Meet our valued staff members. 

Adam  Cooper

Adam Cooper, MA Pastoral Counseling/Dir of Grief Mgmt/Celebrant

Adam Cooper is Director of Grief Management, a joint outreach of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home and Lawnwood Memorial Park. He and his wife, Angie, have two daughters, Lenzie and Samantha.

Adam received his Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, in May of 2012. He is a Certified Celebrant through the InSight Institute, as well as a Grief Management Specialist through the American Grief Academy.

As Director of Grief Management, Adam oversees and facilitates Support Groups, maintains the Caldwell & Cowan grief website,, and works with Jovie, a Grief Therapy Dog. Our Grief Management Center is located at 3134 Floyd Street, where daytime and evening Support Groups meet every Thursday. The Grief Library in the Center is open to the public daily from 9 am until 4 pm. Please contact the Grief Management Center for assistance or information at any time.

Angie Cooper

Angie Cooper, Grief Support Group Facilitator

Angie Cooper works with accounts receivable and billing at Caldwell & Cowan. She also serves as a Grief Facilitator at the Caldwell & Cowan Grief Management Center. She was previously office manager and family service counselor with Lawnwood Memorial Park. Angie and her husband, Adam, have been married since 1999, and have two beautiful daughters; Lenzie and Samantha.

"Through my own grief over the sudden death of my mother to a brain aneurysm in 2008, I began working with other grievers in trying to help them through the tough times in their lives. I facilitate grief groups at the Grief Management Center and pray that the love I show for others brings glory to God."

Kari Childs Saunchegraw

Kari Childs Saunchegraw, Family Services

Kari Childs Saunchegraw is Office Manager at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home. She supervises the office staff, and also has responsibility as Primary Case Processor and Records Supervisor. A native and lifelong resident of Newton County, she has been with Caldwell & Cowan since 2008. Kari has over twelve years of experience in customer service, and is an active committee member with Relay for Life of Newton County. She and her two beautiful children, Anslee and Cooper, currently reside in Social Circle.

"It is my goal to treat every family with the dignity and respect they deserve."

Jerry Guy

Jerry Guy, Pre-Need Sales Consultant

Jerry is a longtime resident of Henry County. He currently resides in Stockbridge, Georgia with his wife Cindy and two daughters. Jerry began his career in funeral service at his family’s firm in Birmingham, Alabama in 1976. He has been a licensed funeral director for 37 years and specializes in helping families pre-plan. Having personally served thousands of families in his career, he truly feels helping families plan ahead is one of the greatest services a funeral director can provide.

Scott  Ellis

Scott Ellis, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Scott Ellis is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, and has been with Caldwell & Cowan since 2008. A 2010 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Scott is a lifelong resident of Newton County. He and his wife Ronda have been married for over 28 years and have one daughter, Erin, and three grandchildren, who are the light of their lives.

"My goal in funeral service is to treat every family with the compassion and respect they deserve."

Christine Banks

Christine Banks, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Christine Banks joined Caldwell & Cowan on January 3, 2015. A long-time resident of Atlanta, and a 2007 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, she is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Prior to joining Caldwell & Cowan, Christine worked at H.M. Patterson & Son Funeral Home in Atlanta for six years. She completed her apprenticeship and licensing requirements while at Patterson, and went on to become Prep Room Supervisor while there.
In 2016, Christine became the first woman, in Georgia, to complete the Fountain National Academy's Embalming and Post Mortem Reconstructive Surgery Seminars. A reconstruction specialist is skilled in specialized embalming and surgical techniques used in reconstructive procedures in cases of severe traumatic injuries suffered at death.

Pat  Lazenby

Pat Lazenby, Grief Companion / Visitation

Pat Lazenby is a Grief Companion for Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home. She is a lifeling resident of Covington, and has been married to her husband, Jack, for over 45 years. They have a daughter, Connie, son-in-law, Chris, and four grandchildren. Pat is a member of Harvest Baptist Church, where she teaches an AWANA class, and she volunteers with Faith Works Ministry.

"I've been with Caldwell & Cowan for several years as a visitation worker, and for the past several years I have also served as a Grief Companion. I love to talk and love to help people, so being a Grief Companion has been a blessing for me, and I hope the same is true for the families I have worked with."

Catherine  Parnell

Catherine Parnell, Case Processor/Administration/Certified Grief Facilitator

Catherine Parnell serves as a part-time Case Processor and assistant to the office manager at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home. She is also a Grief Facilitator and assists with facilitating one of the Life Changes Grief Support Groups, which is a joint outreach of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home and Lawnwood Memorial Park. She is a life-long resident of Mansfield where she grew up on the Lazenby Family Farm. Catherine began working at Caldwell & Cowan when she retired from Newton Medical after 22 years as an Administrative Assistant. Catherine and her husband, Larry, who also works at Caldwell & Cowan as a Funeral Service Assistant, have been married over 50 years and have three children and five grandchildren. They are members of Mansfield Baptist Church where Catherine served as an instrumentalist for 52 years.

