Staff 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

Phone: 903-842-3131

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

Phone: 903/834-3111

Phyllis Starnes is a graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and has been a Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Texas since 1994. She has been employed at the Cottle Funeral Homes and served as Funeral Home Manager and Director since 2001.

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

She and her husband, Tom, are the parents of seven children, twelve grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. They live in New London and are members of the First Assembly of God Church, Overton. 

Tom Starnes - Funeral Assistant 

& Pre-Need Specialist
Phone: 903.834.3111

Tom Starnes has been a part 

of the staff of Cottle Funeral Home, Troup and Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home, Overton for the past twelve years.

He is the husband of Funeral Director, Phyllis Starnes they are member of the First Assembly of God Church, Overton. He is a Veteran of the US Army and served in the Vietnam War in Cambodia and Laos.

Tom is an active member and Past President of the Overton Rotary Club and a member of the Overton-New London Chamber of Commerce.

Dorothy Lacy - Receptionist

Ronald "Ron" Helm - Apprentice Funeral Director / Embalmer

Ron is the newest addition to the staff of Cottle & Cottle Pearson. Ron is currently attending the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science Online Program. He is a retired military veteran with 25 years of service to our country. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal of "Valor" for actions taken against the enemy in Iraq, along with other distinguished awards for multiple deployment throughout his career. Ron also served in three combat deployments and one peace keeping mission.

Ron is married to Laura (Willis) Helm. She is a native of Texas and Vice-Principal of Caldwell elementary Arts Academy in Tyler. They also have four nieces and one nephew in the area.

Adrienne "Nikki" Matlock - Funeral Home Administrator


 Nikki has been with us for 2 years, working at the Overton location, under Mrs. Phyllis Starnes.