In nearby Claremore, creating a legacy of service to others themselves, Jody and Kara Greene, both Oklahoma natives and licensed funeral directors received a call from Jack Selby. Needing no introduction at all, Mr. Selby introduced himself as a small business owner in Bixby, Oklahoma, owning and operating Bixby Funeral Service – a highly respected funeral service establishment in our great State. He inquired about the possibility of meeting together as he was “looking to the future of both Bixby Funeral Service and how we might fit into that equation”, said Jody. Both humbled and elated to have received the call from Mr. Selby, the Greene’s and Selby’s soon met and began to realize similarities in family, in faith, and in the importance and dedication necessary to care for others in this calling.
In January of 2017, Jody and Kara joined the Selby’s in their family business. The Greene’s quickly began a small remodel of the upstairs living quarters to accommodate their growing family and shortly thereafter made Bixby their home along with their four-year-old son, Rylen and their new baby girl, Joelle.
Having worked in this profession for a combined total of more than 20 years, and having received additional trainings to add value to families served, Jody and Kara have been able to take over much of the responsibility since moving upstairs. Jody and Kara both work full-time while still receiving support, encouragement and help from Jack and Carol as needed.
In the meantime, Jack and Carol have been realizing part of their retirement dreams enjoying some much-deserved time away from the office. In fact, Jack doesn’t always answer his phone on the first ring anymore and he only wears a suit on service days!
Just as the Selby’s are realizing their dreams, so are Jody and Kara through a transition of ownership. Jody and Kara’s dream of owning a funeral home would not be possible without Jack and Carol and their generosity and participation. And it is because of the heart of Jack and Carol that the Greene’s were hand-picked to continue the legacy that their family built.
“I think part of it was because Jack saw a bit of himself in us, said Jody. Jack was 36 when he began the funeral home – the same age I am today. Also, my family, just as the Selby’s did, live above the funeral home. We are pretty much always here and we are always available to be of service to the Bixby and surrounding communities in their times of need.”