J. Larry Carter

Owner, Funeral Director And Embalmer

Larry graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration.  He attended Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science graduating in 1977 and returned to his hometown of Salisbury, Missouri to work for Berry Funeral Home.  He received his Funeral Director's License and Embalmer's License in 1978.  Larry married Kayla Davis in the summer of 1979, and they moved to Elsberry, Missouri in January 1980 to work for Ricks Funeral Homes.  They purchased the business with locations in Elsberry and Winfield in March 1981, and changed the name to Carter-Ricks Funeral Homes.

Larry is a member and current Master of the New Hope Lodge #199, AF&AM in Elsberry, the Scottish Rite, Valley of St. Louis, the Northeast Area Scottish Rite Club, and the Moolah Shrine in St. Louis.  He is a 27 year volunteer and Captain with the Elsberry Fire Protection District, and also serves on its Board of Directors.  He is also a member of various civic organizations.  Larry is an active member of the Elsberry First Christian Church and serves as an Elder.

Larry and Kayla are both active in the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the International Order of the Golden Rule.


Kayla Davis Carter 

Owner, Funeral Director

Kayla graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education.  Kayla and Larry were married in June, 1979 and moved to Elsberry, Missouri in January, 1980 to work for Ricks Funeral Homes.  Kayla received her Funeral Director's License in 1980. They purchased the business with locations in Elsberry and Winfield in March, 1981, and changed the name to Carter-Ricks Funeral Homes

Kayla is a member and past president of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter AI; member and current President of DNC Club in Elsberry; and is a board member and Treasurer for the Palmer Family Memorial Library.  She is also a member of other civic organizations.  Kayla is an active member of the Elsberry First Christian Church, where she handles the sound system during worship services and serves as an Elder. 

In addition to being a member of MFDEA, NFDA and the Internationsl Order of the Golden Rule, Kayla has been a member of the Board of the Missouri Funeral Trust for over 20 years and is currently serving as Immediate Past President.


James Mayes

Funeral Director

Jim Mayes has been with Carter-Ricks Funeral Homes as a funeral assistant since 1994 and received his Funeral Director License in 1996.  Mr. Mayes retired after thirty years from the Lincoln County R-2 School System in Elsberry where he taught English and Social Studies and served as high school principal and later as elementary principal.  He and his wife Louise are lifelong residents of Elsberry and are members of New Hope Baptist Church, where he serves as Deacon and Organist.  He served as a Lincoln County Commissioner; was formerly a Chairman and long time member of the Lincoln County R-2 School Board; and belongs to the Lincoln County Democratic Club. 


Kimberly "Kim" Mueller
Funeral Director/Administrative Assistant

Kimberly (Morgan) Mueller has worked for Carter-Ricks Funeral Homes since 2011. Kim grew up in Elsberry and is a 2004 graduate of Elsberry High School. She and her husband, Andrew are the parents of two young children: Wyatt and Cheyanne; dog, Kodiak; and cats: Taz and Penny. Kim completed her Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Kirkwood Community College located in Cedar Rapids, IA in 2013, and received her Funeral Director License in September, 2015. She is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elsberry.  Kim serves as the Secretary of both DNC Club and ECGA (Elsberry Community Growth Association) and is a Committee member for Cub Scout Pack 391 in Elsberry.  In her free time, Kim enjoys reading, coaching her son's soccer team and assisting with his Tee-ball team.


Brennan Lagemann
Funeral Director 

Brennan Lagemann began assisting with funerals and visitations as an intern in the summer of 2015.  Brennan was born and raised in Elsberry.  He served in the United States Army and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Corporate Consulting from the University of Central Missouri in 2016. Brennan received his Funeral Director License in January, 2017.  He plans pursue an additional degree in Funeral Services Education from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He is a member of Mount Zion Presbyterian Church, Ducks Unlimited and the Elsberry FFA Alumni Association. In his free time, Brennan enjoys hunting, fishing, and running.


Ruth Tiller
Visitation Assistant

Ruth Tiller has been a Visitation Assistant with our Winfield facility since 2000.  She retired from GTE at Boeing Aircraft Mfg in 1993.   She and her husband Dale are lifelong residents of Winfield and are members of the First Baptist Church of Winfield, where she has been an active member in the ministry of the church with her attendance, musical talents and participation.


Robert "Bob" Kindred
Funeral Home Assistant

Bob has assisted with removals, visitations and funerals since 2005.  He and his wife, Bonnie, returned to Elsberry in 1978 after completing ten years in the U.S. Navy.  He spent the next 30 years as a firefighter and officer with the Pattonville Fire District, in St. Louis, retiring in 2007 as Battalion Chief.  Bob continues to be active in Fire Service as Assistant Fire Chief and Chief Instructor of the Elsberry Fire Protection District.  He is a former member and Vice-Chairman of the Lincoln County Ambulance District Board of Directors; and a former Alderman of the Elsberry City Council.  Bob is a Past Master and current Secretary of the New Hope Lodge #199 AF&AM in Elsberry; a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of St. Louis; and the Northeast Area Scottish Rite Club; and member of the  Elsberry Kiwanis Club where he serves on the Board of Directors.  He and Bonnie are active in the Elsberry First Christian Church and both serve as Deacons.