Our Staff

Licensed Staff

Jody T. Lea, Owner,Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Embalmer & Licensed Insurance Agent
Email: jody.leaandsimmons@att.net
Website: www.leaandsimmons.com
Office Phone: 731-772-8880
Fax: 731-772-8743
Mobile Phone: 731-432-9104

Jody is a lifelong resident of Brownsville and attended Haywood County Schools. Jody graduated from John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science of Nashville in 1990. Jody is married to Jeanna Roberts Lea of Brownsville and has 2 two sons, J.T. Lea Jr. and Miller Lea. In 2009, Jody fulfilled his dream of owning his own funeral home with the help of his brother Chris Lea and good friend, Elliott Simmons. Jody is a member of New Vision Baptist Church, the Brownsville Exchange Club, The Brownsville Business Association, The Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce as well as an Ambassador for the Chamber, The Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center Board of Directors & The Haywood County Leadership Board of Trustees and was a graduate of the 2011 Leadership Class. Jody was chosen as the 2011 Ambassador of the Year. 


J. Elliott Simmons, Owner,Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Embalmer & Licensed Insurance Agent
Email: leaandsimmons@yahoo.com
Website: www.leaandsimmons.com
Office Phone: 731-772-8880
Fax: 731-772-8743
Mobile Phone: 731-780-7732

Elliott was born and raised here in Brownsville and graduated Haywood High School in 1998. Elliott graduated in 2000 from Northwest Mississippi College with a degree in Mortuary Science. Elliott has been in the funeral business in Brownsville for the last 10 years. Elliott is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Brownsville. Elliott is a board member with the YMCA, the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Haywood County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, a member of the Brownsville Business Association and the Brownsville Rotary Club.


Chris W. Lea, Owner, Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Insurance and Preneed Agent
Email: leaandsimmons@yahoo.com
Website: leaandsimmons.com
Office Phone: 731-772-8880
Fax: 731-772-8743
Mobile Phone: 731-432-9111

Chris was born and raised in Brownsville and is married to the former Tracey Clinton. They have four children, Blake, Taylor, Emma, and Joseph. Chris is very active in the community and proudly serves on many boards throughout the city and county.  Some include: Haywood County Commission, Budget Committee, Public Safety and Jail Committee, Carl Perkins Advisory Board of Directors and the Rotary Club.
Chris proudly joins Elliott, Jody, Tommy, Barbara, and our caring staff in serving the wonderful citizens of Haywood County and surrounding areas in providing the most compassionate service in caring for the loss of their loved one. Our funeral home is 100% locally owned and operated; therefore you can be assured that it is “Our Family Serving Your Family”
Chris  brings with him over 30 years of experience in the funeral industry and is a graduate of John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science.


Barbara Dedmon Flores, Office Manager, Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Insurance Agent
Email: leaandsimmons@yahoo.com
Website: www.leaandsimmons.com
Toll Free Phone: 731.772.8880
Fax: 731.772.8743

Barbara Dedmon Flores has been a Brownsville girl all of  her life. She graduated from Haywood High School and opened her own business (The Sugar Palace) for 21 years, she then sold the business and  sought other ways to  help people. The door opened for her in the funeral  industry and the rest is history.  Lea & Simmons hired her as an office manager and licensed insurance agent.  She completed her  funeral directors apprenticeship and just received her funeral directors license in December 2010.  She is married to David Flores and have two pups named Charlie and KoKo. She is an active member of Christ Church of Brownsville.



Non-Licensed Staff

Tommy Baxter, Funeral Assistant, Licensed Insurance and Preneed Agent
Mobile Phone: 731-780-2151

Tommy was born and raised in Haywood Co, grew up in the Tibbs Community and attended school in Haywood Co. Tommy married Teresa Robbins Baxter in 1974. Tommy has two daughters Meredith Baxter Cody, Kristen Baxter and three grandchildren, Garrett and Ethan Cody and Will Etheridge. Tommy is a member of Brownsville Baptist Church. Tommy joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 1984 and was a Trooper assigned to Haywood Co. Tommy retired in August of 2009 after 25 years of service. In his spare time, Tommy enjoys restoring old muscle cars. 


James Waldrop, Funeral Assistant

James "Teddy" Waldrop was born and raised here in Brownsville/Haywood County. He is a 1990 graduate of Haywood High School. He attended Jackson State and Dyersburg State Community Colleges where he received his EMT-IV license. He has been employed with the Brownsville Fire Dept since 1993 where he holds the rank of Captain and is also employed with the Haywood County Ambulance Authority since 1994. Teddy attends New Vision Baptist Church, serves on the Board of Directors at the Brownsville Country Club, and he is also the Chairman of the LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) and is a Relay for Life Team Member.