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.

Our History

Our History

In 1860, the architectural treasure now known as Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory began its legacy. Then, a fortune of $5,000 was spent on this castle-like structure by Dr. William Stirman, but it was never 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.

The year was 1909 when Owensboro Livery and Undertaking began, with the first family served in March of 1910.  In 1952, the Secretary of State approved an official name change to Owensboro Funeral Home, which was then located on Frederica Street.  Haley McGinnis Funeral Home began serving this community in 1945 during WWII. There once was a beautiful metal spiral staircase which ran through the bell tower of the home that was taken out to donate to the war effort.  It wasn’t until 1966 that Haley McGinnis consolidated its services to include the Owensboro Funeral Home. This merger made Haley McGinnis Funeral Home and Crematory the premier home to call on during a family’s time of need.  

Our History

In 1995, a major renovation began on the home, which included the front porch being enclosed, as well as the addition of one of Western Kentucky’s largest formal chapels. Today, the building is a Registered Historical Landmark and is one of the most recognized and appreciated buildings in all of Owensboro. In 2015, Haley McGinnis officially changed its name to Haley McGinnis Funeral Home and Crematory, with the addition of one of the area’s few on-site crematories. 

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home and Crematory remains a family-owned business, where Mike Everly has served since 1966. 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 over a century ago, remain a driving force in our continued pursuit to providing a personalized and dignified service. We are continually grateful to you for the trust you place in our family. 

Our Valued Staff

  • Mike Everly

    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

    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.

  • Nathan and Megan Morris

    Nathan and Megan Morris Licensed Funeral Professionals

    Nathan proudly attended Owensboro Catholic High School. After graduating, Nathan moved to High Point, NC where he began performing music, releasing multiple albums and earning the 2010 Indie Charts Independent Artist of the Year Award. In 2010, Nathan began working at Haley-McGinnis Funeral Home, the home his father-in-law has operated the last 55 years, where he served as General Manager. Megan had grown up in the funeral home. She began working at the family's home at a young age and quickly took hold of this life of service. Both attended the University of Kentucky and mortuary schools, Mid-America and Arapahoe, respectively. After marrying in 2012, Megan and Nathan saw a great need in the funeral profession; exemplary care. All are deserving of such care, no matter who they are or what backgrounds they had come from. In 2015, they formed Morris Family Homes, which is devoted to acquiring and continuing to implement the exceptional service communities in Kentucky and Indiana have grown to expect from the most incredible of people. "We are here. We are invested in the community. We realize your family deserves the absolute best and will never settle for anything less." Together, Megan and Nathan have three children; Anderson, 5, Everett, 4 and Navy, born December 4, 2018.

  • Ken Sheaffer

    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.

  • John Morris

    John Morris Licensed Funeral Professional

    John is a graduate of Owensboro Catholic High School. After high school, John attended the University of Kentucky, where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Economics with a Minor in Philosphy. John joined the Haley-McGinnis family in 2014, where he serves as a Funeral Director. He and his wife, Kayla, welcomed their son, John Sullivan, May 31, 2017. John is an avid gamer and enjoys reading and science fiction. John also oversees cremation operations at Haley McGinnis.

  • Jeff O'Bryan

    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.

  • Cindy  Street

    Cindy Street Family Service Advisor

    Cindy has a Masters of Social Work degree from the University Of Louisville - Kent School Of Social Work. She served as a community based family social worker with the State of Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources followed with Seven Counties Services in Jefferson County from 1984 until 1997. She then transitioned into the Human Resources field within the lodging resort industry with Vail Resorts properties in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming and Breckenridge, Colorado. She is both SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified. Cindy returned to Kentucky in 2007 as the Director of Human Resources for the Hyatt Regency Lexington. She joined us in 2017 as our Family Services Advisor, supporting and guiding individuals preplanning their Life Celebrations.

  • Lisa Sisk

    Lisa Sisk Office Manager

    Lisa, a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, joined the Haley McGinnis Family in September 2017. She has 20 + years of experience in the administrative and accounting fields. She and her husband Gary live in Owensboro and have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

  • Dr. Jonathan Eric Carroll KLPC

    Dr. Jonathan Eric Carroll KLPC Licensed Pastoral Counselor-in-Residence

    Dr. Jonathan Eric Carroll is a Kentucky Licensed Pastoral Counselor (KLPC), a member of
    the Kentucky Association of Pastoral Counselors, an Adjunct Professor at Louisville
    Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral
    Counselors. He is the Pastoral Counselor-in-Residence at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory, where he offers Grief Counseling and facilitates The Good Grief Group, a monthly group counseling opportunity open to anyone who is living with grief and who desires to grow in
    and through the experience of it. He is also the founder and lead therapist at The Clinic @ The Montgomery, a counseling center located in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky.

    Dr. Carroll is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (D.Min), Princeton
    Theological Seminary (Th.M.), Columbia Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and King College
    (B.A.). His post-doctoral studies took place at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
    in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., the institution responsible for the continuation of the
    work of Murray Bowen, whose Family Systems Theory has become the lens through which
    Dr. Carroll practices therapy in his private practice.Dr. Carroll engaged in further post-doctoral studies at the Kentuckiana Pastoral Counseling Consortium, a training center of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).

  • Kristine Paige Jones

    Kristine Paige Jones Level II Apprentice

    Kristine graduated from Daviess County High School in 2014, where she was an active member of the Daviess County Band of Pride. She joined the Haley McGinnis family in 2017, where she quickly became a trusted and valued associate. She has dedicated her time to learning every aspect of the funeral business, especially helping families during their time of need. She is on tract to graduate in December 2018 with an Associates in Business, and then will enroll in mortuary school.

  • Marie Harding

    Marie Harding Administrative Assistant

    Marie has two sons, one daughter and five grandchildren. She is a member of the Baptist faith and has been part of the Haley-McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home family since 2009, serving as the weekend Administrative Assistant. Marie is also employed full-time at United Way of the Ohio Valley, where she has served as the Campaign Administrative Assistant since 2007.