History & Staff

We 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.

Our History

In 1950 Willfred and Noma (Chowning) Byrum began providing funeral home services and assisting the families in the Lancaster area when they started the first 'Funeral Home' in the Lancaster, Texas area.

Initially, the Byrums were partners with the Rudolph Funeral home of Waxahachie. Upon the death of Romney Rudolph, the Byrums purchased his share of stock and changed the name to Byrum Funeral Home. Since that time, Byrum Funeral Home has continued to be family owned and operated. Currently, four generations of the Byrum family are involved with the funeral home operations.

The funeral home itself was built in 1918 out of cyprus. The original structure is a white two story, pillared colonial style home. In 1960 and 1965 additions were completed to increase the size of the staterooms and chapel.

Byrum Funeral Home is a charter member of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, a supporter of Lancaster Outreach, local schools, churches, clubs and businesses.



Our Valued Staff

Noma Chowning  Byrum

Noma Chowning Byrum, Former Owner and President

Noma passed from this life on August 14, 2013.

Noma was born in 1915 in DeSoto, Texas and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1934. In 1936 she married W.E. Byrum of Red Oak, Texas. Together they had two children. In 1950 after working with the Rudolph Funeral Home in Waxahachie, they moved to Lancaster to begin their service to families of the area. Noma passed from this life on August 14, 2013. She will be remembered throughout the coming years for her dedication to her family, friends, and community.


Jack Jeffrey  Lemmond

Jack Jeffrey Lemmond, President & Funeral Director In Charge

Jeff graduated from Dallas Christian School in 1999 and from Texas A&M - Commerce in 2003. Jeff was a real estate agent in College Station while attending Blinn. He was a football & track coach at Dallas Christian and was later employed at AT&T. He joined the family business in August of 2010. Jeff graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Services in May of 2011. Jeff currently serves on the Board of Directors for Cornerstone Credit Union and Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Kacy and they have three children; Madison, Taylor, and Jack Douglas.


Sandra Byrum  Terry

Sandra Byrum Terry, Secretary-Treasurer

Sandra was born in 1938 in Red Oak, Texas and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1955. She attended Arlington State College and married Jack D. Terry. They have two children (Kathy Terry Lemmond & Mark Terry). In 1966 she began her career with Byrum Funeral Home.


Roben S.  Hanes

Roben S. Hanes, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Roben also serves as Safety Officer and On-Staff Minister. Roben graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Service and received his Funeral Directors and Embalmers License in 1980. He is married with four children. He was a Church of Christ Minister and worked part time in the funeral industry for many years. He joined the Byrum staff full time in 1993.


Don  Norrell

Don Norrell, Assistant to the Funeral Directors

Don graduated from Lancaster High School in 1958. He is married to Madeline and they have three daughters. Don is a retired Lancaster Fire Chief and Dallas Morning News employee.