Our Directors

Terry Airsman

Terry was attending elementary school in Roodhouse, Illinois as a child, and his daily walk home from school took him past the Wolfe Funeral Home.  In need of pocket money, Terry would stop each day at the funeral home to inquire if any help might be needed.  His persistence paid off, and he was eventually hired to mow and perform other odd jobs for the owners.  He later worked for the railroad and held a few other jobs in the area, but always maintained his connection to the funeral home.  After graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, he and his wife, Mary Beth, were able to purchase that funeral home, and several others, which led to the formation of Airsman-Hires Funeral Homes.  He and Mary Beth and their children, John, Elizabeth, and Michael, moved to Jacksonville in 1981 with the purchase of Williamson Funeral Home.

Terry enjoys walking, reading, golfing and traveling.  He learned the technical aspects of kicking a football while his son was in college, and has applied that knowledge by assisting kickers at Jacksonville High School, Triopia High School, and Illinois College.  Terry was proud to be named a "Friend of the College" by Illinois College in 2012. 

You may reach Terry directly at terry@ahfh.net

Greg May

Greg graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1983 and Illinois College in Jacksonville in 1988.  He worked in admissions for the college for five years, recruiting students from Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri.  He met his future wife, Elizabeth Airsman, Terry and Mary Beth's daughter, and they were engaged in 1991.  Greg's exposure to funeral service began at that point, and it wasn't long until Greg realized the value of funeral service and the satisfaction that could be derived from helping others at such a time.  Greg graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1994.

Greg and Liz have three children, Tyler, Ryan, and Sarah.  He enjoys attending soccer games and dance recitals, and all of the other joys of parenting.  He is a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Jacksonville Kiwanis, and volunteers with Pathway Services Unlimited and the Morgan County Fair.  In his free time, Greg enjoys exercising, reading, and playing golf.

You may reach Greg directly at greg@ahfh.net

Colby Brooks

Colby Brooks became associated with the Airsman-Hires Funeral Homes nearly 20 years ago, having joined the staff in 1996. His great- grandfather, Frank Dawdy, began serving families from the Dawdy Funeral Home in White Hall in 1930, followed by his great-uncle, Bill Dawdy.  That home is now the current location of the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in White Hall. Colby spends most of his time at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, but also serves families in the Greene County area.

Colby was raised in White Hall.  He graduated from North Greene High School, attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and graduated from the Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  He is a member of All Saints Catholic Church in White Hall where he serves on the Pastoral Council. He also serves as a board member for Calvary Cemetery in Jacksonville. He is a member of Rasna Shrine Club, where he serves as Treasurer, the Ansar Tin Lizzies Shrine Unit, White Hall Lodge #80 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite-Valley of Springfield and the Ansar Shrine Temple. Colby also serves as a White Hall Township Trustee.   He and his wife Lyndsey have two daughters, Reese and Avery, and live near White Hall. 

You can contact Colby directly at colby@ahfh.net

Rick Hires

Rick assumed his career would be in Geology following his graduation from Eastern Illinois University in 1974.  His Geology degree was prompted by his realization that in order to be a math teacher, you needed to excel at math on the collegiate level.  After a layoff from his job as a lead and zinc geologist, he found himself hanging around his father's funeral home in Carrollton.  His father said he didn't mind him hanging around, but he would need to earn his keep.  Odd jobs around the funeral home led to enrollment at Worsham College of Mortuary Science, and a long career in funeral service.

Rick and his wife Patty have five children and nine grandchildren.  Rick is a Greene County Deputy Coroner and  serves on the board of directors for Carrollton City Cemetery, Boyd Memorial Hospital, and the District 1 Foundation for Quality Education.  He is a member of First Baptist Church and a dedicated supporter of Carrollton High School athletics.  Rick enjoys public speaking, writing music, basketball, golf, and tennis.  He is an accomplished guitarist and can often be found performing in his garage.

You can contact Rick directly at rick@ahfh.net

Joe Coultas

Joe arrived on the front porch of the White Hall funeral home in 1977 as a fresh-faced apprentice, having just graduated from Southern Illinois University's School of Mortuary Science in Carbondale.  Terry Airsman wasn't sure what to make of this young man from Pleasant Hill, Illinois, but nearly four decades later, Joe has proven to be the caring and compassionate funeral director on whom families can rely.  In addition, his skills in directing and embalming have been shared with many of the younger directors on staff.

Joe is the father of three children, Shane, Luke, and Sara, and a proud grandfather.  He is a member of the White Hall Lions Club, Lodge #80, A.F.& A.M., and the White Hall Sportsman's Club.  He sits on the boards of directors for White Hall National Bank, White Hall Cemetery Association, and Fernwood Cemetery in Roodhouse.  Joe loves hunting, fishing, boating, and spending time with his family.

You can contact Joe directly at joe@ahfh.net

Danny Powell

Danny began working with the Airsman-Hires Funeral Homes locations in White Hall, Roodhouse, and Carrollton during his senior year of high school in 2003.  He knew at an early age that he had an interest in funeral service and helping others.  In addition to being a Licensed Funeral Director, Danny also serves as Coroner in Greene County, and serves on the White Hall Fire Department and First Responders.

