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Our Staff


Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Jason McManus

Jason McManus

Owner/Funeral Director

Jason McManus, a life long resident of Massac County, started his career with Miller and Aikins-Farmer Funeral Homes in March of 1996. Jason graduated from Massac County High School in 1996 and from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Mortuary Science program in 1998. Jason is married to Christina (Barnhill) McManus. They have twin boys, Cameron and Hunter, and a daughter, Aubry.Jason is a member of the First Baptist Church in Metropolis, where he serves as a deacon. In his free time, he enjoys camping and spending time with his family."I count it both a priviledge and an honor to be able to serve your family in their time of need." Jason


Emily Loftus

Emily Loftus

Owner/Office Administrator

A Metropolis native, Emily is the daughter of Sandy Farmer and the late Steven Farmer and the granddaughter of Jeanette Farmer and the late Owen Kenneth "Steve" Farmer.

Emily graduated from Massac Co. High School in 2005, from Murray State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business in Business Administration and will graduate in October of 2018 from the Des Moines Area Community College Mortuary Science Program. She currently resides in Metropolis with her husband Lance, formerly of Hopkinsville, KY and their son, Lincoln. Emily is a life-long member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church where she teaches Sunday School and is a former church council member. She is also a member of the Metropolis Rotary Club and was the 2014-2015 President of the club.

"Family tradition is important to me. I hope that I can honor my family by carrying on the legacy of providing empathy and compassion to families in their time of need." 

-Emily


Greg Russell

Greg Russell

Funeral Director

Greg Russell, a Metropolis native, began his career with Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in 1971 under the late Owen Kenneth "Steve" Farmer. He started SIU at Carbondale Mortuary School in 1973 and completed a school internship at Myers Funeral Service in Mt. Vernon. He graduated with an Associate's in Mortuary Science in 1975. Greg has been a licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director for 42 years and was a former Deputy Coroner for 10 years. He finds it gratifying to help people of our community when they need someone. 

Greg is married to Denise (Jones)Russell. In his free time, Greg enjoys hunting and gardening.


Mark Fitch

Funeral Director

Mark Fitch is a Massac County native, growing up on a cattle farm. He graduated from Massac County High School in 1999 and completed a BA in Mortuary Science from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2004. Mark married Katherine (McWilliams) Fitch of Evansville, IN in 2005 and they have two daughters, Caroline Rebecca Fitch and Claire Katherine Fitch. This is Mark's 14th year in the funeral industry and has worked for Aikins-Farmer for 10 years. He ran for and was elected Massac County Coroner for the 2012-2016 term. In his spare time, Mark enjoys outdoor activities with his family. "I love what I do. Often, I deal with people on one of the worst days of their lives. It brings me an incredible amount of joy if I can make that experience just a little easier for the family I serve. I am very proud to be a part of the Aikins-Farmer and Miller Funeral Homes team where I am able to serve my hometown community." -Mark


Justin Wolfe

Justin Wolfe

Facilities Coordinator

Justin Wolfe was born and raised in Massac County and feels truly blessed to be part of such a great community. He graduated Massac County High School in 1992 then attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale from 1992-1993. Justin started his employment at Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in 1995. He is the current pastor at Macedonia Baptist Church. He married Miranda (Scheirbaum) Wolfe in 2006, has two girls and a grandson. " I am honored to be able to serve the families who come through our doors in one of their greatest times of need. Dignity, respect and caring for the needs of others is of up-most importance to me and everyone else that I work with. It is my goal to maintain the trust of the community by helping each individual's unique need to do whatever it takes to honor the life of your loved one. It is a responsibility that I take very seriously and is never taken lightly by me or any other staff member. Thanks to all for the opportunity to serve you and I look forward to this service for many years to come." - Sincerly, Justin Wolfe


Ethan Farmer

Ethan Farmer

Funeral Assistant

Ethan Farmer is the son of Sandy Farmer and the late Steven Farmer. He is 26 years old and a Metropolis native. He has one son, Owen. He has been with the family business for 5 years. "I am excited to be working in the family business and hope to help carry on its fine traditions." - Ethan


Jeb Stewart

Funeral Assistant

Jeb is a 23 year-old Metropolis native. he is the son of Jon and Lisa Stewart and a 2012 graduate of Massac County High School. 


Sharon King

Sharon King

Secretary

Sharon King was born and raised in Metropolis and graduated from Metropolis Community High School in 1970. She attended Marion Beauty College and obtained her cosmetology license in 1985. In January of 2000, she started work at Miller Funeral Home as a secretary. Sharon was married to Bob King. She resides in Metropolis and attends Waldo Baptist Church. 

"I pray that all I say or do will show comfort and concern to everyone that we serve at all of our funeral homes." 

- Sharon


Delores "Dee" Clark

Secretary

Dee and husband David moved to Metropolis in 2000. After working in retail for 10 years she came to work at Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus almost 3 years ago.

"I have lived in 5 states and attended funerals of family and friends. I truly believe that I work at the most caring establishment. I do my best to treat our guests here as I want to be treated during their time of need." -Dee


Sandy Farmer

Sandy Farmer

Former Owner

Sandy (Otis) Farmer, was born in Kankakee, Illinois but moved to her mother’s home town of Metropolis in 1970. She graduated from Metropolis Community High School in 1977 and Shawnee Community College in 1979. She was married to Steven for 30 years and has three children from that union: two of which currently work in the family business, and one with her Masters in Speech Language Pathology. Sandy is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Massac County Girl Scouts, and Friends of Fort Massac. Outside the funeral homes, she is the Executive Director of the Miss Metropolis Scholarship Program, owner of Metro Limo, and a devoted community volunteer. With change comes uncertainty, but we at Miller, Aikins-Farmer, and Brookport Chapel are proud to continue to serve our community as the same family owned and operated establishments we have always been. I hope you will consider choosing us in your time of grief.


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