Our Staff

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Krystal Mignat

Funeral Director

Krystal Mignat has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Virginia since March 2015. She was born in Queens, New York and moved to Virginia Beach with her family in 2003. Krystal is a graduate of Salem High School and holds an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Funeral Services from Tidewater Community College. The sudden loss of her grandmother when she was 11 years old sparked her interest and passion in becoming a Funeral Director and truly believes this is her calling in life. Krystal currently lives in Virginia Beach with her two dogs, Gigi and Frida, and cat, Noodle. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, working out, reading, movies, and playing board games.

Katie Brower

Funeral Director

Katie, moved here from California joining our team in 2017. She graduated from Cypress College of Mortuary Science in 2015 and holds a Funeral Directors License in California. Katie is working full time as a Funeral Service Licensee. She is currently working on her B.S degree in Funeral Service.

Katie, her husband Theo, and their two children reside in Chesapeake with their pit bull Macaroni and cat Mr. Chez. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, watching movies, trying new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Lauren Thorne

Funeral Director

Lauren is a graduate of Tidewater Community College with an Associates of Funeral Science degree. Born and raised in Chesapeake, she graduated with honors from Grassfield High School in 2011, a member of the first class to attend all four years. She has been working in funeral service since 2014, obtaining her Virginia funeral director/embalmer license in 2016, and joining our team in 2020.

In her free time she enjoys movies, music, video games, watching YouTube videos, and spending time with her husband and their feline, rodent, amphibian, and arachnid friends.

Sharon Jones

Funeral Director

Sharon Morgan-Jones serves as a Funeral Director and Pre-need Counselor for Cremation Society of Virginia in  Newport News, VA.

A Boston native, Sharon spent her childhood in New England and Greeneville, Tennessee, where her father and two of her three brothers were born.

In 1974, she joined the U.S. Navy and became a Corpsman stationed in California. She then dedicated her life to raising her two sons, Tom and James and worked as a Training Specialist for over a decade with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Hanover, New Hampshire and Nashville, Tennessee.

In 1995, she relocated to Virginia and worked 11 years in administration at Peninsula Funeral Home. Since joining the Altmeyer family in 2010, as office manager for the Riverside Chapel, Sharon has become crematory certified and enrolled in school and received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Funeral Service.

Sharon lives in Norfolk with her husband, Doug. Together they have four children and six grandchildren. She is a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Hampton and belongs to Parrot Head Club Tidewater, an organization that supports the Alzheimer’s Association, Susan G. Komen, SPCA, Ovarian Cancer, local FoodBanks and a variety of other charities.

Stephanie Koch

Funeral Director

Stephanie is a graduate of Tidewater Community College with a major in Mortuary Science. Born and raised in Norfolk, she attended and graduated with honors from Maury High School. She became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Virginia in 2018 and joined our team later that year.

In her spare time, she enjoys music, movies, reading, cooking and baking, exploring new places, traveling and spending time with her friends and fur babies.

Eddie Cowell

Funeral Director

Eddie was born, raised and educated in Norfolk, Virginia. After graduating from Lake Taylor High School he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and became a career Marine. While serving as a Marine he was blessed to be assigned to work in some of the most prestigious jobs and duty stations around the world, such as:

  • Drill Instructor Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.
  • Drill Instructor Officer Candidate School Quantico, VA
  • Non Commissioned Office in Charge of Refueling Section in Support of the Presidential Helicopter “Marine One”
  • Headquarters United States Marine Corps in Washington D.C, Hawaii, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain just to name a few. Eddie is also a combat Marine of both Operation Desert Storm and the Global War on Terrorism.

In May 2005 he enrolled in Tidewater Community College at night where he studied General Courses/Pre-Funeral Service. In January 2006, he retired as a Sergeant Major (E-9) after serving 28 years and holding every enlisted rank within the Marine Corps. After retirement he became a federal employee where he worked for the Department of the Army at Fort Eustis as a Transportation Analyst. He was given the opportunity to rejoin the Marine Corps, this time out of uniform as a special staff officer to the Commander as the Family Readiness Officer. During this time he continued his studies at night.

In December 2009 he earned an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he received his formal education in Funeral Service. In March 2011 he was licensed as a Funeral Service Provider in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In May 2011 he graduated from the Advance Post Mortem Reconstructive Surgery Seminar and the Advance II Post Mortem Reconstructive Surgery Seminar held at the Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills in Springfield, Missouri.

Eddie is a past President of the Norfolk Funeral Directors Association, and a member of the Virginia Morticians’ Association, Inc.  He holds masonic membership in the following Prince Hall organizations, Past Master Triangle Lodge #293, Truxton-Mt. Moriah Chapter #9 HRAM, James E. Fuller Council #2 R&SM, Antioch Cammandery #7 and Alpha & Omega Consistory #9.

Eddie is a member of First Baptist Church Campostella in Norfolk, Virginia.