Our Owners and Funeral Directors
Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met.
Robert Hamil, Co-Owner and Funeral Director
Robert was born to John and Jo Ann Hamil 1965. He has called Abilene his home all his life. From a young age, Robert has worked with his mom and dad at the funeral home. He has always felt that being a funeral director is his calling in life. Robert is now a third generation funeral director and embalmer. Having been around the business his entire life, there was no question that he would follow the legacy of his parents and grandparents.
He graduated from Cooper High School in 1984 and from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1986. He received his funeral director's license in September of 1986 and in 1987 he received his embalmer's license. Robert married Karla Davis in 1991 and they had their first child in 1996, Aaron Hamil, and in 1999 they had their second child, John Austin Hamil. Robert enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, along with his sons and wife. Robert has served on the board of directors of Director's Investment Group (DIG) and Funeral Director's Life Insurance Company (FDLIC) since 1998. Robert and his family are members of Pioneer Drive Church in Abilene.
Karla Hamil, Co-Owner and Business Manager
Karla Hamil was born to Bob & Gayle Davis in Abilene, Texas. She graduated from Cooper High School in 1990 and McMurry University in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in business. Karla married Robert Hamil October 19, 1991. The pride and joy of Robert and Karla's life are their two sons Aaron Elliott Hamil and John Austin Hamil. Aaron was born May 22, 1996 and Austin was born May 25, 1999. She enjoys traveling, fishing, spending time with family, but most of all she loves being a mom. Her plan in life was to be a full time mom and wife, but that was not exactly God's plan. She feels He has not only made her a wife and mother, but business partner with Robert. They work together as a team in everything they do. It has been a great learning experience that she has enjoyed and looks forward to helping families in their time of need. She was raised at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, where her and her family are members.
Luke Lunn, Co-Owner and Funeral Director
Luke was born and raised in Olney, Texas. He graduated from Olney High School and in 1985, he graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Business. While attending ACU, he met and married his wife, Jennifer. After graduating from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1986, they moved to Olney to join the family business and raise their family. Luke is a fourth-generation funeral director. He owned and operated Lunn Funeral Home for 25 years before selling in 2010.
In January of 2011, Luke began working as an area manager of the North Texas/DFW area for Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company in Abilene. In January of 2018, Robert and Karla Hamil invited Luke to become a partner with them at Hamil Family Funeral Home. In April, Luke and Jennifer moved to Abilene to join the Hamil Family. They are members of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church.
Luke and Jennifer are blessed with two children, a son, Ethan Lunn and his wife, Missy and a daughter, Hannah Lunsford and her husband, Holden, and four adorable grandchildren, Carter, Landry, Graham and James.
Alan Lee Wainscott, Funeral Director
Alan was born to Sam & Omega Wainscott in Jal, New Mexico in 1967. Alan grew up in Jal and while in high school he worked for Cooper Funeral Home in Kermit, Texas under the direction of Lefty Cooper. After graduating from Jal High School, Alan attended Tarleton State University before moving to Dallas to attend Mortuary school. In 1991, he graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. After graduation, Alan worked for Martins Funeral Home in Granbury, Texas where he served his apprenticeship and received his funeral director's license and embalmer's license in May of 1992. In August of 1992, Alan moved to Abilene to work for the Hamil’s.
Alan served as President and Vice President of the West Texas Funeral Directors Association and had previously served on the board of the West Texas Funeral Directors Association.
Corey Adkins, Funeral Director
Corey was born to Jess W. “Bud” and Marie Adkins in 1974. Having been around the funeral business his entire life with his dad and uncle both in the business, he felt it was his calling to continue the family tradition. Corey graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1995. Having worked in various funeral homes in Texas, he now has come back to Abilene to work for The Hamil Family Funeral Home, a place he calls home. Corey likes to barbeque, play golf and watch sports. He married the love of his life Jana in December of 2000. Together they have five children and four grandchildren.
Aaron Hamil, Funeral Director
Aaron was born to Robert and Karla Hamil in Abilene, Texas in 1996. Having worked alongside his mother and father from a young age, it was only natural for him to join and continue to serve the people of Abilene. He is now a fourth-generation funeral director and embalmer, continuing the legacy previously of Elliott-Hamil and now The Hamil Family Funeral Home.
