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Our Staff


Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

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Our Funeral Directors

Austin A. Layne, Jr.

Austin A. Layne, Jr.

Owner, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Austin Augustus Layne, Jr. graduated from Vashon High School in January 1954. His elementary education was received at the Carver Elementary School. Following his graduation from Vashon, Austin attended Stowe Teacher's College. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961. From 1967 to 1974, he was a computer specialist for the U.S. Government Austin holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science from The School of Mortuary Science at Forest Park Community College and has done additional study at Washington University and Webster University. 

Austin has been a funeral director for more than 30 years. He established his own business, Austin A. Layne Mortuary Inc in 1979, after serving as a funeral director and embalmer for the Wade Funeral Home, here in St. Louis. Austin manages both the day-to-day operations and marketing services for the mortuary. He is very active in the community and currently serves as national organist, pianist and regional music coordinator for the 12th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. Austin also dedicates time to his community giving concerts, seminars and workshops and is host of a Sunday morning and evening radio program. 

Austin is active in numerous community and civic groups, including the Jennings Chambers of Commerce, the Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the St. Louis Gateway Funeral Directors Association. Austin is a member of Phoenix #79 of the Masonic Lodge.


Linda Alexander

Linda Alexander

President, Chief Financial Officer & Licensed Funeral Director



Sean Algee

Sean Algee

General Manager, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer



Cornell W. Robinson, II, CFSP, COCP

Cornell W. Robinson, II, CFSP, COCP

Assistant to the General Manager & Licensed Funeral Director



Diamond Cotten-Branch

Diamond Cotten-Branch

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer



Inez Tillmon

Inez Tillmon

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer



Jeannette Strong

Jeannette Strong

Apprentice Funeral Director & Stylist



Marcus Harrison

Marcus Harrison

Care Center Manager, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer



Michelle Monroe

Michelle Monroe

Pre-Need Specialist & Licensed Funeral Director



Shamari Jackson

Shamari Jackson

Licensed Funeral Director & Apprentice Embalmer



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