Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Our roots in the community started many years ago and although we remember the past, we look forward to the future and all its promise. It was a dream fulfilled when we purchased the property at 12012 Hwy 190 West and made it our own, Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Homes. In October 2011, we opened a second location at 1190 Hwy 51 North in Ponchatoula, and in 2020, we opened a third location at 7738 Florida Blvd in Denham Springs. Our new ideas and concepts, along with superior service, exceedingly meet the needs of today’s generation. Caring for others is much more than a job to us, it is our way of life.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Brandon G. Thompson
Brandon has dedicated his life to serving his community. As a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, he owns Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home with his wife, Martha. He is a 1992 graduate of Ponchatoula High School and a 1999 graduate of Delgado Community College. Beyond his professional dedication, he treasures his role as a father to four children: Lauren, Madison, Tori, and Brandon Jr., and revels in his title of "Big Daddy" to his three grandchildren, Adeline, Annie, and Henry.
Brandon is a dedicated member of Trinity Baptist Church, where his faith plays a central role in his life. In his free time, Brandon finds enjoyment in the great outdoors, pursuing hobbies like rabbit hunting, fishing, and gardening.
Martha McKneely Thompson
Vice President/Funeral Director
Martha, a lifelong resident of Hammond, is a dedicated fourth-generation Funeral Director and proud owner of Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home, where she passionately serves her community alongside her husband, Brandon. Beyond her professional commitment, Martha is a loving mother to four children: Lauren, Madison, Tori, and Brandon Jr., and a doting “Honey” to three grandchildren: Adeline, Annie, and Henry.
While Martha enjoys activities such as traveling, snorkeling, party-planning, and fishing, her most cherished pastime is spending time and creating memories with her beloved family.
Lauren Thompson Gaudin
Lauren, a 2010 graduate of Ponchatoula High School and a 2014 graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, has been a licensed Funeral Director since 2015. She resides in Ponchatoula with her family, including her husband Derek Jr. and their three children, Adeline, Annie and Henry. She enjoys thrifting, family bike rides, beach vacations, and making the most of every moment with her loved ones.
Morgan Cranmer Billiot
A 2017 graduate of Delgado Community College and a licensed Funeral Director since 2017, Morgan has a passion for serving families in the community. She is an avid reader, a Harry Potter enthusiast, and a fan of the Christmas season. In addition to her many roles, she's a loving wife to Gavin, a dedicated mother to Silas, and a cherished big sister to Sawyer, Jessi, and Avery. Morgan resides in Springfield with her family.
Joe, a 20-year ordained minister, has been a licensed Funeral Director since 2016. Having dedicated his life to service and faith, Joe's mission is to positively impact and bring blessings to those around him. He resides in Ponchatoula with his cherished wife of many years, Jennie. Joe is a proud father to six wonderful adult children and a doting grandfather to 17 wacky grandchildren.
Amy, a resident of Watson, is an alumna of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. She enjoys doing yoga, reading, and watching documentaries. Amy is a loving wife to her husband, Chris, and a dedicated mother to her children, Dane and Lydia. Notably, Amy is an Army National Guard veteran and an advocate and philanthropist for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in honor of her beloved son and cancer survivor, Dane.
Melanie, a resident of Springfield, is a licensed Funeral Director, having graduated from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services in 2021. When she's not serving families, she likes being in the great outdoors, enjoying activities like hunting, fishing, and kayaking. Melanie is also a dedicated mother to her son and and has two pet cats.
Certified Public Accountant
Angela, a resident of Denham Springs, is a graduate of Louisiana State University and a Certified Public Accountant with an emphasis on forensic accounting. Her greatest source of pride and joy is her son, Grant. She is a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and enjoys traveling, hiking, and biking.
Family Service Counselor
Family Service Counselor
Brenda Hill Killman
A native of Florida and a longtime resident of North Carolina, Brenda has lived in Springfield for several years, after the reunion with her father, after 42 years apart. Her move to Louisiana led to her dream job of assisting families with their monument selections. In her pastime, Brenda enjoys fishing, baking, dancing, and listening to music.
Julie, a native of Hammond and resident of Ponchatoula, is a dedicated wife to Matt and a loving mother to Brandon and Mallory, and her Schnauzer, Linus. Julie's most cherished title is "JuJu," to her four adored granddaughters: Dani, Gabbi, Lila, and Riley. She is a parishioner of Holy Ghost Catholic Church and an avid Snoopy fan. Julie enjoys swimming, walking her dog, and making precious memories with her family.
Funeral Director Apprentice
Jennifer, a graduate of Independence High School and Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, lives in Loranger with her husband, Lamar and four children, Kaylee, Jordyn, Brody, and Cole. Whether exploring new places, playing softball, or creating memories at home, Jennifer treasures special time with her family and friends.
Funeral Director Apprentice
Shay, a Hammond resident originally from Larose, is a 2017 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a 2023 graduate of Delgado Community College where she received an associate degree in Funeral Service. Beyond her professional duties, Shay is a creative spirit who enjoys reading, drawing, and painting. As a “Swiftie,” she enjoys listening to music, especially Taylor Swift, and attending broadway shows.
Shelby is currently pursuing a degree in Funeral Service and is set to graduate in June 2024. She is a native and resident of Ponchatoula, and a 2015 graduate of PHS. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, and traveling, and she is a proud mom to her pride and joy, Chloe, and four fur babies – Mia, Teddy, Rabbi, and Doja. In her free time, Shelby enjoys snowboarding in winter and wakeboarding in summer.
Natalie, originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, now lives in downtown Hammond with her family. She is the proud wife of a Firefighter Captain and mother to two sons. She's a graduate of the University of New Mexico and enjoys spending time with her family, reading and researching unsolved mysteries. Natalie's first job as a teenager was at a funeral home, and she is passionate about helping and caring for others during their times of loss.
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