History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
The Hinsey-Brown StoryOn February 11, 1995 local licensed funeral directors, Phil Hinsey and Kevin Brown opened their business to serve Henry County and the surrounding area. Our vision and dream had become a reality and our goal was to provide excellence in funeral service at a reasonable price.
Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service was established after much prayer, planning, patience and perseverance. The land, an architect, the contractor, and a decorator were all lined up. At last, the day of completion arrived. The ribbon cutting ceremony and official opening was scheduled for mid-afternoon January 16, 1995. Early that morning we were stunned when notified of a fire started by an arsonist. The damage was extensive at the west entrance, but due to an elaborate fire system and the swiftness of the Fire Department, there was only smoke damage in the main hallway. We continued with the ceremony as planned with 150 guests attending.
Once again, prayer, patience and perseverance was our duty. It took only three weeks to repair the damage. We are truly grateful that Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service was, and continues to be, very well received by the community. To accommodate the many families who have placed their trust in us, 4200 sq. ft. were added to the east side of the building and ready for use in December of 1997. Today there are full-time and part-time employees helping to achieve the Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service goal: to provide service that exceeds expectations. In fact, service is so important to us, it is a part of our name.
After several years of serving the communities, the need for a new funeral home in Knightstown became apparent. In March of 2004 we opened our new facility on State Road 109, just south of 1-70. In 2006, we remodeled our New Castle location, adding a room designed just for children, a minister’s closet and facilities to make available for family dinners.
Through the years of changes, one thing has remained constant-our commitment to the community to offer the very best in personal funeral service at a reasonable price. Families who have come to depend on us know that they can trust the caring professionals at Hinsey-Brown both now, as well as into future years. This stability has helped us become the leader in funeral service in Henry County.
Our Valued Staff
Kevin D. Brown, Funeral Director/Owner
Kevin and his wife, Cindy, have two children, Evan, a 2014 graduate of Tri High School and currently attends Lincoln College of Technology and Olivia, a Sophomore, at Tri High School. A 1986 graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School, Kevin attended Ball State University and graduated in 1991 from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
A lifetime member of the First Apostolic Church in New Castle, Kevin serves as organist/pianist at the church as well as on the board of directors. Kevin released his first recording, "By Request" in 2010, on which he sings and plays the trumpet.
Kevin is currently the president of the New Castle/Henry County Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on other boards and advisory committees such as Interlocal Community Action Program (ICAP), Foster Grandparent Program, and is secretary of the board of Hightower Services, a subsidiary of Indiana Funeral Directors Association.
He enjoys camping with his family, collecting antiques, and reading.
Phil Hinsey, Funeral Director
Phil and his wife, Sandra, have two children, Keith (wife, Halie), and Karis (husband, Jayson) McGee. They have three grandchildren, Makenna Sue Hinsey, Kamden Robert Hinsey and Kenlie Paige Hinsey. Phil is a co-founder of Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service. He is a 1979 graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School and 1982 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, and is a member of the New Castle First Church of the Nazarene.
Phil serves on the boards for First Church of the Nazarene, Foster Grandparents and the Christian Love and Help Center. He enjoys playing racquetball, performing in plays at civic theaters, and mostly spending time with his grandchildren.
John P. Henderson, Funeral Director
John joined the Hinsey-Brown staff in February of 2006. He resides in New Castle with his wife, Chrissy. They have two children, Ellie, a student at Westwood Elementary School and Jacob, a student at New Castle High School. John graduated from Vincennes University with a degree in Mortuary Science. He is a member of First Apostolic Church in New Castle. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. John was named Employee of the Year in 2008.
Jonathan R. McCutchen, Funeral Director
Jon was born and raised in New Castle. He is a 2006 graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School and started working for Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in November of 2006. On March 27 of 2010, Jon married Ashley (Bullock). They reside in New Castle with their children, Carson Grant and Adalyn Grace.
