History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

"Martinsville's newest funeral home, Neal & Summers Mortuary is now open for business.  Co-owners, Thomas E. Neal and James Summers, invite you to an open house on Sunday, April 29th.    Shown is the new colonial style building of red brick, with white columns.  The interior is richly carpeted, has central air conditioning and a basement lounge.  The largest chapel will accommodate about 200 people.  Decorated with green, gold and orange.  Other equipment includes 2 oxygen equipped ambulances to serve Morgan County...."

In 1988 Mr. Neal's daughter, Mia R. Neal,  joined her father in the funeral industry.  Mia is a 1983 graduate of Martinsville High School and a 1987 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service.  Two years later, Mr. Neal's youngest daughter, Nichelle Neal Dalton, joined the family business.  Nichelle is a 1987 graduate of Martinsville High School and a 1990 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service.  Built on a  foundation of trusted service, the tradition continues today with Mr. Neal’s daughters as 2nd generation owners and licensed funeral directors serving families with extraordinary service and compassionate care for over 40 years.

Our Valued Staff

  • Mia R. Neal

    Mia R. Neal, Funeral Director / Owner

    Mia R. Neal is the middle daughter of Tom and Becky (Cragen) Neal. She has lived her entire life in Martinsville and graduated from Martinsville High School with the class of 1983.
    Mia joined her father, Tom Neal, at the family business in 1988 as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Prior to joining the family funeral firm, Mia had attended Vincennes University and Mid America College of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1986 with her degree in Mortuary Science.
    After receiving her degree, she worked at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Homes in Royal Center and Kiwanna, Indiana, and also at Marraco Funeral Home in Logansport, Indiana for two years, serving her internship.
    Mia is a previous member of the Morgan County Business Women, as well as, a past member of the Fall Foliage Festival Board. She is currently a member of the Martinsville Kiwanis Club.
    Mia takes great pride in serving the families who place their trust in Neal & Summers with “extraordinary service and compassionate care.” When she is not busy serving families, Mia enjoys traveling, camping and snowmobiling.

  • Nichelle Neal Dalton

    Nichelle Neal Dalton, Funeral Director / Owner

    Nichelle is the youngest of three daughters born to Tom and Becky (Cragen) Neal. She was born and raised in Martinsville, where she continues to call home, work and raise her family. She married Thomas Eric Dalton in November 1991 and they have two daughters, Lebany Monique and Meredith Shae.
    She graduated from Martinsville High School with the class of 1987 and then attended Indiana University in Bloomington. Nichelle had initially focused on studies in biology while at I.U. before changing direction and transferring to Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana. As a student at Mid-America, Nichelle served as the first female president of the Pi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity and was a class officer.
    After completing her studies in funeral service, she returned home to join her father and sister in the family business in 1990. She received her Indiana Funeral Director's license in 1991 and her certified Funeral Service Practitioner's License in 2006.
    Nichelle's involvement in the community includes being a past President of the Networking Business Women of Morgan County in 1995-96, past member of the Morgan Hospital Foundation Board, past member and secretary of the Martinsville Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Poston Road PTO and a previous Morgan County Deputy Coroner. She has been actively involved in Indiana Funeral Director's Association for several years on various committees and projects, as well as, serving as District #7 director and executive board member. She is currently serving as the Secretary/Treasurer.
    Nichelle's interest in funeral service evolved as she witnessed the relationships her father had made over the years and the urge to continue his legacy. She reflects on her first years working as a funeral director with a smile, recalling the multitude of heartwarming stories from families her father had served since 1967.
    In her free time, Nichelle loves to spend time with her family, traveling, scuba diving, flower gardening, reading, and being outdoors.

