About Us | Deerfoot Memorial Funeral Home

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

The opening of Deerfoot Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville in December 2015 brought a new modern funeral facility to area residents and a new philosophy in providing affordable funeral services.

Deerfoot Memorial was founded on the premise that many times families of loved ones are overwhelmed by the high price of funeral services being offered by other establishments.

The staff at Deerfoot understood that families deserved a more affordable option when choosing a funeral home to take care of their loved one. At Deerfoot these options not only include saving thousands of dollars on Traditional Funeral Services, but also tremendous savings on American made caskets and vaults.

Members of the Deerfoot staff have strong ties to the Trussville area as parents of children growing up in this community, worshiping with neighbors and working with other residents to make the city one of the best areas to live and work in the country.

We are honored to be a part of the Trussville family and would also be honored to serve our friends and neighbors in their time of need..

Our Valued Staff

Mike Sartin

Mike Sartin, General Manager of Gamble Holding Company

Mike Sartin is a resident of Trussville, Alabama and is married to Robyn Biddy Sartin. They have 3 children, Evan, Emma and Ellyn. Mike is a member of Crosspoint Baptist Church in Trussville, Alabama. Mike is also a member of the Trussville Noon Rotary Club. Mike is the General Manager of Gamble Holding Company, which operates 18 funeral homes and 3 cemeteries in Alabama and Tennessee.

Richard A. Clark

Richard A. Clark, Manager

Richard has worked in the Birmingham area in the funeral industry for over 20 years. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer with the state of Alabama. Richard is a 1993 graduate of Jefferson State Community College and also served as an embalming instructor for Jefferson State Community College for several years. He has served in community roles with the Rotary Club of Pell City, Alabama, and with the Kiwanis Club of Leeds, Alabama. Mr. Clark is married to Sharon Clark, teacher with Jefferson County Board of Education, and has two daughters, Caroline, a junior at Troy University, and Claire, a freshman at UNA. He and his family attend Moody First Baptist Church.

Jzyk S. Ennis CFSP

Jzyk S. Ennis CFSP

Jzyk S. Ennis, Ph.D. (pronounced Jay-zick) is employed as a full-time instructor in the Funeral Service Education Program at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama and as a part-time funeral director for Deerfoot Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville, Alabama. Dr. Ennis is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Alabama and Georgia. He began teaching as an adjunct instructor in 2000 and was hired as a full-time instructor in 2005 and remains in that position today. Previous to his hire as a full-time faculty member at Jefferson State Community College, Dr. Ennis managed one of Alabama's largest funeral homes and has over 23 years of experience in the funeral profession. He is a past president of the Alabama Funeral Directors Association and a former At-large Representative on the Executive Board of the National Funeral Directors Association. Dr. Ennis graduated Magna Cum Laude and as the 1992 Outstanding Student in Funeral Service Education from Jefferson State Community college, graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Business Administration, graduated from The University of Alabama at Birmingham with a M.P.A in Public Administration, and graduated from Auburn University with a Ph.D. in Adult Education. He is married to his wife, Sherrie and has two children (Jzyk II and Brookelyn). Dr. Ennis is a member of the First Baptist Church of Trussville, Alabama, a lifetime member of the Auburn University Alumni Association, and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Societies.

Dick L'Eplattenier

Dick L'Eplattenier, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Richard “Dick” L’Eplattenier, CFSP is a full time Funeral Director and Embalmer for Deerfoot Memorial Funeral Home. Licensed in 1975 as Funeral Director, and in 1981 as a licensed Embalmer, Dick has had extensive knowledge in all facets of to include 26 years of funeral home management experience in the Birmingham area. He has taken his practical knowledge to the classroom where he was an adjunct instructor in the Funeral Service Education for ten years at Jefferson State Community College, where he now serves on their Advisory Board. He served his country for 30 years as a U.S. Army Reservist, retiring as a Colonel in 2003. Active in his community, he has occupied, and is still serving in leadership positions in the Trussville Noon Rotary Club and an active member in his church, Highlands United Methodist Church. He earned a BS degree from the Jacksonville State University in 1973 and an Associate degree in Funeral Service Education from Jefferson State Community College in 1978. He is married to his wife, Lynn, since 1974, has three adult children, Chase, Chad and Aimee and a grandson, Carter.