Jon is a 2011 graduate of the Mortuary Science program at Ivy Tech Community College. In his spare time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, recreational flying, snow skiing and spending every other free minute with his family. He attends services at The Sanctuary of New Castle and is member of Kiwanis of New Castle-Henry County and Elks #484. Jon was name the 2010 Employee of the Year.
Cindy Brown, Staff
Cindy graduated from Greenwood High School and attended Solano Community College in Fairfield, CA. She is employed as a full time bus driver with New Castle Community School Corporation. She assists in special projects and events at Hinsey-Brown and also assists with keeping the facilities in tip-top shape with her decorating skills. She is a member of the First Apostolic Church in New Castle where she serves as treasurer. She and her husband, Kevin, have two children, Evan, attending Lincoln College of Technology and Olivia, a sophomore at Tri High School. She enjoys interior decorating, exercising, and traveling/camping with her family.
Priscilla Thurston, Administrative Assistant
Priscilla graduated from American School in Chicago, Illinois. She and her husband, David of 42 years, have four children and eleven grandchildren. After a successful 15 year career with South Henry School Corporation, she joined Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in 2005 and serves as Administrative Secretary. She and her family attend Memorial Wesleyan Church in New Castle. She enjoys cooking, crocheting, One Stroke painting and scrap booking. Priscilla was named 2014 Employee of the Year.
Leanna Gross, Administrative Assistant
Leanna (Cox) Gross is a 1969 graduate of Knightstown High School and a lifelong resident of the Knightstown area. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1973 and received a MA from Ball State University in 1979. She taught several years in the Charles A. Beard School system. She has also served as a church secretary, secretary for a Christian School and secretary for a mission organization.
She and her husband, Lenville, have one daughter, Rachel (Jason) Helm, and three grandchildren: Tristan, Jocelyne and Logan who serve as missionaries in Mozambique, Africa.
Leanna is a Commissioned Special Worker in the Wesleyan Church, enjoys music, has served with her husband in music ministry for many years, and works with Unitas International facilitating ministry in Mozambique, Africa.
She joined the Hinsey-Brown staff as secretary at the Knightstown Chapel in January, 2008, and is a valuable member of the Caring Professionals.
Beverly Guffey, Administrative Assistant
Beverly was born and raised in Randolph County, IN and is a 1972 graduate of Union High School. She is married to her best friend and husband of 40 years, Dudley. They are blessed with three children Chris (wife: Dana) Guffey of Avon, Bryan and Jenny Guffey both of New Castle, two wonderful granddaughters, Lauren and Ashlyn and a grandson, James. Beverly joined the Hinsey-Brown staff in May of 2001. She enjoys sewing, embroidery, quilting, crocheting, cooking and camping.
Wanda Jones, Aftercare Coordinator
Wanda joined the staff of Hinsey Brown Funeral Service in March of 2010 and serves as the Aftercare Coordinator. A lifelong resident of New Castle, she and her husband, Steve, have four children and nine grandchildren. Wanda graduated from American School in Chicago, Illinois in 1980. She has participated in Bereavement Skills Training with Dr. Alan Wolfelt from the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Ft. Collins, Colorado and received her certification as an Aftercare provider from the American Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.
She attends Sovereign Grace Church in New Castle. Wanda enjoys gardening, camping and spending time with her family and grandchildren. In 2012, Wanda was named Hinsey-Brown's Employee of the Year.
David Brown, Monument Consultant
David W. Brown was born and raised in the New Castle area. He graduated from New Castle Chrysler High School in 1984, David is married to Marcella. They have two children, Emily and Tyler (wife, Hannah). He was employed by Draper Inc. for 21 years before joining Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service full time in 2008. He is currently the President of our local chapter of Business Networking International (BNI). David is an active member of the First Apostolic Church of New Castle. He enjoys music, church, family, reading, and outdoor activities.
