Our Adams Funeral Chapel staff is a group of caring and compassionate professionals who are dedicated and instrumental in fulfilling our goal of providing “The very best for You, Your Family and Your Loved One.”
Tammy has been associated with Adams Funeral Chapel since its opening in 1996. She was co-owner for 19 years and has now assumed the role as General Manager. She is so honored to be a part of the Adams Funeral Chapel staff that is truly committed to assisting families in creating a service to truly honor and celebrate the life of their loved one. When not working, she and husband Doug, enjoy traveling, yard work and landscaping.
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Matthew D. McGowan was born and raised in the small Southeastern Illinois town of Eldorado, IL. Matt graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1995 where he earned his degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. After graduating from SIU, Matt moved to Champaign, Illinois where he began his funeral directing career. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of Illinois since October of 1996. Matt joined Markwell Funeral Home in Casey and Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville in 2020. As part of the Remembrance Funeral Group family, Matt is also on staff at Adams Funeral Chapel. In his free time Matt enjoys archery and deer hunting. In addition, Matt has been a stamp collector since he was six years old. Matt also enjoys Jeep rides with his dog, Cobie.
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Daniel began his career with Neal Funeral Homes upon his graduation in 2009 from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in mortuary science. While at Neal he became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 2010. He continued with Neal Funeral Homes in Louisville, Illinois and Kinmundy, Illinois until 2012. After that Daniel worked as an independent contractor for Neal, Hosselton Funeral Home, and for Kohn Funeral Home. In 2021 he joined the Remembrance Funeral Group family and moved to Casey, Illinois with his wife, Felicia, and three growing children. As part of the Remembrance family, he serves Markwell Funeral Home in Casey, Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville, as well Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. Daniel's philosophy of life can be summed up in a Mark Twain quote: "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
Elisa started at Adams Funeral Chapel as an attendant in 2019, but moved into the role of office assistant in 2020. Elisa says there are two big reasons she enjoys working at Adams Funeral Chapel. The first is that she gets to apply her background in art and design to tasks such as creating memorial folders and family tribute videos. The second reason is working with and helping people at such an important time as the loss of a loved one.
Kim has been working as an Adams Funeral Chapel funeral attendant for the past 17 years. While she thoroughly enjoys her role as a wife, mother, and grandmother, she also has a passion for working with others and helping them through difficult experiences. No matter how small the impact, Kim is honored to be able to help visitors cope with the loss of their loved ones. Kim loves working at Adams, as she is proud of the passion and work ethic of the staff as a whole. She feels that they work well together, possessing the ability to accomplish any task at hand.
Terry, a retired Charleston Fire Department battalion chief, has been with Adams Funeral Chapel since 2004. Whether he is assisting with service preparation or greeting visitors, he is pleased to have the opportunity to help others through the difficult times that accompany loss. When Terry is not working with the funeral home, he enjoys photography projects such as participation in Find A Grave.
Suellen M. Bennett
For the past six years, Sue’s commitment to helping others has allowed her to be a dedicated funeral attendant at Adams Funeral Chapel. Not only do her duties consist of greeting families and assisting during service preparation, but they also include being a helping hand ready to meet the needs of all those that come in – a task she enjoys very much. In addition to her time spent at Adams, Sue also loves playing the piano and organ.
Suz has been a funeral attendant at Adams Funeral Chapel for eleven years. Her outgoing and caring nature complement her commitment to housekeeping and making all visitors feel welcome. Suz retired from the Special Education field, having spent many years working with preschoolers and the last of those years working with a student with Autism. She enjoys the education environment so much that she still serves as a substitute teacher in Kansas, Illinois. She and her husband, Bob, prefer splitting their time between Illinois and Florida, and she still finds time for volunteering with the local Cub Scout pack.
Jo Ellen Hickenbottom
Having retired from 25 years of program coordination at Eastern Illinois University and joining the Adams Funeral Chapel team, Jo Ellen Hickenbottom has always been in the business of assisting the public. Some of her daily responsibilities as a funeral attendant include preparing the chapel for visitor arrival, greeting friends and family of the deceased, helping with the guest book, and participation in post-service housekeeping. Jo Ellen feels that her greatest strength as an Adams staff member is her natural ability to communicate with others, especially during times of need. When she is not busy with the funeral home, Jo Ellen enjoys fulfilling items on her bucket list – her most recent adventure being zip lining in the Smokey Mountains.
Pastor Matt Philbrick
Matt has been a funeral attendant at Adams Funeral Chapel since the Fall of 2020. He is a local pastor at University Baptist Church in Charleston, having served there since January 2019. He is honored to serve families in their time of loss and enjoys being a part of a team that is committed to serving people. When Matt is not working, he enjoys time with his wife Jenn and their three children.
Amy Jones came to Adams Funeral Chapel after retiring from Eastern Illinois University. She worked 20 years in Text Book Rental and the University Union Book Store. When she's not working at Adams she and her husband, Jeff, farm several acres north of Charleston and spend time with an adorable grandson. Adams Funeral Chapel trivia: Amy is the daughter of longtime (now retired), much-loved, Adams funeral attendant Darrell Rienbolt.
Working as a funeral attendant at Adams Funeral Chapel is a natural extension of Michele's care and compassion for others. She considers it an honor to be able to support families in this way during a difficult time. Michele retired from the childcare field and says, "I have the privilege of working with an awesome group of hard working, caring and compassionate individuals. Each one has a heart for people."
Adams Funeral Chapel is glad to welcome their newest hire, Tony Warner, who is a lifelong resident of Charleston. He's an active member in his local church and a father of three and proud grandfather of six.
Ed Schniers serves our community as the Coles County Coroner but occasionally assists Adams Funeral Chapel. Ed is a busy man, so the staff at Adams is grateful anytime he lends a hand.
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