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

Chancellor Funeral Home and Garden of Memories Perpetual Care Park Cemetery opened our doors in 2002 to serve the families of southern Rankin County and the surrounding area. There had been the need for a local funeral home and perpetual care cemetery in the area for many years. People have had to travel outside this area many miles to a funeral facility on the worst day of their life.

Our goal was to bring a convenient, full service facility, offering traditional as well as contemporary services to the area, with each service personalized to meet the families' request, at prices affordable to all. Our facilities are modern, spacious and designed with the families' needs and desires in mind. We have three spacious suites, coffee lounge, and a chapel that seats over 250 people comfortably and are centrally located on Highway 49 South, providing convenient access to all areas with easy entrance and over 100 parking spaces to accommodate all.

We offer a beautiful twelve acre perpetual care cemetery, which adjoins the funeral home or the ability to serve any cemetery the family desires.

In 2004 Chancellor Funeral Home expanded to Byram to better serve the needs of the people in Hinds and Copiah County. This facility located on Siwell Road has three suites, a spacious common area, a coffee lounge and a beautiful chapel that will accommodate up to 250 people. There is over 110 parking spaces in a well lit area and is easily handicap accessible.

 Bill Chancellor invites you and your family to become a part of a new tradition in caring and service. We offer complete traditional and graveside services, cremation, work with out of town funeral homes to send  and receive loved ones and strive to make each service we handle personal and meaningful. We are family owned and operated; each staff member is guided by the same principle - The family comes first.  

It is our desire to serve the people of this area, treating every family with the highest degree of compassion, dignity, and professionalism.

Our Valued Staff

  • Bill  Chancellor

    Bill Chancellor Owner / Licensed Funeral Director

    Bill began his career in Funeral Service as a High School junior in Thomasville, AL at O'Bryant Chapel. Upon graduation, he moved to Birmingham, where he worked at Ridouts Gardendale Chapel Funeral Home and completed his education at Jefferson State School of Mortuary Science. Bill moved to Jackson in 1980 and has been serving the Jackson Metro area in funeral service since.

    Following in his father's footsteps, Bill has worked toward a Degree in Theology at New Orleans Baptist Seminary and has preached at many churches in the central Mississippi area. Bill is past president of the Mississippi Funeral Directors Association and is currently on the Advisory Board for Holmes Community College School of Mortuary Science and Compassionate Friends, Jackson Chapter.

    Bill is married to the former Sandra Tingle of Jackson. They have six children and six
    grandchildren. Bill and Sandra are active members of Country Woods Baptist Church.

  • Sandra  Chancellor

    Sandra Chancellor Office Administrator / Licensed Funeral Director

    Sandra is the office administrator at Chancellor Funeral Home and is the wife of owner, Bill Chancellor. She has held her funeral director's license since 1984, to one day work with Bill at a firm of their own. Sandra graduated from Hinds Community College in 1983 with a degree in nursing, and has been employed by Hinds General Hospital, Mississippi Baptist Medical Center-Home Health, and most recently, Lakeshore Clinic in south Jackson. Her experience with assisting families with acute and chronic illnesses in the Emergency Department and in Home Health, have helped her prepare for her current position at the funeral home.

    Sandra and Bill have six children: Josh, Ashley, Allie, Jenny, Katie and Zach, along with seven grandchildren: Savannah, Halea, Arrington, Brady, Gracie, Mollie and Charlotte.

  • Ed  Hauser

    Ed Hauser Licensed Funeral Director

    Ed began his career with Chancellor Funeral Home in 2010. A Native of Bloomington, IL. and an ordained Minister, Ed has been pastoring since 1983 in churches in Illinois, Montana, Nebraska, and for the 20 year in Florence at Quest Community Church. He graduated from Lee University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Education and in 1999 from Wesley Biblical Seminary with a M.Div.

    In April 2013 he completed his Funeral Apprentice with Chancellor Funeral Home and in May, he passed his State Board Exam becoming a Licensed Funeral Director. He is also a licensed crematory operator.

    Ed Married Patti in 1983, together they have 1 son, Brock and two grandsons, Brett and Luke. In his spare time, Ed enjoys reading, gardening, and coordinating the Florence Area Ministerial Association.

