Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life. If there is anything any of us can do for you please let us know!

Parkside Chapel Funeral Directors

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Zach Pate Managing Director

Zach Pate, licensed Funeral Director, joined the Parkside Chapel Funeral Home family in July of 2021.  He and his family moved to Hereford from Brownfield, Texas, where he worked for Brownfield Funeral Home.  Zach was raised in Dumas, Texas and was a 2003 graduate of Dumas High School.  He than enrolled in UTI, in Houston, and received a certificate of Auto-Diesel Industrial Technology.  He worked in the oil fields around Pampa until he got his Associates Applied Science Degree in Mortuary Science. Zach has four sons, Joshua, Ethen, Greyson, and Elliot.  He enjoys hunting and fishing with his sons.

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Jentry Lewis Funeral Ambassador

Jentry Lewis funeral ambassador, has been assisting families during their time of need for Parkside Chapel since 2019. He is currently 20 years of age and seeking to broaden his knowledge in the funeral industry. Jentry was born and raised in Hereford, Texas and has been building relationships with the community every opportunity he can. He has a big heart and is always willing to help. His favorite quote is "You can spend all of your money and with hard work and determination you can earn it back. But if you waste your time it's lost forever".

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Sharon Bodner Funeral Ambassador

Sharon Bodner joined the Parkside Chapel staff in 2020 when she was hired as a receptionist and "wherever needed' person by Mike Roberts. She continues to fill this rewarding post under the present leadership of funeral director Zach Pate.

 

A native of San Antonio, Sharon has resided in Hereford since 1978, moving here with her late Julius when he assumed the manager's position at the local J.C. Penney store. She is a familiar, friendly face, working as a floral designer at Terry's Floral and Design before she was employed as Ministerial Assistant to the pastor of First United Methodist Church.

 

Sharon is an active member of Xi Epsilon Alpha sorority and serves on the board of the Deaf Smith County Museum. She volunteers as a member of the auxiliary at the Hereford Regional Medical Center. Sharon is also a member of the Methodist Church.

 

Sharon's family includes a son Jason, his wife Sarah and their 7 year-old son, Drayton.

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Michael Bridges Funeral Ambassador

I was born in Hereford, graduated Hereford High School in 1974. Living and working here most of my adult life. I retired from Commercial Trucking, and previously worked in the Restaurant and Electric Utility Industries. Being an Ambassador with Parkside Chapel gives me the opportunity to serve our community. The families and friends I meet, and the reconnections made are very rewarding. 

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Makaila Guardiola Funeral Ambassador

My name is Makaila Guardiola. I am 21 years old, and I was born and raised in Hereford, Texas. I work as a lifeguard, water aerobics instructor and lifeguard instructor in the summertime. I attend Amarillo College and am working towards being a nurse that works in hospice care. I have a strong urge to help people in any way that I can, and that is why I want to become a nurse. I am sympathetic, caring and I love meeting new people! I am a Catholic and am a member at St. Anthony’s church. I am the oldest of three girls. I love reading and baking goodies to give to my friends and family.

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In Loving Memory of Cliff E. Jones

Cliff Jones, a long time Hereford resident, has been employeed by Parkside Chapel Funeral Home for over five years. He is married to Lois Adams and they have two daughters, Kathleen Staggs, and Judy Jackson. They have four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Cliff graduated from Hereford High School in 1955. Cliff is a retired independent trucker and a member of Hereford Masonic Lodge AFandAM # 849, where he is a past Master. He is also a member of Lubbock Scottish Rite and Knights Comander Court of Honor. Cliff was an administrator of Fellowship of Believers in 2007, and on the Board of Directors of Hereford Senior Citizens 2008-2011.

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In Loving Memory of Harold W. Finch

Harold W. Finch was a very dedicated funeral associate for several years.  Mr. Finch gained his heavenly reward on August 4, 2019.  He was greatly loved and is sorely missed.

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In Loving Memory Mary Jones

Mary Ellen Lee was born March 4, 1936 in Pampa, Texas to Robert E. and Daisey R. (Mackie) Lee. She moved to Hereford in 1946 from Pampa. On October 6, 1961 she married L. J. Jones, in Hereford. Mary was loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She had worked at K-Bobs Steak House (later became Parson’s Steak House) for over twenty years. Mary also Baby Sat, worked at Terry’s Floral, Parkside Chapel Funeral Home, as a night receptionist and was a very active member of First United Methodist Church of Hereford. Mrs. Jones volunteered at King’s Manor Methodist Home, at least once a week, for several years, helping the residents to the dining room and back to their rooms at dinner time. Mary was a very selfless lady and loved to help those around her in any way she could. She was famous for her Italian Crème Cakes. They were delicious. Mrs. Jones passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020.

