History & Staff
Our family and staff 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.
When we counsel with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
In 1920, Ernest and Ruth Riemann migrated from Richmond, Michigan to Gulfport, Mississippi in search of an opportunity to serve Gulfport families during a difficult time. This Coast pioneer family purchased the Wilder Funeral Home and a legacy of service began.
As the Gulf Coast grew, so did Riemann Funeral Homes. Locations in Bay St Louis, Pass Christian, Long Beach, Biloxi, and Orange Grove were built to serve families in each community on the Coast.
The second generation Riemann, Robert "Bob" Riemann joined the business during World War II and continued the commitment of service begun by his parents. The business grew significantly in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s under his leadership.
Third generation Riemann's, David and Mike, were new arrivals in the 70’s and continue to be active in the business.
Chad Riemann and Addison Riemann, the fourth generation to serve Gulf Coast families, have many years of experience and are committed to the perpetuation of the Riemann family business.
The professional and dedicated staff that care for families has hundreds of years of experience – ensuring that each family served has a meaningful experience at a most difficult time.
Riemann Family Funeral Homes, owned by the Riemann family, operates its business with five convenient locations – in Gulfport, Long Beach, Delisle – Diamondhead, Biloxi, and Ocean Springs.
Four Generations…since 1920
"There is a difference…Riemann Service"
Our Valued Staff
David F. Riemann, Chairman, Funeral Director
David is a lifelong resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is a licensed funeral professional with 40 years of experience in funeral service.
He is a past president of the Mississippi Funeral Directors Association and the International Order of the Golden Rule, an international association of funeral homes. David is also past chairman of the Home Service Life Insurers Council of Mississippi.
Mr. Riemann has served in numerous leadership roles, professionally and along the Gulf Coast. He is the current Chairman and owner of Riemann Family Funeral Homes.
In his spare time David enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in the yard.
David Chadwick Riemann, President/Funeral Director
David Chadwick “Chad” Riemann serves as President and owner of Riemann Family Funeral Homes, Inc. and its subsidiaries. He is married to the former Heather Donnelly of Meridian and has three children, Sadie and John David Riemann (twins) and Emma Riemann. He is a graduate of Gulfport High School and Mississippi State University.
Chad is a fourth generation licensed funeral director and served as Past President of the Mississippi Funeral Director’s Association and was Mississippi Funeral Director of the Year in 2005-2006. Chad also served as Senior Warden of the Vestry and member of the pastor Search Committee at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Gulfport where he and his family are members. He is a Board Member of the Reveler’s Carnival Organization, and a former Board Member for the South Mississippi Soccer Club, the Greater Biloxi Economic Development Foundation, and the D’Iberville Boys and Girls Club.
Chad believes that spending time with family is most important. He has a passion for cooking on The Big Green Egg, cars, boating, football, fishing, hunting, and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Mike is a lifelong resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is a 3rd Generation licensed funeral professional with 35 years of experience in funeral service and preplanning.
He currently manages the Preplanning Division of Riemann Family Funeral Homes, which is one of the most successful Preplanning Departments in the country, and Riemann Monument Company, Inc.
Mike is member of First United Methodist Church in Gulfport. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, boating, and traveling. He is married to Cindy Riemann, and they have two children, Jeff and Jennifer.
Addison was born in Gulfport, MS. He attended Gulfport High School and received his Bachelor Degree in Finance from Auburn University.
Addison worked summers at Riemann Family Funeral Homes throughout high school and college and recently began working full time as a licensed prearrangement counselor. In his free time, Addison enjoys golfing, soccer, biking, boating, and spending time with family and friends.
Diane graduated from the University of Mississippi and received a Masters of Education from University of Southern Mississippi. She taught elementary school in the Biloxi School system for almost twenty years. Diane enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Diane is married to David Riemann. She is the mother of four children and grandmother of five grandchildren. She is a member of Nativity BVM Catholic Church, Biloxi. Diane is also a member of Biloxi Garden Club and associated with numerous carnival associations. She has served as Queen of Revelers Carnival Association and The Billikins, Biloxi.
Jason D. Green, Funeral Director
Jason D. Green is a lifelong native of the MS Gulf Coast. He has an AAS Degree in Funeral Service Education from East Mississippi Community College. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Business from Livingston University (now the Univ. of West Alabama).
Jason has been employed with Riemann Family Funeral Homes over 20 years. Jason is an active member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Long Beach and is a member of several social and professional organizations.
He enjoys traveling, boating, and Mardi Gras.
David Gunn, Funeral Director
David was born in Lexington, MS. He graduated from Biloxi High School, Mississippi College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
David has proudly served on staff in churches in Bay St. Louis, Jackson, Meridian and Gulfport. He has been an employee of Riemann Family Funeral Homes since November of 1999.
He is married to the former Gina Murphy of Ocean Springs and has twin daughters, Carey Gunn of Jackson and Jordyn Fletcher (Brandon) of Colorado Springs. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Biloxi.
Jim Hudson, Funeral Director
Jim Hudson is a native of West Point, MS and has recently moved to the coast to join the team of professionals at Riemann Family Funeral Home. Jim is a graduate of West Point High School and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA. Following graduation, Jim returned to his hometown of West Point and joined various organizations in the Golden Triangle area.
Jim enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Jamie O'Neil, Funeral Director
A native of Pascagoula, Jamie recently joined Riemann Family Funeral Homes in August, 2015. He is a Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service and is a Licensed Funeral Service Professional.
