History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

In 1938, Brown Service Insurance Company built a funeral home in Bessemer to honor the Brown Service Burial Policies that were sold along with other various insurance policies. Bessemer Brown was the only other funeral home in this area with the Jacob's Funeral Parlor located on 2nd Ave. When Jacob's was closed they moved all records to be serviced by Browns Bessemer. It wasn't until later years that another funeral home would be built as competition.
The funeral home only consist of the chapel, embalming room, two restrooms, an office, selection room and three visitation rooms located on the upper level. Many years had passed before any updates were made. In the late 60's to sometime near the 80's, the lobby was extended along with two parlors added to the side of the chapel. The garage was extended to compensate for extra storage. The visitation rooms on the upper lever were later changes to current offices and new casket selection room.

After many years and owners, Browns Funeral Home in Bessemer would change the name to Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home. Some of the previous owners were, Gamble & Associates in the late 80's to early 90's; Prime Succession from early 90's until they finally went bankrupt in 2004; then Modder Inc., had the funeral home from 2004 until 2010 going bankrupt; from 2010 until present it has been owned by Mr. & Mrs. Frank Wallace of Pell City.

Our Valued Staff

  • Harlan  Turman

    Harlan Turman, Manager/ Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Harlan has been involved in cemeteries and funeral homes for over 30 years. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 25 years. Harlan and Sherry live in Pelham, Alabama where they both are involved with the ministries of Westwood Baptist Church. They have three children and eight grandchildren.

  • Ruth  Dodson

    Ruth Dodson, Licensed Funeral Director/Preneed Family Counselor

    Ruth has worked in the funeral industry for 23 years. Ruth is married to Herman Dodson and has two children and five grandchildren.

  • Gina  Jones

    Gina Jones, Office Manager

    Gina has worked in the cemetery and funeral industry for the past 30 years. Gina is married to Jeff Jones and they have two children and four grandchildren. Gina is a graduate of Hueytown High School and lives in Lakeview, Alabama.

  • Jennifer Grace Hill

    Jennifer Grace Hill, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Jennifer has worked for Bessemer Brown Service for eight years. Jennifer is a licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer with an Associates in Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service from Jefferson State Community College. She grew up in Bessemer, AL in the small community of Lacy's Chapel. Shes a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. Jennifer has two children, Jordan who's 19 and Meaghan who's 14. They currently live in Bessemer.

  • Helen  Wingo

    Helen Wingo, Visitation Staff

  • Robbie  Crane

    Robbie Crane, Visitation Staff