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

Mount Pleasant Funeral Home was once home to the Hensley family who built the home in the early part of the 20th century. Mr. Hensley opened Cumberland Funeral Home in the downstairs area of the house,  while he and his family resided upstairs. In the 1950s,  new owner, Harold Ball, and wife, Virginia, changed the name to Mount Pleasant Funeral Home. They remained owners until the 1980s when Jimmy and Brenda Smith took ownership. In the late 1980s, young businessman, Dewayne Jackson, and wife, Darla, became the proud owners of Mount Pleasant. Dewayne devoted himself to Mount Pleasant until his untimely death in 2010. After Dewayne's death, Darla Saylor Jackson and son, Holden Jackson continued the Mount Pleasant legacy. They currently own and operate the funeral home.

Mount Pleasant is still at the historical 122 North Cumberland Ave. location in downtown Harlan, KY. While many updates and changes have occurred, Darla strives to keep the sprawling old home as original as possible.

Our Valued Staff

Randy Cole (Manager, funeral director, embalmer) has been a funeral director and embalmer for over 40 years. A native of Rome, Georgia, he is a 1974 graduate of Gupton Jones in Atlanta, Georgia.

Selena Maggard (Funeral Director and Embalmer) Graduated from Southeast Community College with her Associates Degree in Funeral Service in 2015. She became a Licensed Funeral Director Embalmer in March of 2017. 

Robin Shoemaker (Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer) Graduated from Southeast Community College with her Associate Degree in Funeral Service in 2016. She is due to take her licensing exam in September of 2017. 

Louise Hansel (attendant, secretary) assists families in times of need as well as greets our guests at the door and helps anyone with business aspects of Mount Pleasant Funeral Home.