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Our Team


Our staff is comprised of professionals with a broad depth of funeral and cremation experience.  We are dedicated to helping direct you through this stressful and difficult time. We will answer all your questions regarding your options for funeral and cremation services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

HUGH STREBECK

HUGH STREBECK

General Manager/Owner

Hugh Strebeck has been a member of the Ott and Lee family since 1981. He is a graduate of East Central Community College and East Miss. Community College School of Mortuary Science. 


Hugh is a native of Scott County and now makes his home in Brandon. He is married to the former Susan Brittain of Forest and they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Chris Strebeck and his wife Jessica of Forest, Melissa Cobb and her husband Justin of Pontotoc, Erin Pollard and her husband Michael of Brandon and grandchildren, Ella Grace Strebeck, Rylee Kate Strebeck and Grayson Cole Strebeck of Forest, and Hayden Cobb of Pontotoc. He is a member of Park Place Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon, usher and serves on various committees. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Mississippi State Board of Funeral Service, being appointed by Governor Barbour in 2011. 


“I have always felt I was called by the Lord into this profession. Helping families get through their most difficult time is a passion of mine. If a family tells me, you really did help me get through this difficult time, then I can truly say without a doubt, I had one of the greatest days you can imagine.”


BRIAN BARNES

BRIAN BARNES

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Brian is a funeral director/embalmer and has been employed with Ott & Lee since graduating from East Mississippi Community College School of Mortuary Sciences in 1999. Brian and his wife Jennifer, both originally from Forest, have a son, Hagen and daughter, Emma. They have made Brandon their home and are members of Brandon Baptist Church, where he serves as a Deacon. Brian was influenced to become a funeral director by his family and he sees it as a ministry from God. Brian is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Rankin County in Brandon, MS and is an avid sportsman. He enjoys all forms of hunting and fishing in his spare time.


"I feel that when a person loses someone close to them it is probably the worst time of their life. Having to make final arrangements is a tremendous burden. If I can make that burden a little easier and make a friend in the process, then I have achieved my greatest accomplishment."


TONY GILMER

TONY GILMER

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Tony, funeral director/embalmer has been serving families at Ott and Lee in Brandon since 2001. He is a graduate of Northwest Mississippi Community College of Mortuary Sciences Class of 1995. Tony enjoys spending time with his family and loves to travel abroad in his spare time. His recently visited Europe in 2008 and 2012. 


"Serving families at Ott and Lee is a ministry to me. If I can help someone out at one of the lowest times in their life then I have done what it is that I am supposed to do."


JONATHAN NICHOLSON

JONATHAN NICHOLSON

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Jonathan Nicholson had served as a funeral director and embalmer for Ott and Lee since the Summer of 2007. He has been serving families in MS since graduating from Holmes Community College School of Mortuary Sciences in 2003.


Jonathan and wife, Tiffany, have two children, Brooklyn and Brayden. When he is not assisting families, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family, playing drums, riding four-wheelers and being involved in church activities. 


"It is my mission to use my professional abilities to put families at ease and to provide families with a lasting tribute for their loved one."


CHAM DAVIDSON

CHAM DAVIDSON

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Cham (short for Chambliss) started with Ott & Lee in January of 2018.  Cham was born and raised in Hinds County and is a graduate of Northwest Mississippi Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science.  Cham has been serving families in the funeral industry for over 20 years.  Cham and his wife Laurie are members of Wynndale Baptist Church in Terry.  In his free time, Cham enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family.

“It’s an honor and a blessing to be able to serve people during such a tender and difficult time.  It is more than a profession to me, but a calling from Jesus.  If I can help a family through their time of loss and help them to honor their loved one, then I am truly blessed and fulfilled.”


VICKIE DIPUMA

VICKIE DIPUMA

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Vickie, funeral director/embalmer, has been with Ott & Lee since January 2009 and is a graduate of East Mississippi Community College School of Mortuary Science. Vickie is married to Carlos Dipuma and has three children, Brooke Harrell, DeAnne Paige Harrell Stevens (Caleb) and Dustin Lee Dipuma (Carlie). Vickie enjoys spending time with her family, shopping and singing.


“Working for Ott & Lee is not just a job for me. It is a ministry to serve families who have broken hearts in their time of need. In times of sorrow, the little things you do for someone can change that person forever. When someone loses their loved one, they are at one of the lowest times in their life. My goal is to make the arrangement process as easy as possible and the funeral a memorable tribute for that family. The value of compassion can never be over emphasized and the friendships I make with these families will always be cherished”.


WILLIAM SAVELL

WILLIAM SAVELL

Funeral Director

William began his service to families in the funeral profession in 1998 at James F. Webb Funeral Home (now Newton County Funeral Home) in Newton. 


He is a graduate of Newton County High School, East Central Community College, East Mississippi Community College, and the University of Southern Mississippi.


He and his wife Renae, live in the Hazel Community, north of Lake, and are active members of Salem Baptist Church. 


He serves his community through participating in the Lions Club International, volunteering at local nursing homes on a weekly and monthly basis. He also serves as pianist at Pleasant Valley Church, and a lay speaker. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, doing genealogy research, playing the piano, and gardening.


REGGIE TATUM

REGGIE TATUM

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Reggie, funeral director/embalmer has been on staff with Ott & Lee since 2006. He is a graduate of East Mississippi Community College School of Mortuary Science.


Reggie and his wife, Vickie, have two sons, Jon Aaron and Christopher.


