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.

Amy Sellers Shepard

Amy Sellers Shepard

Owner/Pre-need Insurance Agent/ Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer/Notary

Amy is the daughter of Ronnie Sellers (late) and Linda Thompson Sellers of Columbia. She is a 1997 graduate of Headland High School. In 1996, Amy began working in the medical field while still in Highschool.  She has a love for the medical field and helping others in their time of need. 

In 2001 she received her Emergency Medical Technician license, along with her EVOC Instructor license from Alabama Fire College. In addition, she is an American Heart Instructor for CPR and First Aid.

In 2003 she started work at Medical Center Barbour in Eufaula until moving to Dothan in 2014.

Since 2014, Amy has been an owner of House of Flowers, which has been voted “Best of the Wiregrass” in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 for Best Florist.

Amy is currently a licensed apprentice while enrolled at Gupton Jones to receive her Funeral Director/Embalmers licenses as well as an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science. 

Amy is the youngest of four siblings, Ronnie (Susan) Sellers,  late Rhonda Sellers (Chris) Tomasino  and Amanda Brackin. She is widow of Jason Shepard and Mom to four children, Jaycie Shepard Cox (John Mark), Jon Paul Shepard, Baileigh Martin, Peyton Martin and three fur babies Mitzi, Milo and Marley.


Vince Dooley

Vince Dooley

Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Cremationist

Vince Dooley

Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Cremationist 


Vince is the son of the late James A. Dooley and Sharon and Wendell Jones of Daleville. He is a graduate of Enterprise High School class of 1983.  He joined the Army and became a medic and nursing assistant. He served in the army, army reserves and national guard for a total of seven years.  


Following his military career,  he was a supervisor at Pride Craft in Enterprise and worked part time at Sorrells Funeral

Home with Terry and Terri Lynn Sorrells.  The Sorrells were a big influence and helped pave the way for him to become a funeral director and embalmer.  Because of the experience he was gaining Mr. Sorrells sent him to  East Mississippi Community College where he obtained an Associate Degree  in Applied Science in funeral service technology.  In may of 2004 he received  his funeral director and embalmers license.  His Mom and children were his biggest fans.  


When Vince was asked who played a major role in his interest in the funeral  service he replied that during junior high, Mr. Bill Searcy would come to the school during career day and that he was always so intrigued by the way Mr. Searcy talked of their services and helping other people.  Vince was employed about with SCI for 12 years after his time with Sorrells Funeral Home. 


In July 2008, Vince married Melinda Ann Moore of Enterprise.   Together they have six children, eight grandchildren and eight fur babies.  


Vince is happy to be at Family First Funeral Care  and looks forward to serving the Dothan community.  


Jazmine Real

Jazmine Real

Funeral Assistant/Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer

Jazmine is the wife of Diego Real.  Jazmine attended Schurr High School in Montebello, California.  She obtained Associates in Science and Liberal Arts from Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.  She served in the military for 8 years. She enlisted as a cook and reclassed as a Mortuary Affairs Sergeant.  She served a year over seas 2017-2018.  Jazmine is currently enrolled at Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa to receive the Associates of Applied Science in Funeral Science.  She is also bilingual speaking English and Spanish.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking, cooking German and Mexican food, traveling and volley ball.   


Jack Hunt

Jack Hunt

Funeral Assistant

Jack was born in Dothan, AL to the late Jack and Agnes Hunt.  Upon graduating from Dothan High School in 1994, he joined the United States Coast Guard where he served for 10 years before being honorably discharged.

Jack is currently employed full-time with the Dothan Police Department, where he has served for the past 16 years.  Jack has twice received the Life Saving Award during his tenure with the police department, the latest being in 2017.

In his free time, Jack enjoys camping, fishing and spending time with his family.  Jack is married to Jennifer Hunt.  Jack is the father of two children and step father of 3.

He is honored to serve the Wiregrass community in his position as an officer with the Dothan Police Department as well as working part-time with Family First Funeral Care.  

Jack can be reached at 334-446-1560.