He is married to former Cassie Eckhoff of Lucedale and has no children at this time but would like to have them one day.
In his free time Jamie enjoys spending time with his wife and family, boating, kayaking , and fishing.
Pam Blaylock, Funeral Director
Pam Blaylock is a resident of Saucier, Mississippi. Pam has been an employee at Riemann Family Funeral Homes since 2013. She attended mortuary school at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Pam is married to Phillip Blaylock, and they have two daughters, Madison and Abbey. Pam is an active member of Michael Memorial Baptist Church. During her free time, Pam enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and running.
A lifelong resident of Biloxi, Jeffery has served as a funeral assistant with Riemann Family Funeral Homes for the past five years. He is active in many Gulf Coast civic and carnival associations. Jeffery also serves as a Harrison County Constable for District 5.
Tom Papalambros, Funeral Director
Tom was born in Hammond, IN. He is a graduate of East Mississippi Community College.
Tom has been an employee of Riemann Family Funeral Homes since July of 2008. He has been a funeral director and embalmer for 17 years. Tom is a member of The International Order of Moose Lodge. He is also a graduate of the Chickasaw Leadership Program.
He is the father of three boys and Baptist by faith. In his spare time, Tom enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.
Allison Sexton, Funeral Director
Allison is a resident of Gulfport, MS. She graduated from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where she received her Associate's Degree in Mortuary Science. She began her apprenticeship with Riemann Family Funeral Homes in April 2015. Allison is married to Chris Sexton and they attend Michael Memorial Baptist Church. Allison enjoys traveling, reading and crafting projects.
Nick Patano, Funeral Assistant
Byron Brewer, Funeral Assistant
Eddie Young, Funeral Assistant
Eddie is Pastor of a church here in Gulfport and has been a minister since 1992. He and his wife Dale moved here from Albuquerque, NM in 2014. He has worked in funeral homes in TN, AZ and NM.
Eddie enjoys playing the guitar which he has been playing since he was five. His desire is to minister to people.
Tommy Franklin, Funeral Director
Tommy has been in the funeral service industry for 50 years in 2016, with 45 of those years being with Riemann Family Funeral Homes. Prior to his years in funeral service, Tommy was in the United States Army.
He is married with 3 children and 5 grand-children.
Alan Freeman, Pre-arrangement/Monument Counselor
Mr. Freeman was born in Gadsden, AL and has been a resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast since 1993. He grew up in Las Vegas, NV where his family was in the funeral business for many years.
Mr. Freeman is a graduate of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Culinary Arts and trained with the Culinary Institute of America. He enjoys cooking for local charities and fundraisers.
He has been employed with Riemann Family Funeral Homes since May of 1999 where during some of those years he managed Floral Hills and Gulf Pines cemeteries for the company. He continues to serve families of the Gulf Coast with dedication and compassion.
Dale Young, Prearrangement Counselor
Dale Young spent years in education, as a teacher, supervisor and principal. She is an author and has been a pastor’s wife since 1998. Before coming to work for Riemann’s in 2014, she worked as a family service counselor in New Mexico. She would rather read a book than watch a movie any day. Other hobbies include music and traveling.
Connie Young, Administrator
Connie has been employed with Riemann Family Funeral Homes since 2005. She is the Company’s telephone receptionist at its Three Rivers Road location. Connie is a native and resident of Long Beach. She is also a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church.
Jan St. Jacques, Administrator
Jan was born and raised in Connecticut. She received her Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Maryland, European Division.
She has been employed with Riemann Family Funeral Homes since 2005. She retired from the U.S. Air Force after nearly 23 years of service, and has been a resident of the Gulf Coast since 1999.
Jan enjoys American & British history, classic movies, knitting, and traveling.
Cathy Warden, Administrator
Cathy is a lifelong resident of Long Beach. She has been an administrator with Riemann Family Funeral Homes since 2012.
She is an active member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Long Beach and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Amy Gillis, Administrator
With Riemann Family Funeral Homes part-time since 2007, Amy is also a full-time RN (Clinical Liason) for Deaconess HomeCare in Gulfport. She is also currently working on her Masters Degree.
Amy has been married to her husband, Kenny, for 15 years and has one son, Steven. Steven will will graduate from Harrison Central in May 2016 and will then go to boot camp for the United States Navy in July. Amy is also an Angel Mom to 6 day old twin girls, Kristi & Kenzley.
Johnnie Fayard, Administrator
Johnnie was born and raised in Biloxi, MS and a graduate of Biloxi High School.
She has been a resident of Jackson County for over 20 years having moved there after marrying the late Jimmie Fayard Sr.
She is the mother of 3 children, 2 step children and 3 grandchildren.
When not working, she enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Eva Boomer, Administrator
Debbie Braun, Administrator
Debbie was born in Gulfport and is a graduate of Gulfport High School. Including Mississippi, she has lived and worked in the states of Texas and Colorado.
She began her employment with Riemann Family Funeral Homes in 2012, and in 2014 became the administrator for the company’s pre-planning division.
In her spare time, Debbie enjoys shopping, gardening, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Terri Gonzalez, Community Outreach Director
A transplant originally from California, Terri attended Harrison Central High School and graduated from William Carey University with a degree in Marketing with an emphasis in Gerontology - the study of aging adults.
She began her career with Riemann Family Funeral Homes in 2016 and currently attends Cedar Lake Christian Assembly.
Terri now resides in Gulfport and has two beautiful grand-daughters - and a dog named Blossom Rose. She enjoys the outdoors...hiking, biking, camping and spending time with family and friends.