Michael Kelly

Member since 2022

Area of Concentration

Managing partner
Resthaven Funeral Home and Cemetery

Despite growing up with close friends owning funeral homes and working part time in a funeral home while attending college, Mike never considered a career in the funeral and cemetery industry but as has often been said, “You don’t pick the funeral business, it picks you”. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Central Florida, Mike completed his Mortuary Science Degree at Gupton-Jones College in Atlanta, where he met his future wife, Deana.

Working for different companies, both independent and corporately owned in 8 different states spread across the country provided a wealth of knowledge and exposure to the many different funeral customs and traditions practiced.  Mike joined Carriage Services in 2010 as a Managing Partner at North Brevard Funeral Home in Titusville, FL. Since then, he has served as a Director of Support for the Central and Mid Atlantic regions as well as a member of the Corporate Development Team. In 2019, Mike became Managing Partner at Resthaven Funeral Home & Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City where his 30 years industry experience have been best utilized. Mike was honored to be nominated by Carriage Services Founder and CEO, Mel Payne, to serve on the Standards Council in 2022.

Mike and his wife, Deana, who is also a Funeral Director and Managing Partner for a Carriage Services business, enjoy traveling to faraway places, cruising, cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners, and spending time with their 2 dogs, Benny and Gracie.