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.
Almost 17 years ago to the day we opened our new family
funeral home, I began my career in funeral service at a local funeral
home. I had one year of college under my belt and no idea what I was to
do in life.
After a few months of helping people make it through the toughest time in their lives, I instinctively knew that this was the plan God had for me.
I learned very early the importance of maintaining high standards in customer service, going beyond what was expected in order to create a meaningful and memorable experience. I learned to treat every family with the same respect and care whether they purchased an expensive funeral or needed financial assistance. I also learned the importance of good business management and maintaining reasonable funeral costs.
Our Valued Staff
Rev. Thomas Sproles, Co-Owner
After pastoring in Tennessee & North Carolina, Rev. Sproles and his family moved to New Castle in 1984 to assume the pastorate of the Pilgrim Holiness Church on Riley Road. There, he served as pastor for over 23 years.
Rev. Sproles is also a builder, and began constructing churches in 1979. After his son John joined him in construction, they cofounded Sproles Corp. Commercial Building Contractors in 1997. They have constructed nearly 50 churches and related projects.
In 2006 Rev. Sproles joined with his two sons, Tom & John, to build Sproles Family Funeral Home in order to provide the community with an exceptional funeral home facility. By building the funeral home personally, the Sproles Family has been able to keep funeral costs reasonable; even less than some firms in town.
In January of 2007 Rev. Sproles sold his portion of Sproles Corp. to his son John and now devotes more time to the ministry but continues to assist his sons in the funeral home and in construction.
Rev. Sproles and his wife Paula are the proud parents of four children, Connie Shults, Tom Sproles (wife: Mary Beth), Leah Meyer (husband: Bob), and John Sproles (wife: Julie) all of New Castle; and 12 grandchildren.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading and Ford Tractors.
Tom Sproles, CFSP, Funeral Director & Co-Owner
Tom Sproles is a licensed funeral director and Certified Funeral Service Practitioner with 25 years of experience in funeral service.
Tom began his career in funeral service in 1989 at a local funeral home. He graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1991 and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Tom is the only funeral director in Henry County to achieve the CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practitioner) designation from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.
Prior to opening Sproles Family Funeral home, Tom held a position in regional funeral home management for eight years. He oversaw the operation of 35 funeral homes and 17 cemeteries in central Indiana and Ohio. Tom was recently appointed by Governor Mike Pence to serve on the State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service.
He is active in the community serving on the boards of the New Castle Henry County Public Library, Henry County Pregnancy Care Center, Grace Holiness Church, Heartland Christian School and Glen Oaks Health Campus. Tom is also a member of Rotary.
Tom and his wife Mary Beth, an RN, have three children: Sarah Beth, a senior at God's Bible School & College in Cincinnati majoring in Elementary Education; Hannah Marie, a freshman at God's Bible School & College majoring in Nursing, and Daniel Thomas, a highly energetic seventh grader at Heartland Christian School in New Castle who loves baseball, basketball and video games.
Tom sings professionally and has recorded three CDs, "Peace," "Healing Hands" and his most recent project, "Always Faithful." All of these are available in the funeral home resource center.
David Frederick, Funeral Director
David is a licensed funeral director and professional embalmer. David has worked in funeral service since 2008. He earned an Associates in Business from God’s Bible School & College in Cincinnati, Ohio, and his Bachelors in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
David and his wife, Bethany, live in New Castle and enjoy snow skiing, biking, and spending time with friends. They also enjoy volunteering at their church and backyard barbeques.
Andrea Thornburg, Funeral Director & Advance Planning Specialist
Andrea Thornburg has been a licensed funeral director since 1998. Andrea specializes in Advanced Funeral Planning. She is a 1992 graduate of Wapahani High School and earned college degrees from Ivy Tech State College and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
Andrea attends Union Chapel and enjoys spending time with her husband of over 20 years and her 3 boys. She is a member of Tri-Kappa (Delta Phi Chapter), serves on the Senior Advisory Board for Morrison Woods Health Campus and is secretary/treasurer for Union Cemetery, Parker City.
You can contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terri McKinsey, Administrative Assistant
Terri brings almost 30 years of funeral home administrative experience to our team. She is a 1972 graduate of Blue River Valley High School and lives in Mooreland.
