Sunset Funeral Homes is home to more than 25 team members committed to providing excellent care for our families. If you are interested in joining us, check out Careers at Sunset Funeral Home
The Staff at Sunset
Amy has been assisting families with memorials and services since 2000, inspired to help families in the Evansville area in a compassionate manner.
Amy’s promise is for every family to be able to tell their life story in a meaningful way, assisting them as they honor the loss of a loved one. She leads the way with her staff to create a truly meaningful experience for everyone she serves.
Amy grew up in Wadesville, Ind., and graduated from North Posey High School. She continued her education at the University of Southern Indiana and later received her insurance license.
Married to Curtis Walton, she has two children, Crewz and Carly who both attend Scott School. Amy stays busy with school activities and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and being outdoors.
Before joining the Sunset team, Jayanna Weaver worked as a Funeral Director at Hughey Funeral Home in her hometown of Mount Vernon, Illinois, where she also enjoyed volunteer work at the local museum and being a servant to her community.
A graduate of Mount Vernon Township High School, Jay earned an Associates of Arts degree from Rend Lake Community College. She worked in the healthcare field for seven years before changing careers and graduating from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Bachelor Degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Services.
Jayanna is honored to serve the families in the Evansville area and believes that funeral directing is her calling because it allows her to be creative, religious, and most of all caring. Jay spends her free time working in the yard and being outdoors as well as creating ceramics and jewelry, henna tattooing, putting together terrariums, and playing music of all kinds.
Auston joined the staff of Sunset Funeral Home in September of 2017. Auston is a native of Cornelia, GA and is a graduate of Gutpon-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, GA.
Auston brings several years of funeral service experience to Sunset and he takes pride in offering the highest level of customer service to the families we have the honor to serve, Auston is a Funeral director and a certified crematory operator.
David Shipper, Owner
David Shipper is a third generation cemetery owner who has been involved for more than 35 years in owning and managing funeral homes and cemeteries. Internationally known for his expertise in the industry, he has served as President of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (www.iccfa.org)—a 6,000 member organization with members in 23 countries and was inducted into the ICCFA Hall of Fame in 2014.
David owns and operates the Indiana Memorial Group, which currently is comprised of 10 cemeteries and funeral homes in Indiana. David’s previous experience includes Vice President of corporate development for The Loewen Group, Inc., a multi-national, publicly traded funeral and cemetery corporation. While at Loewen, David led cemetery and combination acquisition activities and was involved in the purchase of over 450 locations.
Carrie Phelps, Director of Marketing
Carrie Phelps joined IMG in 2005. She has three decades of public relations, marketing, and strategic planning experience. For IMG, Carrie is responsible for marketing and sales support activities, such as advertising campaigns and creating materials for both television and print, such as our Living Will Kit and Personal Planning Organizer.
She is responsible for maintaining IMG websites as well as continuing a Facebook and social media presence. Additionally, she works with the locations to plan and implement events such as our Christmas, Memorial Day, Veterans and other programs.
A 1986 graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington, Carrie holds BA degrees in both Journalism and Criminal Justice and has earned awards for media, public, and community relations campaigns and projects.
Chris Lyon, Controller
Chris Lyon joined Indiana Memorial Group in 2009 after serving as Assistant Controller for a Fortune 100 company for ten years. During his time there, he led the accounting and financial analysis team through multiple which saw his Division increase revenues from $700M to over $3B.
Today, Chris oversees and directs all of the finances for Indiana Memorial Group including cash flows, projections, controls, policies, and audit. Chris is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Michigan and earned his Bachelor of Accounting degree from Michigan State University.
Erin Gavaghan, Director of Administration
Erin Gavaghan joined Futura Group in March 2001 and manages Indiana Memorial Group’s multi-location administration team. She is a 2011 graduate of LaSalle University (Philadelphia, PA) with a B.A. in Business and Organizational Dynamics, and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Science in Human Capital Development (2013).