John Gormley

John Gormley

Funeral Assistant/Chaplain

John has spent the last 40 years in the legal system, first as a law-enforcement officer on the local and state level and now as a continuing legal education provider for the legal and law-enforcement communities. John's seminars are accredited by the Supreme Court or State Bar in 29 states, where he also serves as a trial consultant.
John is an ordained minister, having served as an assistant pastor at 2 area churches.
 
John is married to Charlotte Tatom Gormley who retired as a patrol sergeant supervisor after 30 years on the Dothan Police Department.
 
He is dedicated to serving others in their time of loss.


Charlotte Gormley

Charlotte Gormley

Funeral Assistant

Charlotte Gormley served 30 years as a sergeant patrol supervisor with the Dothan Police Department. After her retirement she served, part time, in the civil division of the Houston County Sheriff's department. She recently worked as a School Protection Officer in the elementary schools with the Dothan Police Department until her "final" retirement from law-enforcement
At Family First Funeral Care, Charlotte serves as a Funeral Assistant, helping families through a difficult time in their lives with her friendly and caring demeanor. 
Charlotte is married to John Gormley, who serves as a Funeral Assistant and Staff Chaplain at Family First Funeral Care.
 


Courtney Laster

Courtney Laster

Funeral Assistant

Courtney is the daughter of the late Lula "Grace" Adair.  Courtney attended Dothan High.  After High School Courtney obtained her CDL at All American Truck Driving School in Huntsville, Alabama.  She has been a long-haul truck driver since 2002.  She has 2 children, Allan McKinzie age 26 who is active miliary stationed At Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and Jah'mil Harriette age 21  who graduated from UAB May 2022 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.  Courtney enjoys being around people and helping others through difficult times by sharing her testimony.  She is planning to open Gems & More in summer of 2022.  


Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

Funeral Assistant

Coach Jeffrey Brown was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1964.  He attended High School at Central of Tuscaloosa where he graduated in 1983. 

He served in the United States Army for two years.  After serving in the military, Coach Brown received a basketball scholarship at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa.  He played one year for the Golden Bears at Miles College in Birmingham. 

Coach Brown enrolled at Southern Junior College of Business in Birmingham where he received his Associates Degree in Business Administration.  He was named Mr. Southern Junior College in 1991.  After graduating from Southern Junior College Coach Brown moved to Dothan in 2000. 

He began work at Jerry Lee Faine Elementary as a physical education aide.  In 2015 he began his journey of formulating several programs to enhance the knowledge of our youth. 

He is also a respected member and active Minister on staff at Greater Beulah Baptist Church.  Coach Brown is a current member of the Dothan High School Wolves Coaching Staff.  He was honored May of 2022 as Helping Hands Hero.  Coach Brown works part time at Family First Funeral Care as a Funeral Assistant.  


Brandon Goff

Brandon Goff

Funeral Assistant

Brandon is the son of the late William Goff and Diane Lewis.  He has been married since 2013 to his wife Sierra.   They have 3 kids, Tristan, Braydon and Mallie.   Brandon graduated Rehobeth High School.  He attended Wallace Community College to obtain his EMT license.  He volunteered with Hodgesville  Fire Department and was an Auxillary Police Officer at Napier Field Police Department.  He worked in surgery as a PCA and is currently employed at Townsend.  In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.  


Joey Evans

Joey Evans

Funeral Assistant

Joseph "Joey" Evans was born and raised in Dothan, AL..  He graduated from Dothan High School in 1989 and from Wallace Community College in 1991 as a Certified Mechanic.  

Joey has worked with his parents for many years at Evans Automotive.  In 1998 he started with the Dothan Police Department.  Sergeant Evans has been with the police department over 20 years and is a Certified Bomb Technician, a member of the Homeland Security Response Team and has been named Officer of the Year for the Dothan Police Department.  

Joey is the son of Joe and Pat Evans.  Joey is married to Wendi Spears Evans and they have four children, Emily, Elizabeth, Madison and Jordan.  Joey and Wendi attend Crossroads Baptist Church.

