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.


Darla Jackson

Darla Jackson, Owner / Licensed Funeral Director

Darla Jackson was co-owner of Mount Pleasant Funeral Home since 1989 with her Late Husband Dewayne Jackson and has owned Mount Pleasant with her son Holden Jackson since 2010.


Holden  Jackson

Holden Jackson, Owner

Holden has been co-owner with his Mother, Darla, since 2010.


Randy Cole

Randy Cole, Manager / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Randy Cole 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

Selena Maggard, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Selena Maggard 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

Robin Shoemaker, Licensed Funeral Director / Apprentice Embalmer

Robin Shoemaker Graduated from Southeast Community College with her Associate Degree in Funeral Service in 2016. She became a Licensed Funeral Director in September 2017 and is due to take her Embalmers Exam in December 2017.


Louise Hansel

Louise Hansel, Attendant


Darlene  Saylor

Darlene Saylor, Attendant


Kale Saylor JR

Kale Saylor JR, Attendant