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Responsibly Serving Local Families
During the COVID-19 Crisis

At Church Funeral Services, we want you to know we are continuing to serve local families while steadfastly following state and local requirements to ensure everyone's health and safety.

Due to social distancing conditions and CDC restrictions on large in-person gatherings, some of our services are modified at this time; to learn about the options currently available to local families, contact us at (225) 644-9683.

As we continue to serve the community, safety remains our top priority. Along with the meticulous standards for hygiene we have always maintained, we are currently following additional cleaning protocols to ensure a safe environment for both families and staff. We must implement some new guidelines to be able to reach this goal. These new guidelines are intended for the protection of everyone:

  • Funeral arrangements by phone, email or fax is preferred. For those families that would prefer making arrangements in person with a funeral director at one of our 3 locations will be limited to Only the Legal next of kin at the arrangement conference. Everyone else can attend via cell phone. Clothing for the deceased must be placed inside a closed bag.
  • Certified Death Certificates: Can be mailed to designated person or only 1 designated person will be allowed to come to our office to pick them up.
  • Facetime or photo identification is preferred for the identification of Remains before cremation or immediate burial at the cemetery. If identification is done in person, only the legal next of kin will be allowed to view the deceased and can do a group facetime with the rest of the family. 15 minute time limit.
  • For funeral services or cremation services we will be following all guidelines established and set forth by the CDC, NFDA, Government Agencies, Church Regulations and Cemetery Guidelines.
  • To receive the cremated remains of a loved one: Only the person that is listed on the Cremation Authorization may come to receive the remains, unless we receive verbal permission from the legal Next of Kin to release to someone else.

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We remain available 24/7 to help your family and answer any questions you have during this time. Don't hesitate to reach out and learn how we can help.

Funeral services for Mrs. Atla Mae “Brownie” Shirley 88, of Monterey will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Lismore Baptist Church in Jonesville, Louisiana, conducted by Dr. Bill Robertson, assisted by Bro. C. D. Beard, Bro. Stan Wyant, Bro. Billy Sutton, Bro. Reggie Lisemby, Bro. Ralph Webber and Bro. Mickey Gallup. Visitation will be Friday, April 13, 2018 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the church. Interment will follow in Lismore Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Church Funeral Home in Baton Rouge. Mrs. Atla Mae “Brownie” Shirley passed from this life to her eternal home on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. She was born in Derry, La on October 31, 1929. She was a beloved pastor’s wife and was loved and cherished by members of every church community in which she served. These included Cross Roads Baptist, Marthaville, Louisiana; Christian Harmony Church, Natchitoches, Louisiana; New Era Baptist Church, Monterey, Louisiana; Lismore Baptist Church, Monterey, Louisiana; Robeline Baptist Church, Robeline, Louisiana; Turkey Creek Baptist Church, Winnsboro, Louisiana; and Magnolia Baptist Church, Winnsboro, Louisiana. Mrs. Shirley was the epitome of a pastor’s wife. She is preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. C. F. “Red” Shirley; her parents, Edward Earl Gentry Sr and Mary Atla Spillman Gentry; an infant son, Richard Kent Shirley; and her brother, E. E. “Son” Gentry. Survivors left to cherish her memory are son David Shirley and wife Melissa of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; daughter Linda McMillin and husband Gilbert of Monterey, Louisiana; son James Shirley and wife Terri, of Winnsboro, Louisiana; and son Terry Shirley and wife Sheila, of Winnsboro, Louisiana. Grandchildren include Anita Murray and husband Curtis, Jason McMillin, Karla McHand and husband Scott, Shana Veade, Landon Shirley, Kayla Shirley, Kevin Shirley, Travis Shirley and wife Betsy, Crystal Strebeck and husband Layton, and Caroline Keeth. Great-grandchildren are Harlie Murray, Rylie Murray, Christian McHand, Hannah Veade, Mollie McHand, Emmory Strebeck and Kamrie Strebeck. She is also survived by a “special daughter”, Crystal Lisemby and husband, Reggie of Chattanooga, Tn, and their children, Jacob, Faith, Judah and Gideon. She leaves a sister, Lucy Jennings of Shreveport, Louisiana; a brother, Robert Gentry and wife Laurie, of Many, Louisiana; a sister Evelyn Sutton, of Shreveport, Louisiana; and a sister-in-law, Lorraine Gentry of Bossier City, Louisiana. She leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends who were honored to call her “Mama” or “Memaw” or simply “Aunt Brownie.” Active Pallbearers will be Curtis Murray, Jason McMillin, Scott McHand, Landon Shirley, Kevin Shirley, Layton Strebeck, Travis Shirley and Christian McHand. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews and nephews-in-law. Memorials may be made to the Lismore Baptist Church building fund or to the Gideons International. The family extends its heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful, compassionate employees of The Columns Nursing Home and Christus Hospice and Palliative Care for their excellent care of our loved one. Arrangements by Church Funeral Services, Baton Rouge 225-293-4174 www.churchfuneralservices.com

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