In his spare time, Joey enjoys camping, going to the lake, water sports, fishing and mountain biking.

In addition to his full-time duties with the Dothan Police Department, Joey is proud to serve the families that call upon Family First Funeral Care.  


Telephone: 1-334-446-1560


Dennis Snell

Dennis Snell

Funeral Assistant/Staff Barber/Pastor

Pastor Dennis C. Snell had his first spiritual encounter with the Lord as a young boy at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church singing in the youth choir. From there he went on singing in the Snell family quartet group The Spiritual Southerners’ for over 20 years. He is married to the former Ms. Marquittie M. Ford whom he met on September 12, 2005. After 10 months of courting, they were married on July 10, 2006, and she became Mrs. Marquittie Snell. There union has produced four beautiful children Janicia, Maurissia, Zyrion, and Khadycia Snell. He later became a member of Outlet Ministries in Baker Hill, Alabama under the leadership of Pastor Freddie Smith where he accepted his call into the ministry. In 2006 he preached his first sermon titled “Choices not Chances Determines your Destiny”.  In 2013 he moved his membership back to Greater Beulah Baptist Church under the doctrine of Dr. Rayford E. Malone. In December of 2013 he was licensed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the World. In May of 2015 he was sent to Hartford, Alabama to Preach the Gospel at Prosperity Missionary Baptist Church. On January 3rd of 2016 he was Ordained to The Gospel Ministry. On July 10, 2016, he was installed as Pastor at Prosperity Missionary Baptist Church in Hartford, Alabama. In November 2020 he became a Board Member of The New York Presbyterian of Ordination.  In 2021 he became the overseer of Greater Joy #2 in Huntsville, Al. In 2021, he joined the Family First Funeral Care Staff as the Staff Barber and now Funeral Assistant.  He is dedicated, focused, and is striving to change the lives of every person that he meets telling them about Jesus Christ. His heart’s desire is to leave a legacy well pleasing in the eyesight of God and one day hear him say,” Well done thy good and faithful servant”.

 


Diego Real

Diego Real

Spanish Translator/Funeral Assistant

Diego Real

Was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and attended high school and completed four years of the Veterinary Medicine Program at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. Mr. Real moved to the US and married Jazmine Real in 2007. He enlisted in the US Army jointly with his wife in 2010. He was a Distinguished Honor Graduate from the Unit Supply Course at Fort Lee, VA. Diego assisted the US Army recruiting team as a translator and interpreter for the Hispanic Community in the state of Iowa. Later on, he became the Training Sergeant and was assigned as a building manager of the Oskaloosa, IA armory. Mr. Real was medically retired in 2016 due to a sudden cardiac arrest during training. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Coaching with the Summa Cum Laude honors from the United States Sports Academy (USSA). Diego is currently working on his Sports Coaching Master’s Degree at Ohio University. He enjoys supporting the Family First Funeral Care Staff as a translator and interpreter for the Spanish speaking community in Dothan and surrounding cities. 


Dinah Meredeth Grant

Dinah Meredeth Grant

Support Staff

Dinah has been employed with Family First since November of 2020 as well as House of Flowers in a support staff role. She is the wife of Stephen Grant and a resident of Dale County.  Dinah has become family to us and is an asset in our community to the families she serves through her own residential and commercial cleaning business.  


Marley Shepard

Marley Shepard

Emotional Support Staff

Marley is a one year old mini double-dapple dachshund.  Since her arrival to Family First at the young age of 8 weeks old she has been a tremendous comfort to families while making arrangements and during services.  Marley has plans to continue her training and education to become a certified grief therapy dog.  


Jason Shepard

Jason Shepard

Founder

                                                 In Loving Memory 
                                               Jason Scott Shepard

                         August 20, 1973 - November 4, 2021


Jason is the son of Reverend Johnny and Janie Vickers Shepard of Hartford. In 1991 he graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science and became National Board Certified in 1992.

