Grone-Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors in Amarillo, TX

Meet Our Staff - Amarillo, TX

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 806-372-3233 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.

Chad Blount

Chad Blount

Managing Partner

Chad Blount was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas.  He is a graduate of The Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and has been a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in Texas since 1993.  Upon graduating, Chad was able to gain embalming experience quickly by working for Tarrant County Mortuary Service.

After spending time in Fort Worth, Chad returned to Amarillo where he was an Assistant Location Manager for SCI.  He then moved to Memphis, Tennessee to be closer to family.  While in Memphis, he served as the Care Center Manager, and Location Manager for Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery.  During this time, Chad had the opportunity to serve the states of Mississippi and Louisiana by performing mortuary and recovery efforts for the Hurricane Katrina disaster victims. 

In 2009, Chad and his son Harrison moved home to Amarillo.  Chad pursued career opportunities that allowed him to finish raising Harrison. After Harrison graduated high school, Chad returned to the funeral industry.  In 2017 he became the General Manager for Griggs Schooler Gordon, as well as Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery.  When an opportunity to become part of the Carriage Services family became available, Chad jumped at the prospect.  Chad is excited to serve the families of Amarillo as the Managing Partner of LaGrone Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Homes, and Memory Gardens Cemetery.   

Chad spends his free time being involved with USA Masters Boxing Association, traveling and hiking in Palo Duro Canyon with his partner Sarah and their Great Dane, Chloe.  Chad enjoys serving his community; he and Sarah attend Hillside Christian Church and is a member of Southwest AMBUCS and Missing in America Project.  He has been a member and volunteer for Amarillo Housing First, Amarillo Executive Club, and Lions Club.  Chad also appreciates the local art community by supporting Lone Star Ballet and Amarillo Little Theatre.


Leigh Clement Brooks

Leigh Clement Brooks

Office Administrator

Leigh is a Canyon native. She worked for the Randall County Court System for 13 years. She began her funeral industry career in 1996. She came to work for LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw in 2011.

Leigh raised her children Joe and Bailey in Canyon until moving to Amarillo in 2004. She enjoys being surrounded by friends and family. She especially loves visits from her granddogs. Also, she was overjoyed by adding a son-in-law Logan Tiffany to the family in July 2014 and her daughter-in-law, Tayler in August 2016. She is also the proud grandmother to five grandchildren. She has recently moved back to her home town of Canyon and married Keith Brooks in August 2015.

Leigh is a member of First Baptist Church of Canyon, is affiliated with Amarillo Republican Women and is a member of the Round Up Club associated with Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.


Jeannie Salazar Friddell

Jeannie Salazar Friddell

Office Administrative Assistant

Jeannie, who is from Amarillo, graduated from St. Mary’s Academy. She and her husband Norman have two children, Shelley Friddell Jones from Amarillo and Dr. Tony Friddell from Chattanooga, Tennessee. They have six grandchildren, Alexandra, Abigail, Olivia, Katherine, Grayson and Turner. Jeannie retired from AISD after 29 years at Wolflin Elementary School and began working in the funeral industry in 2003 after retirement. She came to work at LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw in 2012. She works in many aspects of the funeral home, loves working with all the families she meets and is able to translate from English to Spanish when meeting with Hispanic families. She is a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral where she is a Lector, Eucharistic Minister and member of the Women’s Circle. She is a member of Los Barrios De Amarillo, Amarillo Republican Women, National Council for Catholic Women, President of Diocesan Council for Catholic Women for the Amarillo Diocese and also Co-Chair for the Advisory Board for the Bishop DeFalco Retreat Center. When not working Jeannie enjoys spending her time with her family, especially her grandchildren and friends, reading, and doing volunteer work.  


Frank Wylie

Frank Wylie

Funeral Ambassador

Frank has lived in Amarillo since 1988, where he worked for Coca Cola until his retirement in 2005.  In 2007, he joined the team of TSA agents at Amarillo International Airport and retired from there in 2012.  Frank has owned and operated his lawn care business since 1992 and enjoys being a private D.J. playing great country music. He and his wife Billye raised two children, Len and Denise and were blessed with four grandkids and two great grandsons. 

He is a lifetime member of the VFW Auxillary and served as treasurer of the VFW 1495 Auxillary from 2004-2019.  He is a sitting board member of Texas Panhandle Honor Flights.  Frank joined the LaGrone Blackburn-Shaw team in 2017.  


Billye Wylie

Billye Wylie

Funeral Ambassador

Billye moved to Amarillo in 1988 with her husband and daughter, which she considers one of the best moves ever. In 1989, she went to work for Ultra Realtors and worked there until her retirement in 2003.  She, and her husband Frank, raised two fantastic kids, Len Wylie and Denise Banes.  She is blessed with four amazing grandchildren and two great grandsons. 

Billye is happy when she is baking and cooking.  She joined the LaGrone Blackburn-Shaw team in 2017.


Amy Garcia

Amy Garcia

Funeral Ambassador



Del Haywood

Del Haywood

Ambassador

Del has been employed by the Carriage Services since 2011,  working at both LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Home and at Schooler Funeral Home   He retired from Retired Indiana Public Employees Assn. in Indianapolis, IN in 2010, moving to Amarillo to be closer to family.

He enjoys serving families, assisting them through their difficult time, with visitations, rosaries, masses, funerals and/or memorial services.  He married his high school sweetheart in 1960, they have 1 son, and 1 granddaughter, both living out of state.  They also lay claim to some   Texas “surrogate” family members, including 3 daughters, 13 grandchildren and one precious great granddaughter.  He enjoys spending time with all his family members, reading, flower gardening and also visiting with neighbors. He is very much a people person.  

Del is very active in his church, Jubilee Apostolic Church and spending time with the church family.


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LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors
|
8310 S Coulter Street
| Amarillo, TX 79119
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Tel: 806-372-3233
LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors
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1505 Martin Road
| Amarillo, TX 79107
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Tel: 806-383-9533

You are welcome to call us any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience.

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