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.

Our History

Holders was originally established in 1874 by John L. Short, it was a combination furniture store and undertaking establishment. The cabinet makers would make the coffins and that is how the funeral business originated.

At the time of their father's death, Porter F. Short, then Paul L. and Roy D. Short joined in the operation of the business. It was called Short Brothers. In 1911 Paul Short went to Mount Vernon and brother Roy went to Mount Carmel. IL in 1916 to establish their own business. Porter stayed in Owensville where he continued to operate the funeral home and furniture store.

Paul R. Holder became Porter's Associate in 1939, then in 1943 he purchased interest in the business and the firm was known as Short and Holder. Porter died in 1946 and in 1954 it was changed to Holder Funeral Home and Holder Furniture Company.

After Porter's death, Holder constructed the funeral home at 319 South Main Street separating the two businesses. The structure was originally Phillips Hotel built in 1890.

In 1961, Jeffrey K. Lutz, Holder's son-in-law joined the firm as a funeral director and embalmer. He and his wife, Sharon (Holder) Lutz purchased the funeral and furniture store in 1974.

Randall joined the Holders Funeral Home and Holders Furniture Store on October 11, 1976, then in 1991 Randall and Barbara purchased the funeral home.

Holders Funeral Home is the oldest firm in Gibson County.

Our Valued Staff

  • Nathan & Megan Morris

    Nathan & Megan Morris, President & Vice-President

    Nathan proudly attended Owensboro Catholic High School. After graduating, Nathan moved to High Point, NC where he began performing music, releasing multiple albums and earning the 2010 Indie Charts Independent Artist of the Year Award. In 2010, Nathan began working at Haley-McGinnis Funeral Home, the home his father-in-law has operated the last 55 years, where he served as General Manager. Megan had grown up in the funeral home. She began working at the family's home at a young age and quickly took hold of this life of service. Both attended the University of Kentucky and mortuary schools, Mid-America and Arapahoe, respectively. After marrying in 2012, Megan and Nathan saw a great need in the funeral industry; exemplary care. All are deserving of such care, no matter who they are or what backgrounds they had come from. In 2015, they formed Morris Family Homes, which is devoted to acquiring and continuing to implement the exceptional service communities in Kentucky and Indiana have grown to expect from the most incredible of people. In June of 2017, they purchased Holders from Randy and Barb Dike, two individuals who have selflessly devoted themselves and their lives to Owensville. Randy and Barb continue to play a major role in providing exceptional service to your family, conducting ceremonies and sitting with the families who place their trust in ours, time and time again. We are here. We are invested in the community. We realize your family deserves the absolute best and will never settle for anything less. Together, Megan and Nathan have two children; Anderson, 3, and Everett, 2.

  • Christopher C. Hays

    Christopher C. Hays, Managing Funeral Director

    Chris was born and raised in Lebanon, KY. He is a 1996 graduate of Marion County High School, where he was a standout track athlete. After high school, Chris moved to Louisville, KY to attend Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana, where he received an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science . After college, he served his apprenticeship at Funeral Auto Mortuary Science in Louisville. Chris and his wife Mandy have two children, Hunter and Eli. For Chris, funeral service isn't a service, it's a lifestyle. He proudly holds licenses in Indiana and Kentucky, and has cared selflessly for his community for 20 years. He's honored to be in Owensville and honored for the trust placed in him to celebrate your family.

  • Dr. Jonathan Eric Carroll

    Dr. Jonathan Eric Carroll, Executive Director of Grief Counseling

    Dr. Jonathan Eric Carroll is a Kentucky Licensed Pastoral Counselor (KLPC), a member of
    the Kentucky Association of Pastoral Counselors, an Adjunct Professor at Louisville
    Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral
    Counselors. He is the Pastoral Counselor-in-Residence at Holder Funeral Home, where he offers Grief Counseling and facilitates The Good Grief Group, a bi-monthly group counseling opportunity open to anyone who is living with grief and who desires to grow in
    and through the experience of it. He is also the founder and lead therapist at The Clinic @ The Montgomery, a counseling center located in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky.

    Dr. Carroll is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (D.Min), Princeton
    Theological Seminary (Th.M.), Columbia Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and King College
    (B.A.). His post-doctoral studies took place at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
    in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., the institution responsible for the continuation of the
    work of Murray Bowen, whose Family Systems Theory has become the lens through which
    Dr. Carroll practices therapy in his private practice.Dr. Carroll engaged in further post-doctoral studies at the Kentuckiana Pastoral Counseling Consortium, a training center of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).

  • Randall and Barbara Dike

    Randall and Barbara Dike

    Randall K. Dike is Past President of Holders Funeral Home. His career started in Vincennes while he was in high school working for Brockman Funeral Home. Randy then attended Vincennes University and graduated in 1975 with a business administration degree. Mr. Dike finished his studies at the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1976 in Indianapolis and began to work at Holders on October 11, 1976.

    Barbara Dike is Past Secretary- Treasurer of Holders Funeral and has helped in all phases of the business. They are continuously committed to Owensville and the families who call this place "home."