S taff members of Cottle Funeral Home, Troup and Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home, Overton are compassionate, caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our each member of our staff. We strive to maintain the highest standards of professionalism.

Calvin Evans - General Manager of Cottle & Cottle-Pearson Funeral Director & Embalmer








Phyllis Starnes - Manager of Cottle Pearson - Funeral Director & Embalmer


Phone: 903/834-3111
E-mail: phyllis.starnes@cottlefuneralhome.com

Phyllis Starnes is a graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.

She is a member and former Secretary for the Overton Rotary Club. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Overton-New London Chamber of Commerce.

She and her husband, Tom, live in New London, near Overton and are members of the First Assembly of God Church, Overton.





Phyllis Cottle -  Co-President - Funeral Director & Embalmer
Phone: 903/842-3131
E-mail: phyllis.cottle@cottlefuneralhome.com

Phyllis is a graduate of Commonwealth College, Houston and has been a Funeral Director and Embalmer licensed in the State of Texas since 1970 and 1971, respectively.

She and Gene are the parents of four daughters and have four grandchildren. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church, Troup.

Phyllis' parents, Homer and Margaret Newby, were the owners and operators of the Newby Funeral Homes in Elgin and Bastrop, Texas.

Her home is adorned with her beautifully detailed paintings. In 1997, she was honored by the Troup Chamber of Commerce as Troup's Citizen of the Year.

At Christmas, Phyllis assists with Troup Cares.


Gene Cottle - President - Funeral Director & Embalmer
Phone: 903/842-3131
E-mail: gene.cottle@cottlefuneralhome.com

G ene and his wife, Phyllis, purchased Forester Funeral Home in Troup, in 1977 and and Pearson Funeral Home, Overton, in 1983.

They are the parents of four daughters and four grandchildren and are members of the First United Methdist Church, Troup.






Brandi Barton - Office Manager









Tom Starnes - Funeral Assistant & Pre-Need Specialist
Phone: 903.834.3111

T om Starnes has been a part of the staff of Cottle Funeral Home, Troup and Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home, Overton for the past several years.

He is the husband of Funeral Director, Phyllis Starnes and they are member of the First Assembly of God Church, Overton.

Tom is active in both the Overton Rotary Club and the Overton-New London Chamber of Commerce.


Dorothy Lacy - Receptionist









Elaine Grier - Receptionist