In 1988, Jason began his career in Swainsboro, GA at Peebles-Curry Mortuary under the guidance of J. Gary Curry and Bob Ray Peebles. After graduation, he briefly returned to Swainsboro before moving to Vidalia, GA. There he worked with his friend and mentor, Ronnie Stewart at Ronnie L. Stewart Funeral Service. “Ronnie is more than a friend, he is also my greatest mentor, not only in funeral service, but life itself. He is rich in knowledge and I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for him.”

Jason along with friend and fellow funeral director Tracy Joiner opened Joiner-Shepard Funeral Home in Statesboro, GA in 1996. Today it is the leading funeral home in the area. However, all his family returned to Alabama and Jason longed to be with them. After owning and operating several funeral homes, in 2014, Jason, along with his wife, Amy opened House of Flowers. 

“After some time, I had numerous families coming to me about funerals and pricing. I felt as though funeral directors and funeral prices had abandoned families, so I had the idea to offer a beautiful, welcoming facility, while offering the lowest possible pricing available.” As we began to make the dream a reality, I was able to partner with my long-time friend, Roy Watford to offer families of the Wiregrass one of the most beautiful homes, the most favorable pricing and finest staff in the area. I couldn’t be happier to be back in the Wiregrass, serving families, doing what I love, with my wife, Amy and business partner Roy.

Roy, Amy, myself and the entire Family First team is here, ready and willing to serve our community. Because we feel like we offer service and facilities second to none, we offer our 100% Service Guarantee, regardless of  family or financial needs.


Roy W. Watford

Roy W. Watford

Funeral Assistant

In Loving Memory 
February 24, 1936 - July 1, 2022



After forty-five years as a teacher, counselor and high school principal, Roy Watford was not content to sit at home.  His genuine love for people and his compassion are a perfect fit with the mission of Family First Funeral Care.  

As a trained musician, he serves as organist/choirmaster for First United Methodist Church in Graceville, Florida, where he grew up as the only son of Roy and Mary Evelyn Hodges Watford.  He is active in the civic and cultural life of Dothan.  He holds degrees from Troy University, Peabody College of Education of Vanderbilt University and Auburn University.  

Roy’s friends know him as a true Southern Gentleman, always faithful to task at hand, and always optimistic.  His passion for beauty and nature are always evident in anything he does.

It is a joy and pleasure to be part of a team that is totally committed to providing efficient, caring and compassionate service at an affordable price.  He is extremely proud of the beautiful facility and its furnishings that reflect true Southern Hospitality, grace, dignity and beauty.


Joey Hudspeth

Joey Hudspeth

Funeral Assistant / Chaplain

Joey Hudspeth is current Pastor at Union Freewill Baptist Church in Abbeville, Alabama.  He and Lougenia Carr Hudspeth have been married 43 years.  They have two sons, Ben and Matt Hudspeth and are proud grandparents to Ian and Eli Hudspeth.  


Jon Paul Shepard

Jon Paul Shepard

Funeral Assistant

Jon Paul is the son of  late Jason Shepard and Lisa Keating.  Jon Paul graduated 2017 from Vidalia High School in Vidalia, Georiga.  He works at Buffalo Rock.  He works part time at Family First Funeral Care.

  In his spare time he enjoys camping, fishing, working out, mudding and spending time with his family and friends.   


Vince Arnold

Vince Arnold

Funeral Assistant

In Memory of Vince Arnold 

August  18, 1955 - January 13, 2020


Vince is the son of the late Donald and Dean Arnold of Dothan.  Vince is a 1973 graduate of Dothan High School.  Vince attended Wallace Community College and Troy University. 

Vince began working in retail in 1973 with Sears Department Store for 13 years.  Vince furthered his career at Gayfers/Dillards starting as a sales associate and advancing to Department Manager and later to Store Manager.  He left Dillards to work at Office Depot in Enterprise as the store Manager.  Vince worked in the retail business for 40 years until his retirement.  

Telephone: 1-334-446-1560


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