When his parents opened The Hamil Family Funeral Home in 2005, Aaron began helping on funerals just as his father had with John and Jo Ann Hamil. He graduated from Wylie High School in 2014 and spent two semesters at college before he moved to Dallas in 2015 to attend the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, where he first met Taylor McKay. Aaron served as the Second Vice President of the Iota Omicron Class. He received his Associate of Applied Science in 2016 and came back home to Abilene where he received his Funeral Directing and Embalming license in 2017. He and Taylor reconnected in 2017, and they worked in and around the DFW Metroplex until there was an opportunity to come back home. They were thrilled to be welcomed back to The Hamil Family Funeral Home with open hearts. Aaron is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and enjoys spending time with his family supporting America’s Team. Aaron and Taylor have settled in Buffalo Gap where they live with their three dogs: Chevy, Honey and Nugget.
Taylor McKay, Funeral Director
Taylor was born and raised in Rochester, New York. After graduating high school there, she studied Health Science at The College at Brockport, State University of New York for two semesters. Although she wasn’t born in here, she came to Texas as fast as she could.
She moved to Dallas in 2015, when she started school at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, where she and Aaron Hamil first met. In 2016, she graduated with her Associate of Applied Science, and in 2017, received her Funeral Directing and Embalming license from Resthaven Funeral Home in Rockwall, Texas. After working in around the DFW Metroplex, she and Aaron reconnected in 2017, and they were thrilled to be welcomed back to The Hamil Family Funeral Home with open hearts. Although funeral directing was not her first plan, it has become her life’s calling. Taylor has a deep love for animals, and she enjoys reading, cooking, and travelling, especially to visit all her family back in Rochester, New York (where the best Italian food can be found). Taylor and Aaron have settled in Buffalo Gap where they live with their three dogs: Chevy, Honey and Nugget.
Kent Anderson, Funeral Director
Kent Anderson was born to the late B.L. Anderson and Billie Benton Anderson in 1950. Reared on a cotton farm around Ralls, Texas, Home of The Fighting Jackrabbits, Kent graduated from Ralls High School in 1968. He attended Texas Tech University and moved to Houston to attend Commonwealth College of Science where he graduated in February of 1970. Kent worked at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home in Odessa after graduation and there served his apprenticeship under G.C. Hubbard and Jay Kelly. He received his Embalmer and Funeral Director’s license in 1971. Kent has also worked in Lubbock, Houston and Austin before going to work for the Hamil Family in Abilene in 1987. With more than 40 years of experience helping families during a time of loss, Kent has a wealth of knowledge to share. Though he is semi-retired and has moved to his hometown of Ralls, Kent is still available upon request. Kent married the love of his life in May of 1993 in Buffalo Gap. He and his wife, Lupe, have three daughters, Kellie, Leah and Valerie and five grandchildren, Elijah, Andrea, Noah Erin and Oliver. They are former members of Hillcrest Church of Christ in Abilene. In Ralls, he and Lupe are members of the Emma Church of Christ. His favorite pastimes include barbequing and riding Harleys with his wife.
Sam Simpson, Office Administrator
Born and reared in Wichita Falls, Texas, Sam made his way to Abilene to attend Hardin-Simmons University in the fall of 1962. After receiving a BBA degree from HSU and working several years in the accounting field, his search for a career that more nearly challenged his abilities and satisfied his interest in design lead him to Texas Tech University to complete a BA degree in interior design.
After returning in 1976 to Abilene and working several years in his interior design career, association with clients, JoAnn and John Hamil, led Sam to yet another rewarding avenue and career in the funeral business. These experiences have proven to be very fulfilling and satisfy his interest in helping others, especially during very difficult times in their lives.
This path ultimately afforded Sam the opportunity to continue serving families with Karla and Robert Hamil and their staff at The Hamil Family Funeral Home in Abilene.
Among the many blessing Sam has enjoyed throughout life are his wonderful, loving son, Chad and his wife, Lora, and two precious granddaughters, Alysse and Malerie, as well as numerous other family members and cherished friends.
Teresa Baucum, Prearrangement Counselor
Teresa was born in Abilene, Texas to parents Doris and Jimlee Baucum. She graduated from Anson High School.
Teresa worked for American Eagle Airlines as a ticket agent at the Abilene Airport. She then moved to Granbury, Texas where she worked for the Hood County Sheriff's Dept. as a dispatcher. After leaving the Sheriff's Dept. she moved back to Abilene in 1999 where she began her career as a funeral pre-arrangement counselor. Teresa attends Beltway Baptist Church.
