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Staff members of Marion Nelson Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and have personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff.

Our Team

Helen Nelson

Helen Nelson

CEO & Founder

Email: info@marionnelson.com
Phone: (863) 676-2541

CEO & Founder

J. Barrett Nelson

J. Barrett Nelson

President / Licensed Funeral Director

Email: barrettnelson@marionnelson.com
Phone: (863) 676-2541

President and Funeral Director

Danny Gill

Danny Gill

Vice President / Licensed Funeral Director

Email: dannygill@marionnelson.com
Phone: (863) 676-2541

Vice President and Funeral Director

Kenny Godwin

Kenny Godwin

Retired Licensed Funeral Director

Phone: (863) 635-4990

Retired Licensed Funeral Director

Barry Werner

Barry Werner

Licensed Funeral Director

Phone: (863) 676-2541

Licensed Funeral Director

Joy McCartney

Licensed Funeral Director

Email: joymccartney@marionnelson.com

Funeral Director

Kristina Nelson

Office Manager

Email: kristinanelson@marionnelson.com
Phone: (863) 676-2541

Office Manager

Brenda Staten

Administrative Assistant

Email: brendastaten@marionnelson.com
Phone: (863) 676-2541

Administrative Assistant

Elaine Cobb

Administrative Assistant

Email: elainecobb@marionnelson.com
Phone: (863) 635-4990

Ryan Bates

Ryan Bates

Family Services Advisor

Email: ryanbatesplanning@gmail.com
Phone: (863) 676-2541
Cell Phone: (863) 838-9408

Family Services Advisor

Pastor David Durham

Pastor David Durham

Funeral Attendant/Local Clergy

Email: bapticostle@tampabay.rr.com

I have been Married to Diane for 35 wonderful years. We have three children: Jessica, Shana, & David Jr. I have been the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Waverly since 1996. Also serve as Regional Facilitator for the (ERC) Evangelism Response Center for North American Mission Board. For information or training regarding ERC you can email me or call 863-439-3400.

My favorite desert is banana pudding. I Love to hunt, fish and welcome any opportunity to be invited on a good hunt.

Tom Morse

Funeral Attendant

Phone: (863) 676-2541

Funeral Attendant

Pastor Denny Cothern

Pastor Denny Cothern

Funeral Attendant/Local Clergy

Email: dennycothern@msn.com
Phone: (863) 676-2541

Funeral Attendant/Local Clergy

Denny and his wife Denise moved to Lake Wales from Green Cove Springs, FL in 1994, after being transferred by their church there to serve as pastors of The Golfview Church of God here in Lake Wales. Denny is a native of Alma, GA, but got to Lake Wales as soon as he could! Whenever anyone asks Denny where he lives, you will hear him say proudly..."Beautiful" Lake Wales, FL! "We have fallen in love with the city and the people, and we are so very honored to be of service to the community."

Zach Gill

Funeral Attendant

Phone: (863) 676-2541

Funeral Attendant

Vinnie Cosce

Funeral Attendant

Phone: (863) 676-2541

Funeral Attendant

Rob Raabe

Family Services Advisor

Email: robraabe@verizon.net
Phone: (863) 676-2541
Cell Phone: (863) 632-4509

Family Services Advisor