Funeral Director & Owner
Shawn is the son of Bucky and Marilyn Bates and grandson of Christine Grass, all lifetime residents of Locust Grove. As well, he is the grandson of the late Johnny and Pat Bates and the late Reverend Bill Grass (a long-time employee of the now closed Wilson-Cunningham Funeral Homes).
Shawn is a 1991 Locust Grove High School graduate. He began his funeral career that summer working with his grandfather at Wilson-Cunningham Funeral Homes. After attending one year at Eastern State College in Wilburton, he transferred to and graduated (December, 1994) from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, with a Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service.
Shawn became an employee of Hutchins-Maples Funeral Home in Bristow, Oklahoma, January of 1995. Other than spending a year and a half back in Mayes County working for the now defunct Sentry Group as a funeral home manager, Shawn has spent most of his formative professional years in Bristow. While there, he became manager of Hutchins-Maples Funeral Home and was involved in various community projects. As well, he spent every Sunday morning, for almost three years, hosting a Southern Gospel Radio Show called “The Southern Gospel Jubilee”. One of the greatest things to ever happen to Shawn happened in Bristow when he married the former Melissa McKinzie. They have two sons, Robert William and Caleb McCrae.
Shawn’s goal is to carry on ideas and morals instilled him by his grandfather, the Late Reverend Bill Grass, a funeral service professional and community staple in the Locust Grove area. He lists, along with his grandfather, Floyd and Ginger Cunningham, J. Claire Wilson, Tommy "Mr. T" Thompson of Pryor, and Brent Matherly (his boss in Bristow) as inspirations in his professional life. He is willing to do whatever it takes to serve his God, family, profession, and community to the utmost.
Shawn and his family are now attending the Smith Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Rose, Oklahoma. He is a licensed minister who loves serving God and helping others. He was taught to play the drums by his grandfather and does so on occasion when the Grass Family gets together. Shawn also stays active by helping with youth wrestling, baseball, football, and going to cattle shows with his sons and father. He is an avid Southern Gospel music fan and supporter. As well, he is a die-hard Locust Grove Pirates supporter and alumnus.
Shawn is also the proud brother of Lisa Becerra (a 20+ year 5th grade teacher in Pryor), proud brother-in-law to Bruce Becerra (owner, with his wife Lisa, of B & L Cleaners in Pryor). Lastly, he is a proud uncle to Christine Becerra (OU undergraduate), Blake Becerra (Pryor High School), and Brier Howard (daughter of brother and sister-in-law Cody and Jennifer Howard of Bristow).