Airsman-Hires Carrollton

108 North 5th Street
Carrollton, Illinois  62016
Phone:  (217) 942-6818
Fax:  (217) 942-6818

Lynn P. Simpson moved his business, Simpson Funeral Home, into the grand old home on North 5th Street in 1935, having outgrown their previous location on the second floor of the family's furniture store in Carrollton.  Jess Hires went to work for the Simpson family in 1951, and purchased the business in 1966.  When Terry Airsman and Jess Hires merged in 1979, it became Airsman-Hires Funeral Home


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.

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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.

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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 a Deputy 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 and his wife, Miranda, 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. 

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