About Us

Our Family Serving Your Family Since 1917

Our Staff

Our staff's commitment to you 

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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David M. Lewis Funeral Director

David M. Lewis is a third generation funeral director. He did his undergraduate studies at Northeast Missouri State Univerity and graduated from St. Louis Community College Mortuary Science Program. He is a member of the National, Missouri and Illinois Funeral Directors Associations. Also, he has served on both regional and state funeral association boards. He is a past president for the Tri-State Funeral Directors Assoc. for Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.

He and his wife Gabel are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra.

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Steven W. Lewis Manager, Funeral Director & Embalmer

Steven W.Lewis is a third generation funeral director. He completed his undergraduate studies and graduated from Central Missouri State University and is a graduate of Worsham Mortuary College, Chicago, Illinois. He is a member of the National, Missouri, and Illinois Funeral Directors Associations. Also, he is a past president of the Tri-State Funeral Directors Assoc. for Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.


He and his wife Rozanne are members of First Baptist Church in Palmyra.

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James O'Donnell Owner, Embalmer, Funeral Director

Born and raised in Northeast Missouri, James J. O’Donnell, graduated from Hannibal High School, has an Associate of Arts Degree from Hannibal LaGrange College and a Bachelor of Science in History from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. O'Donnell also holds an Associate of Mortuary Science Degree from Kansas City, graduated from Kansas Community College, and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Missouri and Illinois. 

 

In 2016 James J. O’Donnell joined the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel as an owner, funeral director and embalmer.  The O’Donnell and Lewis Families have joined together for generations assisting each other in serving the families of Northeast Missouri and look forward to being a part of the Palmyra community for years to come.

In the spring of 2012 Jim was appointed by Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon to the Truman State University Board of Governors in Kirksville, MO. Jim is also a member of the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, past member of board of directors for the Hannibal YMCA, past member of the Hannibal Park Board and  past  member of the Hannibal Arts Council Board,  past member of the board of directors for Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce, member of Early Bird Kiwanis, member of the Hannibal Elks Lodge #1198, member of the men's auxiliary at the Hannibal Veterans of Foreign War #2446, member of Hannibal Knights of Columbus Council #907, and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. 

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Pam Martin Funeral Assistant

Pam has served Lewis Brothers for many years as a funeral assistant. She is formerly of the Nelsonville area and is a graduate of Philadelphia High School. Pam and her husband Greg have six children and live in the country between Palmyra and Philadelphia. Her enthusiam, to assist others, is just one of her endearing traits. 
Pam and Greg are members of The Crossing Church in Hannibal, Missouri.

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Robert Harrison Funeral Assistant

Rev. Robert Harrison is a retired minister who moved to Palmyra to be closer to his loving children and grandchildren. Whether assisting with visitations or funerals...his ministry is always at work.


Robert and his wife Sharon are members of the First Baptist Church in Palmyra.

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Carol Bezler Funeral Assistant

Carol Bezler is a retired music teacher from Palmyra Schools. She is a valued asset for Lewis Brothers as she can play the organ, assist with visitations and funerals, and design video tributes.


Her friendship and knowledge of so many people in our community assists both our firm and the families we serve.

David M. Lewis

Funeral Director
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David M. Lewis is a third generation funeral director. He did his undergraduate studies at Northeast Missouri State Univerity and graduated from St. Louis Community College Mortuary Science Program. He is a member of the National, Missouri and Illinois Funeral Directors Associations. Also, he has served on both regional and state funeral association boards. He is a past president for the Tri-State Funeral Directors Assoc. for Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.

He and his wife Gabel are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra.

Steven W. Lewis

Manager, Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Steven W.Lewis is a third generation funeral director. He completed his undergraduate studies and graduated from Central Missouri State University and is a graduate of Worsham Mortuary College, Chicago, Illinois. He is a member of the National, Missouri, and Illinois Funeral Directors Associations. Also, he is a past president of the Tri-State Funeral Directors Assoc. for Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.


He and his wife Rozanne are members of First Baptist Church in Palmyra.

James O'Donnell

Owner, Embalmer, Funeral Director
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Born and raised in Northeast Missouri, James J. O’Donnell, graduated from Hannibal High School, has an Associate of Arts Degree from Hannibal LaGrange College and a Bachelor of Science in History from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. O'Donnell also holds an Associate of Mortuary Science Degree from Kansas City, graduated from Kansas Community College, and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Missouri and Illinois. 

 

In 2016 James J. O’Donnell joined the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel as an owner, funeral director and embalmer.  The O’Donnell and Lewis Families have joined together for generations assisting each other in serving the families of Northeast Missouri and look forward to being a part of the Palmyra community for years to come.

In the spring of 2012 Jim was appointed by Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon to the Truman State University Board of Governors in Kirksville, MO. Jim is also a member of the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, past member of board of directors for the Hannibal YMCA, past member of the Hannibal Park Board and  past  member of the Hannibal Arts Council Board,  past member of the board of directors for Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce, member of Early Bird Kiwanis, member of the Hannibal Elks Lodge #1198, member of the men's auxiliary at the Hannibal Veterans of Foreign War #2446, member of Hannibal Knights of Columbus Council #907, and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. 

Pam Martin

Funeral Assistant
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Pam has served Lewis Brothers for many years as a funeral assistant. She is formerly of the Nelsonville area and is a graduate of Philadelphia High School. Pam and her husband Greg have six children and live in the country between Palmyra and Philadelphia. Her enthusiam, to assist others, is just one of her endearing traits. 
Pam and Greg are members of The Crossing Church in Hannibal, Missouri.

Robert Harrison

Funeral Assistant
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Rev. Robert Harrison is a retired minister who moved to Palmyra to be closer to his loving children and grandchildren. Whether assisting with visitations or funerals...his ministry is always at work.


Robert and his wife Sharon are members of the First Baptist Church in Palmyra.

Carol Bezler

Funeral Assistant
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Carol Bezler is a retired music teacher from Palmyra Schools. She is a valued asset for Lewis Brothers as she can play the organ, assist with visitations and funerals, and design video tributes.


Her friendship and knowledge of so many people in our community assists both our firm and the families we serve.