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Staff members of Lowndes Funeral Home Inc 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

J. Tim Pounders

J. Tim Pounders

Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer

Phone: 662-328-1808

Tim was born in Columbus, MS to the late Bro. E.G. Pounders, Jr. and Betty Ruth Hankins Pounders. He has 2 sisters,the late Deborah Weathers, Columbus, MS and Karen Robbins, Thermopolis, WY. Tim graduated from New Hope High School, Columbus, MS and received an AAS degree in Mortuary Science from East Mississippi Community College. Upon graduation, Tim was employed with Higdon Funeral Home, Cullman, AL and later manager of Spry Funeral Home, Sheffield, AL. Tim, his wife Dawn, mother and father founded Lowndes Funeral Home in August 1997. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Mississippi and Alabama.

Tim is married to the former Dawn Pendergrass of Muscle Shoals, AL. They are the parents of 3 sons, Dustin (Erin), Luke(Leah) and Caleb(Karen) and grandparents of 5 grandchildren - Spencer, Elisa Ruth, Libby Claire, John Davis, and Lucas Pounders. Tim is a member and Past Master of Columbus Masonic Lodge No. 5, the York Rite Bodies, The Scottish Rite a 32nd degree Mason, the Odd Fellows Lodge and The Chitterling Club.

Dawn Pounders

Dawn Pounders

Co-Owner

Phone: 662-328-1808

Dawn is married to Tim Pounders and together with his parents, E.G. & Betty Pounders they founded Lowndes Funeral Home in August 1997. Dawn and Tim are the parents of 3 sons - Dustin (Erin), Luke (Leah) and Caleb (Karen) and the grandparents of 5 grandchildren - Spencer, Elisa Ruth, Libby Claire, John Davis  and Lucas John Pounders, Jr.  Dawn is a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Columbus, MS. Dawn is a licensed insurance agent being able to write pre-arranged funeral insurance policies.

Caleb R. Pounders

Caleb R. Pounders

President/Funeral Director/Embalmer

Caleb is a 2006 graduate of New Hope High School Columbus, MS and a 2013 graduate of the Funeral Service Technology program at East Mississippi Community College, Scooba, MS. Caleb was the 2012-2013 President of Sigma Phi Sigma Mu Chapter and received a Freshman Exemplary Student Award for 2012. He received his Funeral Director's license in 2012 and upon his completion of the National Board Examination received his Funeral Director/Embalmer's license in 2013. Caleb is also a Cremationist having received his Crematory Operators License in 2008 and is a licensed insurance agent being able to write pre-arranged funeral insurance policies. He is the youngest son of Tim and Dawn Pounders. Caleb married Karen Burnett of Columbus, MS in August 2013, and has a daughter, Spencer Pounders. Caleb and his family are active members of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Columbus, MS.

Mollie K Von Kanel

Mollie K Von Kanel

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Mollie is the daughter of the late Kenneth L. "Moe" King and Dee Brown King of Brooksville, MS. She is a 2000 Graduate of Pickens County High School, Reform, AL. Mollie is a 2002 Graduate of East Mississippi Community College with a degree in Funeral Service Technology, where she was a member of Sigma Phi Sigma, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, she served as her class Secretary and also was the recipient of the Restorative Art Award.  After completing the requirements of the Funeral Service Examination Board, she received her Funeral Service License in 2003. Mollie also serves as a Monument Sales Representative for Columbus Marble Works. She holds an Associates Degree of Liberal Arts from Hinds Community College and Emergency Medical Technician Certification from East Central Community College. Mollie lives in Columbus and is married to Matt Von Kanel, she has two children, Nathan and Sunnie-Kate. She attends St. Stephen United Methodist Church, where she serves as Music Director and is the Vice President of the UMW.

Linda Godwin

Linda Godwin

Preneed Specialist/Family Service Representative

Linda is a member of Tabernacle Methodist Church and an active part in our community. After retirement from banking in Columbus, Linda chose to join our staff as a Family Service Representative. She helps families with aftercare assistance and making their pre-arranged funeral plans.

Kenny Gardner

Kenny Gardner

Funeral Director Apprentice

Kenny is married to his wife Deborah and they have a daughter Ashlee Brooke. He began serving in Pastorate work in 1982 and is currently the Pastor for Columbus Christian Center in Columbus, MS. Kenny currently is serving his funeral director apprenticeship. He also helps families with aftercare assistance and making their pre-arranged funeral plans.

Tom Linn

Tom Linn

Licensed Crematory Operator

Tom was born in Caledonia, MS and is a lifetime resident of Lowndes County, MS. He graduated from Caledonia High School and served 3 years in the U.S. Army in Vietnam during the Vietnam Conflict. Tom is retired from Kroger Food Stores with 32 years of service and attends Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Columbus with his wife the former Cynthia Garmon of Columbus. Tom is a certified crematory operator through the Cremation Association of North America. Tom joined the Lowndes Funeral Home & Crematory staff in 2002.

Thornton Tarvin

Thornton Tarvin

Family Service Representative

Thornton is a native of Houston, TX and has lived in Columbus, MS since 1999. He is married to the former Lynn Franke of Columbus, MS. They are the parents of 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Thornton is a graduate of the University of Houston and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He retired in 2005 from Calloway, Chandler and McKinney Insurance after a 33 year career in insurance. Thornton is a member of Fairview Baptist Church where he is active in various church ministries and volunteers with the American Red Cross. Thornton also works as a Family Service Representative making pre-arranged funeral plans. He joined the Lowndes Funeral Home and Crematory staff in 2005.

Edna Boone

Edna Boone

Hostess