Tim Ingram grew up in Okmulgee, OK and was around the funeral business from a young age. He would get out of High School during the day in the event of a funeral service to play the organ or piano at their local funeral homes. After High School graduation, he built his own house and started working at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK. Tim met his wife Christy at Oral Roberts University where they attended nursing school together. After graduation, he worked as a Registered Nurse with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing for many years including in the areas of ER, ICU, and Hospice. Around Christmas 2014, God reignited the dream of owning a funeral home to serve as a ministry to those in time of need and Tim obediently answered the call. In faith, Tim and Christy packed up their three kids and moved to Oklahoma City to enroll in the funeral program at University of Central Oklahoma. Under the direction of Scott Smith with the Vondel L. Smith Mortuary family, Tim worked as an apprentice and funeral director. Tim graduated with his Bachelor of Funeral Science and Embalming.
In January 2017, Tim took over the operations at Smith & Turner in Yukon and completed the purchase in 2019. With a background of nursing helping with end of life care, Tim brings that same compassion which gives him a stronger connection to the families he serves at Smith & Turner on a personal level relating to their journey. Tim involves himself in the community as a board member of the non-profit organizations Compassionate Hands and United Way; is very active in the Chamber of Commerce; and attends many community events with his family at the Dale Robertson Center, City of Yukon, and Yukon Public Schools.
Owner / Director of Marketing & Development / Advanced Planning Specialist
Christy Ingram spent most of her childhood in Montana enjoying the beautiful mountains, outdoor activities, and a musical upbringing. She moved back to her birth state of Oklahoma for college at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. Following graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she gained experience as a Registered Nurse in pediatrics. She now works occasionally in the Labor and Delivery Unit at Integris Canadian Valley Hospital in Yukon specializing in neonatal critical care and also coordinates their Perinatal Bereavement Program. Christy enjoys working side-by-side with husband Tim at Smith & Turner. She utilizes her creativity as the Director of Marketing and Development, bookkeeper, and helps design unique and personal service set-ups, DVD picture slideshows, and specialized memorabilia. With her life insurance producer license, she meets with families to pre-arrange their funeral or memorial services in advance. To raise funds for the Mabel C. Fry Library in Yukon, Christy is a member and treasurer of the Yukon Ladies Library Club. Christy is a mother to three wonderful children, Maximus, Abigail, and Victoria, who attend a local Yukon School. The Ingram family enjoys outdoor activities, camping and fishing, reading books from the library, and playing games together. Christy and Tim attend the Yukon Life.Church location and support local ministries in the community.
Deena Biffle Nickerson
Funeral Director & Embalmer
Deena Biffle Nickerson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in the Sapulpa area, graduating from Sapulpa High School. Her light for the funeral industry was ignited as a funeral assistant in Tulsa. After helping families through the grief process for a time, it became very apparent to her that this “work” at the funeral home was more than just a job, it is her calling and serving is her life. She furthered her education at The University of Central Oklahoma, graduating with a Bachelor of Funeral Science and Embalming. Deena is excited to be in Yukon and feels blessed to be part of God’s plan for Smith & Turner. Deena cherishes time spent with her family: her daughter Elizabeth and granddaughter Vega. She also takes her mommy responsibilities to heart with her two Chihuahuas, Simon and Chi Chi. She loves being outdoors and meets new friends as she wanders.
Melissa Swegles is the foundation of organization in the Smith & Turner family. Smith & Turner was proud to welcome her in January 2019 as their Office Manager. Melissa has lived in Oklahoma City since she was 3 years old and graduated High School from Putman City Original. She holds an associate degree in Office Management from Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City. Melissa has extensive business office expertise including experience as a Customer Service & Merchandise coordinator and a field representative for a fortune 500 company. Tim, Christy, and Deena are grateful for her friendly personality and attention to detail as she maintains an efficient office. Melissa enjoys helping & serving others, spending time with her family and friends, and promoting Smith & Turner. Now having worked in the great city of Yukon for the last 4 years, Melissa is proud to finally call Yukon her forever home.
Breanne Strawn is Yukon born and bred. She and her husband Derick raise their 3 children, Josh, Justin, and Jessalyn, in the town they love surrounded by the people they love. They enjoy serving at Vandament Avenue Baptist Church where their children also attend school. Breanne joined the Smith & Turner family in December 2018 and is excited to serve in many capacities. As the Tribute Coordinator, Breanne creates each funeral or memorial tribute as an individualized and unique celebration of life. Breanne also connects with families who desire to plan their services in advance. The Strawn family love to support Smith & Turner and the Yukon community at their various yearly events.
Tim D Ingram
Facilities & Maintenance Director
Tim D. Ingram is a jack-of-all-trades and wears many hats at Smith & Turner. As Owner Tim’s Father, he comes every week from Okmulgee where he and his wife Cheryl raised their three sons and continue to live today. He is proud to maintain the lawn and building, drive limos for services, utilize his culinary skills for caterings, and build our elaborate displays for community parades and events. His favorite job, however, is being “Poppy” to the three little Ingrams while he visits for a few days each week.