About Us

Our Staff

Our staff's commitment to you 

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Doug Wortham Owner, Funeral Director & Embalmer

Doug and his wife Tammy along with their two children Danielle and Seth moved to Cherokee Village in 1998. Although new to the area they have long family ties to Sharp county. Doug began working in the funeral profession in 1989 at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould. He attended Southern (now Williams) Baptist College in Walnut Ridge with a degree in Pastoral Ministry, and then moved on to attend Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, graduating in 1992. He attended U of A with a major in Crime Scene Investigation. Graduate of the St. Louis School of Medicine in Medicolegal Death Investigation. He also graduated from the Leadership Arkansas program in 1994 under the late Governor Jim Guy Tucker. Doug is also a National Registered EMT-A, and assists the local ambulance service when needed. He has been very active in the community, serving as the Lt. Governor for the District 19 Kiwanis Clubs and Past President of the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Gideon. Doug is also a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom , having 33 years of service with the Army and Army National Guard, And a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Doug became member of the Disaster Mortuary Response Team (DMORT) in July of 2000. Doug also serves as the Sharp County Coroner and a Deputy Coroner for Fulton County. In 2011 he became a Deputy Registrar for Arkansas Department of Health. Doug and his family are members of Cherokee Village First Baptist Church. “I believe that the funeral profession is a ministry of helping people in grief and to assist them in a troubled time of their life. When not working I love to spend time with my family and grandchildren.”

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Danielle Barber Office Manager dhbarber13@hotmail.com

Danielle Barber, daughter of Doug & Tammy Wortham and sister to Seth Wortham, is native to Cherokee Village, AR. Danielle attended Highland High School and received a scholarship from Lyon's College in Batesville, AR for creative writing & journalism. She was active in clubs such as FCCLA, FHA, RAD, and was also a junior high Rebel cheerleader. In 2004, she and her husband, Michael Barber, moved to Jonesboro, AR. Danielle has worked in many fields, giving her experience with the public as well as the unique ability to be personable and positive in every situation.

 

    In March of 2015, Danielle decided that following in the footsteps of her dad, Doug Wortham, and being a part of her family's "family-owned and operated" business would be where she could be most productive in doing what she loves the most - spreading hope and love through the Word of God and being a light to her community through the ministry that it the funeral industry. Danielle is the office manager at Wortham Funeral Home and takes great pride in her job. "I have watched my Dad [for years] show compassion to so many families and go above and beyond to make each family comfortable and happy in such heartbreaking times, as losing a loved one can be. I've always greatly admired my Dad for the way he respects and cares for the deceased, providing each passed individual with dignity as he prepares them for their final viewing. It takes a special kind of person to be able to do what Doug does, as well as the other funeral directors and embalmers on our staff. He truly is not only a great dad and grandfather, but amazing at what he does. This isn't a job to him. It is a way that he feels closer to our Lord, which keeps him humbled. He has inspired me to offer my empathy and compassion as tools for God to reach others; the way He has used my Dad to offer hope & compassion to the broken-hearted and downtrodden. To be able to comfort and help people in such tragic times as a famiy is what we as mankind were intended to do - to be there for each other and lift each other up. It is an honor to be a part of Wortham Funeral Home where this kind of humility is instilled in each staff member, regardless of what position we have. We are all equal here; it's really a great feeling."

  

  Danielle's husband, Michael, works as a lead man in the final department for Great Dane Trailers, Inc. in Jonesboro, AR. He also assists Wortham Funeral Home in transporting the deceased from one place to another, setting monuments, opening the door and greeting the guests at funeral services, as well as also setting up for services. They are the proud parents of six children; Haylee, Hope, Hunter, Hayden, Hadisyn & Heath - who also attend Highland Schools in Highland, AR. Their main priorities are God, family, education, and hard-work. Michael & Danielle attend Fairview Baptist Church in Paragould, AR and reach out to addicts and the family's of addicts on their "Stop Inhalant Abuse" Facebook page: 

 https://www.facebook.com/Stop-Inhalant-Abuse-700960400047525/

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Adam Bates Funeral Director & Embalmer

Adam is a native to the Ash Flat area and joined the staff at Heath Funeral Home in 2004, working part time until 2006. Before coming to the funeral home full-time Adam worked for Wal Mart Stores Inc. and Cherokee Village Water Works. In 2008 Adam changed from full time back to part time to pursue a career with the Ash Flat Fire Department.


Adam is a 1999 graduate of Highland High School and received his Mortuary Science Degree from Arkansas State University in 2006. He is a FFII & EMT, and has served with the Ash Flat Fire Department since 1999; he also serves as a Deputy Coroner for Fulton County. Adam is a member of Wilson Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons #432 in Hardy, and attends Friendship Baptist Church in Highland.


