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Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home began their tradition of serving the families in the panhandle area in 1955. Over the years, our funeral home has served thousands of families, earning a reputation for compassionate service and community involvement. We are a family owned and operated funeral home and crematory, and our family and staff are dedicated to serving your family.


Anderson (Andy) and Heather Powell, owners and operators of Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home, are natives of Crestview. Andy is a graduate of Gupton-Jones Mortuary College in Atlanta, and is active in the Crestview Community.

Ami Batson, licensed funeral director and embalmer, grew up in the Baker/Crestview area. She started working for Whitehurst-Powell Funeral Home during high school. After graduating from Baker School and OWCC with her Associates Degree in 2003, she went straight into college for Funeral Services. With her degree in hand, she came back to work full time at Whitehurst-Powell Funeral Home with George Whitehurst and Andy Powell. Ami enjoyed serving her community and creating thoughtful services and memorials for the families that she assisted. After taking a break from funeral directing to raise her children, she moved to Alabama to attend Faulkner University and study pre-medical biology while her husband completed law school. In 2019, she returned to her work at Whitehurst-Powell Funeral Home. She loves serving others and making lasting remembrances for her community. She works making arrangements with families; coordinating, planning and directing funerals; embalming; doing hair and makeup; and creating personalized slideshows, memorial folders, and sign-in displays for each family.



Our Funeral Associates:


Donnie Cadenhead, a Laurel Hill native, has been assisting families not only through his supporting role on the funeral home staff, but also as Pastor of Victorious Life Ministries Church.

Tim Bryant, retired Publix Store Manager and current School Board member for Okaloosa County, assists in the initial removal process. im and his family have been a part of the greater Crestview community for 20 years. Tim truly has a servants heart and strives to make sure that each family is treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Tim also assists with visitation and funeral services.

Paul McQueen was born in Waymart, Pennsylvania and moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut at an early age. After graduation from Central High School he enrolled in the Army and was honorably discharged. He worked in manufacturing for 17 years until the company dissolved. Paul joined the United States Postal Service in Fairfield, CT then later transferred to Crestview, FL and retired after 29 years. During this time, he started to work part-time at Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home. His extracurricular activities have included helping those in need, leader in the Youth for Christ, volunteering as Santa Claus for children in hospitals & schools and is also a member of Victorious Life Worship Center. Paul works with assisting with the initial removal process, working funerals, and visitations.

Chase Klein, graduate of Baker School in 2005, assists as a funeral associate. He also works full-time as a correctional health care nurse in Okaloosa County. Chase compassionately and in good faith assists with the initial removal process and strives to help families and friends during the early grieving process through the loss of a loved one. Chase also assists families at visitations and funerals.


Amy Carmical, funeral associate, also worked and retired from Okaloosa County Schools. Amy assists families at visitations and funerals.


(In Memoriam) 


George W. Whitehurst, founder and funeral director, served the families of our community for over 60 years. George was the former Mayor of Crestview and was instrumental in developing the Crestview area. He was greatly loved and respected in Crestview and the surrounding communities. George passed away in 2014.     

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