Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.
We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.
Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 850-864-3361 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.
Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.
Managing Partner/Funeral Director -Embalmer
James Bass is originally from McAllen, Texas. James always knew he wanted to be a funeral director and embalmer. He is a graduate of Commonwealth College of Mortuary Science in Houston, Texas and a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1975. Educated in mortuary law, human resources management, leadership, and civic leadership, James is a Scottish Rite 32nd Degree Freemason, Valley of New Orleans Orient of Louisiana, on the Board of Directors for Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, member of the Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club International, member of the First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and a 33rd Degree Shriner International, Hagji Temple, Pensacola, Florida.James has been married to Janice since 1993; they met when Janice was arranging funeral services for her aunt in Texas. They made their home in 2011, at Shalimar Point Dr. in Shalimar, Florida. They have three children, eight grandchildren, and Elvis and Gracie, their two little toy poodles who are their constant companions at home or when traveling.James and the licensed staff of funeral directors, funeral assistants and celebrants provide an atmosphere of understanding and care for anyone who has lost a family member or a friend with Celebration of Life Service Options and Candlelight Memorial Services. All are highly devoted professionals dedicated to providing the most meaningful celebrations of a loved one’s life and offering families an environment for peaceful reflection. We realize we have funerals every day and the families we serve do not. Emerald Coast Funeral Home also hosts every Tuesday at 1:00 PM a Grief Support Meeting in conjunction with Emerald Coast Hospice to help families and friends who are struggling with the loss of a loved one.We take time to listen and feel it is our responsibility to help educate families with options, whether arranging for traditional burial services or a traditional cremation celebration of life service at either Emerald Coast Funeral Home or our state-of-the-art Crematory, where we provide cremation services exclusively for the families we are privileged to serve. Your loved one never leaves our care.James invites anyone interested in information regarding their options to stop by to discuss at-need arrangements, pre-need arrangements or imminent arrangements that can be funded in advance and guaranteed, or just placed on file for future use with no obligations. Our General Price List is always provided and includes our itemized professional services and merchandise that can freeze the cost of the funeral service guaranteeing that whatever services you select will never rise in cost. James and the staff are proud to announce that on December 7, 2015 they opened the doors to their new 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art funeral home, located at 161 Racetrack Rd. NW, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, 32547, across from the Choctawhatchee High School Stadium.Voted 2016 Finest Funeral Home and Crematory on the Emerald Coast for the 6th year in a rowCaring for people. Making a difference in people's lives.
Funeral Director, Embalmer, Crematory Operator
Jeffrey was born and raised in Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama with his Associate’s degree in Funeral Science. Jeffrey started in the funeral business in 1997 in Carrollton, Georgia and moved to Milton, Florida in 2007. Jeffrey enjoys the outdoors including camping and long walks on the beach. His favorite pastime activity is playing the piano. Jeffrey has been in the business for over 20 years and looks forward to another 20 years with Emerald Coast Funeral Home.
Funeral Director/ Embalmer
Christine Gregory is a graduate of Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama, where she received an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science.
She is also active in Autism and Down Syndrome support groups. Christine resides in Fort Walton Beach with her husband, Chris, who is stationed at Eglin AFB, and they have two children, Haylee and Drew.
Terri graduated in 2008 from American River College in
Sacramento, CA with a degree in Mortuary Science. She holds a Funeral
Director license in California and Florida. Terri is also serving an
Embalming internship at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. Terri and her family have
recently moved to the Fort Walton Beach area and are enjoying living on the
Certified Celebrant Life Tribute Professional and Ambassador
From Dunnellon, FL.
A 1986 Graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service
with a degree in Mortuary Science. He was a Funeral Director & Embalmer in Atlanta, Ga till 1998 at
H.M. Patterson & Son Funeral Home, Spring Hill Chapel Georgia. Jeff moved to Pensacola, FL & opened Gulf Coast Pet
Crematory, Inc. in 1999 selling the business in 2015. He served on the Board of Directors of the International
Association of Pet Cemeteries & Crematories for 8 years. Jeff moved to Fort Walton Beach with his dog Rosie in March 2017. When not at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, Jeff loves to cruise, a platinum member with Carnival Cruise Lines; travel often to Miami, due to being a huge Miami Dolphin fan. When not on a cruise or at a Dolphin game, he can be found
camping in his camper or on his boat at Crab Island, Destin, FL.
Diane is a full-time Floral Designer and works part-time as an Ambassador at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. In 2000, Diane moved from St. Louis, Missouri to the Fort Walton Beach area to fulfill a lifetime dream of living at the beach.
Mark is a retired minister, who was an Emergency Room (ER) chaplain (as a civilian), and a Chaplain, Captain in the US Air Force. After military retirement (2014), he earned Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling and Psychology at Troy University (2017) – with the goal of opening a faith-based, private counseling practice that specializes in trauma treatment, addiction intervention, and grief counseling. Mark is married to Lisa, and they have a blended family of four children. They live in Destin, Florida, and their church is Destiny Worship Center, where both he and his wife serve as members of the Prayer Team. On active duty, Mark had three deployments with mortuary duties; and is the grandson of a funeral director. As a Grief Support Counselor for Emerald Coast Funeral Home, Mark officiates funerals, preaches eulogies, and counsels grieving families -- during their time of loss, and after the funeral. At Emerald Coast Funeral Home, the Bereavement Support Group meets weekly – on Tuesdays @ 1-3PM. For participants who arrive early, or wish to stay late, Mark offers free, counseling services on Tuesdays, from 10AM to 12PM, and 3PM to 4PM.
Clergy Funeral Assistant
Reverend Dr. Roger Peadro is originally a native of
central Illinois, and he comes to the Emerald Coast staff with ministry and
pastoral experience dating back to 1984.
Serving congregations in Kentucky and Florida, Roger has been the pastor
of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ft. Walton Beach since 2003. He has also been involved with various
community groups such as Rotary, Habitat for Humanity, the Homelessness and
Housing Alliance, the Take Stock In Children’s Mentoring program, and Community
Solutions. He is a graduate of the
University of Illinois (BS), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), and
Beeson Divinity School (DMin). Roger is
married to Annette Peadro (BCBA, M.Ed.), the director and owner of Development
and Behavior Solutions in Ft. Walton Beach.
Together, they have 6 adult children and 2 grandchildren.
Grief Support and Ambassador
Jo An Young was previously employed at Emerald Coast Funeral Home for 10 years at our previous location and we are delighted that she has joined us again at our new location. She was National President for Gold Star Wives from 2005-2007. Ms. Jo An was Volunteer of the Year for the Mental Health Association in 1999. She was inducted into the Okaloosa County Women's Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Okaloosa County Wall of Fame in 2005. For 18 years, she served as Chapter Leader for the Compassionate Friends Grief Support Group. She is currently a volunteer for the VA Clinic and previously volunteered for the Crisis Line, The Sexual Trauma Team and Transformers. She was deemed Employee of the Year at a previous employer in 1996. Ms. Jo An has an Associates of Science Degree.
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