Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.
We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.
Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 850-763-4694 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.
Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.
Managing Funeral Director
Gallagher has been a licensed funeral director since 1992 and holds licenses in
3 states, Florida, Louisiana and Alabama.
A 1990 graduate of Commonwealth College of Mortuary Science in Houston, TX
he then received his A. A. degree in 1991. Brian brings 25 years of experience
to serving the families of Bay County. Prior to joining the staff of
Kent-Forest Lawn in 2004 Brian managed funeral homes in Louisiana and Alabama.
Brian was raised in Alexandria, LA and is the youngest of Richard and Katherine
Gallagher’s 7 sons; he will celebrate 25 years of marriage to his wife Cathy in
November of 2017. When Brian is away from work he enjoys golfing, working in
his yard and rooting for his Pittsburgh Steelers.
Licensed Funeral Director
Kelly is a 35 year veteran of funeral service and has been
licensed in Florida, Michigan and Illinois during his career. He is a graduate
of Miami-Dade School of Mortuary Science as well as Manatee Community College
and attended University of South Florida, School of Gerontology with a
concentration in Long Term Care Administration. He furthered his education at
Western Michigan University School of Secondary Education with a concentration
in History. Kelly earned the designation of CFSP as well as being a licensed
life & annuity insurance agent in both Michigan and Florida. Kelly is
married to his wife Xue Dan and together, have a daughter, Danilin. In his off
time, Kelly maintains his training in Tae Kwon Do and Karate, playing golf with
his daughter and travelling.
Funeral Home Office Manager
Tracie Bachman joined the family of Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral
Home/Carriage Services in 2013. She brings years of administrative
experience while working with the public and has such a passion for serving
families. Tracie, originally from North Alabama, came to the area in 1998
as a result of vacationing here since childhood. Panama City Beach is where she met her
husband, Steve, and during their 18 years of marriage have shared a passion for
light tackle fishing. While Tracie is away from work she loves spending time
with her daughter, Katelyn, and Parti Poodle, Moxie. You will always find them
on a beach or somewhere around the water.
Shaina Gardner claimed Panama City as her home in 1997 after
moving around the world with her military family. She holds an AA in
Communications having studied advertising and graphic design. She has worked at
Kent-Forest Lawn for three years and caringly creates tribute videos and
stationery for our families. In her free time, Shaina enjoys art, photography
Shaina, her husband and their daughter are passionate about
animal rescue and often volunteer with local animal rescue groups and are
foster parents to dogs awaiting their forever homes.
Family Service Adviser
Family Service Advisor
Advance Planning Manager
Office and Visitation Assistant
Sherry has been a resident of Panama City since 1968 coming
from a military family. She is a graduate of Rutherford High School and
Gulf Coast Community/State College. Sherry was affiliated with Panhandle
Educators FCU after graduation from Gulf Coast, working later as an
Executive Assistant with Bay Medical Center for 17 years. She most recently
worked with the Panama City Rescue Mission for the CEO.
Sherry is married and has 2 children. She is very active in
her church choir and teaches Sunday School for the Young Youth. You will likely
find her at a yard sale on Saturdays.
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