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.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
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.
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
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 over 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 serves on the State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service where he was appointed by then-governor Mike Pence.
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 (husband: David) Sanford, Hannah Marie (husband: Josh) Cravens, and Daniel Thomas. They are the extremely proud grandparents of Benaiah Owen Sanford.
Tom sings professionally and has recorded three CDs, "Peace," "Healing Hands" and his most recent project, "Always Faithful." All of these are available at the funeral home resource center.
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.
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 [email protected]
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 late husband Dennis have two children, Clint McKinsey and Michelle Lamb; and three grandchildren, Ricky, Alexis, and Alyse Lamb.
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.
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.
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.
Chuck Rhodes was born and raised in Knightstown where he currently lives with his wife of nearly 46 years, Vickie. They have 2 sons, Chris and Kyle, and have been blessed with 3 grandchildren, Parker, Magdalena, and Emersyn.
Chuck retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2016, where he served for over 34 years as a letter carrier.
He is a graduate of Knightstown High School and is active in the community serving on the Knightstown Town Council, Police Committee, Planning Commission, Veterans Memorial, and has been a videographer for the Knightstown High School football team for over 25 years.
Chuck is a member of the Knightstown First Christian Church where he serves as the Treasurer and as an Elder.
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.
Caleb DeArmond is a staff assistant, and a grandson of Rev. Thomas Sproles. With an eye for detail, Caleb is responsible for keeping our vehicle fleet clean and always looking sharp! He also assists us as needed on funeral services.
Caleb is a senior at New Castle High School and challenges himself academically by taking the most advanced classes. He really enjoys playing the Trombone in the Red Hot Blues Show Choir Team and was recently accepted to Indiana University in Bloomington where he will study Business Marketing.
There is rarely a speck of dirt on his 4x4 Jeep Wrangler or the funeral home vehicles.
Linda Gilchrist, of New Castle, was born and raised in Henry County and attended Hagerstown High School. Linda carries a Masters in Cosmetology Science as well as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She has had a career in singing gospel music and operating her Christian Clown Ministry. In years past she has participated in Master Works Choral and served at Civic Theaters in the area.
Linda was a volunteer chaplain at St. Vincent’s in Winchester. Presently she volunteers at the Guest House, Park Place Church on Riley Road, Bible Study Fellowship in New Castle, and Glad Tidings Church in Muncie. Together Linda and her late husband, George Gilchrist, have five children, eleven grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren.
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.
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.
Kingston Theodore "Teddy" Sproles
Grief Support Puppy
Kingston Theodore "Teddy" Sproles was born on May 27, 2020. He is currently in training to bring moments of joy during periods of grief to family and friends during services at the funeral home. He loves people and helping them momentarily take their minds off of the burden of sorrow.