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

We are the first funeral home in the McCalla area, but not new to the funeral industry. Our state of the art facility provides comfortable and safe surroundings with ample parking. Our interior design offers a feeling of peace and tranquility to help you through a difficult time in your life. The staff of McCalla Memorial Home adheres to the "Circle of Care" philosophy.

The "Circle of Care" best states our philosophy-

"It is our goal that each family we serve feels as though they are a part of our family and that the decisions made are treated with respect and dignity to best celebrate the life of their loved one. Providing overwhelming, personal, seamless service is our number one priority - before, during, and after the funeral."

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Our Valued Staff

Richard A. Clark

Richard A. Clark, Manager

Richard has worked in the Birmingham area in the funeral industry for over 20 years. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer with the state of Alabama. Richard is a 1993 graduate of Jefferson State Community College and also served as an embalming instructor for Jefferson State Community College for several years. He has served in community roles with the Rotary Club of Pell City, Alabama, and with the Kiwanis Club of Leeds, Alabama. Mr. Clark is married to Sharon Clark, teacher with Jefferson County Board of Education, and has two daughters, Caroline, a junior at Troy University, and Claire, a freshman at UNA. He and his family attend Moody First Baptist Church.


Jzyk S. Ennis CFSP

Jzyk S. Ennis CFSP

Jzyk S. Ennis, MPA, CFSP (pronounced Jay-zick) is employed as a full-time instructor in the Funeral Service Education Program at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama and as a part-time funeral director for McCalla Memorial Funeral Home in McCalla, Alabama. Mr. Ennis is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Alabama and Georgia. He began teaching as an adjunct instructor in 2000 and was hired as a full-time instructor in 2005 and remains in that position today. Previous to his hire as a full-time faculty member at Jefferson State Community College, Mr. Ennis managed one of Alabama's largest funeral homes and has over 23 years of experience in the funeral profession. He is a past president of the Alabama Funeral Directors Association and a former At-large Representative on the Executive Board of the National Funeral Directors Association. Mr. Ennis graduated Magna Cum Laude and as the 1992 Outstanding Student in Funeral Service Education from Jefferson State Community college, graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Business Administration, and graduated from The University of Alabama at Birmingham with a M.P.A in Public Administration. He is married to his wife, Sherrie and has two children (Jzyk II and Brookelyn). Mr. Ennis is a member of the First Baptist Church of Trussville, Alabama, a lifetime member of the Auburn University Alumni Association, and a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society.


Bill Thomason

Bill Thomason

Bill is a member of the Baptist Church of McAdory where He and his wife head the Home Bound Ministry for the church. Mr. Thomason has pastored for over 30 years and retired from Alabama Power with over 30 years of service. He currently serves as the chaplain for the Birmingham division of retired engineers. He is married to his wife, Carolyn, of 53 years and they have three children and six grandchildren.


Carolyn  Wesson

Carolyn Wesson

Carolyn is a member of the Baptist Church at McAdory. Mrs. Wesson is retired from Piping and Equipment after 25 years of service.


Shirley Langston

Shirley Langston

Shirley is a member of Hunter Street Baptist Church. Mrs. Langston is retired from the Bessemer Board of Education and has worked in the funeral industry for several years since her retirement.


Vaudine Gilmore

Vaudine Gilmore

Vauldine is a member of Grace Life Baptist Church. Mrs. Gilmore is a retired beautician and has been employed in the funeral industry since 1998, serving in the Bessemer and Birmingham areas.


Billie Meredith

Billie Meredith

Billie is a member of the Baptist Church at McAdory, where she sings in the choir. Billie works as a volunteer at UAB West where she serves as the President of Senior Care Volunteers. She retired from AMSOUTH Bank after 35 years of service. Billie has been married to her husband Robert, for 41 years.


Dick L'Eplattenier

Dick L'Eplattenier, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Richard “Dick” L’Eplattenier, CFSP is a full time Funeral Director and Embalmer for McCalla Memorial Funeral Home. Licensed in 1975 as Funeral Director, and in 1981 as a licensed Embalmer, Dick has had extensive knowledge in all facets of to include 26 years of funeral home management experience in the Birmingham area. He has taken his practical knowledge to the classroom where he was an adjunct instructor in the Funeral Service Education for ten years at Jefferson State Community College, where he now serves on their Advisory Board. He served his country for 30 years as a U.S. Army Reservist, retiring as a Colonel in 2003. Active in his community, he has occupied, and is still serving in leadership positions in the Trussville Noon Rotary Club and an active member in his church, Highlands United Methodist Church. He earned a BS degree from the Jacksonville State University in 1973 and an Associate degree in Funeral Service Education from Jefferson State Community College in 1978. He is married to his wife, Lynn, since 1974, has three adult children, Chase, Chad and Aimee and a grandson, Carter.