Greg Rake, Prearrangement Counselor
Greg Rake was born and reared in Abilene, Texas, where he graduated from Cooper High School in 1992 and perused undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hardin Simmons University. Greg holds a Bachelor of Behavioral Science in Social Work and a Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development. He is also a licensed and ordained Baptist Minister.
Greg serves as a bi-vocational minister and currently works full-time for the Abilene Independent School District as an assistant elementary school principal. He also has a private practice serving the community doing supervised parent visitations and adoption home assessments. Along with serving families through education and private practice, Greg works as an adjunct instructor for both McMurry University and Hardin Simmons University as needed. Greg feels his life calling is serving and working to help people in many areas of life. In Greg’s spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is a proud uncle to three nephews, Ethan, Brayson and Dawson.
Recently, Greg began working with The Hamil Family Funeral Home as a Preneed Counselor. If you are considering preplanning or would like to visit about the different options available, please give Greg a call. He would welcome the opportunity to assist you and your family in planning ahead for your future needs.
Carroll Perkins, Funeral Assistant
Carroll was raised on the Texas Gulf Coast in Aransas Pass. He joined the US Air Force in 1965 and served on bases in Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Incirlik Turkey. He retired from the Air Force in 1987, here at Dyess AFB. After retirement he work for Rockwell International on the B1 program until 1993.
Carroll began work in and around the funeral industry for Rita Barber, Inc as a Sale’s Representative in October 1993 traveling the state of Texas and southern Oklahoma. He joined the staff at Hamil Family Funeral Home in 2015.
He’s been married to Jane for over 50 years. They have two adult children, Marci and Jonathan.
David Cason, Funeral Assistant
David was born and raised west of Tyler, Texas on a farm. He graduated from high school in 1965. He spent two years in United States Army, serving a year of duty in Viet Nam. In 1970 he answered the call to be a preacher of the Gospel. David graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 1972 with a BA and from Southwestern Baptist Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 1975. Later that year he was called as pastor of Broadview Baptist Church, here in our city. He served that church until he transitioned out in 2013 after thirty-seven and a half years as their pastor. He married his wife, Jeanne, in 1967. They have three married sons, three tremendous daughter-in-laws and seven grandchildren.
John and Joann Hamil took a liking to David. They were very helpful and generous to him as a struggling young pastor. John was a mentor on how to conduct a funeral with dignity and compassion. It was a easy move to help Robert and Karla when he transitioned to a new ministry.
Jim Ritter, Funeral Assistant
James L. Ritter born and raised in Plainview, Texas. Married to Janie, they have one son, two grandsons and one great granddaughter; all living in Abilene. Jim has been a Baptist pastor full time for 42 years and now as a bi-vocational minister.
Kelly Willis, Funeral Assistant
Kelly Willis was born and raised in Abilene, Texas, and graduated from Abilene High School. After a semester at ACU, he decided to carry on a family tradition and became third generation law enforcement.
He began the Abilene Police Academy in September 1980 and after serving the community for over 35 years, he retired in April, 2016 to join the Hamil Family Funeral Home.
He has been married to his wife, Ann, for 16 years and has a son Beau who resides in Weatherford with his wife Kelley. Kelly and Ann have been active members of Broadview Baptist Church since 2002. He enjoys traveling, spending time with family, fishing and helping others.
Tim Yandell, Funeral Assistant
Tim Yandell, was raised in Fort Worth and attended Abilene Christian University where he received his BA in Public Relations/ Mass Communications and an MS in Organizational and Human Resources.
Tim began calling Abilene home in 1986 and has been involved in fundraising for several area non-profits including: Christian Homes of Abilene, the Abilene Intercollegiate School of Nursing, the Texas Forts Trail and served for eleven years as executive director and president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Abilene/West Central Texas.
Tim has been a member of the Abilene Rotary Club for more than 30 years, serving on the board seven years and as club president 1996-1997.
His community involvement has included: Executive board member of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, past chair of the Govt. Affairs Committee of the chamber, Military Affairs Committee and past chair of the Abilene Convention and Visitor's Bureau. He has served as co-chair of the Future Fund which is a part of the Community Foundation of Abilene and is a former president of ACU Alumni Board. Tim was a long time member of the Southern Hills Church of Christ and is currently a member of The Well where he has served as a greeter and sings on the worship team. He is married to Dr. Traci Merkel Yandell, a long time public school teacher and administrator who is currently a math professor at ACU.