Moore's Chapel Funeral Home
206 West Center St.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Telephone: (479) 442-7314
Fax: (479) 442-5055
Moore's Chapel is a historic landmark established in 1889, Moore's Chapel has served Northwest Arkansas families for over 125 years.
And though many things have changed over the decades, the founding principals have not. As a family-owned and operated business, our commitment is to provide families in the Fayetteville and it's surrounding communities dedicated support, personalized service, and exceptional care. We are committed to helping you and your family with sound advice, respect, and attention to detail. Just like it was in 1889.
Our Caring Staff
Scott and Paula Berna
Owners / Funeral DirectorsRead Scott and Paula Berna Bio
A native of Van Buren, Arkansas, Scott began his career in the funeral profession while still in high school by washing cars and answering phones for the Edwards - Fentress Funeral Homes of Van Buren and Fort Smith. Scott went on to obtain his Funeral Directors license from the state of Arkansas in 1985.
Scott gained valuable experience managing funeral homes and cemeteries throughout the region including Longview, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 1999, Scott was offered the opportunity to move back to Arkansas to manage Nelson’s Funeral Home and Crematory and Fairview Memorial Gardens.
Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Paula moved to Illinois as a youngster where her parents pastored a church. She later began traveling and singing as a soloist in churches across the United States. It was while singing at her grandfather's funeral in 1987, Paula met her future husband, Scott, who was the funeral director for her grandfather’s services. They were married in 1989.
Paula feels called to help families through the important process of pre-planning and worked as a prearrangement counselor in Oklahoma City and in Northwest Arkansas. Today, Paula manages the Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville.
In 2002, Scott and Paula purchased Nelson’s Funeral Home. In 2010, the Bernas’ purchased Moore’s Chapel Funeral Home, a Fayetteville institution providing funeral planning and services since 1889. Together Scott and Paula feel blessed to offer their focus, empathy and guidance to families as they celebrate and honor their loved ones.
Scott and Paula have two children, Colby and Calli, and three wonderful grandchildren, Grayson, Charlie, and Chase. Scott is an member of The Rotary Club of Fayetteville and serves on the board for the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association. During their free time, Scott and Paula enjoy spending time with family.
Funeral Director/EmbalmerRead Colby Berna Bio
Scott and Paula Berna’s son Colby joined the family business in 2011 as an apprentice funeral director and embalmer and now serves as a funeral director and embalmer after receiving a Funeral Science Degree from Arkansas State University Mountain Home in 2014.
Colby grew up in Fayetteville and graduated from Fayetteville High School in 2009. In 2012 he graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. He and his wife Jessica Shepperd live in Fayetteville and have a son, Grayson.
Funeral Director/EmbalmerRead Robert Kaelin Bio
Robert began his career in funeral service at Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith in 1988 while in high school. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and received his Embalmers and Funeral Directors license in Arkansas in 1990.
Robert has worked for funeral homes throughout Arkansas including Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth in Little Rock, Fentress Mortuary in Fort Smith and currently is the manager at Moore’s Chapel in Fayetteville. Robert and his wife Tammy have one daughter, Emily, and two sons, Hunter and Andrew. He enjoys biking and spending time with his family.
Funeral DirectorRead Mark Huggins Bio
A native of Rector, Arkansas, Mark Huggins has over 37 years of experience as a funeral director and embalmer. His wife, Sandra, is originally from Fayetteville, and the couple moved here from southeast Arkansas in 2019.
Mark graduated with a degree in funeral service from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1983. They have two children, Gennie and Elizabeth, and a grandson David Slade.
Funeral Director/EmbalmerRead Bruce Smithson Bio
Bruce has worked in funeral service for over 35 years. He was born and raised in Marshall, Arkansas and graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1986. Bruce has worked with Nelson-Berna for four years.
He is married to Rose Carol (Cooke) Smithson and has two children, Jamey Smithson and Leslie Fett and six grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family and flying his airplane.
Funeral Director / EmbalmerRead Mark Bishop Bio
Mark has been in funeral service for over 35 years and is a graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He moved back to Northwest Arkansas in 2014 after having owned funeral homes in south and central Arkansas.
