History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Mr. Columbus Blount Murry or "Pap B" as he was affectionately known, and his wife, Fairy Lee, started Murry Funeral Home, the year was 1905.  He proceeded to build his business with honesty and integrity and set a standard that remains our goal 100 years later.  He knew almost everyone in the county by name.  His trademark was at the end of each funeral service, "Papa B" would stand and give a brief eulogy.  People that remember these events say they were the best part of the funeral.  In 1944 the Murry family constructed a new two story funeral home at 517 Clay Street and still remains our current address.  Mr. and Mrs. Murry resided upstairs and the funeral home below.  The unique feature of this establishment was what Mr. Murry referred to as a "Funeral Church" attached to the building.  Although attached, the "Funeral Church" now known as the chapel, had completely different architecture by design.  This was a first for the time.  "Papa B" was active in the business until his death in 1952.  Two of Mr Murry's sons, Emory Hoss and William B. took over until 1964, at which time Emory sold his interest to Billy Ruggles, a faithful employee since 1950.  William B. and Billy remained partners in the Murry-Ruggles funeral home until William B's death in 1977.  Billy and his wife Ramona purchased Mr. Murry's stock from his estate.  In 1980 the Ruggles sold interest to their son Murry L. Ruggles and Mike Wilcox.  The name remained the same until a devestating toronado March 1,1997.  At this time a new funeral home was built and the name changed to Ruggles-Wilcox funeral home.  We are very proud of our hertage.  Through the years, three of the owners have had the privilege of serving as president of the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association: C.B. Murry 1912, Billy Ruggles 1967, and Mike Wilcox 1994.


Our Valued Staff

  • Mike  Wilcox

    Mike Wilcox, Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Mike Wilcox joined the staff in February of 1971 as a funeral director and embalmer. In 1980 Billy and Ramona sold interest to Mike and their son Murry. Mike and his wife, Rebecca, have four adult children; Lynli (Little Rock); Michael (Eureka Springs); Michelle (Rogers); and Megan (San Jose, CA)

  • Rebecca Wilcox

    Rebecca Wilcox

  • Tim  Wright

    Tim Wright, Manager, Funeral Director & Embalmer

    Tim came to us in August 1979 directly from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in Dallas, TX. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and married to Sharon, who is also on staff. They have two children Neil in Fayetteville, AR. and Tara is married to Aaron Hughes, and they have two sons, Brayden Allen and Aylor Audric also living in Fayetteville, AR. Tim and Sharon are members of Arkadelphia Church of Christ.

  • David  Blackwell

    David Blackwell, Funeral Director & Embalmer

    David started in the funeral business in 1986. He graduated from the Northwest Mississippi Community College Mortuary Science program in 1990. David is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He married his wife Cheryl in 1990. They have three children, Melissa, Michael and John, and five grandchildren.

  • Lee  Joyce

    Lee Joyce, Office Manager

    Lee Joyce is a licensed funeral director and has been with our funeral home since 2004. He has been our general office manager since 2007. Lee and his wife Connie both went to Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. They moved away from Arkadelphia to pursue job opportunities, but moved back in 1989. They have two sons, Logan who just got married in May of 2017 and lives in Tulsa, OK, and Hayden who is in college and working towards an engineering degree.

  • Tobey  Pentecost

    Tobey Pentecost, Cemetery Supervisor

    Tobey has done an outstanding job mastering all of the details that are involved in the portion of our work that deals with the cemetery. He is married to Shasta Turner Pentecost and they have two sons, Turner and Wynn.

  • Sharon  Wright CPC

    Sharon Wright CPC, Advance Planning Consultant

    Sharon is married to our own Tim Wright and is doing a great job with our advanced planning marketing and sales.

  • Ellis Jones

    Ellis Jones, Assistant Funeral Director

  • Veda Owens

    Veda Owens, Visitation Attendant

  • Linda Jones

    Linda Jones, Visitation Attendant

  • Flossie  Mitchell

    Flossie Mitchell, Housekeeping Supervisor