  • Billy Thompson

    Billy Thompson Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Billy began his career with Chancellor Funeral Home in 2016. Billy has lived in Mississippi since 1979, the majority of his life spent in Rankin County. He graduated from the Funeral Service Program at East Mississippi Community College in 2016 and passed his National Board Exam becoming a licensed funeral director and embalmer shortly after graduation. Billy is also a licensed crematory operator. He has been involved with the funeral service profession since 2013.

    Billy married Paula in 1995, together they have 4 children and one grandchild. Billy and his family live in Pelahatchie. Billy feels that he was led to this profession and enjoys being able to serve and minister to our communities.

  • Pamela Hughes Thomas

    Pamela Hughes Thomas Lincensed Funeral Director and Cometologist

    A native of Yazoo County, Pam has lived in Clinton for 27 years and served families in the local metro area since 1988, she holds a funeral directors license in Mississippi and Kentucky, as well as a cosmetology license since 1981. Over the years while employed at various funeral homes she has had the opportunity to serve as coordinator of holiday events and social media. She was instrumental in establishing the Widow Person's Organization (WPO), and for awhile was involved with the Pregnancy Crisis Center. She is a member of Pineview Baptist Church in Clinton, Ms.

    Her husband is Kenny Thomas, a retired Jackson Firefighter. She is the mother of 5 boys, Anthony, Nathan, Scoty, Blake and Ben; and five granchildren, Chase, Jay, Michael, Ava and Jacob.

  • David L. Watts

    David L. Watts Licensed Funeral Director

    David was the editor of Mississippi Outdoors magazine for 37 years before retiring from the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks in 2005. A free-lance writer for more than 40 years, and is the coauthor of Birds of Mississippi, published in 1999 by University Press of Mississippi.

    David completed mortuary school at Holmes Community College at Ridgeland, MS in 2009. He is a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer and crematory operator with Chancellor Funeral Home.

    David is also an ordained minister in the Baptist church. He attends New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is an active supple preacher in central Mississippi. He and his wife Terry live in Byram and attend Alta Woods Baptist Church in Jackson.

  • Jenny Chancellor Craig

    Jenny Chancellor Craig Secretary / Licensed Funeral Director

    Jenny has worked with Chancellor Funeral Home since 2007. She has assisted people through advanced planning and after care services and currently serves a the secretary at the Florence location. In May 2013, she passed her State Board Exam becoming a Licensed Funeral Director. Jenny is a 2002 graduate of Terry High School, a 2004 graduate of Hinds Community College, and a 2006 graduate of The Academy of Hair Design. She is a licensed funeral director, licensed insurance agent and licensed cosmetologist. Her goal is to pursue the funeral service profession.

    In July 2015, Jenny married Justin Craig and together they have 3 children; Madelyn, Alex, and Brady. They live in Florence where they are very active in the community; Jenny serves on the PTO Board at Steen's Creek Elementary and Justin coaches Football for the City of Florence and leads Cub Scouts with Troop 85. They attend Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon. They both enjoy playing pool and spend their spare time with family and friends.

  • Joyce  Lott

    Joyce Lott Secretary

    Joyce has served as secretary of Chancellor Funeral Home of Byram since 2006. Joyce’s past work experience had been in the medical field where she also used her skills of providing caring service to others. She and her husband Winston, who is an accountant, have lived in Byram for the past seventeen years. They have one son, Jason, a freelance graphic designer and local artist. Joyce is a member of Lakeshore Methodist Church and enjoys taking care of her family and home.

  • Patti  Hauser

    Patti Hauser Hostess

    A resident of Florence and born in East Istanbul, Turkey, Patti was raised in Columbia and Pascagoula Mississippi. She is a Graduate of Lee University with a Bachelors of Science in Christian Education. She is married to Ed, they have 1 son, Brock and two grandsons, Brett and Luke. When she is not helping serve the families of Florence here at Chancellor Funeral Home, she works at Florence Middle School. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and being with her grandchildren.

  • Allie Chancellor

    Allie Chancellor Hostess

  • Belinda Taylor

    Belinda Taylor Hostess