Our Staff

R. Blake Cammack

R. Blake Cammack

Blake was born and raised in Longview and is a graduate of Harleton High School. He began his career in funeral service in 2007 and enrolled in Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. While a student at Dallas Institute, Blake was selected to intern at the world-renowned Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home located in Dallas. Upon graduation from Dallas Institute Blake returned to Longview and purchased 5 Star Professional Services, an independent crematory. In 2011 Blake was elected by his peers to serve on the Texas Funeral Directors Association Regional Board of Directors for East Texas, in doing so he became the youngest member to serve on the board at that time. Blake enjoys showing Tennessee Walking Horses and is an avid bird hunters. He is a member of the Longview Masonic Lodge, Little Cypress Masonic Lodge in Harleton, and Big Sandy Masonic Lodge in Big Sandy. 

Telephone: 1-903-663-3737

Email: blake@welchfuneral.com


Marcus Welch

Marcus Welch

President

Marcus Welch is a graduate of Longview High School, Stephen F. Austin, the Dallas Institute Of Mortuary Science and has been licensed as a funeral professional since 1976. He is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Longview, serves on the board of the T-Bone Walker Festival, and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, baseball and music. 

Marcus has been active in the community for many years. He has served on committees at his church, taught Sunday School and Royal Ambassadors. He served two terms on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, also serving as treasurer. Served two terms as president of the Longview South Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow, served as president of both the Longview Downtown Development Corporation and 100 Acres of Heritage, where he received the Sara Whitehurst Award for his work in the preservation and improvement of downtown Longview. During this time he also worked with the Alley Art Festival and was active from 1989 to 2002, bringing musical artists to Alleyfest. When his son, Dustin, was young, Marcus coached his baseball team in the Longview Boys Baseball Association, and served as president of the Lobo Baseball Boosters Club for two years. Marcus remains an avid fan of the Texas Rangers. 

In 2012, Marcus received the East Texas Funeral Director of the Year Award from the East Texas Funeral Director's Association.


Telephone: 1-903-663-3737

Email: marcus@welchfuneral.com


Steve Cammack

Steve Cammack

Vice President

Born and raised in Longview, Steve is the son of Noble and the late Juanita Cammack. After graduating from Longview High School he began a career with Union Pacific Railroad as an locomotive engineer and worked his way up to Manager of Operating Practices. He retired from Union Pacific in December 2015. He is married to Kathy and they have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. 

Telephone: 1-903-663-3737


Sandra Huffman

Sandra Huffman

Administrative Director

Sandra Huffman is a native of Pittsburg, Texas, a 1966 graduate of Pittsburg High School and a 1967 graduate of Bish Mathis Institute, a former business school of Longview.  A resident of Hallsville, Sandra is our office Administrative Secretary and has been with us since July 1, 1969.  After forty-six years of experience in the funeral industry, she is extremely knowledgeable and skilled in her official position with Welch Funeral Home.  She is a member of Hallsville First Baptist Church, the Lamplighters Sunday School Class, Hallsville Lions Club and relishes her work in her church nursery!  In the late 1980's, Sandra served on the board of Hospice Longview, now known as Hearts Way Hospice of Northeast Texas.  

Sandra has two married children, Michelle Parker and Michael Huffman, both of Tyler, and five grandsons.  When her children were young, she was very active in their school and summer sports activities.  In the past, Sandra enjoyed playing church league slow-pitch softball.  Nowadays, she loves to watch her grandsons play sports, march and play in their school band, and participate in theatrical productions.  Sandra continues to find pleasure in attending Hallsville Girls’ Sports events in the company of her good friend, Hugh.  

Telephone: 1-903-663-3737

Email: sandra@welchfuneral.com


B. F. Pilcher

B. F. Pilcher

Funeral Director

Brian Franklin Pilcher is a native of White Oak, Texas. Brian has been practicing twenty years, serving East Texas families. He obtained his degree in 1999 from the prestigious Dallas Institute. Brian is an avid outdoorsman,  traversing the Sabine River Valley, local lakes, and the piney woods. He is a resident of the Union Grove community,  where he enjoys managing his land and cabin.

