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Our Staff

"Funeral and Cremation Specialists"

Stephens-Key Funeral & Cremation Care invites you to meet our staff of experienced, caring professionals who are always available to serve you.

 

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Chris Highsmith Owner chris.bhfh2017@gmail.com

Chris Highsmith has been in the funeral busines for over 36 years. A 1979 graduate of Welch High School, attended NEO A & M college and the Dallas institute of Funeral Service.  Rick Stephens and he were classmates in the 1986-87 Dallas Institute Class.  Raised on a farm, he enjoyed playing sports, rodeoing and hunting.  Chris began working in the funeral industry as a maintenance man, and quickly realized he wanted to pursue a career in the profession.  He has a genuine love of serving families in need and the passion grows stronger to serve with each day.  Chris is excited to be of service to the Pryor Community and will bring the highest level of service and professionalism.  His wife Vicki works at KAMO POWER in Vinita as a payroll accountant and also keeps up with the business accounting.

His children are Cameron Dennis in Ohio, along with a granddaughter Walela; Haley Chenoweth and husband Casey in Miami, and a son Hunter Highsmith of Broken Arrow; and favorite pet "Zoey" a yellow lab.  Anxious to meet the people of Pryor, we invite all to come by and visit any time. 

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Rick & Gloria Stephens Founders rick@stephens-key.com

Rick and Gloria established Stephens Memorial Chapel in 1996.  They have 3 daughters, Amy, Stacy and Abby and four grandchildren, Heaven, Colby, Cameron and Addison. Rick has an extensive career in law enforcement, is a 1975 graduate of Pryor High School, and a 1987 graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.  Gloria is an avid gardener and decorator.  She also enjoys many outdoor activities. 

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Buddy West Funeral Assistant

After graduating from Pryor High School Buddy attended NEO A&M and Northeastern State University. As a lifelong resident of Mayes County, he has worked in the Cattle Industry, as a Rancher, for most of his life. Buddy married Bekki Hufford in 1970 at Nowata, Oklahoma. They have two daughters, Emily McIntosh and Molly Gordon. After retiring from ranching, Buddy began working at Stephens Memorial Chapel.

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Bekki West Visitation Assistant

Bekki is a graduate of Nowata High School.  She attended NEO A&M and earned a B.S. Degree in Education from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Bekki was married to Buddy West in 1970 and they have made Mayes County their home.  They have 2 daughters, Emily McIntosh and Molly Gordon. After retiring in 2010 from a forty year career in education, she began working for Stephens Memorial Chapel.

Chris Highsmith

Owner
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Chris Highsmith has been in the funeral busines for over 36 years. A 1979 graduate of Welch High School, attended NEO A & M college and the Dallas institute of Funeral Service.  Rick Stephens and he were classmates in the 1986-87 Dallas Institute Class.  Raised on a farm, he enjoyed playing sports, rodeoing and hunting.  Chris began working in the funeral industry as a maintenance man, and quickly realized he wanted to pursue a career in the profession.  He has a genuine love of serving families in need and the passion grows stronger to serve with each day.  Chris is excited to be of service to the Pryor Community and will bring the highest level of service and professionalism.  His wife Vicki works at KAMO POWER in Vinita as a payroll accountant and also keeps up with the business accounting.

His children are Cameron Dennis in Ohio, along with a granddaughter Walela; Haley Chenoweth and husband Casey in Miami, and a son Hunter Highsmith of Broken Arrow; and favorite pet "Zoey" a yellow lab.  Anxious to meet the people of Pryor, we invite all to come by and visit any time. 

Rick & Gloria Stephens

Founders
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Rick and Gloria established Stephens Memorial Chapel in 1996.  They have 3 daughters, Amy, Stacy and Abby and four grandchildren, Heaven, Colby, Cameron and Addison. Rick has an extensive career in law enforcement, is a 1975 graduate of Pryor High School, and a 1987 graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.  Gloria is an avid gardener and decorator.  She also enjoys many outdoor activities. 

Buddy West

Funeral Assistant
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After graduating from Pryor High School Buddy attended NEO A&M and Northeastern State University. As a lifelong resident of Mayes County, he has worked in the Cattle Industry, as a Rancher, for most of his life. Buddy married Bekki Hufford in 1970 at Nowata, Oklahoma. They have two daughters, Emily McIntosh and Molly Gordon. After retiring from ranching, Buddy began working at Stephens Memorial Chapel.

Bekki West

Visitation Assistant
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Bekki is a graduate of Nowata High School.  She attended NEO A&M and earned a B.S. Degree in Education from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Bekki was married to Buddy West in 1970 and they have made Mayes County their home.  They have 2 daughters, Emily McIntosh and Molly Gordon. After retiring in 2010 from a forty year career in education, she began working for Stephens Memorial Chapel.