Care Team

No one in Norman has as many combined years of expierence in the funeral industry as our Team at Tribute Memorial Care.  Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

Tribute Memorial Care

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Shane Vice memorial care specialist, licensed funeral director
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Preethi Chaparala memorial care specialist, licensed funeral director
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Bruce Ingram care specialist
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Brandi Hartman care specialist
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John Davenport care specialist executive director, licensed funeral director
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Lisa Robertson office manager
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Rickey Searcy ambassador
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Byron Jacobson ambassador
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Joe Gil ambassador
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Don Kelly ambassador
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Marsha Kelly ambassador
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DeAnn Pollard ambassador
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Freddi Booth ambassador
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Brant Vice ambassador
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Mike Booth ambassador
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Becky Pruett ambassador
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Sue Beggs ambassador
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Steve Wiebusch ambassador

Shane Vice

memorial care specialist, licensed funeral director
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Shane Vice resides in Norman with his wife, Deedra and their two sons: Dalton, a student at the University of Oklahoma, and Brant, a student at Norman North.  A graduate of Cordell High School, Shane obtained a Mortuary Science Degree from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1988 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1993. 

Shane is the recipient of numerous industry awards and recognitions including being voted Funeral Director of the Year at the national level by his peers.  He specializes in restorative art creation, allowing families the option of visual closure through personal one-on-one time with their loved ones. 

Shane actively participates and engages in the Norman Community, previously serving on the Board of Directors for the Norman Chamber of Commerce.   His membership affiliations include the Sooner Rotary Club and the Norman Business Association.  Shane’s innovative efforts have resulted in the implementation of the Every 15 Minutes Program, Safe Escape, and the Jim Thorpe Youthful Drinking and Driving Prevention Program.

Shane enjoys traveling with his family, classic muscle car shows, and watching Sooner Sports.

 

Preethi Chaparala

memorial care specialist, licensed funeral director
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Preethi Chaparala is a graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York, NY, where she won the Wolff Memorial Award for Clinical Embalming.  She began her funeral career working at the oldest single family owned funeral home in New York City.  She is a patron of Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY and was appointed to the city board for White Rose Cemetery in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, and pre-arrangement counselor in the state of Oklahoma.  Preethi also received her Bachelors of Science degree in Management Information Systems at Oklahoma State University.  She resides in Oklahoma City with her four cats: Wendy, Tina, Emilia, and Sammy.

Bruce Ingram

care specialist
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A life-long Norman resident, Bruce Ingram graduated from Norman High School in 1979 and continued his education, graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Physical Education and Recreation.  Following college he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas graduating with his Master’s degree in Religious Education.  Bruce was united in marriage to Valerie Hill in 1982 in Norman.

Bruce served Bethel Baptist Church of Norman as Minister of Students and Recreation for 27 years until 2010, ending a 30 year focus on working with teenagers and their parents. Valerie taught in the Norman Public School System for 30 years, most recently at Lincoln Elementary, retiring in May 2015.Bruce and Valerie live in Norman and are the proud parents of two children, Courtney and Josh.  Courtney is a Children's Minister at Emmaus Baptist Church in Oklahoma City and Josh is the Manager of Travel Operations for the L.A. Lakers Basketball Team.  Bruce and Valerie are active members of Emmaus Baptist Church in South OKC.  Bruce and Valerie are avid Sooner fans.

In addition to his responsibilities of assisting with services and officiating services, Bruce serves as a business chaplain to companies in the Norman and Oklahoma City Metro area, including the BNSF Railroad Company.Bruce joined the Tribute Family in September 2015.  Bruce has a strong passion and desire to help people during life’s difficult experiences.  He loves to help people in prearranging their funerals.

Brandi Hartman

care specialist
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Brandi grew up in Moore, Oklahoma, graduating from Moore High School and has been a Licensed Insurance Agent in the state of Oklahoma since 2012.  She sincerely believes that preplanning a funeral is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give your loved ones. It will relieve the emotional and financial burden for them on one of the worst days of their lives. Brandi strives daily to provide the families she serves with all the information they need to make wise decisions and alleviate stress at the time of loss. Her experience as a funeral professional allows her to guide families through the planning process to create a healing and meaningful funeral experience that brings peace and comfort to family and friends. 

Brandi has worked with countless families, helping some plan ahead for their funeral wishes and walking others step by step through the planning process following the death of a loved one. 

Brandi and her husband reside in Norman.  She enjoys being outdoors and going fishing, hunting, swimming, and working in her yard. She is a proud mother of four astonishing young men. She has four dogs – dachshund (Browning), beagle/basset mix (Willow), lab (Buckshot) and a German shepherd (Bear, who loves to jump into the family’s pool). She also has two cats named Valley and Oakley.  Brandi came into the funeral industry after her mother-in-law saw an ad in the paper that a local funeral home was hiring. It simply said to call; there was no description. She said, “I think you will be good at this.” And even though she had no way of knowing that, after all these years, answering that ad has been the right thing for Brandi and a true calling from God.

She has over eight years of experience in prearrangements, memorial/monument design, and cemetery concerns, she is ready to answer any questions your family may have. From start to finish, and even through the grief journey, Brandi is here to serve you and your family.  

John Davenport

care specialist executive director, licensed funeral director
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John grew up in Upstate New York in a small town called Broadalbin.  Graduating High School there in 2001 he knew he always wanted to attend the University of Oklahoma.  His father from Holdenville, Oklahoma always brought him down to visit the family in Oklahoma and John developed a passion to be part of the community here.  

After Graduating in 2006 from the University of Oklahoma he enrolled at the University of Central Oklahoma in Mortuary Science program and became a licensed funeral director.  This began his career serving and caring for the families of the Norman community. 

John and his wife Jennifer live in Norman with their son and daughter.  You may see John pushing his children around town while running, attending sporting events at OU or Thunder games, attending various events in the community and serving his community. 

John serves our team as the Care Specialist Executive Director helping to ensure that all our families know that we can have this discussion prior to someone passing.   

 

Lisa Robertson

office manager
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A Moore resident for over 25 years.  I have worked in the medical field for over 29 years before finally finding the job I’ve only dreamed of most of my life.  I married my husband, Garry in 1997 who has a lot of the same qualities my Dad and both of my Grandpa’s had and that was and is very important to me.  That brings me to why I am working for Tribute Memorial Care.  I found my dream job with some of the best co-workers one could ask for. We are a TEAM and we are FAMILY.  You see, I spent a lot of my time with my Grandpa Ford during my summer breaks and he was a pastor.  In fact, both of my Grandpa’s were pastors.  Being a pastor, he would often go to people’s homes and visit, especially if a church members loved one or friend had recently passed away.  The visit would always end in a handshake or a hug and of course, prayer.  I was his shadow and a sponge soaking it all in and over the summers I witnessed one of the most compassionate, caring, loving, kind, non judgmental, Godly men in the world (at least to me).  He was also a great listener and had the patience of Job!  By the way, I just described my Dad as well!  He was a walking, talking witness for God.  We would often go to funeral homes as well to visit with the families or even talk to an employee of the funeral home and there wasn’t a funeral director he didn’t know.  I remember saying to my Grandpa, “I want to work in a funeral home one day.  I want to help people like I see you do. People who are sad and their hearts are hurting”.  My Grandpa smiled, laughed and said four words I’ll never forget. Those words were “Well Praise The Lord”! 

I have three grown children.  Tiffany; who lives in Ardmore and has three children, Aaron; who is married and has four children. God called on him to be a worship pastor and most recently transitioned to the children/family pastor at Farley Street Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Texas and Kylie; who is still living at home while going to college and is working towards a career as a sonographer.  My Mom also lives with us and is a long standing member of Southgate Baptist Church in Moore.  Last but not least, we have our four legged children: Chihuahuas; Bella, Boomer, Bailey and Minnie.  I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren when possible, camping, fishing, decorating, working in my yard and cheering for “The Sooners”!  BOOMER SOONER!!!

Rickey Searcy

ambassador
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Byron Jacobson

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Joe Gil

ambassador
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Born Joseph A. Gil, most people know and call him Joe Gil. Joe recently retired after 35 years in the restaurant/hospitality business. He is also retired from the U.S. Army and the Oklahoma Army National Guard. Joe is currently serving as the Executive Director of Le Tour De Vin, a joint Rotary fundraiser, for the combined Rotary Clubs of Norman.

Don Kelly

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Don and his wife, Marsha reside in Norman.  They support KLIFE and Habitat for Humanity and they attend a local Baptist Church.

Marsha Kelly

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DeAnn Pollard

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Freddi Booth

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Brant Vice

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Mike Booth

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Becky Pruett

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Sue Beggs

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Steve Wiebusch

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