  • Corben W. Kinder

    Corben W. Kinder, Funeral Director

    Corben W. Kinder joined the family at Neal & Summers Funeral and Cremation Center in the late summer of 2012. Corben, occasionally referred to as “The Baby” because he is the youngest member of the team, grew up in Martinsville, graduating from Martinsville High School in 2012.
    He had always been interested in the funeral industry and decided to pursue his degree during his senior year in high school. He went to mortuary school and graduated in May of 2015 with a degree in mortuary science from Ivy Tech.
    Corben takes great pride in his work at the funeral home and enjoys helping others. His enthusiasm to serve, coupled with his creative thinking and compassionate demeanor has proven to be a huge asset. He enjoys working with families and helping them through the challenges that sometimes present themselves. He especially likes that everyone is different, therefore every day is different. He cherishes the friendships he has made with the families served and is grateful to work in his own community.
    Corben is a member of First Christian Church in Martinsville. In his free time, he enjoys walking his dog, Lilly, good movies, and spending time with family and friends.
    He is the son of James Kinder of Shelbyville, Indiana, and Amy and Gary Campbell of Martinsville. He also has two brothers, Cameron and Cody.

  • James P. Burleigh

    James P. Burleigh, Funeral Director

    James "Jim" Burleigh, joined the staff at Neal & Summers in the spring of 2009. He had worked as a licensed funeral director for Flanner & Buchanan in Indianapolis from 1984 - 2009.
    Jim is a lifelong resident of Martinsville. He graduated from Martinsville High School with the class of 1979 and attended Vincennes University following graduation. He received his degree in mortuary science from Vincennes University in 1982 and served his internship from 1982-1983 at Neal & Summers Mortuary.
    He is a past president and current board member of the Martinsville Rotary Club; member of the Martinsville Elks Lodge #1349, Indianapolis Masonic Lodge F & AM #669, Murat Shrine, and First Christian Church in Martinsville.
    Jim is the son of the late Roger L. Burleigh and Patsy (Fouts) of Martinsville. He and his wife, Susan (Leininger) live in Martinsville with their two sons, Logan and Evan.
    Jim and his family enjoy traveling and exploring different foods and restaurants.

  • Bob Carter

    Bob Carter, Service Attendant

    Bob joined the Neal & Summers family in January 2017, after retiring from the Martinsville Fire Department. He had served on the fire department for 35 1/2 years and ended his career as fire chief.
    He is a lifelong Martinsville resident and graduate of Martinsville High School.
    Bob and his wife, Bonnie, have been married for 33 years and are the parents of two sons, Jeremy and Ryan and one grandson, Christopher.
    In his spare time, Bob enjoys riding his motorcycle and helping others.

  • Kathy  Gilbreath

    Kathy Gilbreath, Visitation Attendant

    Kathy Gilbreath has been with Neal & Summers since the fall of 2012. She is the smiling face many will see during visitations and services.
    Kathy is a part-time employee at the funeral home and full time at the administration office with the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville.
    She and her husband, Robert "Bob" Gilbreath, reside in Martinsville and are members of the Trinity Worship Center. She is also a founding member of the Fraternal Order of Police Ladies Auxiliary.
    Kathy loves the personal contact she makes with multiple people working at the funeral home and says her compassion for others was her motivating factor in joining the staff.
    She and Bob are beyond blessed with six children and thirteen grandchildren. She loves camping, traveling, shopping and spending time with her family.

  • Heather Dilley

    Heather Dilley, Visitation Attendant

    Heather joined the Neal & Summers family in the summer of 2017. Many may recognize her infectious smile from Martinsville Family Eye Care in Martinsville. She has been employed full-time with Dr. O'Neal and his staff at the eye clinic for the past 22 years.
    She is a graduate of Martinsville High School and a member of the Martinsville First Church of the Nazarene.
    Heather decided to join the funeral profession to be able to give a smiling face to those in their time of need. She has found the job to be rewarding and especially enjoys the socialization and knowing that she can help in a time of great need.
    Heather and her husband, Brian, have two sons, Jesse and Shayne and three fur babies, Teddy, Molli and Kaylee.
    She enjoys music, crafts, singing and attending church.

  • Jamie Cook

    Jamie Cook, Cleaning Staff

    Jamie has been with Neal & Summers since September 2012 and is a graduate of Martinsville High School. She is the daughter of Charles and Jan Anderson and is a lifelong residence of Martinsville.
    She takes pride and joy in helping those around her and says everyday is like working with her family.
    Jamie and her husband, Travis, have two children, Alexander and Madison.
    She enjoys shopping for antiques, reading, and puzzles.