History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

My name is Debra Crotty. I wasn't born into the profession. I believe it was my calling. I worked my way through mortuary school as a cosmetologist at JCPenny in Temple. One day I walked into Sheffield Funeral Home to inquire about doing some cosmetology services and I knew I wanted to be in that profession. I graduated Dallas Funeral Institute in 1996. I was a single parent and my daughter Jarrah was only six at the time. My first job as a funeral director and embalmer was at Harper-Talasek in Temple. I was privileged to work with Mr. Talasek himself. Over the course of my career I have managed several funeral homes for SCI (Service Corporation Internation) including Crawford-Bowers, Sheffield Funeral Home, Condra Funeral Home in Taylor, and Goodnight in Bartlett. I left SCI and managed Waco Memorial Funeral Home, Heritage Funeral Home in Harker Heights, and Killeen Memorial. My daughter Jarrah has followed in her mothers's footsteps as well and graduated from Dallas Funeral Iinstitute in 2010. I decided I had worked for enough of corporations and taken the good from each one and decided to open my own funeral Home. We opened Crotty Funeral Funeral Home & Cremation Services in November 2011 and we provide families with dignified services at affordable prices. 


Our Valued Staff

Debra Crotty

Debra Crotty, Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer/ Cosmetologist

Debra Crotty has over 20 years experience in the funeral industry.She graduated from Temple Beauty School as a cosmetologist in 1984 and Dallas Funeral Institute in 1996 as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She has managed multiple local funeral homes in Central Texas and has taken the best qualities from them all and opened her own funeral home offering services at a more affordable price.


Jarrah Crotty Schonewolf

Jarrah Crotty Schonewolf, Owner/Funeral Director/Prearrangement Counselor

Jarrah Crotty Schonewolf is a life time resident of Central Texas and the daughter of Jarrin and Debra Crotty of Belton. She attended Temple High School and graduated with Honors in 2006 and attended Temple College until 2009. She then went on to follow in her mother's footsteps and graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2010. The funeral industry has always been a large part of her life. She grew up in funeral homes and always knew this was what she wanted to do. Helping families in their time of grief and learning the lives their loved ones lived is something that she is very passionate about. Her families know this is more than just a job to her.


H.K. Ballard

H.K. Ballard, Family Service Counselor and Chaplian

H.K. Ballard serves the Troy Church of Christ Troy, TX as minister. H.K. & Jan, wife of 46 years, lives in Temple, TX. Presently H.K. serves Lifeline Chaplaincy and Kindred Hospice as a volunteer. He attended Fort Worth Christian High School Fort Worth, TX, Lubbock Christian College, Lubbock, TX and Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX and the Brown Trail School of Preaching, Hurst, TX. He has served as minister in the Church of Christ in Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Jan & H.K. have 6 children and 8 grand children, living in California, Colorado, Indiana, Texas and Wisconsin.


Tony Arline

Tony Arline, Funeral Attendant

Tony Arline is a resident of Temple and retired from the military in 2013. He has always had a passion for helping others and has made it his personal mission to help Central Texas families in their time of need.