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.
PresidentMr. Brudnicki has been with Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home/Carriage Services for over 40 years. He has been the Mayor of Panama City, since 2011. Greg is a former Trustee at Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart, where he served for 19 years, and a former Chairman of the Board of the Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services, where he served for 10 years.
Managing PartnerRobert L. Maclary has been a licensed funeral director since 1977. He has been with Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home as Managing Partner since 2010. Mr. Maclary is a past Board of Director member for the Southern Cemetery, Crematory and Funeral Association; a past Board member for the Maryland Cemetery and Funeral Association; and a past Board member for Save Our Cemeteries, New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and a Master Mason/Past Master of Lodge 215 Silver Spring Maryland, a Rotarian, a member of Bay County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Lions Club. Robert was the guest speaker at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Wilbert Manufacturers Association.
Managing Funeral DirectorBill Jones, LFD is the senior funeral director and Funeral Director In Charge at Kent-Forest Lawn. A 1975 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, Bill recently completed his 50th year in funeral service. Bill lives in Lynn Haven, and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Panama City.
Managing Funeral Director
Brian 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.
Licensed Funeral DirectorP. Scott Shank, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, is a 2013 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, Georgia. Scott joined Kent-Forest Lawn in December 2015. Scott is a native of DeFuniak Springs, Florida and resides in Panama City with his wife Donna.
Licensed Funeral Director
AmbassadorAnn had a long term career in nursing. Since her semi-retirement, she has serviced families during visitation and funeral services at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home for a number of years. Ann is a native of Panama City, where she and her husband raised their family and have stayed active in the community.
Funeral AssistantRussell has been a resident and businessman in the Bay County area for many years. In addition, he's made time to also provide funeral assistance to families here at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home.
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 five years and caringly creates tribute videos and stationery for our families. In her free time, Shaina enjoys art, photography and traveling.
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 AdvisorJohn Byrne has been a Family Service Advisor with Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, and Garden of Memories since 1977. He has assisted thousands of families with pre-arrangement services as well as at-need arrangements. He has over 37 years of experience serving families in the local area. He is our Senior Memorial Counselor and assists in the training and directing of all staff with cemetery and funeral home needs. He has been married to his wife Annice for 44 years.
Family Service Adviser
Family Service Advisor
Licensed Advance Planning Specialist
Marilyn Fenimore, Licensed Family Service Counselor and Advance Planning Specialist
Marilyn has been studying “death and dying” for over 30 years. She is an entrepreneur having been in the field of marketing, advertising and human resources throughout her career.
Marilyn is a Lay Hospice volunteer, a member of the Alzheimer’s Alliance Association, Bay County Aging Interagency Council, Board Secretary for Early Education and Care, past president of Bay Point Women’s Club, past president of Bay Education Foundation, member of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Panama City, Vice president of St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary, member of the recently formed non-profit 360 Club, 2017 Girl Scout Women of Distinction Youth Services Award and Girls’ Inc. mentor.
She is married to the love of her life, Bill Fenimore, past chairman of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and a commercial real estate broker.
Marilyn says, “Collaborating about “death and dying” and assisting her clients with pre-planning their funerals at Kent Forest Lawn is an honor”. Visit her website, MarilynFenimore.com
Maintenance SupervisorMike Scott is the Maintenance Supervisor for Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Cemeteries and has been part of the Carriage Services Team for over 29 years. He helps in the direction of our cemeteries, Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Evergreen Memorial Gardens, and Garden of Memories Cemetery.
You are welcome to call us any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience.