B.J. and Diana Goodwin
B.J. Goodwin ~ President & Lead Funeral Director / Embalmer
B.J. is a lifelong resident of Southwest Missouri and a graduate of Webb City High School. He then attended the Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana, where he received his degree in Mortuary Science.
Mr. Goodwin has faithfully served in the funeral profession since the age of fifteen. B.J. is an active member of the Lions International Group, the Masonic Lodge and the Chamber of Commerce for Webb City, Carl Junction, Carthage, Anderson, Noel and Pineville/Jane. B.J. has two sons, Jay and Jace.
Diana Goodwin ~ Chief Financial Officer & Funeral Director
Diana is a lifelong resident of Southwest Missouri and a graduate of Carl Junction High School. She then attended Missouri Southern State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. Diana has two sons, Alex and Sam.
B.J. and Diana also own funeral homes in Anderson, Goodman, Noel, Southwest City, Webb City, Sarcoxie, Monett and Carthage.
Funeral Director / Embalmer
Ashley is a lifelong area resident and a 2008 Honors Graduate of Webb City High School. She felt called to the ministry of funeral service when she lost her mother to cancer in 2010. She joined the firm in 2014 while finishing studies online through DMACC in Des Moines, Iowa, graduating from embalming school in 2015.
Outside of work, Ashley enjoys reading, cooking, fishing and spending time with her family and friends. She loves country music – especially George Strait.
Along with having a huge heart for helping others, Ashley also has a heart for rescue dogs. She adopted Ralphy Ray and Abby May from the Joplin Humane Society and she enjoys spoiling them.
She and her husband, Seth, reside in Oronogo, Missouri.
Ashley works primarily out of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary and Parker Mortuary, although you will find her helping on services as needed at our other locations.
Dave Dillon, Jr.
Funeral Director / Previous Owner
Dave joined the family firm in September 1962, after completing studies at Missouri Southern State College and graduating from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. Dave held all the elective offices in the Missouri Funeral Directors Association, including two terms as State President. He served as District Governor in the National Funeral Directors Association, representing six states on the national board. In 1993, he was elected President of the National Funeral Directors Association, and during that time he played a key role in advising Congress and several state legislatures as they enacted laws improving funeral service for the consumer.
Meeting funeral directors from all across the country during his term as national president, Dave brought back an expanded understanding of funeral preferences and customs unique to different religious and ethnic communities. This enables us to offer a variety of planning options to families we are privileged to serve.
Dave has been active in many church organizations and civic groups, including Jaycees, Rotary and Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Martha, have two children and five grandchildren.
Dave is enjoying his retirement and he always looks forward to helping on funeral services as needed.
Funeral Director / Pre-Arrangements Counselor
Rex is a lifelong resident of Southwest Missouri and a 1969 graduate of Jasper High School. He furthered his education at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Missouri. Rex and his wife, Rita, are blessed with three daughters and nine grandchildren, who keep them very entertained and busy.
Rex has enjoyed serving the people of Southwest Missouri and has had the privilege to do so for the past 37 years. He has been a licensed pre-need agent for nine years and a funeral director for the last three years in the state of Missouri.
Rex and Rita make their home in Neosho, Missouri, and maintain strong ties to Joplin and the surrounding area.
He is proud to be associated with Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary and the staff. Rex has been a big part in making the families that Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary serves feel like family.
Funeral Associate / Aftercare Director
Doug spent 27 years with the Social Security Administration in various parts of the country, ending his service as district manager seeing to the needs of an eight-county area in Southwest Missouri. He and his wife, Liz, have been married for more than 55 years and have two sons and five grandchildren. A graduate of Western Illinois University, Doug has been on our staff since 1993.
Often providing aftercare to families we have served, Doug says, “When I help someone unload a little of the hurt and start down the road to healing, the satisfaction goes beyond anything I have ever experienced.”
John and Mary Olson
John was born in Joplin and has lived here all his life. He graduated from McAuley High School and Missouri Southern State University. He earned a certificate in Paralegal Studies from Pittsburg State University. John spent 28 years in retail store management with J.C.Penney, Wards and Wal-Mart. He also taught in the paralegal program at Pittsburg State University for four years. John was an office manager at Dawson Furniture until his first retirement.
John is an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, having served on the Parish Council and the Parish and School Finance Committees. He has been involved with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Mary’s (welfare and outreach organization) since 2003.
John began working for Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in 2006 and he primarily assists us out of this location, but he helps at other locations as needed. John says that this is the most satisfying career he has ever had. Being able to interact with families and help them in their times of great need is a humbling and moving experience.
He enjoys baseball, stamp collecting and he is an avid U.S. history buff.
Mary was born and raised in Noel, Missouri. She graduated from Noel High School, Missouri Southern State University and Pittsburg State University, receiving her Master’s Degree in Education. She taught school for 31 years in the Webb City R-7 School District.
Mary is also an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, having served on the Parish Council and Parish Council of Catholic Women. She is a Coordinator for the Bereavement Committee, a Eucharistic Minister, and she has volunteered in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Mary’s since 2003. She enjoys taking communion to the sick and homebound and to the individuals that are in area nursing facilities.
Mary began working part-time at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in 2009. She also helps out at our Webb City location, Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home. Mary believes her career here is rewarding, satisfying and humbling as she is able to help someone grieve through the loss of a loved one.
Her favorite leisure activities include reading, traveling, scrapbooking, card making, quilting, swimming and spending quality time with family and friends.
John and Mary have one daughter, Kasia, and a granddaughter, Elsa.
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