“It is from the Ott & Lee Mission Statement that I have adopted my own mission statement. For years, the Ott & Lee staff has proven trustworthy and professional. The families who have chosen us as their funeral service provider, attest to the fact that Ott & Lee is truly a Caring and Compassionate friend in time of need. Funeral service allows me to serve and be a part of the families’ lives during their hour of loss.”


VAUGHN GALLOWAY

VAUGHN GALLOWAY

Funeral Director/Ambassador



CHARLES GILMER

CHARLES GILMER

Funeral Director/Ambassador

Charles Gilmer has been a member of the Ott and Lee family for over 12 years. He is married to Dot Gilmer and they have 6 children, 7 great grandchildren and 2 great- great grandchildren. 


Charles is a member of Harperville Baptist Church and enjoys working in his shop and cooking in his new shop kitchen for his family, friends and church family. He also enjoys fishing and deer hunting. 


“The reason I chose this profession is because I have always felt it was something I would like to do. My father also had the same feelings. God has blessed me for 44 years in being able to serve families in their time of loss. I get a true blessing by helping a family during this time and have made a lot of friends through my work. I am 68 years old and still enjoy my job.”


TONEY HOLLINGSHEAD

TONEY HOLLINGSHEAD

Funeral Director/Ambassador



PAT MATTHEWS

PAT MATTHEWS

Funeral Director/Ambassador

Pat Matthews serves families in the capacity of funeral director for Ott & Lee. He resides in Florence, MS with his wife, Peggy. Pat has two daughters, Jennifer and Brooks, and two sons, Scott and Patrick. In his spare time Pat enjoys outdoor activities and gardening.


"It is my goal to provide care and guidance to the families I serve at their time of great loss. My greatest feeling of accomplishment is when a family is pleased with how the funeral service of their loved one was conducted."


LACEY HARVEY

LACEY HARVEY

Host/Funeral Director Assistant



REV. HOBSON TONEY

REV. HOBSON TONEY

Funeral Director Assistant/Host



CHRISTINE ADAMS

CHRISTINE ADAMS

Administrative Assistant



ERMA FORTENBERRY

ERMA FORTENBERRY

Administrative Assistant

Erma has enjoyed serving families with pre-arrangements since 1999. She loves all people and she is willing to help them anyway that she can. While working in the Funeral Home, she also performs various other tasks.


She lives in Pelahatchie, MS and is a member of Pelahatchie Baptist Church. Erma is married to Wrighty Fortenberry, Jr., They have two children, Joyce McMillan and Scott Fortenberry and three grandchildren, Ashley McMillan, Erin McMillan, and Mary Beth Fortenberry. She really enjoys baking, sewing, and spending time with her family and friends.


"I feel that my work in this field is a ministry as well as a career. I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to serve and bless families during such a difficult time of loss."


CHRISTY PALMER

CHRISTY PALMER

Administrative Assistant



SHERRY WALTMAN

SHERRY WALTMAN

Administrative Assistant



SHEILA GATES

SHEILA GATES

Preneed Sales/Family Services



ANGIE MCGOWAN

ANGIE MCGOWAN

Preneed Sales/Family Services

Angie has been serving families with Ott & Lee Funeral Homes since 2007. She enjoys music, art and cooking for friends and family. She has three children, Reges, Raven and Ralph.


"I believe that by helping people pre-arrange their funerals they eliminate the extra burdens of financial stress and decision making during their families' time of grief. By providing this service I feel I am able to help people provide the best gift they can give their loved ones."


WAYNE MURRAY

WAYNE MURRAY

Preneed Sales/Family Services



PAMILA ROSS

PAMILA ROSS

Preneed Sales/Family Services



MELVA COURTNEY

MELVA COURTNEY

Ambassador

Melva was raised in Pineville (Smith County), MS and graduated from Pineville High School. After graduation, she attended Jones County Community College in Ellisville, MS. She has worked in funeral service locally since 1988 and has been a member of the Ott and Lee family since January 2016. 


Melva is married to Charles Courtney and has lived in Pearl, MS since 1959; they have two daughters, Denise Copeland (Derrick) and Chryste Roberts (Chris) and five grandchildren, Kaley and Bryce Copeland and Brady, Abbey and Jacob Roberts. Melva’s children and grandchildren are currently attending Rankin County schools. She and Charles attend Pearl United Methodist Church and have been active members since 1960.


WILL DOWLING

WILL DOWLING

Ambassador



MARIE GRAHAM

MARIE GRAHAM

Ambassador



MACK GREER

MACK GREER

Ambassador



DONNA MILLER

DONNA MILLER

Ambassador



CHERYL NUTT

CHERYL NUTT

Ambassador



DOROTHY THOMPSON

DOROTHY THOMPSON

Ambassador



PATSY TWINER

PATSY TWINER

Ambassador

Rev. Patsy Twiner lives in Brandon, MS with her husband James, and both are retired United Methodist ministers. They continue to serve in various ministry settings. Most recently they have been co-pastors at Pearl United Methodist Church in Pearl, MS.


Born in McComb, MS, she grew up in Jackson, graduating from Millsaps College. Eventually she completed the United Methodist Course of Study at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. Prior to entering the ministry, she was the managing editor of the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association and Director of Communications for that organization.


The Twiners have two sons who live in GA, and two daughters who live in TX. They have five grandchildren.


LARRY WAGGONER

LARRY WAGGONER

Ambassador



GARY WYATT

GARY WYATT

Ambassador



MARCUS MITCHELL

MARCUS MITCHELL

Maintenance



MIKE MOORE

MIKE MOORE

Maintenance



PRESTON NICK

PRESTON NICK

Maintenance



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