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Brant Hawkins

Brant Hawkins

Funeral Director / Preneed & Monument Specialist

Brant Hawkins was born in Bridgeport, Texas in 1967 to Bobby and Wanda Hawkins.

He graduated Bridgeport High School in 1985 and attended Texas Tech university 1985 to 1988 and graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Services in 1989.

He married Stacey Breeze Hawkins in 1990 and has 2 children, Tiffany Hawkins and Raby Hawkins. He also has 2 brothers Rob Hawkins and the late Bert Hawkins.

His funeral service career started at the age of 4 when his father and grandfather ran the ambulance service, they removed the rear view mirror so he could stand in the seat while making calls.  

"My licensed practice started in 1989 as the 4th generation of the Hawkins Family funeral services and the caring for families till the present date. My caring for families is a type of ministry helping families through troubled and difficult times."

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Rob Hawkins

Rob Hawkins

Funeral Director / Aftercare, Preplanning & Insurance

Rob was born and raised in Bridgeport, Texas. He attended and graduated Bridgeport High School, attended Texas Tech University and graduated Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1981. In 1980, he became the fourth generation of his family to serve Wise County in the funeral business.  

Rob is a licensed mortician and General Lines Insurance agent (Life, Accident, Health and HMO). He currently offices at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur and lives next door to the funeral home.

Rob's two sons both work in the family firm. Trey Hawkins is a funeral director at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur and Chase Hawkins is business administrator and offices at the Bridgeport location.  Rob also enjoys his four grandchildren, Camryn, Hollyn, Carter and Hazel Jane.

Rob is a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport, the Decatur Lions Club, an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener and cook, as well as a do-it-yourselfer.  He enjoys scuba diving, deep sea fishing and is an instrument rated private pilot. 

Rob has made himself available to those he serves 24 hours a day, please do not hesitate to contact him.  

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Trey Hawkins

Trey Hawkins

Funeral Director / Preneed & Monument Specialist

Trey was born in Decatur, Texas. He graduated from Bridgeport High School in 2002, attended Texas A&M University and graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service is 2005. Trey started helping his father, Rob Hawkins, work funerals when he was 13 years old, making him the 5th generation in his family to help care for Wise County in the funeral business.

Trey is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, and preneed agent. He lives in Decatur and cares for families out of our Hawkins Funeral Home Decatur location.

Trey's father, Rob Hawkins, lives in Decatur where he works alongside his father. He also has 3 children, Hollyn, Carter, and Camryn. And he has a brother, Chase Hawkins who in 2017 decided to help with the family business as well.

Trey was a long time board of director on the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. He likes to hunt, play numerous sports, coach basketball, and spend time with his family.

E-mail: treyhawkins@hawkinsfuneralhome.com


Chase Hawkins

Chase Hawkins

Funeral Director ~ Monument, Preneed Specialist

Chase was born and raised in Bridgeport, Texas. He graduated from Bridgeport High School in 2006 and Baylor University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. In 2017, he joined his brother Trey as a fifth-generation member of his family to serve Wise County in the funeral business.  


Chase currently offices at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport and lives in Runaway Bay. Having grown up surrounded by talented funeral directors, he now looks to become one himself and hopes to continue the Hawkins' legacy.  


He is happily married to Randee Landers Hawkins and has a daughter, Hazel Jane Hawkins, who was born in 2016. Chase is an avid cyclist, CrossFitter and all-around health guru and foodie.

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Chester D. “Chet” Niblett

Chester D. “Chet” Niblett

Funeral Director / Pre-need and Monument Specialist

Chet was born and raised in Decatur, Texas.  He began his career in the funeral business in 1979 while attending Decatur High School where he graduated in 1983. Upon graduation he served an apprenticeship at Shannon’s Funeral Home, Northside Chapel, in Ft. Worth. After attending and graduating from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1985, he continued with the Coker Funeral Home until it was purchased by the Hawkins family in 2007, where he has been serving the families of Wise and surrounding counties for more than 37 years.

Chet is a licensed funeral director, embalmer and pre-need agent in the state of Texas.

Chet married Elaina M. Oates in 1984, after getting settled in on their small farm outside of Decatur, two sons were born, Colton and Cruz Niblett.  

Chet is a member of the Decatur Church of Christ, is a leader in the American Cancer Society- Relay for Life and active in the Decatur Youth Fair Buyers Association.  Chet is a Past President of the Decatur Rotary Club and a Charter Member of the Decatur FFA Alumni.  He has served on the Decatur Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  

When Chet is not working he enjoys hunting, fishing, working around the farm and raising registered Longhorn cattle.


Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson

Funeral Director

Josh was born and raised in Sedalia, Missouri. When he was twelve he moved to Denton, Texas and graduated from Billy Ryan High School in 2009. After serving a two year mission for his church he met his wife Haley and got married in 2012. Josh started in the funeral industry in 2016 and graduated Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in the Fall of 2018.

Josh enjoys spending time with his wife and their three boys, Kays, Zeke, and Sy. He will play about any sport and loves being a sports fan. He also enjoys reading and musical theater.

Josh is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is currently serving on the regional Youth Committee. Josh is also a member of the Lion’s Club and Habitat for Humanity Committees.


Clay Murphree

Clay Murphree

Funeral Director

Clay Murphree was born in Decatur in 1985. He graduated Decatur High School in 2003, then graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in June of 2019. Clay received his Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Business Administration in May of 2021, and also became an educator and embalming instructor at the Dallas institute of Funeral Service.

Clay says the road that lead him to the funeral home has been long and winding through many job fields, but feels that funeral service is where he belongs.

“I believe serving families in this role is an honor certain people were born to do.  It takes special people to work in the funeral service, and I am thankful to be one of the few who are able to serve those in their most trying times.”

