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Our Staff


Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Timothy McRae

Timothy McRae

Owner-Manager

Tim McRae is a Marshall County native and 25 year resident of Boaz. He is a 1983 Graduate of J. B. Pennington High School and received his Associates Degree in Applied Science of Funeral Service Education from Jefferson St. Jr. College in 1985. He first ran for and was elected to the Boaz City Council in 2000 and re-elected in 2004 and 2008. He along with a business partner opened McRae Funeral Home in June of 2001.

McRae has been and is currently involved in state, city and community affairs. He has served on various state boards and professional associations. He was one of the youngest members ever appointed to the Alabama Board of Funeral Service where he served from 1994 thru 1997. He is a member of The Boaz Rotary Club and served as President in 2012-2013. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Serving as Chairman. He is married to the former Melissa Gunter, Librarian at the Boaz Middle School. They have to three “four-legged” children; Parker Harrison, 5 and Tommie Ellen, 3 and Lucy Bea, 5. 

“We have a genuine concern for our community. We are always looking for more ways to help the community, whether donating to the school, volunteering with a civic club, attending church or just being at a ballgame, we are here because this is our community too, and we are proud to call it home. Our professional commitment to you, our friends and neighbors, is to use what our many years of experience have taught us, by listening to the needs of the families we serve and help them arrange exactly what they want.” Thank you, Tim McRae

Email: thmcrae@bellsouth.net


Cody Nugent, CFSP

Cody Nugent, CFSP

Funeral Director/ Embalmer

Cody is a DeKalb County native and a resident of Boaz. He is a 2006 graduate of Crossville High School and received his Associates Degree in Applied Science in Funeral Service Education from Jefferson State Community College in December 2013. He began his career in funeral service in 2009 as an apprentice and received his Funeral Director’s license in August 2011. He passed the National Board Exam in Funeral Directing and Embalming through the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board in December 2013 and received his embalming license in January 2014. 

Cody is married to the former Laina Gibbs of Altoona. Laina is a massage therapist at Albertville Chiropractic. They have one son, Nolan.  They are charter members of Freedom Baptist Church in the Aroney Community. Cody currently serves as Deputy Coroner for the Marshall County Coroner's Office.  Cody is a 2015 graduate of the Marshall County Leadership Challenge.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Court Appointed Juvenile Advocates (CAJA) of Marshall County and on the Board of Directors for Marshall County Leadership Challenge Alumni Association.

Cody brings new and innovative ideas to the families we serve while honoring the traditions of his Sand Mountain roots. “As a minister I have had the honor to council with families that have experienced the loss of loved ones, both young and those at the end of a long happy life. I have assisted families as they made decisions on how to honor their loved ones and helped those who wanted everything taken care for themselves by pre-planning. I find it a great privilege to serve those in need both spiritually and physically.”

What does the CFSP stand for?

Cody W. Nugent, CFSP, has earned the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Inc. This is noted by the CFSP acronym, and this licensed funeral director must meet or exceed defined criteria annually to continue use of this prestigious designation.

A select few have distinguished themselves among their peers within the funeral service profession as they continue their education to exceed the highest standards of care. This achievement is especially notable because Cody has voluntarily elected to participate in quality educational and service opportunities that far surpass what the funeral service licensing board in Alabama requires. Cody has committed to a program of lifelong learning to serve you and families in your community with the level of excellence expected of a CFSP.

The Board of Trustees of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice commends you for choosing to put your trust in the hands of a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner.

Telephone: 1-256-593-2233

Email: codynugent.fh@gmail.com


Ricky Taunton

Ricky Taunton

Funeral Director

Ricky is a Sardis City native and grew up in the Boaz area. He is a 1986 graduate of Sardis High School and received his Funeral Director’s license in 1995. He started working in funeral service in Birmingham, Alabama in 1992 and moved back to the Boaz area in 1996. 

Ricky is married to the former Jennifer Reed of Albertville. Jennifer is a science teacher with the Albertville High School. They have two daughters, Taylor and Kensley, both graduates of Albertville High School. Ricky has been a part of the boosters with the Albertville High School Band and Show Choir for many years.

Ricky brings a caring and positive attitude to the funeral home and a genuine concern for the families we serve. “I have had the honor to serve my family, neighbors and friends for over 20 years in the Boaz, Sardis and Albertville areas and truly love being able to help them at such a difficult time.” 

“Ricky is professional yet unpretentious. He exemplifies what a caring funeral director should be” extolls Tim McRae. “We couldn’t be prouder to have Ricky as a part of our professional staff.” 

Please feel free to stop by and visit with Ricky or give him a call with any of your questions or concerns.


Shirley McRae-Hunt

Shirley McRae-Hunt

Funeral Director

Shirley is the mother Tim and a fixture of McRae Funeral Home. She has been a licensed funeral director for over 20 years. She not only serves as a hostess, but also an advanced planning counselor. She has been a part of the funeral industry for over 30 years. 

Shirley grew up in the Strawberry community, just south of Arab, Alabama. She is married to Alton Hunt of Blountsville. They attend Second Baptist Church of Boaz.

Email: mcraefuneralhomellc@gmail.com


Nick McDowell

Nick McDowell

Funeral Assistant

Nick works as a funeral assistant and aids in every part of the service. Nick work with Boaz City School System as a school bus driver. He is dedicated to serving the families in our area. Nick grew up in Albertville, Alabama where he attended and graduated from high school. Nick holds a degree in Elementary Education. Nick enjoys working and being involved around the funeral home.

Telephone: 1-256-593-2233

Email: mcraefuneralhomellc@gmail.com


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