, Mooresville Lions Club, Mooresville Masonic Lodge #78, and the St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus. Chris also serves as a Director of Citizens Bank.

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Mary Beth Branson

Owner

Mary Beth brings a wealth of knowledge and personality to Carlisle-Branson that is much appreciated by the families we are honored to serve. She primarily enjoys working visitations, but also assists with family follow-up, after the service. Mary Beth spends much of her free time volunteering in the community. She serves on the Advisory Board of the United Way of Morgan County, is on the Board of the League of Miracles, and formerly served on the Literacy Coalition Board of Directors. She is actively involved at Saints Francis & Clare Catholic School, where she is a member of the school commission. Mary Beth is always available to assist our families in their time of need..

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Bill Bailey

Service Assistant - 6 Years of Dedicated Service

Bill started working at Carlisle-Branson in May of 2010, although he and his wife, Judy, have lived two doors away since 1975. Bill is a lifelong Mooresville resident and graduated from Mooresville High School in 1966. Bill worked at the local Post Office while attending night school at Butler University, where he earned a degree in business in 1981. After graduating Bill worked for 29 years as an accountant for Indiana Farm Bureau, retiring in 2007.

Bill enjoys working with the staff at the funeral home because they are committed to offering the very best service possible. Bill is often the pleasant and friendly face our families see when we initially respond to a death. He also assists with visitations, funerals, and staffing the on-site crematory.

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Cyndi Cooke

Pre-Planning Specialist and After-Care Coordinator - 5 Years of Dedicated Service

Cyndi began working with the Carlisle-Branson team in late 2011. A licensed insurance agent, Cyndi is often the very capable associate our families meet when pre-planning services. Cyndi's friendly and thorough nature provide a great fit for those who wish to plan ahead. In an effort to always provide the very best service, Cyndi follows up with each family that is served to ensure that all of the needs and expectations were exceeded.

Cyndi and her husband, Gary, have one daughter.

Cyndi's schedule can be very flexible, and she is happy to meet families in the comfort of their own homes if that is preferred.

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Kay Cunningham

Office Administrator
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Wanda Davee

Cleaning Staff

Wanda Skinner Davee has been keeping the funeral home spotless since 2010. Wanda is very thorough and takes great pride in always having the entire facility looking its best. 

Wanda is an active and faithful member of Lifeline Baptist Church in Camby. She enjoys all kinds of animals, spending time with her family and cooking.

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Jim Forester

Service Assistant - 9 Years of Dedicated Service

Jim Forester has been employed by Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service & Crematory since 2007, following his retirement from the Mooresville Consolidated School System after 28 years. Prior to retirement, he served as Principal of Newby Memorial Elementary and North Madison Elementary. He graduated with the 1962 class of Mooresville High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Education from Franklin College and his master’s degrees from Ball State and Butler University.

In addition to working with the children in the area school system, Jim has been active in his community by serving on the Mooresville Park Board and is a member of the Mooresville First United Methodist Church, Mooresville Kiwanis, and the Elks in Plainfield. He enjoys his association with the funeral home because it allows him to work in a caring, friendly, family atmosphere.

He and his wife, Dana, have five children and seven grandchildren.

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Mike Haskins

Service Assistant - 13 Years of Dedicated Service

Mike Haskins has been employed by Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service & Crematory since 2003, following his retirement from the Property Management Department of Indianapolis Power and Light. Mike graduated from Mooresville High School with the class of 1964 and married Susan Kirk Haskins. They have two daughters.

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Randy Keeton

Service Assistant - 11 Years of Dedicated Service

Randy Keeton has been employed by Carlisle - Branson Funeral Service & Crematory for nine years. Having attended the University of Arkansas, he pursued a 38 year career with the Water Resources Division of the US Geological Survey. 

Finding full retirement not in his genes, he traded in his hip-waders for a suit when he joined the staff of the funeral home, but finds the change of pace suits him well. Still, he remains active outdoors and, when time allows, finds real enjoyment in fishing. He enjoys his work at the funeral home because it allows him to make a contribution to his community.

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Mark Metz

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Marilyn Miller

Staff Musician

Marilyn Miller's music ministry is a very important and integral part of the funeral process at Carlisle-Branson. The longtime organist at the First Christian Church in Mooresville, Marilyn is very capable in performing many different music requests. 

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Don Noel

Service Assistant - 11 Years of Dedicated Service

Don Noel has worked for Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service & Crematory since January of 2005, following his retirement from Amtrak, where he worked as a plumber and pipe fitter. Don grew up in the Monrovia area and now lives in Mooresville. He graduated with the Monrovia Class of 1963, and shortly thereafter married LaDonna Parks Noel. They have two sons and five grandchildren.

Don served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He and his wife are very active with the Gasburg Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon and volunteers with many committees.

Don enjoys being around people and felt the need to remain active following retirement. He believes the Lord led him to continue serving others, and he finds working at Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service allows him to do that.

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Angela O'Farrell

Apprentice
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Steve Remster

Service Assistant

Steve Remster joined the funeral home staff in early 2014. Steve is a 1964 graduate of Mooresville High School. He worked for 32 years at General Motors before retiring in 1996. For the past 17 years, he has been a school bus driver for the Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation. He is married to his wife, Sarah, and they have five children. In his spare time, Steve enjoys boating, camping and working with his antique clock collection.

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Ron Stapert

Service Assistant - 11 Years of Dedicated Service

Ron began working at Carlisle-Branson in 2005. A long-time Morgan County resident, Ron retired from General Motors after many years of employment. He is a proud veteran of the United States Army. Ron and his late wife, Nelda, raised two sons, Michael and Marc Stapert. He is an active and devoted member of Zion Baptist Fellowship, near Eminence. Ron stays very active in his free time, enjoying all types of home improvement.

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Allen Whitesel

Service Assistant – 5 Years of Dedicated Service

Allen started working at Carlisle-Branson in January of 2011. He was an accountant with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service until he retired in 2005. An Anderson, Indiana native, he graduated from Anderson University (formerly Anderson College), earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1972. Allen served in the United States Army as a military policeman from 1969 to 1971. 

He and his wife, Sue, have three sons and nine grandchildren. They are members of the Mooresville Friends Church, at which his wife is the senior Pastor.

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Stuart Winternheimer

Monument Specialist

Stuart Winternheimer works with families to create the perfect monument or marker for their loved one’s gravesite. He uses a custom computer program to design the monuments and markers on-site at the funeral home. Working directly with the family, he is able to design the monument and get their approval on the final artwork in the same visit.

“Selecting a monument might only take place a few times in a person’s life. This can be emotionally draining and most people have no idea what to expect or what the possibilities are,” according to Stuart. His goal is to make the process as comfortable as possible so that the family is proud of what they see in the cemetery commemorating their loved one.