Danny graduated from North Greene High School in 2003 and attended Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey prior to enrolling at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling.  He graduated from Worsham in 2006.  Danny, his wife Miranda, and their daughter Bailee, live in White Hall where he is a member of the North Greene Area Chamber of Commerce, White Hall Lions Club, White Hall First Baptist Church, and White Hall Sportsman's Club.  When Danny is not serving families in Greene County, he enjoys hunting and fishing and has proven to be an all-around excellent handyman. 

You can contact Danny directly at danny@ahfh.net

Randy Hires

Randy graduated from Carrollton High School with the Class of 1981.  After earning his degree in Photographic Technology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Randy spent several years living and working in Texas.  He decided his work in Texas wasn't fulfilling, and returned to Carrollton, where his father, Jess Hires, told him he could work around the funeral home until he figured out what it was he wanted to do with his life.  Two years later Randy earned his Funeral Director's license from SIU-C and has never looked back.

Randy spent 25 years serving the communities of Pittsfield and Griggsville.  In 2011, Randy moved east to serve the families of Waverly, Palmyra, and the surrounding communities.  Randy is involved in the Masonic Lodge, volunteers with the Waverly and Franklin Lions Clubs, and enjoys electronics, motorcycles, music, and hockey.  He is an accomplished drummer.

You can contact Randy directly at randy@ahfh.net

Andy Moss

Andy was born and raised in Iowa.  He attended Iowa Christian College and Central Christian College before graduating from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas.  He spent several years working in "corporate" funeral service in Missouri before joining the staff of directors at Airsman-Hires Funeral Homes in 1991.  Licensed in both Illinois and Missouri, Andy has served the communities of Winchester and Bluffs since 1994.

Andy and his wife, Virginia, have four children and eight grandchildren.  He serves as president of the Winchester Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Winchester Kiwanis Club, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Knights of Columbus.  He is also a first responder with the Winchester EMS.  Andy enjoys his family, boating, and motorcycles.

You can contact Andy directly at andy@ahfh.net

Scott Lummis

Scott grew up in Pike County, Illinois and spent several years in the insurance business near Chicago.  As the son of a third-generation funeral director, Scott felt a natural pull to the business and it wasn't too long before he enrolled in and graduated from Carl Sandburg College of Mortuary Science in Galesburg.  He joined the staff of directors at Airsman-Hires in 2011 and serves the families of Beardstown, Griggsville, and Pittsfield.  He and his wife Tauna are the parents of three children, Brent, Katelyn, and Collin.  He enjoys golfing, hunting, and following University of Illinois athletics.

You can contact Scott directly at scott@ahfh.net

Tim Bruce

Tim joined the staff of Airsman-Hires as a Licensed Funeral Director in September of 2014, primarily serving the families of Jacksonville and the neighboring communities.  Tim’s introduction to the funeral profession began the day he was born.  His father, Robert P. Bruce, owned and operated the Bruce Memorial Home in Leroy, Illinois.  Following in his father’s footsteps, he received his funeral education at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and became a licensed Director in 1981.  After his father's retirement, Tim began a twenty-five year career with U.P.S.  He knew all along that funeral service was his true calling, and is glad to have the opportunity to return to the profession.

Tim and his wife Justine live in Jacksonville, where they enjoy golfing and spending time with their family.  They are the parents of Melissa (husband, Tony) York and Trent (wife, Sarah) Bruce.  Their greatest joy is being grandparents to Brock, Tate, and Mayla York, and Claire Bruce.

You can Contact Tim directly at tim@ahfh.net

Howard May

Howard owns a long history in funeral service.  Prior to joining the Airsman-Hires family in 1995, Howard owned and operated May Funeral Home with locations in St. Elmo and Pocahontas, Illinois.  In addition, he owned Howard's Menswear and Heritage Home Nursing Home, both in St. Elmo.  An Indiana native, Howard attended Indiana University and graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis.  He has been active in the National Funeral Director's Association and Illinois Funeral Director's Association, and was involved in the founding of the former Illinois Funeral Director's Museum.  He has been involved in the Waverly and Palmyra communities through memberships in Masonic Lodge #118, A.F. & A.M., Wilbur Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; and the Lions Club.  Howard is an avid collector of antiques, and enjoys reading, traveling, and visiting with friends.  He recently enjoyed a successful dove hunt in South America.

Tabitha Brown

Tabitha Brown has been with the Airsman-Hires Family since 2015.  Born and raised in White Hall, Illinois, to parents Julia and Glenn Hill, Tabitha graduated from North Greene High School in 2008.  She later attended the St. Louis Community College in Forrest Park where she received her mortuary degree in 2013.

In her spare time, Tabitha enjoys crafting, working on the farm, and spending time with Nicholas, Lacey, and Cat - her niece, nephew, and favorite cat!   If it is hunting season, you may find her in the woods as she is quite fond of bow hunting.  When she is out of the woods, she especially enjoys helping in the community.  Her passion for working with people and helping them is part of what inspired her to become a funeral director.

Tabitha lives in Carrollton with her husband, Timothy, on the family farm.  She is a member of the St John’s Catholic Church, and plans to remain in the Greene County area for many years.    

You can contact Tabitha directly at  Tabitha@ahfh.net