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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, CFSP

Timothy McRae, CFSP

Owner-Manager


Timothy H. McRae is a Marshall County native and 31-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 started his career in his hometown of Arab at Gober Funeral Chapel while still in high school.  He 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 is currently serving the state funeral director’s association as Vice President and on the Marshall Medical Centers Board of Directors.  He is a member of the Independent Funeral Directors Group and also has served on the Boaz Area Chamber of Commerce and Pirate Foundation Boards of Directors. He recently was honored to sit on the Child Advocacy and MCLC Boards as well. He is married to the former Melissa Gunter, Librarian at  Boaz Middle School. They have two “four-legged” children; Parker Harrison, 11 and Lucy Bea, 9. 

“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

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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 25 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 attends Second Baptist Church of Boaz.

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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.


Keith Russell Gibbs

Keith Russell Gibbs

Funeral Director / Embalmer



Nick McDowell

Nick McDowell

Funeral Assistant

Nick works as a funeral assistant and aids in every part of the service. Nick works 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 associates degree in Elementary Education. Nick enjoys working and being involved around the funeral home.

Telephone: 1-256-593-2233

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