She co-founded the Blue River May Tea Awards Program, providing scholarships to BRV senior girls. She is a past member of the New Castle Business Professional Women's organization.
Terri enjoys reading, Blue River High School Basketball, and spending time with her family.
She and her husband Dennis have two children, Clint McKinsey and Michelle (husband: Rick) Lamb; and three grandchildren, Ricky, Alexis, and Alyse Lamb.
Sue Blackburn, Aftercare & Resource Center Coordinator
Sue leads our Aftercare Program which includes our fall grief support group and manages our unique Family Resource Center.
Sue was born and raised in Henry County. She was a member of the first graduating class of Blue River Valley High School in 1965.
She is a member of Springport Christian Church where she serves in many different capacities. Sue served on the executive board of the Henry County Mental Health Association and was co-founder of the Henry County Area Alzheimer's Conference. She co-founded the Blue River May Tea Awards Program, providing scholarships to BRV senior girls. For many years, she served on the board of the Henry County Pregnancy Care Center.
She enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her family.
Sue is no stranger to grief having lost a son, Jamie, in a tragic accident in 1992.
She lives in Springport with her husband Danny. They have two children, Joe (wife: Angela) Blackburn and Lisa (husband: David) Garner; and five grandchildren, Hunter, Zachary, Emma Grace, Ethan and Evan.
Janet Modjeski, Staff Associate and Advance Funeral Planning Professional
Janet is a lifelong resident of Mooreland, and a graduate of Mooreland High School and Indiana Business College. She is married to Michael Modjeski and they have two daughters, Amy (husband: Bob) Boudrot and Angela Modjeski and six grandchildren.
Janet was affiliated with Bible Study Fellowship for 20 years prior to becoming the current Executive Director of the Henry County Pregnancy Care Center. She attends the Madison Park Church of God in Anderson. She also serves as a Chaplain for the Henry County Emergency Services and is a member of the Henry County Ministerial Association and the Tobacco Free Coalition. She is also a past member of the Mooreland Fair Board and Cradles Advisory Board.
Janet has been on staff with Sproles Family Funeral Home since their opening in October 2006. Janet is licensed and trained to assist with advance funeral planning arrangements.
Her hobbies are spending time with her children and grandchildren, and reading.
JD Bell, Staff Associate
JD is a staff associate and has worked in funeral service for many years. He retired from Wearly Monuments as a Senior Layout Designer after 40 years of service.
JD has been singing gospel music since the early 1960's. He founded the Southern Gospel music group, The Bells, who traveled across America and sang as a family for over 30 years.
He is a dedicated Christian and an inspiration to many. He has been married for over 50 years to Rachel. Together, they are the parents of four children and have been blessed with nine grandchildren.
He is a charter member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Muncie, where he has held various positions over the years.
Gerald Leonard, Staff Associate
Gerald Leonard is a staff associate and has worked in funeral service since the early 90’s. He retired from Draper, Inc. in Spiceland, IN.
He has been married for over 44 years to Susan. Together, they are the parents of Michelle and Aaron and have also been blessed with a granddaughter, Lauren.
He is a very active in the community and currently serves as a Board Member of Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corp., New Castle Career Center and Knightstown High School Alumni.
Gerald currently attends Knightstown United Methodist Church and is a member of the Knightstown Golden Rule #16 Masonic Lodge.
Aileen McGrady, Staff Associate
Aileen and her late husband John have been pillars of our community for many years. Aileen enjoys spending time with her 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She is a member of numerous clubs including, New Castle Women's Club, AARP and Locust Grove Community Club. Aileen also volunteers at Henry County Hospital in the gift shop. Aileen may be best known for her dance moves! She was a Cornfield Clogger for over 23 years.
Mark Heskett, Staff Associate
Mark Heskett is a graduate of Union Bible College in Westfield. During his time at Union Bible College, he traveled and sang in public relations groups. He also served as the Director of Public Relations for the college.
On May 7, 2011, he married the love of his life, Elisabeth Wigger. He and Liz welcomed their daughter, Merisha, into the world on June 23, 2014.
Mark currently serves as Pastor of the Wesleyan Chapel Church in Muncie. He also serves as a Chaplain on the Muncie Police Department.