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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


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Jim is originally from Orange, Texas. He attended Northwestern State University while on a golf scholarship. Jim graduated in 1993 with a 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. He joined our staff at Blanchard-St. Denis in March, 2008. Jim is very much involved in the activities of his son, Joe. They both share a passion for golf and water sports.

Mallory Nugent

Funeral Director

Dawn Slaughter

Funeral Director/Secretary

Steve Murphy

Steve Murphy


Steve is a Natchitoches native. He is married to Bonnie Richardson Murphy and they have three children, Mitzi, Trent and Todd.

Steve graduated from Northwestern State University where he played football and ran track. He coached at Sulphur High School and, recently, retired from Helena Chemical Company.

Steve and Bonnie are members of First Baptist Church of Natchitoches.

He is an avid sports fan and you will usually find him at any sports event at NSU, though he is especially partial to football and track and field.

Tommy Vercher

Tommy Vercher


A lifelong resident of Natchitoches, Tommy, recently retired from the postal service and joined our staff in 2011. Tommy is serving his apprenticeship to become a licensed funeral director.

Tommy graduated from St. Marys High School and has a degree from Northwestern State University.

Tommy is married to Lisa McCellan and has one daughter, Jessica.

Tommy's father, Hoss Vercher,also a retired postal worker, was a funeral director at Blanchard St. Denis for over 50 years.

Tommy umpired local baseball games for years, but now enjoys playing golf and fishing.

Steve Stroud