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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.

Harper Funeral Home

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J.D. Harper Owner, Funeral Director

J.D. was born and raised in San Angelo. He is a fourth generation funeral director and has been in and around the funeral profession all his life. During high school, J.D. worked at his family’s funeral home. He went on to graduate from Texas A & M University with a degree in Business, and later attended the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston to receive his funeral directing and embalming licenses. J.D. loves to help people and has found his calling in helping families through one of the hardest times of their lives. When he is not working at the funeral home, J.D. enjoys spending time with his wife, Ashley, and their son, Jeffery.

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Myrtis Loudermilk Funeral Director

Myrtis has been a funeral director for 24 years and has lived and worked in San Angelo for nearly 20 years. While attending Texas Tech University, Myrtis began working at a local funeral home and found she had a gift for helping and supporting families during their time of loss. She decided to transfer to the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, where she received her Associate’s degree in Applied Science. She worked as a funeral director in Dallas for several years before moving to San Angelo to pursue her career and raise her family. “I love what I do,” said Myrtis. “I’ve dedicated my life to helping people during their time of loss, and it’s been amazing and rewarding.” Myrtis has two children, a son and daughter-in-law, DeWayne and Emily, who live in Denton, TX, and a daughter, Myrtis, who is currently attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. Myrtis is a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Wall, and has taught the 8th graders’ New Testament class for over 15 years. During her time off, Myrtis enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and attending Texas Tech, Dallas Cowboys, and Central High School football games.

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Vicki Edwards-Hicks Family Services Counselor

Vicki was born and raised in San Angelo. She graduated from Central High School and attended Angelo State University. Vicki has worked as a Family Services Counselor for several years, assisting families with preparing and planning ahead for their final wishes. Vicki’s goal is to make the funeral planning process as easy as possible by educating families about the process and the resources that are available to them to create a masterpiece just for them. “I pray every time that I meet with a family for God to give me the words to say to make them comfortable and able to make the decisions that are right for them,” said Vicki. She and her husband, Morris L. “Butch” Hicks, together have six children and nine grandchildren.

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Tammy Gauwain Office Manager

Tammy Gauwain was born and raised in San Angelo, where she graduated from Water Valley High School. With over twenty years of administrative experience, she is a valuable asset to the Harper Funeral Home family. She decided to enter the funeral profession because she enjoys helping others and finds fulfillment in serving people in their darkest hour. “I am very fortunate to be on the Harper team. Together, we are strong and ready to serve San Angelo and the surrounding areas,” said Tammy. She and her husband Terry Gauwain have two children. Outside of work she is a CASA Volunteer, enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Brookes Taylor-Evans Art Director, Funeral Assistant

Brookes Hunter has lived in San Angelo since she was born, where she graduated from Lake View High School. She has been in the funeral profession since 2012 and attended the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. Brookes is the mother to two beautiful daughters and loves being involved in all of their extracurricular activities. She enjoys camping, hiking, and watching the Green Bay Packers play. She is certified in mental health first aid, ordained by the Universal Life Church, and volunteers for the Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center and Family Shelter.

J.D. Harper

Owner, Funeral Director
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J.D. was born and raised in San Angelo. He is a fourth generation funeral director and has been in and around the funeral profession all his life. During high school, J.D. worked at his family’s funeral home. He went on to graduate from Texas A & M University with a degree in Business, and later attended the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston to receive his funeral directing and embalming licenses. J.D. loves to help people and has found his calling in helping families through one of the hardest times of their lives. When he is not working at the funeral home, J.D. enjoys spending time with his wife, Ashley, and their son, Jeffery.

Myrtis Loudermilk

Funeral Director
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Myrtis has been a funeral director for 24 years and has lived and worked in San Angelo for nearly 20 years. While attending Texas Tech University, Myrtis began working at a local funeral home and found she had a gift for helping and supporting families during their time of loss. She decided to transfer to the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, where she received her Associate’s degree in Applied Science. She worked as a funeral director in Dallas for several years before moving to San Angelo to pursue her career and raise her family. “I love what I do,” said Myrtis. “I’ve dedicated my life to helping people during their time of loss, and it’s been amazing and rewarding.” Myrtis has two children, a son and daughter-in-law, DeWayne and Emily, who live in Denton, TX, and a daughter, Myrtis, who is currently attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. Myrtis is a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Wall, and has taught the 8th graders’ New Testament class for over 15 years. During her time off, Myrtis enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and attending Texas Tech, Dallas Cowboys, and Central High School football games.

Vicki Edwards-Hicks

Family Services Counselor
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Vicki was born and raised in San Angelo. She graduated from Central High School and attended Angelo State University. Vicki has worked as a Family Services Counselor for several years, assisting families with preparing and planning ahead for their final wishes. Vicki’s goal is to make the funeral planning process as easy as possible by educating families about the process and the resources that are available to them to create a masterpiece just for them. “I pray every time that I meet with a family for God to give me the words to say to make them comfortable and able to make the decisions that are right for them,” said Vicki. She and her husband, Morris L. “Butch” Hicks, together have six children and nine grandchildren.

Tammy Gauwain

Office Manager
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Tammy Gauwain was born and raised in San Angelo, where she graduated from Water Valley High School. With over twenty years of administrative experience, she is a valuable asset to the Harper Funeral Home family. She decided to enter the funeral profession because she enjoys helping others and finds fulfillment in serving people in their darkest hour. “I am very fortunate to be on the Harper team. Together, we are strong and ready to serve San Angelo and the surrounding areas,” said Tammy. She and her husband Terry Gauwain have two children. Outside of work she is a CASA Volunteer, enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Brookes Taylor-Evans

Art Director, Funeral Assistant
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Brookes Hunter has lived in San Angelo since she was born, where she graduated from Lake View High School. She has been in the funeral profession since 2012 and attended the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. Brookes is the mother to two beautiful daughters and loves being involved in all of their extracurricular activities. She enjoys camping, hiking, and watching the Green Bay Packers play. She is certified in mental health first aid, ordained by the Universal Life Church, and volunteers for the Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center and Family Shelter.