Zach Pate

Managing Director
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Zach Pate, licensed Funeral Director, joined the Parkside Chapel Funeral Home family in July of 2021.  He and his family moved to Hereford from Brownfield, Texas, where he worked for Brownfield Funeral Home.  Zach was raised in Dumas, Texas and was a 2003 graduate of Dumas High School.  He than enrolled in UTI, in Houston, and received a certificate of Auto-Diesel Industrial Technology.  He worked in the oil fields around Pampa until he got his Associates Applied Science Degree in Mortuary Science. Zach has four sons, Joshua, Ethen, Greyson, and Elliot.  He enjoys hunting and fishing with his sons.

Jentry Lewis

Funeral Ambassador
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Jentry Lewis funeral ambassador, has been assisting families during their time of need for Parkside Chapel since 2019. He is currently 20 years of age and seeking to broaden his knowledge in the funeral industry. Jentry was born and raised in Hereford, Texas and has been building relationships with the community every opportunity he can. He has a big heart and is always willing to help. His favorite quote is "You can spend all of your money and with hard work and determination you can earn it back. But if you waste your time it's lost forever".

Sharon Bodner

Funeral Ambassador
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Sharon Bodner joined the Parkside Chapel staff in 2020 when she was hired as a receptionist and "wherever needed' person by Mike Roberts. She continues to fill this rewarding post under the present leadership of funeral director Zach Pate.

 

A native of San Antonio, Sharon has resided in Hereford since 1978, moving here with her late Julius when he assumed the manager's position at the local J.C. Penney store. She is a familiar, friendly face, working as a floral designer at Terry's Floral and Design before she was employed as Ministerial Assistant to the pastor of First United Methodist Church.

 

Sharon is an active member of Xi Epsilon Alpha sorority and serves on the board of the Deaf Smith County Museum. She volunteers as a member of the auxiliary at the Hereford Regional Medical Center. Sharon is also a member of the Methodist Church.

 

Sharon's family includes a son Jason, his wife Sarah and their 7 year-old son, Drayton.

Michael Bridges

Funeral Ambassador
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I was born in Hereford, graduated Hereford High School in 1974. Living and working here most of my adult life. I retired from Commercial Trucking, and previously worked in the Restaurant and Electric Utility Industries. Being an Ambassador with Parkside Chapel gives me the opportunity to serve our community. The families and friends I meet, and the reconnections made are very rewarding. 

Makaila Guardiola

Funeral Ambassador
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My name is Makaila Guardiola. I am 21 years old, and I was born and raised in Hereford, Texas. I work as a lifeguard, water aerobics instructor and lifeguard instructor in the summertime. I attend Amarillo College and am working towards being a nurse that works in hospice care. I have a strong urge to help people in any way that I can, and that is why I want to become a nurse. I am sympathetic, caring and I love meeting new people! I am a Catholic and am a member at St. Anthony’s church. I am the oldest of three girls. I love reading and baking goodies to give to my friends and family.

In Loving Memory of

Cliff E. Jones
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Cliff Jones, a long time Hereford resident, has been employeed by Parkside Chapel Funeral Home for over five years. He is married to Lois Adams and they have two daughters, Kathleen Staggs, and Judy Jackson. They have four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Cliff graduated from Hereford High School in 1955. Cliff is a retired independent trucker and a member of Hereford Masonic Lodge AFandAM # 849, where he is a past Master. He is also a member of Lubbock Scottish Rite and Knights Comander Court of Honor. Cliff was an administrator of Fellowship of Believers in 2007, and on the Board of Directors of Hereford Senior Citizens 2008-2011.

In Loving Memory of

Harold W. Finch
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Harold W. Finch was a very dedicated funeral associate for several years.  Mr. Finch gained his heavenly reward on August 4, 2019.  He was greatly loved and is sorely missed.

In Loving Memory

Mary Jones
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Mary Ellen Lee was born March 4, 1936 in Pampa, Texas to Robert E. and Daisey R. (Mackie) Lee. She moved to Hereford in 1946 from Pampa. On October 6, 1961 she married L. J. Jones, in Hereford. Mary was loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She had worked at K-Bobs Steak House (later became Parson’s Steak House) for over twenty years. Mary also Baby Sat, worked at Terry’s Floral, Parkside Chapel Funeral Home, as a night receptionist and was a very active member of First United Methodist Church of Hereford. Mrs. Jones volunteered at King’s Manor Methodist Home, at least once a week, for several years, helping the residents to the dining room and back to their rooms at dinner time. Mary was a very selfless lady and loved to help those around her in any way she could. She was famous for her Italian Crème Cakes. They were delicious. Mrs. Jones passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020.