Adam and his wife Amy have three daughter's, Katlin, Emma and Ruth Ann, and live in the Ash Flat area.

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Wade Bellah Funeral Director & Embalmer

Wade is a native to the Pocahontas area. He is a graduate of Pocahontas High School and The Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He began his career in the funeral profession in 1973 at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould.


In 1979, he left Paragould and moved to Northwest Arkansas where he worked until he retired to Alabama. In 1995 he moved back to this area and he started working part time at Heath Oak Hill Chapel. Wade is a member of Imboden Baptist Church where he also serves as Sunday School Director.


Wade and his wife Pearl live in Imboden.

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Harvey Smith Funeral Assistant

Harvey and his wife Wanda are natives of Thayer Missouri. Harvey served 20 years in the U.S. Navy. After retiring from the Navy he and his family moved to Cherokee Village where he worked in rental property management for another 28 years. Harvey began working with Heath Funeral Home in 2000.

 

Harvey and his wife currently live in Ash Flat.

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Richard "Dick" Alexander Funeral Assistant

Before beginning his career in education Dick worked for eight and a half years with T.B. Smith Funeral Homes in Ridgway, Omaha and New Haven, Illinois, Klinger Funeral Home in Springfield, Missouri and Rainey’s Chapel of the Ozarks.


Dick is a former Methodist Minister in Missouri East Conference of the United Methodist Church. He retired from the Hoxie School District where he served as Elementary Counselor with an overall experience in the field of education as School Psychological Examiner, Principal, Superintendent and classroom teacher.


Dick and his wife Carol live in Highland.

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Seth Wortham Groundskeeper & Transport seth.wortham@smail.astate.edu

Seth Wortham, son of Doug & Tammy Wortham, is a 2011 graduate of Highland High School and is currently attending Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. He is working toward obtaining his Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, with emphasis in History and Criminology. Seth has been involved with the funeral home since he was a junior in high school; assisting with funerals, cremations, as well as helping with upkeep of the funeral home.  Seth also served as an assistant deputy coroner for Sharp County.

Seth is a former member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop #639 out of Cherokee Village, and served as an archery instructor at Camp Kia Kima. He is a former member of the co-ed sorority Tau Beta Sigma and is now an active member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, as well as “The Sound of The Natural” marching band and the “Howlers” pep band.  As he is working toward obtaining his Bachelors degree, Seth is also an avid scuba diver, working toward his Master Diver Certification.

Doug Wortham

Owner, Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Doug and his wife Tammy along with their two children Danielle and Seth moved to Cherokee Village in 1998. Although new to the area they have long family ties to Sharp county. Doug began working in the funeral profession in 1989 at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould. He attended Southern (now Williams) Baptist College in Walnut Ridge with a degree in Pastoral Ministry, and then moved on to attend Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, graduating in 1992. He attended U of A with a major in Crime Scene Investigation. Graduate of the St. Louis School of Medicine in Medicolegal Death Investigation. He also graduated from the Leadership Arkansas program in 1994 under the late Governor Jim Guy Tucker. Doug is also a National Registered EMT-A, and assists the local ambulance service when needed. He has been very active in the community, serving as the Lt. Governor for the District 19 Kiwanis Clubs and Past President of the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Gideon. Doug is also a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom , having 33 years of service with the Army and Army National Guard, And a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Doug became member of the Disaster Mortuary Response Team (DMORT) in July of 2000. Doug also serves as the Sharp County Coroner and a Deputy Coroner for Fulton County. In 2011 he became a Deputy Registrar for Arkansas Department of Health. Doug and his family are members of Cherokee Village First Baptist Church. “I believe that the funeral profession is a ministry of helping people in grief and to assist them in a troubled time of their life. When not working I love to spend time with my family and grandchildren.”

Danielle Barber

Office Manager
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Danielle Barber, daughter of Doug & Tammy Wortham and sister to Seth Wortham, is native to Cherokee Village, AR. Danielle attended Highland High School and received a scholarship from Lyon's College in Batesville, AR for creative writing & journalism. She was active in clubs such as FCCLA, FHA, RAD, and was also a junior high Rebel cheerleader. In 2004, she and her husband, Michael Barber, moved to Jonesboro, AR. Danielle has worked in many fields, giving her experience with the public as well as the unique ability to be personable and positive in every situation.

