Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 806-352-2727 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Jim Schooler

Jim Schooler

Funeral Director

Jim Schooler is a fourth generation funeral director with Schooler Funeral Home and continues to be active in day-to-day activities at Schooler. He is a member of both the Texas Funeral Directors and the National Funeral Directors Association. Jim brings his boundless energy to serving Amarillo through civic organizations such as the Better Business Bureau Foundation, the Amarillo Beautification Committee, and the Amarillo Special Events Venue Board. He is an active member of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, the Amarillo Downtown Rotary Club, and St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Jim supports the Amarillo Opera though his involvement with the Impresario Society.

He enjoys renovating and restoring residential as well as some commercial properties, including three funeral homes. Jim is an advocate for mental health causes and stresses the need for grief counseling and family care, especially for the families of suicide victims. He is currently an active and invaluable member of the board for Hope and Healing Place.

Mary Schooler

Mary Schooler

Mary Schooler has a great history of volunteerism in the Amarillo community. She is active in promoting women’s health issues as a past honorary chairman of the Panhandle Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the co-founder of Women in Touch (for breast cancer survivors), and a member of the Amarillo Breast Health Coalition. Mary chaired the advisory board of Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospice/Olivia’s Angels and she has served on the boards of Meals on Wheels and the St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation. She is also a longtime volunteer for Meals on Wheels, a member of the Junior League Advisory Council, and the long-standing chairman of the annual Amarillo Community Prayer Breakfast. Mary was on the founding board of the High Plains Food Bank as well as the boards of Catholic Family Service, the Downtown Women’s Center, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She was named a Woman of Distinction (1986) by the Amarillo Soroptimists, the Outstanding Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Amarillo, and the Globe News Woman of the Year in 1995. She was honored as the Downtown Women’s Center 2008 Donor of the Year. She is an active member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Mary has been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society since 1996, volunteering with the Reach to Recovery visitation program for breast cancer patients, as well as being a Regional Trainer for the Reach to Recovery program. She also has served on the Board of Directors and Breast Health Awareness committee. In addition to volunteering, Mary also supports the American Cancer Society's fundraisers, such as the Cattle Baron’s Ball and Relay for Life.

Maurice Schooler

Maurice Schooler

Maurice Schooler has been active in the funeral industry since 1953, serving as past president of the Panhandle Funeral Directors Association. He was also honored as Panhandle Funeral Director of the year.

Maurice is very generous with his time as a volunteer in the Amarillo community. He is past president of Better Business Bureau, Boy Scouts of America Second Chance Foundation, Amarillo Business and Professional Club, American Cancer Society, and Amarillo Club.

He also served as a director of High Plains Eye Bank and as Chairman YMCA Capital Fund Drive. He was honored as the Downtown Women’s Center 2008 Donor of the Year.

Maurice currently serves on the board of the Mary E. Bivins Foundation and is an active member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. He enjoys traveling, fishing, and being a proud and loving grandparent in his spare time.

Scott  Rankin

Scott Rankin

Managing Partner /Funeral Director & Embalmer

Scott was born and raised in Levelland, Texas. He graduated from high school there in 1993. He began his funeral service career in 2006 with Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors in Pampa, Texas after serving full-time in ministry for over ten years. He served as a faculty member and program director of Amarillo College's Mortuary Science Department for over five years before joining the Schooler Family in 2016. Scott has served on the Panhandle Funeral Director's Association and the Texas Funeral Director's Association Boards. He was awarded the PFDA Funeral Director of the Year Award in 2014-2015. Scott is a graduate of West Texas A&M University, South Plains College and Amarillo College.

Scott is married to Brandi, who is the Assistant Principal at Bushland Elementary School. They have three daughters, Erin, a student at Amarillo College, Allie, a student at Bushland High School, and Kloie, a student at Bushland Middle School.

When not serving families and the community at the funeral home, Scott is cheering on his daughters as their biggest fan in their extracurricular activities. Some of his hobbies include playing golf and singing. Scott also enjoys his role as the announcer of the Bushland Falcon Football Team.

Bonnie Pennington

Bonnie Pennington

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Bonnie Patrick Pennington joined the Schooler family in November 1997. A lifelong resident of Amarillo, she graduated from Tascosa High School in 1987. With the support of her family and that of the Schooler family, Bonnie graduated from Amarillo College in 2000 with an Applied Science Degree in Mortuary Science under the guidance of Jason Altierri.

She has one daughter, Cheyanne Hawks, who is a professional horse trainer along with her husband Isaac in Hereford. In addition to her daughter, she has a menagerie of four-legged “kids” both big and small. Bonnie also has a 12-year-old "granddaughter-in-love," Mazzy Morrison.

When not at the funeral home, Bonnie can generally be found relaxing and traveling. She and her husband, Jim Morrison, enjoy the tropical climate of Puerto Rico. She is a member of the Golden Spread Emmaus Community, National Funeral Directors Association, American Public Health Association, and American Quarter Horse Association and has served as a past board member for the Amarillo Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Amarillo South Rotary Club. She also volunteers for various animals rescues.

David Nutt

David Nutt

Funeral Director & Embalmer

David was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University in 1989. He began his career in the funeral industry in Lubbock in 1998 and has been with Schooler Funeral Home since August of 2009.

He and his wife have been married since 1988 and have two children, a son and a daughter. They are members of Trinity Baptist Church.

Ken Brinkley

Ken Brinkley

Funeral Ambassador



Earl Long

Earl Long

Funeral Ambassador



A.C. Price

A.C. Price

Funeral Ambassador



Misty Lemaster

Misty Lemaster

Funeral Assistant

Misty has been working for Schooler Funeral Home for the past nine years as a funeral director assistant. Misty works in many aspects of the funeral home and enjoys working with the families that she meets. She has been working in image processing for Valero Energy since 1998. She has a 14-year-old daughter named Brianna, and they are members of Faith Clinic Church. They enjoy shopping and spending time with friends. Misty and Brianna love spending most of their free time with family.

Mary Jo Hulsey

Mary Jo Hulsey

Insurance Representative

Mary Jo has been with Schooler Funeral Home for over ten years. She started as our evening receptionist and now works as our Insurance Representative assisting families with the filling of pre-need plans and private insurance. Mary Jo retired as Vice President of Operations from First National Bank in Canyon. She has two children, Brent, who graduated from the University of Kentucky and is self employed as a consultant in the railroad industry, and Teri, Women’s Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach for Southlake Carroll Independent School District. Mary Jo enjoys traveling, reading, and attending her daughter’s team athletic events and loves her dog “Lil Bit.”

Martha Morton

Martha Morton

Administrative Assistant



Samantha Irvin

Samantha Irvin

Front Desk Administrator/ Funeral Director/ Embalmer



Patricia Mathis

Patricia Mathis

Funeral Ambassador



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