Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


James Robert Bass

James Robert Bass

Managing Partner /Funeral Director

Originally from McAllen, Texas and bilingual, James always knew he wanted to be a funeral director and embalmer. He is a graduate of Commonwealth College of Mortuary Science, Houston, Texas and has been a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1975. Schooled in staff management, leadership, human resources and civic leadership, James is a 32nd Degree Mason, is a member of the Scottish Rite and the Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club International, sits on the Board of Directors of the Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers. He is a member of First Baptist Church and a 33 degree Shriner at the Hadji Temple.

James has been married to Janice for over 25 years. They met when Janice had to arrange funeral services for her Aunt in Texas. They have made their home in Shalimar, Florida and have three children, eight grandchildren, and Elvis and Gracie, two little poodles who are their constant companions.

James and the staff are licensed to provide an atmosphere of understanding and care for your loved ones in celebration of their lives. We are highly devoted professionals dedicated to providing the most meaningful celebrations of a loved one’s life and offering families an environment for peaceful reflection. We realize we have funerals every day whereas the families we serve do not. We take our time to listen, and we feel it is our responsibility to help our families, who are arranging a traditional burial services, or Ceremonial Celebration of Life, followed by traditional cremation at our state-of-the-art Crematory where we only provide cremation exclusively for the families we are privileged to serve. Your loved one never leaves our care.

James invites anyone in need of information to stop by to discuss At-Need Arrangements or Pre- Need/imminent Arrangements. With no obligations attached, we provide our General Price List that includes all of our itemized services fees.


Dwight Johnson

Dwight Johnson

Funeral Director, Embalmer

A Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer and a 1994 graduate of Bishop State College in Mobile, Alabama, Dwight has been serving the community since graduating at the following locations: McLaughlin Mortuary, the former Little Chapel, Twin Cities, Niceville, and Emerald Coast. He served a Church Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is retired from the United States Air Force for 24 years of active duty.

Terri Newkirk

Terri Newkirk

Funeral Director

Terri graduated in 2008 from American River College in Sacramento, CA with a degree in Mortuary Science.  She holds a Funeral Director license in California and Florida.  Terri is also serving an Embalming internship at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. Terri and her family have recently moved to the Fort Walton Beach area and are enjoying living on the Emerald Coast.

 

 



Kevin Farris

Kevin Farris

Funeral Director, Embalmer, Crematory Operator.

Kevin has been a Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer since 1988. He received his education at Forrest Park Community College in St. Louis, Missouri, earning his Associate's Degree in Funeral Service Education. He is licensed in Missouri and Florida. Kevin has been a part of the Twin Cities Funeral Home family since 1993 and is active in local civic and community affairs.

Scott A. Countryman

Scott A. Countryman

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Scott was born and raised in Tipton, Iowa. He graduated in 2001 from Arkansas State University Mountain Home with his Associate's Degree in Funeral Science. Scott comes to the Fort Walton Beach area from Jacksonville, Florida and before that Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In his spare, time Scott enjoys golfing, bowling, and traveling. Scott is married and has three grown children, two of whom are married and have blessed him with three wonderful grandchildren.

He brings 15 years of experience with him. It is a pleasure to be here in Fort Walton Beach and at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home.

Christine Ann Gregory

Christine Ann Gregory

Funeral Director Embalmer

Christine Gregory is a graduate of Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama, where she received an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science. . She is also active in Autism and Down Syndrome support groups. Christine resides in Fort Walton Beach with her husband, Chris, who is stationed at Eglin AFB, and they have two children, Haylee and Drew.

Jeffrey S. Wilkinson

Jeffrey S. Wilkinson

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Jeffrey was born and raised in Carrollton, Georgia.  He graduated from Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama with his Associate’s degree in Funeral Science.  Jeffrey started in the funeral business in 1997 in Carrollton, Georgia and moved to Milton, Florida in 2007.  Jeffrey enjoys the outdoors including camping and long walks on the beach.  His favorite pastime activity is playing the piano.  Jeffrey has been in the business for over 20 years and looks forward to another 20 years with McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home.

