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Staff members of Rush Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

Our Team

Kelly Rush Savoy

Kelly Rush Savoy

President

Email: krush@rushcompanies.net
Phone: 318-335-1180

Kelly Rush is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rush Funeral Homes.
     The Rush family has owned and operated Rush Funeral Homes since 1966 when Kelly's father, Howard J. Rush, started the businesses.
    Kelly is the youngest of four children and the daughter of Howard and Doris Rush.
       She was born and reared in Oakdale where she graduated from Oakdale High School in 1986 as an honor student.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in Economics and graduated cum laude in December 1989.
      Kelly is very active in the civic life of Central Louisiana.  She is a member of the Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce where she served as President for 3 years.  She is a member of the Oakdale Rotary Club where she currently serves as President and a member of the Oakdale Lion's Club.  She also serves on the Community Relations Board for the Federal Complex where she served as Chairwoman for 2 years.
        She is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and the North Louisiana Funeral Directors Association where she serves as Chairwoman of the Scholarship Committee and on Education Committee. Kelly currently serves as Moderator for the Board of Oakdale Community Hospital and is a charter member of the Board of the Cenla Advantage Partnership (CAP), a subsidairy of the Rapides Foundation.
       In April 2008, Kelly was appointeed by Governor Bobby Jindal to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Embalmer and Funeral Directors.
        She was honored by being selected by the Alexandria Town Talk as one of the "Top Ten Outstanding Women in Central Louisiana" and by Focus Magazine as one of the "Top 50 Women Under 50" in Louisiana.  Honored by her community, she was the recipient of the President's Award given by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and the Outstanding Leadership Award given by the Federal Complex.  Kelly was also the Allen Parish Parent of the Year!
       She is a life long member of First Baptist Church where she is very involved the childrens' activities.
       Kelly is married to Dr. Patrick Savoy and they are the parents of three sons, Rush Alan, age 19, student at Louisiana State University, John Ross, age 14, freshman at Oakdale High School and Peyton Cole, age 7, all of which are straight A students and very involved in sports.
       For recreation, she enjoys traveling, swimming, playing golf, and cheering for her boys as they play baseball!

Jason Strother

Jason Strother

Manager Oakdale

Email: info@rushfuneralhome.net
Phone: 318-335-1180

Jason joins Rush Funeral Home as the former Assistant Manager of Ardoin's Funeral Home with over twelve years experience serving families in the Oakdale area.

He is a life-long resident of Oakdale,a 1995 graduate of Oakdale High School and a 1999 graduate of the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, TX. Jason is married to the former Melissa Johnson who is a first grade teacher at the Elizabeth Elementary School.

He serves the funeral home as Manager, pre-arrangement counselor, and sexton of Resthaven Cemetery. He is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association.

In his spare time Jason enjoys hunting,fishing,and motorcycle and horseback riding.

Robbie Dauzat

Robbie Dauzat

Manager Pineville

Email: info@rushpineville.net
Phone: 318-448-0846

Robbie is our manager at Rush Funeral Home in Pineville, having 25 years experience in funeral service, he works as a Funeral Director, Embalmer, Insurance agent, Pre-need Consultant, and Sexton of the companies perpetual care cemetery Restland Memorial Gardens. Robbie became part of the Rush family business in 1995 after managing a funeral home in New Orleans. He is a member of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, The Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and The Experimental Aircraft Association. In his leisure time Robbie enjoys going to his camp, skiing on the Red River, cooking, flying, riding his motorcycle, and most of all, spending time with his daughter, Caitlin.

Jason Hamilton

Jason Hamilton

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: info@rushpineville.net
Phone: (318) 448-0846

Jason Hamilton serves as Funeral Director and Embalmer at the Rush Funeral in Pineville.

He is a native of Pineville. He has one son, Josiah Hamilton whom he loves spending time with.

He is an active member of Crossroads New Life Tabernacle in Deville.

He has served his country in the military and became a veteran during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served his community with the Pineville Police
Departmen as a Motor Officer until he pursued his degree in Funeral Services.

He obtained his Associates Degree in Applied Science at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services in Houston, Texas.

His hobbies include grilling, golfing and enjoys playing drums, piano and bass guitar.

John Campbell

John Campbell

Insurance/Pre-need

Email: info@rushfuneralhome.net
Phone: 318-335-1180
Cell Phone: 318-481-7555

John Campbell is a life-long resident of the Oakdale area.

He is a retired supervisor from the H.D.E. Hardwood Mill, and former owner of John's Country Store.

Twenty one years ago, through his friendship with Mr. Howard Rush he began a second career as a Pre-Need Consultant, he also assists on funerals when his schedule allows.

Mr. Campbell and his wife Ramona have two children; Brenda Campbell Gambel and Mark Campbell, and four grandchildren who all live in Mansfield, Texas.

Darvis Delaney

Darvis Delaney

Funeral Director Assistant

Email: info@rushpineville.net

Darvis Delaney is a native of Pineville.

He is a member of the Pentecostals of Alexandria.
He married to Maxine Duncan. They have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.

Darvis enjoys golf and fishing in his spare time.

Nathan Luellen

Nathan Luellen

Funeral Director Assistant

Email: info@rushpineville.net
Phone: (318) 448-0846

Nathan Luellen began working as an assistant for Rush Funeral Home in Pineville in September of 2008.

