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History & Staff

Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community family dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

History and Staff of Sproles Family Funeral Home

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to plan ahead and present options without overwhelming the family and meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier. We partnered with many local florists so we can offer you a wide range of flowers for your loved one. View our recent obituaries here.

Learn the legacy.

A community family funeral home in New Castle, IN

A Dream Fulfilled

Almost 17 years to the day before we opened our new family funeral home, I began my career in funeral service. I began here, in New Castle, 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. 

I went on to graduate from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1991 and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. I held a position in regional funeral home management for eight years overseeing the operation of 35 funeral homes and 17 cemeteries in Indiana and Ohio. This experience solidified my desire to open my own family funeral home. It was wonderful training to learn the ins and outs of funeral service before opening Sproles Family Funeral Home with my father.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Rev. Thomas  Sproles

Rev. Thomas Sproles

Tom  Sproles, CFSP

Tom Sproles, CFSP

Funeral Director & Co-Owner
David Frederick

David Frederick

Funeral Director
Andrea Thornburg

Andrea Thornburg

Funeral Director & Advance Planning Specialist
Terri  McKinsey

Terri McKinsey

Office Manager
Sue  Blackburn

Sue Blackburn

Aftercare & Resource Center Coordinator
Janet  Modjeski

Janet Modjeski

Staff Associate and Advance Funeral Planning Professional
Gerald Leonard

Gerald Leonard

Staff Associate
Caleb DeArmond

Caleb DeArmond

Staff Associate
Aileen  McGrady

Aileen McGrady

Staff Associate
JD  Bell

JD Bell

Staff Associate
Mark Heskett

Mark Heskett

Staff Associate
Kingston Theodore

Kingston Theodore "Teddy" Sproles

Grief Support Puppy

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