December 19, 2002

Tinkles Are New Owners Of Payne Funeral Chapel

On December 10 Ronnie and Chris Tinkle became the new owners of Payne Funeral Chapel. Phil Payne and the present employees of the chapel will continue to join Ronnie and Chris as they serve the community.

"We will continue to serve Scotland County and the surrounding area with the same compassionate, professional service and conservative prices as Payne's has given since they began business in 1905," said Ronnie Tinkle.

The Tinkles will continue to carry the name Payne Funeral Chapel at the facility. The company also stressed that it will honor all pre-needs and funeral plans that the public already had in place through Payne's and they will continue to accept all pre-need plans.

"We truly appreciate everyone that has shown us support in the decision that we made to become owners," said Tinkle. "We invite everyone to stop in and have a cup of coffee and we also plan to have an open house in January."

Ronnie Tinkle is a licensed embalmer and funeral director and has 23 years experience. He is a member of the Missouri Funeral Directors Association, is an active member of the Memphis Masonic Lodge #16 AF & AM and also serves on the Scotland County Ambulance Board. He and his wife are members of the Memphis United Methodist Church where they are active youth leaders. Chris has been an active Hospice volunteer for the past seven years and works with the American Cancer Society as a certified Reach to Recovery volunteer for women that have had breast cancer. She helps organize the Relay for Life Survivors Lap. Chris is employed at Pamida but will be assisting with funerals and visitations at the Chapel as well.

The couple has one son, Matthew, who lives in Memphis. Ronnie is the son of Norma and the late Robert Mendenhall. His father Vernon (Red) and stepmother Luella Tinkle, live in the Crawford area. Ronnie was raised in Memphis and graduated from Scotland County R-I High School before going on to the Commonwealth College of Mortuary Science in Houston, TX, where he graduated second in his class in 1980.

Chris, the daughter of the late Vera and Duane Coffin of Milton, IA, moved to Memphis from Milton and also is an SCR-I graduate. The couple moved to Noel in 1980 where they both worked for Ozark Funeral Homes and Ozark Monuments in McDonald County for more than 10 years. During this time they both became certified in monument designing and sandblasting for memorials.

Ronnie and Chris moved to Camdenton when Ronnie became employed by Hedge's Funeral Home.

In 1993 they returned to Memphis where Ronnie worked for Gerth Funeral Service before they had the opportunity to purchase Payne's.

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