Our Staff


The key to any service is the people who provide it. At Lacy Funeral Home, the entire staff is understanding, willing to listen and is available seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year. They are well informed about the laws and regulations that affect the death care industry. They stand ready to assist you at your time of need.

Lyle Lacy

Lyle Lacy

In Loving Memory

Lyle's experience with funeral homes started while he was still in high school, and with the exception of the two years he spent in the Army, it was the only vocation he has ever had.

He graduated from Mortuary School in Houston in 1953. Lyle worked at funeral homes in the Amarillo area until 1971 before moving to Stephenville, Texas and purchasing Trewitt-Reed Funeral Home. In 1975, Lyle built Lacy Funeral Home on N. Harbin Drive. He was a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for 67 years. He was a past president of the West Texas Funeral Directors Association and past director of the Texas Funeral Directors Association.

Lyle was the president of several civic organizations and a member and a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Stephenville.

Lyle passed away on October 1, 2022.


Vance Wade

Vance Wade

Owner

Vance graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in August of 1984. After completing his internship with Cooper Funeral Chapel in Kermit, Texas in 1985, Vance joined Lacy Funeral Home. He has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for 38 years. He purchased Lacy Funeral Home in October of 2002.

He is a past Master of the Stephenville Masonic Lodge #267. He is also active in several civic organizations. Vance and his wife, Amy, have one son, Preston.


Amy Wade

Amy Wade

Funeral Director and Embalmer



Debbie Bonyanpour

Debbie Bonyanpour

Receptionist

Debbie joined the staff of Lacy Funeral Home in August of 1996. She is our evening and weekend office assistant. She is professional in every respect and takes pride in serving families in need. 

In addition to being employed by Lacy Funeral Home, Debbie also works at the First Baptist Church here in Stephenville. She is experienced and well trained in the care-giving ministry. Debbie will see that all your concerns and requests are addressed by the Directors of Lacy Funeral Home. She is a sensitive and warm individual whose goal is to serve you and your family.


Ashlea Ritchie Grooms

Ashlea Ritchie Grooms

Office Manager/Crematory Specialist

Ashlea Ritchie Grooms was born and raised in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas. She and her husband, Gary, reside in Erath county between Huckabay and Morgan Mill. She is the third generation in her family to work at Lacy Funeral Home. She considers it a blessing to serve in the footsteps and in memory of her beloved late grandfather, Bob Haggard. 


Ashlea attended Stephenville ISD and went on to graduate with honors from Texas State Technical College - West Texas, obtaining a degree in Health Information Technology. Ashlea is currently enrolled in Northeast Texas Community College studying to become a funeral director and embalmer.


During her administrative career Ashlea has honorably served as an advocate for disabled veterans as well as individuals with developmental and social disabilities and their families. She has a true servant’s heart and makes great effort in treating every individual and situation with the utmost respect.


As the proud wife, daughter, and granddaughter of veterans Ashlea holds a life membership in the ladies auxiliary of the VFW as well as the DAV. She also holds memberships and volunteers with various other organizations in the community.

 


Bobby Harpole

Bobby Harpole

Funeral Associate

Bobby and his wife, Pam, have three sons, a bonus daughter, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Bobby has a servants heart and is honored to serve the families of Erath County.

Bobby attended the University of North Texas and holds a Master Peace Officers Certification. He graduated from Blackwood Institute of Law Enforcement and began his career in 1968 as a Highway Patrolman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. After retiring from Texas DPS in 2004, Bobby continued his work as a deputy sheriff for the Erath County Sheriffs Department until his retirement in 2015 as a captain. Bobby joined Lacy Funeral Home in 2005.

Bobby is a Past Master Mason of the Stephenville Masonic Lodge #267.


Weldon Branham

Weldon Branham

Funeral Associate



Robin Ritchie

Robin Ritchie

Funeral Associate

Robin Haggard Ritchie was raised in Stephenville, graduated from Stephenville High School in 1976 and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Family Development from Tarleton State University in 2004. She and her late husband, Ken Ritchie, have five children, 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Her parents were the late Robert and Naomi Haggard, both retired employees of SISD and her dad, Bob was a former employee of Lacy Funeral Home for close to twenty years, making Robin the second generation to be dedicated to what Lacy’s Funeral Home stands for.

Besides her connection of being a wife to a disabled veterans and to honor Ken’s service in the Army, Robin’s devotion to helping other veterans is sincere and heartfelt. Her dad was also in World War II with the Seabees, her father-in-law, was a Retired Army Master Sgt from WWII and Korea. She remains committed to helping veterans and their families in any way possible.

Robin considers herself a community service volunteer. She is always willing to help out with community projects when asked, and volunteers at every opportunity. She is a life member and a past president and officer of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a life member and past commander of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, and a past member of the Stephenville 20th Century Club. Mrs. Ritchie served for 15 years on the Board of Directors for the Stephenville Historical House Museum. She also served as the Shuttle Coordinator for the Central Texas Health Care Services Transportation for over 15 years. Robin is also a member of the Hillcrest Church of Christ.


Sam McCommas

Sam McCommas

Crematory Specialist



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