Clay married his wife Michelle in 2006, and together have four kids: Mady, who also works at Hawkins Funeral Home serving families at the Boyd location, Matthew, Micah, and Monica.

In his spare time, Clay enjoys time with his family boating on the lake, camping, and keeping up with any type of mechanical work.  Clay is also an avid Jeep enthusiast who enjoys spending time out on the trails. Clay currently assists families in the Bridgeport, Boyd, and Decatur locations.


Fred Raney

Fred Raney

Director's Assistant

Fred graduated from Liberty High School, Liberty, Texas, in 1964.  He completed his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, Waco, Texas in 1973 and his master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, in 1976.

He married Linda Tyler in 1966.  They have 2 children.  Donna lives in Ponder, Texas and Mike lives in Palm Springs, California.

Fred and Linda are members of First Baptist Church, Alvord, Texas.

He served for 50 years as a pastor in Southeast Texas and a missionary to the Dutch Caribbean. 

Since retiring in 2012, Fred has served as interim pastor for 6 churches in the southeast Texas area and worked for 5 years at Farmer Funeral Home, Silsbee, Texas, as assistant director.

He enjoys volunteering in the community and is currently a member of the Alvord Fire Department.

He has received specialized training in the areas of transitional and interim pastor; emergency medical service; fire service, critical incident stress management; and disaster relief work.

Fred holds the Master Level Certification Fire Chaplaincy with the Federation of Fire Chaplains and is a member of the Texas Corps of Fire Chaplains.

He was recently recognized as the 2017 VFW National Firefighter of the Year.  He mentions this only because of the high honor of being recognized by a group he considers his heroes, those veterans who gave all to enable him to do what he loves to do.

Fred and Linda are also happy to be only 35 minutes away from their 2 grandchildren as opposed to the 6 hours three months ago.


Terry H. 'Señor' Stewart

Terry H. "Señor" Stewart

Funeral Director Assistant

Terry H. "Señor" Stewart recently retired from a thirty-four year teaching career in May of 2019 as a teacher of Spanish.  Of those years, twenty years were happily spent at Decatur High School in the Decatur ISD.  "Those twenty years were filled with building strong relationships within the community that I cherish." 

"I love my new experiences with the Hawkins family because it allows me to continue a valuable service of compassion within the community on a different level.  I look forward to being able to offer a kind gesture and word when someone needs it and being of service to such a fine community."


William Brooks

William Brooks

Funeral Director Assistant

William was born and raised in Decatur, Texas. He graduated from Decatur High School in 1998 and Oklahoma Baptist College in 2002 with a degree in Music/Secondary Education. In March of 2018, he joined the Hawkins family in serving Wise County in the funeral business.  

He is happily married to Jessica Brooks, who is a stay-at-home mother and home-schools their 8 children: Dylon, Elayna, Micah, Mackenzie, Kelton, Analee, Silas, and Carlynne. He enjoys spending time with his family; as they are involved in sports in the community.

William currently serves as Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur where he and his family spend time loving people and reaching the community.


Dennis Lee

Dennis Lee

Funeral Director Assistant

Bio coming soon...


Michael Thurman

Michael Thurman

Funeral Director Assistant

Michael was raised in Idabel, Oklahoma, graduating from Idabel High School in 1989. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Oklahoma State University in 1993 and received his master’s degree in Educational Administration from Tarleton State University in 2004. Michael joined the Hawkins family in the spring of 2019 as a Director’s Assistant. Currently, Michael holds his Texas Provisional Funeral Director’s License and is completing the Funeral Director’s Program at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.

Prior to joining the funeral service, Michael served as a campus and district level administrator in addition to being a teacher and coach during his tenure in the field of public education. Michael is married to Debbie (Morrow), has three children, a daughter, a step-daughter and step-son and resides in Alvord, Texas.


Don Niblett

Don Niblett

Director's Assistant

Don graduated from Paradise High School in 1960, shortly thereafter he joined the Texas National Guard and served in the US Army during the Cuban Crisis.  He is proud to have served his country and be called a Veteran. 

He married the former Earlene Hancock in 1963.

They are both members of The Decatur Church of Christ and have two sons, Chet and Jerrod Niblett and adopted son Mark Pingel. After working for Wise Electric Coop for almost 39 years he retired in 2002.

In 2004, his son, Chet asked him to help out at the funeral home, and he is still here doing what he does best (working).  In his spare time he spends as much time as possible with his family and enjoys working in his yard & just relaxing.


Kerry Clower

Kerry Clower

Director's Assistant



Audrey Reyna

Audrey Reyna

Office Administrator-Decatur, Bridgeport, Boyd

Audrey was raised in Cottondale and attended school at Paradise. She attended Texas Wesleyan University before starting her career in Healthcare Administration.  Audrey has always known servicing others is where her heart was. She worked in the Healthcare/Dental fields for over 25 years before joining our family at Hawkins.

She returned to Cottondale in 2016 with her husband Albert and were empty nesters. They have five children, Kevin, Cecilia, Daniel, Jocelyn, Maribel, and eight grandchildren. Audrey and husband Albert enjoy their little farm and the peacefulness of country life. Audrey enjoys gardening, camping, traveling, horseback riding, cooking, and creating projects for the farm for Albert to complete.

"After being in healthcare for more than 25 years and seeing the changes that have come to pass, the career move to Hawkins gave me a more personal and support opportunity. I have great admiration for Hawkins directors and staff for the way they care about the families that entrust them. I love my part in Hawkins Funeral Home and cherish the opportunity to serve the families of our community."


Mady Murphree Martinez

Mady Murphree Martinez

Office Manager- Boyd

Bio Coming Soon...

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Von Hawkins

Von Hawkins

Office Manager - Decatur

Bio coming soon...

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