Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met.  ​Larry & Shay Chedotal moved to Mississippi in August, 1993, to manage Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery, the business their family purchased in 1973.  We opened the Funeral Home in 2003 and added a Crematory on the property in 2007. 

Larry & Shay have been married for over 30 years and have two children; Brittany and Ryan and two grandchildren. They are members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Madison.  You can take pride in knowing that your family member will be taken care of like our own. 

Larry Chedotal, Jr.
Owner

Larry is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University. He has been working in the cemetery industry since he was 14 years old, beginning his career as a lawn attendant. He is now the sole proprietor of Natchez Trace Funeral Home, Memorial Park Cemetery & Crematory. Larry has been very active in the cemetery industry and has served two terms as President of the Mississippi Cemetery Association and also is Past President of the Southern Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association (SCCFA). Larry is very supportive of the Madison Chapter Special Olympics donating all proceeds from the annual Easter Candle Light Vigil at Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery. Larry is a member of Madison “The City” Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Madison Chapter.

Shay Chedotal
Owner

Shay is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University. She is actively involved in the family business. She graduated in December, 2005, with honors and received an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Funeral Service Technology.  She is a licensed Embalmer and Certified Crematory Operator.  Shay has contributed many hours and resources to Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, Camp Bluebird, Special Olympics and Breast Cancer Awareness.  Shay has a special place in her heart for the military and our Veterans.  She is also the current Executive Director for the Mississippi Cemetery Association. 


Michael L. Hudgins CFSP
Manager, Funeral Director

Michael is a native of Ponchatoula, Louisiana and graduated with honors from Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama with a degree in Mortuary Science. Michael, his wife Theresa, daughter Kaelon, and son Gavin have been residents of Madison, Mississippi since 1999. Michael is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the state of Mississippi, as well as, Alabama and has been the funeral director licensee in charge of Natchez Trace Funeral Home since it's inception in 2003. As of 2007, Michael was one of thirteen directors in the state of Mississippi to have earned the right to use CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practioner). This honor is given to those practioners whom have documented 180 or more hours of continuing education during their career and maintain 20 hours of continuing education hours each year by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Michael was the first funeral director from the State of Mississippi to attend the ICCFA (International Cemetery, Crematory, & Funeral Association) College of Cremation Services in Memphis, Tennessee where he achieved Crematory Operator Certification. Michael serves on the Board of Advisors for the Mortuary Science program at Holmes Community College, Ridgeland Campus, was appointed to serve on his homeowner's association, and was elected by the citizens of Madison to serve as Alderman for Ward 5 during the 2005 and continues to serve in that capacity to this day. Michael is a past Lt. Governor for the Central District of the Mississippi Funeral Director's Association (MFDA). Michael and his wife, Theresa, are the owners and operators of My Pets At Rest Pet Crematory, continuing their care for the community by offering professional cremation services to pet owner families.

Eric Harmon
Funeral Director

Eric, is a native of Greenville, MS and attended John A. Gupton Mortuary College. Where he received his degree in Mortuary Arts and Science in 2011.Eric became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 2013. He also became a licensed crematory operator in November of 2016.   Eric married Kristen Harmon on Dec 18, 2012 and welcomed a new baby girl into the world on May of 2016, “Ann Fletcher Harmon”. Eric has been in and around the funeral industry since he was 12 years old, beginning his career as a graveside setup man for his family owned funeral home “Smith Funeral Home” in Greenville, MS. In which he was the manager before he and Kristen relocated and joined the family staff at Natchez Trace Funeral Home. Eric has always had a passion for serving the community.  Eric was the youngest person in Greenville’s history to ever run in an election for County Coroner.  He was on the board for The Boys & Girls Club of Greenville as well as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greenville, MS. Since moving to Madison in August of 2016. Eric, is a member of Madison Lions Club. He is also an ambassador for Madison the City Chamber. Eric believes in upholding the integrity and the highest moral standards when it comes to caring for families and their loved ones through the most difficult times. Eric, “I believe the best way to serve families is to care for them as if they were my own family, it was such a blessing when the Chedotal family hired me and Kristen as a team and allowing us to continue our journey together in which I feel has always been my calling.” He and Kristen are members of Vertical Church and reside and Gluckstadt. 



Brittany Chedotal Maugh
Cemetery and Preneed Funeral Consultant


​Daughter and Granddaughter to the Chedotal Family, Brittany is married and has 2 children, Tristan & Chloe. She went to culinary school and started her career as a Chef.  Brittany decided she needed a change of pace to spend more time with her family.  She has been with the company since 2011, and can help with all of our your cemetery and funeral questions.  Brittany also serves as a Board Member of the MS Cemetery Association.

                    Kristen Harmon                      Administrative Assistant

Kristen, is a native of Clarksdale, MS until relocating the Greenville, MS., in 2011 and marrying Eric Harmon on December 18, 2012. Kristen and Eric were blessed in May of 2016 with a baby girl, “Ann Fletcher Harmon. Kristen worked for a few years in the Medical field as an Ophthalmic Dispensary Manager for Greenville Eye Clinic until joining Eric at their family owned funeral home as Administrative Supervisor until relocating to Natchez Trace Funeral Home in August of 2016. Kristen has a passion for serving communities in which she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Clarksdale and assisted with many community events in Greenville such as, Back The Blue Police Officer Appreciation Event, Memorial Day Service Event and Holiday Remembrance Services. Kristen brings a compassionate, uplifting personality to an industry in which is needed so desperately when dealing with families loved ones. She strives on consistency and punctuality in all aspects of the funeral and cemetery industry. Kristen, “I am honored to be able to work for a family owned firm that provides every aspect of after care for families loved ones”.