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Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our doors we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

"Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy"

"Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy"

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

Holder-Wells Funeral Home

Holder-Wells Funeral Home

Holder-Wells Funeral Home was founded in 1972. Our current location at 4007 Main Street celebrated it's grand opening November 11, 1973. A contemporary facility, it was designed by founder, George W. Holder and his friend and business partner, Preston Wells.

The building underwent major remodeling in the summer of 1995 and we continually work to maintain a clean, safe facility to serve our friends and neighbors in the Jackson County and surrounding areas. As always, our professionally landscaped grounds are breathtaking and change with each season. We are so very proud of the legacy left to us by our founders George and Mary Holder. Mr. and Mrs. Holder served our local area for many years in funeral service and upon retirement, George Holder alone had over fifty years of funeral service to the state of Mississippi. He served as president of the Mississippi State Board of Funeral Service and was very active in the Mississippi Funeral Directors Associaton for many years. Mr. Holder was a United States Army veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star for his acts of bravery and meritorious service in World War II.

Today, Bubba Cunningham, Shana McDaniel, Martha Thompson, Dale Shows, and Nicholas Dunagan continue to serve Moss Point, Pascagoula, the East Central community, Vancleave, Gautier, Ocean Springs and other surrounding communities with friendship, dependability and excellence in funeral service. Our staff would like to thank you for the trust and confidence you have placed in our funeral home throughout the years. We are very proud to have served this area for forty years and we place great value in the relationships that we have created. We look forward to being here to serve you and your family for many years to come.

Coastal Chapel

Coastal Chapel

Holder Wells Funeral Home on Main Street in downtown Moss Point announces its expansion to northern Jackson County with the acquisition of Coastal Funeral Home, Coastal Cremations, and Serene Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

General Manager and Licensed Funeral Director in Charge, Bubba Cunningham, says, “Holder Wells has been wanting to establish a presence in northern Jackson County for many years. The opportunity to acquire Coastal Funeral Home and Serene Gardens Cemetery opened the door to achieve that goal so we can better serve our families and community.”

“One Trusted Name, One Caring Team, Two Convenient Locations” is the new Holder Wells motto. Coastal Funeral Home will be known as Holder Wells Coastal Chapel and Serene Memorial Gardens Cemetery, while the original downtown location of Holder Wells will be known as Holder Wells Main Street Chapel. 

“No matter which location you call, the same great staff will serve all of your needs”, says Bubba Cunningham. “Holder Wells is now the only truly full service funeral, crematory, and cemetery provider in Jackson County. With two funeral chapels, an on-site crematory, and Serene Cemetery, there is no funeral need we cannot meet”, Cunningham continued.

Holder-Wells Funeral Home was founded in 1972 by George W. Holder and his friend and business partner, Preston Wells. In its 45 year history, Holder Wells has served over 15,000 families in Jackson County and surrounding areas.

Serene Memorial Gardens Cemetery had its beginnings as a small community cemetery in the 1960’s. In the early 2000’s, Mr. Bill Daniel, a long time cemetery professional, acquired the cemetery and added a crematorium. In late 2007, Mr. Daniel opened Coastal Funeral Home on the grounds of Serene Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Following his death in 2009, the funeral home and cemetery continued to be operated by his family until recently acquired by Holder Wells. 

Holder Wells is a family owned, locally operated funeral service provider. Today, the combined Holder Wells and Serene Memorial Gardens staff includes Bubba Cunningham, LFD and General Manager; Shana McDaniel, LFD and Cemetery/Business Manager; Martha Thompson, LFD; Mike Graham, LFD; Dale Shows, Funeral Assistant; Nicholas Dunagan, Funeral Assistant; Charlene Shields, Cemetery Administrator; Billy Shields, Cemetery Operations; and Justin Shields, Cemetery Operations. 

With deep roots in Moss Point and Jackson County, our highly trained professional staff continually strives to maintain the trust and confidence placed in our funeral home throughout the years, and plan to be here to serve you and your family for many years to come.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Mr. Bubba Cunningham

Mr. Bubba Cunningham

General Manager/ Funeral Director
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Mike Graham

Mike Graham

Funeral Director
Martha Thompson

Martha Thompson

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Dale Shows

Dale Shows

Funeral Director Trainee
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Charlene Shields

Charlene Shields

Cemetery Office Manager
Justin Shields

Justin Shields

Crematory Manager, Cemetery Grounds Man and Funeral Director Apprentice
Lynn Born

Lynn Born

Office / Cemetery Administrative
Mr John

Mr John "Hutch" Hutcherson

Vice President over Operations

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