Molly Kohler, Bookkeeper
Molly was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and came to New Castle in 2006. She graduated from Aquinas College with a degree in English. She previously worked for the Grand Rapids Public Schools in various capacities for fifteen years, Molly and her husband, Nigel, have two cats (Max and Talladega) and participate in reenactments of the Seven Years War throughout Indiana, Michigan, and Kentucky. In her spare time, Molly enjoys sewing, reading, cooking, artillery, and coaching gymnastics. Molly and Nigel attend Memorial Wesleyan Church, where she teaches Sunday School and AWANA.
Lenville Gross, Pre-Need Specialist
Lenville is a 1970 graduate of Knightstown High School and a lifelong resident of the Knightstown area. He is a Commissioned Special Worker in the Wesleyan Church and has served in music ministry for many years. He has served as an assistant pastor and currently attends Memorial Wesleyan Church in New Castle.
He has traveled extensively taking mission teams on short term mission trips to many countries throughout the world. He served as president of a mission organization for five years and is currently leading Unitas International.
He and his wife, Leanna, have one daughter, Rachel (Jason) Helm, three grandchildren, Tristan, Jocelyne and Logan who serve as missionaries in Mozambique, Africa.
He joined the Hinsey-Brown staff in July of 2007.
Phil Puckett, Pre-Need Specialist
Philip E. Puckett is a native of Farmland, IN in Randolph County and a graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a B.S. in Liberal Arts. While in college Mr. Puckett was a letterman, participating in baseball and basketball.
After a successful corporate career in the Financial Service field, he has been involved with funeral service and funeral planning for the past 20 years. Mr. Puckett joined Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in 1996.
He and his wife, Janet, have four children and seven grandchildren. Beyond family and serving the Lord, Phil enjoys reading, traveling and sports of all types.
Rev. Tom Current, Staff Minister
Tom is a resident of New Castle. He is the Pastor of East Side Community Church on South 25th Street in New Castle. Tom was the 2013 Employee of the Year recipient.
Mike Maze, Staff
Mike was born and raised in New Castle and graduated from New Castle High School. He has been Married to Mikie Maze for 55 years. Together, they have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. They attend South Memorial Drive Church of God in New Castle. Mike served in the Army and the National Guard for 6 years. Previously, he has been a children's youth camp director and has been on many different mission trips.
Ralph Thompson, Staff
Ralph has lived most of his life in Henry County. He currently lives in Knightstown with his wife, Clarice. He and Clarice (Jarvis) were married August 14, 1958. They have two daughters, Suzanne Wallace and Angie Buck, one son, Tim, and seven grandchildren. Ralph attends Faith Chapel Independent Baptist Church in Knightstown. He retired from Delco Remy General Motors in March of 1993. He has worked in various funeral homes for over 25 years and has worked for Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service since March of 2004. Ralph enjoys working with the families we serve and he was named the 2015 Employee of the Year.
Dale Riggs, Staff
Dale grew up in the Kennard community and graduated from Knightstown High School in 1962. He has lived in Henry County his entire life.
He served four years in the United States Marine Corp. He is retired from Carpenter Local #1016 in Muncie. He joined the Hinsey-Brown staff in September, 2006.
He and his wife, Vicki, have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Mitch Roland, Staff
Mitch has lived in the Knightstown area all his life. He and his wife, Sheryl, have been married 45 years. They have 3 children Michael, Eric and Kelli. He and his wife are members of the First Christian Church of Knightstown.
He retired from Chrysler Corporation in 1998 after 31 years of service and started working for Hinsey-Brown in the fall of 2011.
Mitch enjoys being with family, riding his motorcycle, serving at church and working with people.
Gerald J. Myers, Staff
Gerald J. Myers was raised in the Springport area. A former barber, he retired from Chrysler Corporation in 2006. He and his wife, Sue, reside in New Castle and have five children, eighteen grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. They are members of Mt. Summit Christian Church where Gerald serves as a deacon and a member of the choir. He enjoys spending time outdoors and playing golf.
