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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 has served as a member of the Craft Committee for the East Mississippi Community College Funeral Service Technology program. Caleb 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, where he serves as Deacon and on other various committees.

Carmen Phillips

Carmen Phillips

Funeral Director/ Embalmer

Shay Dodson

Shay Dodson

Funeral Director/ Embalmer

Sidney Runnels

Sidney Runnels

Funeral Director

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.

Linda Godwin

Linda Godwin

Family Service Representative/ Preneed Specialist

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

Family Service Representative/ Preneed Specialist

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.

Lacey Taylor

Lacey Taylor

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 662-328-1808

Michele Mosley

Michele Mosley

Family Service Representative

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.