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. In January, 2018, a community mausoleum was opened with Phase II to be built in a few years.
Larry & Shay have been married for 35 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. One consistent phrase is that we do not take care of customers or clients but families. We each have our personal families, then our work family and as you commit to entrust us to handle your loved one or your services, you will become part of our Natchez Trace families.
Larry Chedotal, Jr.
CEO - 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 is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University. She currently serves as President of the organization. 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 as well. She is the current Central District Governor for the MS Funeral Directors Association, the current Executive Director for the Mississippi Cemetery Association and is an Ambassador for the City of Madison. 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.
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.
Lily - Mgr in Training
Emotional Support Greif Therapy Dog
Lily has joined our staff as a Licensed Emotional Support Animal. She is/was the pet of Shay & Larry Chedotal. Lily had lost her mother (Isabelle) and brother (Charbon the cat) within a few short months of each other. She reacted just as most humans would. Shay started bringing her to work in order to make sure she ate and drank. As families would come into the funeral home, she would walk right up to them and she would seem to know exactly who needed her more. We feel Lily needed our Natchez Trace families just as much as they needed her. We had Lily tested to become an Emotional Support Animal and she aced it. Since then, she has attended many events and was chosen as a K-9 Honorary Ambassador to the City of Madison. She has become a very special part of our community, the Natchez Trace staff along with the families that we serve.
Michael P. Green
Michael is a native of Holly Bluff, Mississippi and he attended Yazoo County High School & Hinds Community College.
Michael, his wife Melissa, son Michael II, son Malachi, have been residents of Gluckstadt since 2011 & attends Parkway Pentecostal Church in Madison, Ms.
Michael, began his career in the funeral industry as a funeral attendant at the early age of 14 years old.
He is a Notary Public, Licensed Insurance Agent & became a Licensed Funeral Director in 2016 & became a Certified Crematory Operator in 2017.
Michael, is a Past Master & Member of Precious Jewel Lodge #215 Free & Accepted Masons in Madison, Ms., also a 32nd Degree Mason & Shriner. Michael is also a member of the Mississippi Funeral Directors Association (MFDA), National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), Mississippi Funeral Directors & Morticians Association (MFD&MA), Cremation Association of North America (CANA) Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association (ICCFA).
Michael, has received special gifts from the Shriners Hospitals for Children for his dedicated contributions to the cause. He also contributes to the American Diabetes Association, Mississippi Alzheimer’s Association, Supportive to the Madison County 1st Responders.
As a Funeral Director, I will always uphold the Integrity and will forever have the desire to serve every family that I meet as I would my own family. Fore their is no greater feeling than having the pride and the right to smile & shed an honest tear when my heart is touched after I have served a family well.
Funeral Service Director
Butch is a native of Canton, Mississippi and currently resides in Madison with his wife, Jan. They have two daughters, Erin and Mary Beth.
In the summer of 2018, Butch followed a lifelong dream of becoming a funeral director, which he considers a ministry. He graduated in December, 2019 from Holmes Community College where he received his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Mortuary Science. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the state of Mississippi.
Butch is also a 1986 graduate of Delta State University with a BBA degree in Business Administration. Prior to attending Holmes, he was the Emergency Management/Homeland Security Director and E-911 Coordinator for Madison County, a position he held for twelve and one-half years and served as a reserve deputy for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department for eleven years. For the last three years, Butch has owned his own business in which he consulted with and wrote emergency plans for churches, schools and private businesses in Mississippi.
He volunteers at his church, Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison; currently serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board; and, is an instructor for the Rankin County Law Enforcement Training Institute. Every Friday evening during football season will find Butch co-hosting the Mississippi Farm Bureau High School Scoreboard Show on SuperTalk Mississippi, a division of TeleSouth Communications..
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.
Sara Rogers Capton is a native and resident of Madison, MS. She attended Madison Central High School and Holmes Community College. She is mother to two children, Audrey and Hayes Capton of Madison. She joined the company in May 2019 as Administrative Assistant, while also assisting in Pre-Planning funeral and cemetery needs.
Apprentice Funeral Director
Steve Deal is a native of Columbus, OH and has lived in MS for over 20 years. He has attended Ridgeland High School & Holmes Community College. Steve has always felt the need to help others over himself, which has guided him here with Natchez Trace. Steve started in the Cemetery working his way up to his current position, Apprentice Funeral Director. Steve takes pride in helping to provide the utmost care, respect and service to our families.
Mrs Helen has joined our Natchez Trace Family in January, 2020.
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