History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
In 1860, the architectural treasure now known as Haley-McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home began its legacy. Then, a fortune of $5,000 spent on this castle-like structure by Dr. William Stirman would never be completed, consequently dubbing it “Stirman’s Folly.” In 1915, Samuel Ewing, a prominent tobacco farmer and businessman, purchased and remodeled the Folly. It was during this time that notables like Clara Barton, who came to Owensboro as the founder of the American Red Cross as a result of an Owensboro flood, were entertained here.
In the 1940s, Owensboro names like Haley, McGinnis, Medley, Huebner, Cannon, Bowlds, McIntyre and Burns began a tradition of funeral service excellence to our area. These humble beginnings are the foundation to which Haley-McGinnis stands firm to this day. In 1966, Haley-McGinnis consolidated its services to include the Owensboro Funeral Home, which was established in 1938.
During a major renovation project in 1995, the front porch was enclosed and the addition of one of Western Kentucky’s largest formal chapels was completed. Today, the building is a Registered Historical Landmark and is one of the most recognized and appreciated buildings in Owensboro. In 1998, Mike and Kay Everly, with over 80 years of combined experience to the families of Daviess County and its surrounding areas, purchased the funeral home. Haley-McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home remains a family-owned business, where we realize the difference that makes, as our family serves yours to create lasting tributes, honoring those special memories created with each personalized and unique funeral service. We are committed to providing superior services at fair and respectful prices. We strive to serve families with love, compassion, professionalism and sincere hearts. These principles, which were established and placed before us nearly a century ago, remain a driving force in our continued pursuit to providing each individual a personalized and dignified service of excellence.
Our Valued Staff
Mike Everly, President
Mike’s first experience with funeral service was in 1962 with a funeral home in Hartford, Kentucky, which was owned by Haley-McGinnis at that time. It was there that he served his apprenticeship. He graduated from Kentucky School of Mortuary Science and served in the military until 1968.
Mike has been President of Haley-McGinnis since 1978. He is Past President of Owensboro Lions Club and Owensboro Southtown Kiwanis. Mike and his wife, Kay, purchased Haley-McGinnis in 1998. Together, Mike and Kay have six children, eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They attend Owensboro Christian Church.
Kay Everly, Treasurer
Kay is a graduate of Owensboro Catholic High School. She became acquainted with Haley-McGinnis Funeral Home in 1980 when she became employed as the secretary for the firm; presently she is co-owner and secretary/treasurer. She attends Owensboro Christian Church, with her husband, Mike. Kay has four daughters, two sons, eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Megan Everly Morris, Vice-President
Megan graduated from Apollo High School in 2002. After graduation she moved to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky from which she received a Bachelors degree in Communications and a Minor in Business in 2006. After graduating from UK, Megan began serving her apprenticeship at Haley-McGinnis. In 2007, she attended Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana where she received an Associates degree in Mortuary Science. Megan is married to her husband, Nathan. They attend Blessed Mother Catholic Church. She is a member of the Owensboro Chamber, Owensboro Business and Professional Women’s Club.
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Ken Sheaffer, Funeral Service Professional
Ken was born in Coatsville, Pennsylvania. He graduated from high school at Staunton Military Academy in Virginia and attended college at Kentucky Wesleyan College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary and Elementary Education. After college, he taught fourth grade in Indiana for three years. Ken became a licensed funeral director in 1978; He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and is active in the Odd Fellows Lodge in Owensboro. Together, he and his wife, Carlyne, have six daughters, one son and twelve grandchildren.
Gary Jackson, Funeral Service Professional
Gary retired from Green River Steel Corporation in 1985, began his apprenticeship with Haley-McGinnis in 1987 and received his Funeral Directors License in 1990. He is a 1978 graduate of Brescia University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration; he formerly served as Chairman of Brescia University’s Alumni Association. Gary and his wife, Carol Settles, are members of Immaculate Catholic Church where he is a Past Parish Council Member and Parish Council Chairman. They have three daughters; Danette Stolsworth, Lisa Skeeters and Angela Lewis and eight grandchildren. He is a 3rd Degree member of Knights of Columbus Council # 10725, a 4th Degree member Council # 817, past board member of Owensboro Hospice, Incorporated where he served for nine years and two terms as Chairman and he is President Elect of Sierra Club of Owensboro. Gary is the Veteran’s Service Officer for American Legion James L. Yates Post # 9 and in this capacity assists Veterans and Veteran’s Widows in obtaining Veteran’s Benefits.
Nathan Morris, Funeral Service Professional, Apprentice
Nathan is a 2003 graduate of Apollo High School. After graduating, Nathan moved to High Point, NC where he began touring and performing music. He has since released four records, earning him multiple mass-media placements, as well as winning the 2010 IndieCharts Music Award. In 2010, Nathan began working at Haley-McGinnis and Owensboro Funeral Home, where he is currently serving his apprenticeship. He is a member of Blessed Mother Catholic Church and involved in many clubs, such as Owensboro’s BNI Chapter, Owensboro Chamber, and serves as a board member for the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and on the Gideon Productions Board, which films and produces a televised mass at Blessed Mother Catholic Church. Nathan attends Arapahoe Community College, working towards his degree in Mortuary Science. He recently got married to Megan Everly-Morris on November 10, 2012.
Jeff O'Bryan, Director of Maintenance
Jeff is a graduate of Owensboro Catholic High School. In 2005 Jeff joined the staff at Haley-McGinnis, where he is the groundskeeper and also is in charge of building and vehicle maintenance. Jeff and his wife Wendy, have two sons; Logan and Landon.
Kim, formerly of Owensboro, attended Apollo High School prior to moving to Princeton, Kentucky where she attended Caldwell County High School and Hopkinsville Community College. She has recently returned to Owensboro, Kentucky to begin working at Haley McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home. Kim has a daughter, two sons and two grandsons.
Marie is a graduate of Owensboro High School. She has three children and is a member of Ridgewood Baptist Church. She is also employed by United Way of the Ohio Valley as a Campaign Administrative Assistant, where she has over 30 years experience working in non-profit organizations.
Mary Durham, Funeral Service Professional
Mary moved from Somerset, Kentucky to join the family of Haley McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home. Mary is a 3rd generation funeral director and embalmer, originally from Pineville, Kentucky. She is a graduate of Mid America College of Funeral Service with a Bachelor Degree in Mortuary Science. She is currently attending Owensboro Christian Church. Mary is a member of The Order of the Eastern Star and Business and Professional Women’s Club. She also holds and teaches several grief seminars and classes.
Cliff Russell, Assistant
Cliff Russell is an Owensboro Catholic graduate. He is married to his wife Suzanne and together they have three children. He is a member of Blessed Mother Catholic Church and works for Gideon Productions. He is involved in many clubs and is a large supporter of the Owensboro Catholic School System.