Telephone: 1-903-663-3737

Email: brian@welchfuneral.com


Mike Loyd

Mike Loyd

Funeral Director

Mike Loyd has been licensed in the funeral industry for over 40 years. His family previously owned Loyd Funeral Home in Gilmer, Texas. Mike proudly served our country in the army both in Vietnam and Desert Storm. Upon his family selling Loyd Funeral Home, he worked as the Veterans Service Administrator for Upshur County. Prior to joining Welch Funeral Home, Mike was on staff at our crematory for 5 years. He and his wife Ann are members of First Baptist Church of Gilmer and are parents to 3 boys. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and playing baseball.

Telephone: 1-903-663-3737


Billy M. Smith

Funeral Director Emeritus

After over 50 years of faithful and dedicated service to Welch Funeral Home, and his unselfish  devotion to the families he served, Billy has chosen to retire on December 31, 2015 to spend more time with his family, especially his grandson. Billy will remain as a funeral service consultant and will be available occasionally on a part time basis. 

Billy M. Smith is a native of Longview, graduating from Longview High School in 1959, attended Kilgore College, Stephen F. Austin University and graduated from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. Billy has been a licensed funeral professional since 1967 and has been associated with Welch Funeral Home since 1961.  He is married to Judy Burns Smith and they  have a daughter, Jennifer Smith and grandson, Caiden Howell.  Billy and his family are active members of Macedonia Baptist Church where he teaches Sunday School.

Billy enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, golf and the Texas Rangers.  He has been a member of Hallsville Rotary Club, Longview Civitan Club and Longview Executive Club.  Billy also enjoys watching his grandson play baseball and attending Tae-Kwon-Do tournaments he participates in around the state.

Telephone: 1-903-663-3737


Carol Strait

Aftercare Coordinator

In the fall of 2012, Carol Strait began work at Welch Funeral Home as a part-time receptionist, but now serves as an administrative assistant.  Prior to joining Welch, she worked for thirty-one years as the Payroll Administrator for Spring Hill Independent School District.  

Carol is an active member and church secretary at Highland Park Assembly of God in Kilgore, Texas, where her brother, Ron Strait, serves as pastor.  She loves southern gospel music, eating out, arts & craft fairs, and crafting when she has the time.  

Telephone: 1-903-663-3737


Libby Flahie

Visitation Hostess

Libby was born in Kilgore, Texas and grew up in Longview.  She graduated from Longview High School, then attended Kilgore College.   Later, after marrying and moving to Arizona, she attended Mesa Community College.  After twelve years away, Libby returned to Longview and began a career in banking from which she retired in 2008.

Libby has one son, John who also lives in Longview, and one grandson, Danny, who is in graduate school in Nebraska.  

Telephone: 1-903-663-3737


Al Jones

Al Jones

Funeral Assistant

After several stops to live across the country, and to finish his degree at the University of Texas at Tyler, Al and his wife Mary reside in White Oak, Texas. A former member of Emmanuel Church for over 45 years he and his wife now attend New Beginnings Baptist Church.

Al and Mary are parents of two children and three grandchildren.  After retirement as a tool and dye maker, Al joined the Welch Funeral Home Team and for over 3 years he has assisted as a Funeral Service Assistant helping providing quality care to the needs of families served by the funeral home.

Telephone: 1-903-663-3737


Dick Rabenhorst

Dick Rabenhorst

Funeral Assistant

Dick was born in Watertown, Wisconsin, but has lived in Longview since 2003. 

He and his wife, Beth, were Baptist missionaries in Brazil, South America, for thirty-seven years.  They have three children and ten grandchildren.  Dick and Beth are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Longview.  

Telephone: 1-903-663-3737


Gerald Gunter

Gerald Gunter

Funeral Assistant

Gerald Gunter is married to Mary Kay Gunter and they have lived in Hallsville, Texas for over 21 years. They have three married children and eight grandchildren. He and his wife are members of Macedonia Baptist Church. Gerald enjoys working as a Funeral Service Assistant and helping others.

Telephone: 1-903-663-3737


Tim Patrick

Tim Patrick

Transportation Director

Tim Patrick is a native of Alabama. He grew up in Hallsville and graduated from Hallsville High School. Tim is responsible for maintaing our fleet and coordinating our overland transportation. He is married to Kelly Baxley Patrick and they have a daughter, Kelsey who attends Hallsville Schools. Tim is a member of Solid Rock Bible Fellowship.  He enjoys fishing, following the Hallsville Bobcats, and spending time with his family


Telephone: 1-903-663-3737


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