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

The history of Adams Funeral Home dates back 50 years, when the firm was first established by Arthur Dean and Thelma Adams in Ozark, Missouri. Now with three generations of family ownership,  Dean and Mary Adams, Arthur Adams, and Sarah Adams Orr, along with a dedicated and caring staff, continue to operate Adams Funeral Home in Ozark and in Nixa. Families are served with the same trusted service that began in 1962. 

Dean  Adams

Dean Adams, Funeral Director ~ Embalmer

Mary  Adams

Mary Adams, Funeral Director

Sarah  Adams Orr

Sarah Adams Orr, Funeral Director

Sarah graduated from Ozark High School in 1987 and proceeded to get her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 1991. Sarah has two daughters, Emily, a 2018 OHS graduate and Mary "Mimi" an Ozark Elementary third grader. She is owner and a funeral director of Adams Funeral Home in Ozark and Nixa. She and her late husband Mark are founders of Finley River Community Foundation of which she is a current board member. Sarah is on the Ozark Schools Board of Education. She is a founder and current board member for Impact 100 Ozark. Previously, Sarah has served on the Ethics Committee for Missouri Funeral Directors Association. Sarah is also a member of the Historic Preservation Commission, National Funeral Directors Association, Missouri Funeral Directors Association, Ozark and Nixa Area Chambers of Commerce and Ozark Schools PTA.

Arthur Dean Adams II

Arthur Dean Adams II, Funeral Director ~ Embalmer

Certified in Mortuary Science Kansas City Kansas Community College 1996 Graduate
National Board Certified by The Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards of the United States Inc. 1996
Appointed Christian County Missouri Deputy Coroner 1997
Abu Ben Adhem Temple of Springfield, Missouri 1999
State of Missouri Licensed Funeral Director 2001
State of Missouri Licensed Embalmer 2001
Elected Coroner Christian County Missouri 2004
Elected Coroner Christian County Missouri 2008
International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association Certified Crematory Operator 2011
National Funeral Directors Association Member
Missouri Funeral Directors & Embalmers Association Member

Michael  Stone

Michael Stone, Funeral Director

Mike has been a resident of southwest Missouri most of his life. He attended Parkview High School in Springfield. During his junior high school and high school years, Mike served as a volunteer in the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary; whose primary duty was air search and rescue of civilian aircraft. Mike also served his community for 7 years as an emergency medical technician, working for a local ambulance service. Mike served his community in law enforcement for over 25 years. During this time he conducted many public speaking engagements, teaching traffic safety as well as personal safety. Mike taught D.A.R.E. at public and private schools.

Mike joined Adams Funeral Home December 8, 2011, as a Funeral Director Apprentice. He is now a Funeral Director and Preneed Agent.

Mike has always been community service oriented, and believes there is nothing more rewarding than helping families through the difficult time of the loss of loved ones.

Kent K. Davis

Kent K. Davis, Funeral Director Assistant

Kent was raised and attended school in Ozark, graduating from Ozark High School in
1966. Kent attended Drury College in Springfield later transferring to Southwest Baptist
University in Bolivar, Missouri. Following college Kent went into restaurant and hotel
management and in 1976 transitioned into healthcare management, overseeing the
management of Food and Nutrition, Environmental Services, Security, Life Safety,
Engineering and Facility Maintenance at various hospitals during his healthcare career.
After 38 years in healthcare management Kent retired and moved back to Ozark joining
the Adams's Funeral Home Staff in September, 2014.

Kent is a very caring individual and felt that by joining the staff at Adams he would be able to provide assistance, comfort, encouragement, and support to those who are suffering from the loss of a loved one or friend.

Garrett Wilson Hurd

Garrett Wilson Hurd