 

    In March of 2015, Danielle decided that following in the footsteps of her dad, Doug Wortham, and being a part of her family's "family-owned and operated" business would be where she could be most productive in doing what she loves the most - spreading hope and love through the Word of God and being a light to her community through the ministry that it the funeral industry. Danielle is the office manager at Wortham Funeral Home and takes great pride in her job. "I have watched my Dad [for years] show compassion to so many families and go above and beyond to make each family comfortable and happy in such heartbreaking times, as losing a loved one can be. I've always greatly admired my Dad for the way he respects and cares for the deceased, providing each passed individual with dignity as he prepares them for their final viewing. It takes a special kind of person to be able to do what Doug does, as well as the other funeral directors and embalmers on our staff. He truly is not only a great dad and grandfather, but amazing at what he does. This isn't a job to him. It is a way that he feels closer to our Lord, which keeps him humbled. He has inspired me to offer my empathy and compassion as tools for God to reach others; the way He has used my Dad to offer hope & compassion to the broken-hearted and downtrodden. To be able to comfort and help people in such tragic times as a famiy is what we as mankind were intended to do - to be there for each other and lift each other up. It is an honor to be a part of Wortham Funeral Home where this kind of humility is instilled in each staff member, regardless of what position we have. We are all equal here; it's really a great feeling."

  

  Danielle's husband, Michael, works as a lead man in the final department for Great Dane Trailers, Inc. in Jonesboro, AR. He also assists Wortham Funeral Home in transporting the deceased from one place to another, setting monuments, opening the door and greeting the guests at funeral services, as well as also setting up for services. They are the proud parents of six children; Haylee, Hope, Hunter, Hayden, Hadisyn & Heath - who also attend Highland Schools in Highland, AR. Their main priorities are God, family, education, and hard-work. Michael & Danielle attend Fairview Baptist Church in Paragould, AR and reach out to addicts and the family's of addicts on their "Stop Inhalant Abuse" Facebook page: 

 https://www.facebook.com/Stop-Inhalant-Abuse-700960400047525/

Adam Bates

Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Adam is a native to the Ash Flat area and joined the staff at Heath Funeral Home in 2004, working part time until 2006. Before coming to the funeral home full-time Adam worked for Wal Mart Stores Inc. and Cherokee Village Water Works. In 2008 Adam changed from full time back to part time to pursue a career with the Ash Flat Fire Department.


Adam is a 1999 graduate of Highland High School and received his Mortuary Science Degree from Arkansas State University in 2006. He is a FFII & EMT, and has served with the Ash Flat Fire Department since 1999; he also serves as a Deputy Coroner for Fulton County. Adam is a member of Wilson Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons #432 in Hardy, and attends Friendship Baptist Church in Highland.


Adam and his wife Amy have three daughter's, Katlin, Emma and Ruth Ann, and live in the Ash Flat area.

Wade Bellah

Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Wade is a native to the Pocahontas area. He is a graduate of Pocahontas High School and The Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He began his career in the funeral profession in 1973 at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould.


In 1979, he left Paragould and moved to Northwest Arkansas where he worked until he retired to Alabama. In 1995 he moved back to this area and he started working part time at Heath Oak Hill Chapel. Wade is a member of Imboden Baptist Church where he also serves as Sunday School Director.


Wade and his wife Pearl live in Imboden.

Harvey Smith

Funeral Assistant
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Harvey and his wife Wanda are natives of Thayer Missouri. Harvey served 20 years in the U.S. Navy. After retiring from the Navy he and his family moved to Cherokee Village where he worked in rental property management for another 28 years. Harvey began working with Heath Funeral Home in 2000.

 

Harvey and his wife currently live in Ash Flat.

Richard "Dick" Alexander

Funeral Assistant
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Before beginning his career in education Dick worked for eight and a half years with T.B. Smith Funeral Homes in Ridgway, Omaha and New Haven, Illinois, Klinger Funeral Home in Springfield, Missouri and Rainey’s Chapel of the Ozarks.


Dick is a former Methodist Minister in Missouri East Conference of the United Methodist Church. He retired from the Hoxie School District where he served as Elementary Counselor with an overall experience in the field of education as School Psychological Examiner, Principal, Superintendent and classroom teacher.


Dick and his wife Carol live in Highland.

Seth Wortham

Groundskeeper & Transport
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Seth Wortham, son of Doug & Tammy Wortham, is a 2011 graduate of Highland High School and is currently attending Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. He is working toward obtaining his Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, with emphasis in History and Criminology. Seth has been involved with the funeral home since he was a junior in high school; assisting with funerals, cremations, as well as helping with upkeep of the funeral home.  Seth also served as an assistant deputy coroner for Sharp County.

Seth is a former member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop #639 out of Cherokee Village, and served as an archery instructor at Camp Kia Kima. He is a former member of the co-ed sorority Tau Beta Sigma and is now an active member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, as well as “The Sound of The Natural” marching band and the “Howlers” pep band.  As he is working toward obtaining his Bachelors degree, Seth is also an avid scuba diver, working toward his Master Diver Certification.