Our Valued 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.

  • Charles Jeffrey (C.J.) Shockney

    Charles Jeffrey (C.J.) Shockney, Manager / Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

    C.J. entered the funeral services in 2000, he attended John C. Calhoun Jr. College, and graduated from Jefferson State College. He is a licensed Tennessee and Alabama Funeral director and a licensed Embalmer in the state of Alabama. C.J. married in 1982, to Lois Ervin Shockney of Lewisburg, Tennessee and is blessed with three sons; Robert and wife Beth Mathis Shockney of Athens, AL, James Shockney of Elkmont, AL, Daniel Shockney of Madison, AL. They have five grandchildren Gracie, Hope, Faith, Payton and Carson. C.J. is a member of the Ardmore Lion's Club.

  • Ronda Garner

    Ronda Garner, Licensed Funeral Director

    Ronda is a native of Ardmore, Alabama. A 1973 graduate of Ardmore High School. She received a bachelor's degree in Business Education and English. She received her master's Degree and AA from the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. She is currently retired from teaching with the Limestone County School System at Ardmore High School after 32 years. She is also a licensed Funeral Director. She is married to Glen Garner who is the Principal at Cedar Hill Elementary School. They attend Holland's Gin Church of Christ in Elkmont, Alabama.

  • Josh Wales

    Josh Wales, Apprentice Funeral Director

    Josh is a native of Ardmore, Alabama and graduated in 2012 from Ardmore High School. Josh completed two years at Calhoun Community College and by received a bachelor's degree in Communication as well as a minor in Journalism from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL in 2016.
    In December of 2020, Josh entered the Funeral Industry. He is currently working as an Apprentice Funeral Director with intentions of becoming a fully licensed Funeral Director within the next two years. Josh, along with his brother Matthew, are the sons of Renee and the late Joe Mac Wales.

  • Gay Lewter

    Gay Lewter, Office / Funeral Assistant

    Gay is a native of Elkmont, Alabama. She graduated from Elkmont High School in 1975. After high school, she immediately went to work at the Bank of Ardmore for 24 1/2 years. She also worked at Regions, 1st American and Reliance Banks for a total of 40 years in the banking industry, before coming to Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home. Gay is married to her husband Dewayne Lewter and they are the parents of Chad Hobbs and Wendy Hobbs. She is a member of Community Baptist Church.

  • Dale Mitchell

    Dale Mitchell, Funeral Assistant

    Lonnie Dale Mitchell is a native of North Alabama. He was born in Athens, Alabama and graduated from Ardmore High School in 1966. He attended Tennessee Temple University and has been the pastor of Parkview Baptist Church in Ardmore, Alabama for the past 20+ years. He is married to Shirley Faye Mitchell and has two sons, Jamie and Jeremy and one daughter Tonya Faulk. He also has six grandchildren.

  • Renee Wales

    Renee Wales, Funeral Assistant

    Renee Wales is a native of Ardmore, Alabama and graduated from Ardmore High School. She was employed by Calhoun Community College for seventeen years while she continued her education. She graduated from Athens State University in elementary education and was employed by the Limestone County Board of Education. She retired in 2008. She was married to the late Joe Mack Wales and has two children: Mathew Wales and Josh Wales.