Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 936-336-6418 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


John L. Burgess IV

John L. Burgess IV

Managing Partner

John has been a part of the funeral industry since 2007. He graduated from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in 2010. John served his apprenticeship at Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens in Odessa. From there, he was a funeral director for Kerrville Funeral Home in Kerrville for several years. At that time, he served as a board member of South Central Texas Funeral Directors Association and was awarded Young Professional of the Year in 2013. John was also a funeral director for a short time at Kingwood Funeral Home in Kingwood. For the past four years, he has been the Funeral Director in Charge at Harper-Talasek Funeral Homes in Temple and Belton.

John plays an active role in Rotary and has served on several boards.  He has been a dedicated Rotarian for more than seven years. He is a lifelong Episcopalian is a member of St. Stephen Episcopal Church. In the past John has served on the vestry at previous churches and served as the Junior Warden.  John grew up attending the Episcopal Dioceses of Texas' summer camp, Camp Allen in Navasota.  John has given back by serving on the board for past 3 years and looks forward to many more. Having the community's full trust is something John holds at the highest regard.  He has supported and hosted events for National Night Out and the Chamber of Commerce.  He has also created several events in the community to show respect for first responders. John looks forward to being a part of the community in Liberty. 

John has been happily married for eight years to his best friend, Julia. Together they have a two year old girl named Jenna Lacy. The Burgess family is also excited to announce another baby is on the way and due in August. Outside of work and family John is an avid outdoorsman. Hunting, fly fishing, golfing and doing anything outside with friends and family is where John finds a happy place to disconnect and recharge.    



Karla-ann King

Karla-ann King

Funeral Director

The oldest of seven girls, Karla-ann King was born and raised in Texas. She grew up in the La Porte/ Deer Park area. Before entering the funeral industry, she worked as a Legal Assistant, where she learned the positive effects that having a strong advocate could instill in the hearts of her clients. In 2014, after helping care for an elderly friend and neighbor who passed away, Karla decided that she wanted to become a funeral director and support people in a new way. While enrolled in mortuary school, Karla-ann made the Dean’s List and was inducted into the National Honor Society. She is also a member of the Student Advisory Board. In December of 2018, Karla-ann graduated with honors from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. In her spare time, she volunteers at Magnolia Place Healthcare with Max, her Yorkshire Terrier. She is a member of Day Spring Church in Liberty, where she also resides. Helping her community, through both her work and her activities in church, is extremely important to Karla-ann.


Jerri Woolls

Jerri Woolls

Office Manager

Jerri Woolls is the Office Manager for Allison Funeral Service and has been with Allison Funeral Service for over 19 years. She and her husband Rody live in Hardin, Texas. They have a son, Philip Woolls, two daughters, Terry Crosser and Jana Watson, and seven grandchildren, Genna, Haley, Faith, Skyler, Garret, Luke and Logan and two great-grandchildren, Tanner and Cameron. She is a member of Hardin Baptist Church. She enjoys cooking, gardening and entertaining her grandchildren.


Charlotte Renee Gressett

Charlotte Renee Gressett

Ambassador

Charlotte Renee Gressett is a “people person,” who has been in public life all her working years; she has spent the past 12 years with Allison Funeral Service. Renee is a 5th generation Texan and a direct descendent of A.B. Hardin, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. She is related to just about everyone in the area. She has three children, several grand and great-grandchildren, and a huge amount of extended family, whom she dearly loves. She enjoys being outdoors, overseeing her “ranchette” where she has cattle and mules. She can always be found tending to her garden and her yard. In her free time, Renee enjoys reading, working on a crossword puzzle, watching her beloved Houston Texans and any A&M sports team, playing golf, dancing, and deer and turkey hunting. She is a lifetime member of the Salt Grass Trail Association, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. She was dubbed the “first lady muleskinner in the Astrodome.” She has also been an active layperson of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Liberty for over 30 years. She feels blessed to minister those who are in need of our services.

Roberta Thornton

Roberta Thornton

Ambassador

Serving as an ambassador since 2011, Roberta Thornton joined the staff after retiring from her job as a counselor. Roberta taught English and journalism and counseled at the high school level in three different schools; she was at Liberty High School for 11 years. She finished up at Windham School District and now substitutes in Beaumont at a private school for ages three through eighth grade, in addition to working at Allison Funeral Home.

She is the wife of Neal Thornton, who has also retired but teaches full-time at a private school in Beaumont. He was a principal for Liberty and Windham after his years of teaching agriculture. They have been married for over 35 years and have three sons, two of whom found love with local girls, and three wonderfully gifted grandkids! She and her husband are Blue and Gold Officers for the Naval Academy, where two of their sons graduated, and own a rental vacation home (Original East End Rental Cottage) in Galveston, where the other son graduated (Texas A&M, Whoop)!

Members of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, they spend time being active in other area clubs. Roberta is a past president of Trivium, a member of both the Liberty County Historical Commission and the Galveston Historical Foundation, the Gulf Coast Parent's Club of the US Naval Academy, a member of the Altar Guild at church, and a member of a bunco group that has been together since the late 90s. She also loves to play 42 and plays with the Hardin Senior Citizens when she has time. You may see Neal umpiring in the spring, doing stats for Liberty High School during football season for KSHN, or working as a coach at a cross country meet in the fall. They keep busy with activities and two cats, two dogs and two visiting dogs (that seem to be staying).


Sammy Sackett

Sammy Sackett

Ambassador

Sammy Sackett has lived in Liberty for over 36 years. She is married to her husband of over 40 years, Ricky, and they have two children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren together. A true people person, she came to work for Allison Funeral Service 12 years ago. She also works the elections for Liberty County. She is an active member of the Dayton First Assembly of God Church in Dayton. She enjoys spending time with her family and taking vacations with her husband and friends.

Cameron Bird

Cameron Bird



John Carter

John Carter



Leslie Russell

Leslie Russell



Mark McClelland

Mark McClelland



Estelle Vaughn

Estelle Vaughn



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