Allen Collier, Staff
Allen Collier joined Hinsey - Brown as support staff in June 2012; he also assists with the Grief Support Workshops. Allen and his wife, Terri have lived in a number of Indiana communities during their marriage, but always seem to return to the Knightstown community; they now reside in the country northeast of there. They have two daughters and one granddaughter. Allen attended Raysville Elementary and later Eastern Hancock, but graduated from high school in House Springs, Missouri in 1968. Delco Remy sponsored him at General Motors Institute, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1973. During this time he also earned credentials as a pastor in the Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends. After working for Delco Remy for over 15 years, he served in a number of technical management roles with a variety of corporations in central Indiana. During this 28-year career in technical management, Allen also served a number of local Friends churches in a variety of pastoral roles (New Castle, Mooreland and Knightstown). From 1994 to 2003 he served as full time pastor at Walnut Ridge Friends, near Carthage, and at Greenfield Friends; during this time he earned a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from Anderson School of Theology. Upon retiring from pastoral ministry in 2003, Allen served as an Indiana State executive as Assistant Superintendent of the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home and as Finance Director for the Indiana State Department of Health; retiring from that position in 2012.
Tyler Brown, Staff
Tyler is a resident of New Castle, where he was born and raised. He is married to Hannah (Russell). He is a 2013 graduate of New Castle High School. Tyler joined the Hinsey-Brown staff in 2012. Tyler is a lifetime member of the First Apostolic Church in New Castle where he plays the saxophone.
Pat Bogue, Staff
Pat resides in Spiceland with her husband of 52 years, Wayne. She has been in funeral service since 1982 and has been employed by Hinsey-Brown since it was founded in 1995. She started as secretary and secured her life insurance license and was a pre-need consultant. She is now a part-time employee.
Pat attended Spiceland Schools and is a graduate of Highland High School in Anderson. She and Wayne have two daughters, Linda Emerson and Mandy Boyd. They have a grandson and three granddaughters. Pat is very active at Spiceland Friends, serves on the Spiceland Preservation and Tourism Society (Hoover Hall) Board where she has served as reservations clerk and is presently the secretary. She has also served on the Spiceland Alumni & Former Students Association Board for over 40 years. She is a member of the Alpha Tau Associate Chapter of Kappa, Kappa, Kappa in New Castle and enjoys sewing, reading, and being with her family. Pat operates a small business from her home, Bogie Bags, etc. Pat was also the 2011 Employee of the Year recipient.
Betty Piercy, Staff
Betty is a retired Registered Nurse who worked at the State Hospital and retired from Henry County Hospital in 1998. Working a total of 40 years in the health care. She has worked 12 years at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service where she was in Aftercare.
Betty is married to Floyd Piercy and has 3 children and 7 grandchildren. They are very active in the Memorial Wesleyan Church, where they both have taught Sunday School and served on the local board of administration.
Betty's goal is to work with a servants heart and to help and assist the grieving families which we serve. At Hinsey-Brown, Betty was awarded Employee of the Year in 2009.
Betty Walker, Staff
Betty joined the Hinsey-Brown staff in November of 2002. After living in many different U.S. cities and Guam during her husband's tours in the U.S. Navy, Betty has enjoyed living in New Castle. She is retired from the New Castle Community School Corporation. She has 3 adult children, 8 grandchildren and a beautiful new great-granddaughter.
Sharon Dabney, Staff
Sharon joined the Hinsey-Brown team in April of 2012 as a part time staff member. She worked as a hairdresser for 28 years before retiring and changing careers to a realtor. After being in real estate for a year, she went back to school and became a Broker. She then worked 20 years in the real estate business.
She is married to John Dabney. Together they have two daughters, Shelley who lives in Indianapolis, IN and Andrea who is married to Brad Linville and lives in Elburn, Ill. She has 5 grandchildren, Taylor and Tristan Buck, Bryce, Brandon and MacKenzie Linville.
In Loving Memory: Joy Tinsley
Joy Tinsley, 79, of New Castle, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2016 in the home of her son, following a brief illness. She was born March 23, 1936 in Soldier, KY, a daughter of the late Farris and Clara (Cline) Johnson.