"My job responsibilities at Caldwell & Cowan vary from day-to-day, but the most fulfilling for me is being able to meet some of the families we serve at their point of need."

Cathy Burgoyne

Cathy Burgoyne, Receptionist

Cathy Burgoyne is the Receptionist at Caldwell & Cowan. She is one of the first people you meet when you come to the Funeral Home. Cathy is a Covington native, and is an active and longtime member of First United Methodist Church. A very involved community volunteer, she works with local food banks, Rainbow Community Shelter, Meals on Wheels, and Come to the Table, an outreach of First Methodist. As a true animal lover, Cathy has a huge heart for animals, so she can often be found volunteering at the Newton County Humane Society.

"I'm appreciative of all the families that I've met during the year I've been with Caldwell & Cowan."

Crystal Milligan

Crystal Milligan, Lawnwood Memorial Park Administrative Assistant

Crystal L. Milligan is Administrative Assistant for Lawnwood Memorial Park. She has been employed with Lawnwood since July of 2004, and is available to assist families with both Preneed and At Need sales and services. Crystal is a native of Covington, and is married to Steve Milligan, who has been employed with Lawnwood since 1997. She is a Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Responder, and volunteers with the Central Georgia Chapter of the Red Cross/Jasper County. Crystal has two children, Nichole and Michael.

Billy Crawford

Billy Crawford, Lawnwood Memorial Park General Manager

Billy Crawford is General Manager of Lawnwood Memorial Park, a position he’s held since September of 2013. Billy came to Lawnwood after 19 years of employment with Newton County Government. He is a 1985 graduate of Newton County High School, and attended Dekalb College from 1986-1988, where he studied Business. Billy is an active and longtime member of Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church in Porterdale, where he has served in many areas. A compassionate advocate for children, he has been Children’s Director at Julia A. Porter for more than 24 years. Billy and his wife Lila have one son, and reside in Oxford.

Cheri Jefferson

Cheri Jefferson, Funeral Director

Cheri Parker Jefferson joined the Caldwell & Cowan family in October, 2012. Cheri is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, having graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in August, 2006, as the Valedictorian of her class. Funeral service is Cheri's passion, and she loves the rewarding feeling she gets from helping families in their time of desperate need.

Cheri has been married for 8 years to her husband, Jesse, who is also a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at Caldwell & Cowan. Cheri and Jesse are members of the First Baptist Church of Covington where Cheri enjoys singing in the Sanctuary Choir and Ladies Ensemble, playing in the Handbell Choir, and assisting with Children’s Choir. Her other hobbies include: playing the piano, baking and crafting.

"I consider it a blessing to be a part of this well-respected firm, and I look forward to meeting and getting to know more people in this wonderful community."

Jesse Jefferson

Jesse Jefferson, Funeral Director

Jesse Jefferson is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, and became a part of the Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home family in 2012. A native of Washington, North Carolina, he moved to Georgia in 2003 to attend Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, from which he graduated in 2004. Jesse and his wife, Cheri, also a Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Director and Embalmer, have been married for 8 years.

"I knew at an early age that l wanted funeral service to be my occupation, and I have worked at funeral homes since I was 17. It was funeral service that led me to my wife, Cheri. In my spare time I enjoy buying, selling and collecting antiques. I strive to be courteous and respectful to all families we serve."

Brenda Fuller Johnson

Brenda Fuller Johnson, Preplanning Counselor

Brenda Johnson is Preplanning Manager and Counselor for Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, and has been in funeral service for over twenty-three years. Born in Newton County, she grew up on West Avenue in Conyers, and her parents, Dewey and Gladys Sheppard Fuller, were lifelong residents of Newton and Rockdale Counties. Brenda's husband, Johnny Johnson, was also on staff at Caldwell & Cowan, but retired in January of 2011. Brenda is an active member of Newton Baptist Church, where she served for three years as Church Administrator.

"As a Certified Preplanning Consultant and a Licensed Insurance Agent, I consider it an honor to be able to assist the families in our communities with preplanning, and even prefunding, their funeral plans, as well as helping them to make clear and wise financial decisions which reflect their wishes for their funeral arrangements. Not only can I help with your pre-planning needs, I would also be happy to help with any questions you might have about your existing preneed contract. I look forward to continuing to assist you in any way possible."