Originally a native of West Monroe, Nathan moved to the Pineville area in August of 2005 to assume the pastorate of Central Missionary Baptist Church, where he continues to serve today. He and his wife, Krystal have three children, Samantha, Rebekah, and Jonathan. He volunteers serving various community organizations and local schools.

He enjoys spending time with his family in his spare time, along with hunting and fishing.

Raybon Carpenter

Raybon Carpenter

Funeral Director Assistant

Email: info@rushfuneralhome.net
Phone: 318-335-1180

Raybon Carpenter was the Funeral Service Escort for the Allen Parish Sheriff's Department for twelve years.

After retiring he joined our staff as a way to continue interacting with the public, and also to lend a helping hand to the people in his community.

Mr. Carpenter and his wife Georgia have three children; Gary Carpenter, Debra Rider, and Susan Gotreaux, and they also have five grandchildren.

In their spare time he and his wife enjoy visiting with their children and fishing for white perch.

Lavonne West

Lavonne West

Funeral Director Assistant

Email: info@rushfuneralhome.net
Phone: 318-335-1180

Lavonne West is a life-long resident of the Pitkin area. He is a retired Fort Polk E.M.T. and a Deacon of Occupy #2 Baptist Church. He began his funeral service career assisting on funerals in his "home church", and with a little persuasion he came on board as a trusted member of our staff. Mr. West and his wife Bobbie have one daughter Karen West Trosclair, and two grandchildren. He and his wife are well known in their community as "the people to call on" when you need a helping hand or a friendly ear.

Raymond Doucet

Raymond Doucet

Funeral Director Assistant

Email: info@rushpineville.net
Phone: 318-448-0846

Raymond W. Doucet is a part-time assistant for Rush Funeral Home, Pineville. He is married to Peggy Doucet and they have five children and six grandchildren.

Raymond was raised on a small farm in Acadia Parish and attended Louisiana State University receiving his B.S. and M.S. from the College of Agriculture. He spent four years in the U.S. Air Force and has worked in Rapides Parish as an agriculture supply agent, an LSU Agriculture Extension Agent, and a high school teacher. He recently retired from Tioga High School after 28 years as an Agriculture Science and shop teacher.

Evarist Feazell

Evarist Feazell

Funeral Director Assistant

Email: info@rushpineville.net
Phone: 318-448-0846

Eddie Feazell is a life-long resident of the Alexandria and Pineville area.  

He is retired from the City of Alexandria were he worked in the electric department for 35 years.

Mr. Feazell and his wife Charlotte have three children; Jason, Michael and Madison.

Linda Fontenot

Linda Fontenot

Funeral Director Assistant

Email: rushfh@bellsouth.net
Phone: (318) 335-1180

Howard J. Rush, Sr.

Howard J. Rush, Sr.

Vice-President

Email: info@rushfuneralhome.net

Howard Jerald Rush, Sr. was born on September 14, 1927 in Georgetown, Louisiana, the second of the three children of Luther and Alma Rush. Howard and his siblings grew up on the dry hills of Grant Parish, living most of their early lives in Pollock, Louisiana. From the age of seven or eight, Howard Rush always had a job. He has never been afraid of work and it shows today as he enjoys working 40 plus hours a week at the wonderful age of 80.

Howard graduated from Pollock High School in 1947 and began his new endeavor of making mattresses which would change his life forever. He made mattresses at night and peddled them door to door in his 1946 Ford Pickup each day. His peddling efforts migrated Howard to the Oakdale area where he met his wife, Doris Clark. Thery married in 1950 and rented a building in downtown Oakdale where they started a small furniture store and later a finance company to finance his furniture deals. Doris minded the store while Howard delivered and sold door to door.

In 1966, Rush decided to start a funeral home in Oakdale, selling stock to raise enough capital for its establishment. By the same means, he established Great Central Life Insurance Company to provide insurance policies that would be funded through Rush Funeral Home. In 1972, came his idea of starting two beautiful perpetual care cemeteries, Resthaven Cemetery and Restland Memorial Gardens, established in conjunction with his funeral homes to provide for the families he served. Later came Great Central Fire Insurance Company, four other Rush Funeral Home locations and then a 28,000 square foot addition to his 1948 furniture store, now call The Rush Center!

Rush is the recipient of the Mayor's Award and the highly coveted 1999 Civic Service Award which is given based on outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the community. He has been highly recognized for being an epitome of success in several newspapers and magazines including the Alexandria Daily Town Talk, the Lake Charles American Press, the Times of Southwest Louisiana, the Oakdale Journal and The National Retailing News.

Rush and the former Doris Clark have been married since March 4, 1950. Paying tribute to his wife, Rush said, "Four out of my four kids are too good to be true, thanks to their mother. She is a world class mother." The Rushs are most proud of the fact that all four children, Howard Jr., Ray, Kathryn and Kelly work in the businesses. In addition to their four children, the Rushs have eight grandchildrena and four great grandchildren.

The Rush have lived in the same home, located 4 miles outside the city of Oakdale, for over fifty years. For recreation, Rush enjoys traveling, reading and riding his golf cart with the grandchildren. He has an office in each of his businesses, however he spends the majority of his time in his office at the furniture store. I guess his first love is always the greatest. When asked about the last fifty years, Rush stated, "I hope my next fifty years are as good as my last!"