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Staff members of Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

Our Team

Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers

Manager

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Jim is originally from Orange, Texas and attended Northwestern State University while on a golf scholarship. Jim graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

After graduation, he returned to Texas, where he started a family and worked for an industrial-transportation warehouse.

In 2002, Jim received a degree in Applied Sciences from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Sciences and returned to Natchitoches. He has been professionally employed as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since obtaining this degree.

Jim joined the staff at Blanchard-St. Denis in March 2008 and became General Manager in 2017. Jim’s level of care for the families he serves is shown everyday by his strong work ethic and his compassion for others at one of the most difficult times in their life.

He is married to Laura Flores and together they are owners of a local restaurant.  In his spare time, Jim enjoys spending time with his family and occasionally playing golf with his son, Joe. 

Mallory Nugent

Mallory Nugent

Funeral Director

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Mallory is originally from the Marco community in the southern part of Natchitoches Parish and now resides in Natchitoches.

She graduated from high school in 2015. Mallory attended LSU Alexandria and graduated from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas with an associate degree in Applied Sciences in June of 2017.  She then returned to Natchitoches to begin her career in funeral service.

Mallory has been a member of our team since July of 2017, serving her internship under the guidance of Jim Rogers.  She received her licenses as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in 2018. Mallory’s genuine care and compassion for others has made her a valuable member of the Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home family.  She’s honored to serve the families of our community and bringing comfort and help to those in need.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Among her hobbies, fishing is her favorite. Mallory is a member of Les Amies Service Organization.

 

 

 

 

 

Dawn Slaughter

Dawn Slaughter

Funeral Director/Secretary

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Dawn Slaughter has been a resident of Natchitoches since 1994.  She moved to Natchitoches from Bossier City to attend Northwestern State University, but South Louisiana will always be “home”. Her dad spent 23 years in the Air Force, during which time she was fortunate enough to live abroad for 3 years and traveled to several countries.  She met her husband Jason, at NSU.  They have three beautiful daughters, Madison, Morgan, and Mikayla.  In 2011, she graduated from Northwestern. 

She was a stay-at-home mom for many years.  Her husband has subcontracted for cemetery service for the funeral home for over 20 years.  She began working at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in November of 2018 as the office administrator and received her funeral director’s license in July of 2019.  Dawn takes pride in helping the families of Natchitoches during some of their most difficult times, and helping them prepare their final arrangements to lessen the grief for their families. 

Dawn is very active in her church, teaching her little third graders in Sunday School and singing in the choir at Christmas time.  She is a member of Les Amies Service Organization and enjoys volunteering in the community.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and quilting.  She is her daughters’ biggest fan in all of their pursuits.

Tommy Vercher

Tommy Vercher

Assistant

Tommy started his career with Blanchard St. Denis working part time.  He joined our funeral home full time in 2011 after retiring from the United States Postal Service with 37 years of service.

Tommy is a lifelong resident of Natchitoches where he graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1970.  He furthered his education by receiving an associate degree from Northwestern State University.

He is married to Lisa McClellan.  They have 4 children between them and are fondly known as Pepaw and Nana to 8 wonderful grandchildren.Tommy loves the game of golf and plays every chance he gets.  He is also a wonderful cook and enjoys doing so for his family.

Tommy is passionate in caring for and seeing to the needs of others.  He takes pride in helping the people in his community during one of the most difficult times in their life.

 

 

Steve Stroud

Steve Stroud

Assistant

Steve was born in Natchitoches and raised in Montgomery.  When he graduated from high school, he attended NSU and studied mechanical arts.

He began his career with Gifford Hill and Company, a major construction supply company.  While working full time Steve attended the Shreveport Beauty Academy at night and received his license for make up and hair styling.  After 30 years he retired from Gifford Hill as Regional Manager for the Southwest region.

Steve began working for Blanchard St. Denis in 2012.   His new endeavor with our firm gave him the opportunity to work in funeral service, a field he had always wanted to be a part of. Steve loves working side by side with the team at Blanchard St. Denis and helping families after the loss of a loved one.

Steve is married to Phyllis Kinkle Stroud, they have 3 wonderful daughters and 6 beautiful grandchildren.

 

Anthony Lacour

Anthony Lacour

Assistant

Anthony lives in Natchitoches.  He was born and reared on Cane River and went to school at St. Joseph Elementary and St. Matthew High School in Melrose.

He is married to Janet and they have 2 sons, 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. 

Anthony retired in 2006 from L&L Automotive which he co-owned with his brother. He then opened Anthony’s Auto, selling used cars.  He also helps Janet with her catering business, Tatae’s.  Anthony joined the team at Blanchard St. Denis in 2020.

Anthony Loves traveling with Janet, spending time with family and talking about cars with his sons and grandsons.

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