He and his wife Marilyn live near West Fork and close to a daughter and son-in-law and grandchildren. He’s a avid hunter in Arkansas and Kansas.
Funeral Director / EmbalmerRead Joe Hott Bio
Joe is a native of Springfield, IL, where he graduated from Springfield High School, then began working at a local funeral home.
In 1976, he graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. He landed in Peoria, IL, married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Lou, and worked for local funeral homes until purchasing the businesses in Princeville, Wyoming and Toulon, Illinois, with his business partner, Bob DeBolt. They moved to Princeville, where they operated Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home.
In 2017 they made the decision to move to Northwest Arkansas to be near their daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. He also decided to come back into funeral service on a part-time basis with Nelson-Berna and Moore’s Chapel.
They are members of Central United Methodist Church, Fayetteville, where they both sing in the choir. He enjoys spending leisure time with his family, boating, fishing, riding his motorcycle; and has been an Amateur Radio Operator for over 45 years.
I am honored to be able to work with such a dedicated and respectful group of funeral professionals who are truly committed to the needs of the families we serve.
Funeral DirectorRead Megan Flores Bio
Megan Flores began working for Berna Funeral Homes since 2019 as an apprentice funeral director and embalmer and now serves as a funeral director and embalmer. She is a native to Rogers, AR, and a graduate of Rogers Heritage High School. Megan worked as a professional makeup artist for 5 years before pursuing a dream to become a funeral director and embalmer. Megan was drawn to funeral service after having a desire to help people in their time of need. In 2020, Megan graduated Magnum Cum Laude from Arkansas State University Mountain Home earning a degree in Mortuary Science.
Megan is the second child born to Melton and Mariette Flores. She has two sisters: Melissa and Marlee, and a beloved niece Lauren. Megan enjoys many things but most all spending time with her loved ones. Outside of that, she loves reading, hiking, cooking, embroidery, and spending time her bird, Miss Girl.
Megan is grateful to be living her dream everyday through serving the Northwest Arkansas community.
Funeral DirectorRead Tim Davis Bio
Growing up in central Arkansas, Tim Davis has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Arkansas for 16 years. He graduated from Arkansas State University of Mountain Home mortuary school in 2006. He also holds a funeral director license in Oklahoma.
He and his wife, Aimee, have made Northwest Arkansas their home since 2006. They have one son, Everett.
Funeral DirectorRead Bobby Conway Bio
Bobby Conway joined Nelson Berna Funeral Homes in early 2022 bringing along over 20 years of experience in the Funeral industry. Originally from McCrory, Arkansas and previously working out of Central Arkansas, Bobby was thrilled for the opportunity to relocate to Northwest Arkansas, where he could be close to his parents who now reside in Springdale. With his previous experience managing a Funeral Home, he is a welcomed addition to our Moore’s Chapel location and the team.
Bobby attended mortuary school and the University of Arkansas in Hope and went on to obtain a bachelor’s in business management and a Master’s in Business Administration. Bobby has a passion for people which is what drew him to this industry. His kind and calm nature are sure to put others at ease while his professionalism provides a great experience to each family he has the pleasure of serving.
Office ManagerRead Jackie Black Bio
Jackie Black joined the Nelson Berna Funeral Homes team in Spring of 2022 accepting the position of Office Manager for Moore’s Chapel.
After relocating to Arkansas from her home state of Kentucky, she continued to utilize her Business degree to continue advancing her career in Sales and Customer Relations related positions. All the while absorbing knowledge from great contributors along the way.
Jackie is the youngest of only two girls in a family of eight children. She now has two daughters of her own, Alexis and Gabriella, and a son Oliver Jack. You can find her on the weekends camping, playing cornhole or a game of cards with family and friends and Of course spoiling her only granddaughter Suri every chance she gets.
Jackie will be waiting to greet you with a smile at the door or a kind word on the phone anytime she has the pleasure to do so. She looks forward to assisting the community of Northwest Arkansas in anyway she can.
Comfort DogRead Gracie Berna Bio
Gracie has been an important part of our "staff" for several years. She enjoys being pet and is a great and non-biased listener. She helps bring comfort to the families and guests we serve.
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