A 1954 graduate of New Castle High School, Joy enjoyed participating in her class reunion activities. She owned and operated Joy’s Shoes in New Castle for over 20 years, where she became good friends with many of the ladies in the community. She had also been employed at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service for the past 15 years, where she was much like family to her colleagues. She had previously attended the South Memorial Drive Church of God, and presently attended Grace Baptist Church in New Castle.
An accomplished artist, Joy enjoyed oil painting, working in her flower gardens, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and her beloved dog, Charlie.
Joy will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to have known her.
In Loving Memory: Bob D. Hinsey
Robert D. "Bob" Hinsey, age 84, of New Castle, passed away, Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Glen Oaks Health Campus. He was born August 8, 1929 in Muncie, Indiana to the late C. Earl and Doris (Ray) Hinsey.
He had been employed at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service as a Funeral Director's Assistant and was named 2007 Employee of the Year.
Bob was a 1948 graduate of Connersville High School. He retired from Becker's IGA, in New Castle in 1994, where he worked as a meat cutter for 40 years. He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene where he had served on the board and as church treasurer. Bob had also taught Sunday school and had been supervisor for the Children's Department for many years.
Bob will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to have known him.
In Loving Memory: Jim H. Moyer
James H. “Jim” Moyer, age 68, of Noblesville, formerly of New Castle, passed away unexpectedly at his residence, Thursday, December 20, 2012. He was born September 18, 1944 in Henry County, Indiana to the late Herbert L. and Oma (Markle) Moyer.
A Spiceland native, he graduated from Spiceland High School in 1963. He retired from Chrysler Corporation in New Castle in 1999 following 34 years of service. He had also been employed at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service since 2000 where he was also staff organist. An accomplished organist since 1962, Jim had served as organist for several churches in Henry County and played at numerous weddings, funerals and a myriad of other functions. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #91. He was an avid antique lamp collector, but enjoyed all antiques.
Jim will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to have known him.
In Loving Memory: John K. Lewis
John was a very integral part of our Hinsey-Brown family. He passed away February 23, 2012 following an extended battle with cancer. He was born February 20, 1931 in Indianapolis, a son of the late Robert C. and Edith M. (Prentice) Lewis Sr.
A 1948 graduate of Broadripple High School in Indianapolis, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserves and co-owned along with his father and brother, Lewis Electric in Indianapolis from 1947-1952. He retired from Western Electric in Indianapolis in 1991. John also had farmed in Sheridan before moving to Knightstown in the early 1970’s, where he also farmed for several years. He had also worked at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle and Knightstown for the past nine years. He was a member of the Center Christian Church.
John enjoyed fishing, hosting community events, and enjoyed being with people in general. An avid woodworker, John had belonged to Raintree Woodcarvers, and had also built houses, done excavating work, worked with stained glass, and also enjoyed listening to good music.
John will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to have known him.
In Loving Memory: Helen Morris
Helen was a very integral part of the Hinsey-Brown family. She passed away February 9, 2006 following a battle with cancer. She was born September 11, 1926 in Shelbyville, a daughter of the late Dennis and Della Shoemaker Sipes.
Helen was a self employed beautician until 1972 and employed by Knightstown Elementary School from 1980 - 1992. She worked at the Hats Off gift shop in Knightstown. She was currently employed at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service-Knightstown Chapel. She graduated from Knightstown High School in 1945. She was a member of the Shirley Friend's Church and the Shirley Friend's Missionary Society. Over the years she has had many hobbies. She loved reading, sewing, rummage sales and cooking. She spent hours upon hours assisting her husband Joe in his ministry duties which included his schooling, studying, calling and attending all church activities. When Joe, who was blind, was presented with his diploma, the school awarded the same to Helen, due to the fact she read all the books and spent the same amount of time assisting Joe with his studying. Gammy loved spending time with her granddaughters. Kate's, Cori Beth and Kelly's friends referred to Helen as Gammy; also they loved spending time in her home. The memories that she has created for the girls were not only fun for them but also for their Gammy.
Helen is deeply missed by everyone who had the privilage to have known her.