 



L.E. Eddie McLaughlin III

L.E. Eddie McLaughlin III

Funeral Director, Embalmer

Eddie is a third generation Funeral Director. In 1922, Eddie's grandfather, L.E. McLaughlin, Sr., founded the McLaughlin Funeral Home in Crestview, Florida, where Eddie currently lives today with his wife Rhonda McLaughlin. In 1955, Eddie's grandfather also founded the McLaughlin Mortuary in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Eddie is a antique car enthusiast, a 33rd degree Mason and Shriner. Eddie has been providing professional funeral services in North West Florida and South Alabama since 1969, when was attending Mortuary Science School in Kentucky.

He continues to serve his community and care for his families and many friends at McLaughlin Mortuary in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville, Florida.

DJ Gallardo

DJ Gallardo

Administrator

DJ has lived in the Fort Walton Beach area for 55 years graduated from Choctawhatchee High School, managed a printing business for 30 years.

  Widowed, she has two daughters, 6 grandchildren and 3 Great granddauhters.  I love the funeral business it makes me happy to take care of families in their time of need. 

 



Melisa Stephenson

Melisa Stephenson

Administrator

Melisa grew up in Niceville, and ten years ago her husband, who is in the military, was reassigned out of the area. This year, they were fortunate to be brought back to Niceville and are going to make it their home. Melisa looks forward to working with and taking care of our families here at Twin Cities Funeral Home.

Brenda  Henson

Brenda Henson

Administrator

Brenda moved from Texas to the Fort Walton Beach area. She is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  It is  an honor and privilege to take care of our families.

"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.  If I can ease one life the aching or cool one pain or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain."       ~Emily Dickinson


Allen Stearns

Allen Stearns

Ambassador

Allan "Al" Stearns joined the staff in 2011. Al is a retired Air Force officer and has resided in the local area since 1978.

Al is very active in the Fort Walton Beach community, especially the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club, the Emerald Coast YMCA, the Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club, and his church. 
Al is married to Carol and has two adult sons and four grandchildren. Al and Carol are owners of Decorating Den Interiors.

Al is also an "InSight Certified Celebrant" with Life Tributes Professionals, providing customized, personal funeral and memorial services that reflect the personality and lifestyle of the deceased. Al meets with families and coordinates with our funeral directors to tailor a service based on a families wishes.

Pat Holmes

Pat Holmes

Ambassador/Grief Support

Pat hosts two bereavement groups; this warm and caring service is open to anyone, and there is never any charge.

Pat is married to Maggie Holmes and has three daughters and four grandchildren. He is retired from the automobile business and is an active member of Saint Mary Catholic Church. Pat is extremely proud to be on the staff of Twin Cities Funeral Home.

Diane Schwartz

Diane Schwartz

Ambassador

Diane is a full-time Floral Designer and works part-time as an Ambassador at Twin Cities Funeral Home. In 2000, Diane moved from St. Louis, Missouri to the Fort Walton Beach area to fulfill a lifetime dream of living at the beach.

Joan Young

Joan Young

Grief Support and Ambassador

Joan Young was previously employed at Twin Cities Funeral Home  for 10 years  and we are delighted that she has joined us again. She was National President for Gold Star Wives from 2005-2007. Ms. Joan was Volunteer of the Year for the Mental Health Association in 1999. She was inducted into the Okaloosa County Women's Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Okaloosa County Wall of Fame in 2005. For 18 years, she served as Chapter Leader for the Compassionate Friends Grief Support Group. She is currently a volunteer for the VA Clinic and previously volunteered for the Crisis Line, The Sexual Trauma Team and Transformers. She was deemed Employee of the Year at a previous employer in 1996. Ms. Joan has an Associates of Science Degree. Employee of the Year at Gulf Power, she is also a Gold Star Wife.



Dennis Campbell

Dennis Campbell

Ambassador

Dennis Campbell was born in 1954 in Coushatta Louisiana; he moved to Tampa, FL with his mother until the age of eight and thereafter was raised by his grandmother. After joining the United States Air Force in March of 1973, Dennis married his first wife, whom he later divorced, and had two children. While stationed in Korea, he met his wonderful second wife; they have two children and have been married over 30 years. After being stationed at approximately 10 Air Force Bases, serving over a 20-year time frame, Dennis retired from the military in April 1993 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Dennis worked numerous positions until he began working part-time with the Okaloosa Department of Corrections, in Crestview, Florida in August 1999. He was then brought on full-time after enrolling in the Law Enforcement Academy and passing his state exam. After five and some years, Campbell was hired by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in their detention section; he still continues to work with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office while working with us at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home.



Gary Fuller

Gary Fuller

Ambassador



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