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About Us

With over 140 years of combined experience it is our honor to offer families an affordable option for funeral services provided with care, compassion and dignity.

James P. Byrne

Licensed Funeral Director and Owner/Operator of Countryside Funeral Home

Jim has served in the funeral profession for 37 years.  Formerly with one of the oldest firms in Ocala for 13 years, he established a reputation for his genuine compassion in assisting families.  

The funeral home is family operated by Jim and his wife of 32 years, Robin, and their three children, Jimmy (Stephanie), Laurel (John) and Kelsey (Jonathan).  Robin retired from the Alachua Sheriff’s Office after 26 years to work alongside her family.  Their children grew up in Marion County, attending Blessed Trinity and Trinity Catholic. The Byrne's have been Marion County residents since 1993.

David Clements

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer of Countryside Funeral Home

David is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He has served the citizens of Marion County for over 50 years. He was born in Ocala and raised in the Anthony Community, and is a third generation Ocalan.  He graduated from Ocala High School, CFCC, and Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science with honors.  

David is a member of Unity Baptist Church of Anthony, where he serves as a deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and choir member.  He enjoys fishing, hunting, woodworking, gardening, farming, and any Florida Gator Sports.  

He is married to the former Laura Browning, who is also an Ocala native.  They have two wonderful children, Rev. Samuel W. Clements (Kellie) and Deanna Lynn Lindsey (Charles), both of Ocala, and 3 grandchildren, Kyle Clements (Catie), Allyson Grace Clements and Jada Olivia Lindsey. “It has been an honor and priviledge to be in a position to help many families in their time of need. I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for placing me in this profession.”

Bill Birdsall

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer of Countryside Funeral Home

Bill is also on staff and has served in the funeral profession for 41 years.  Formerly with Roberts Funeral Home and Florida Cremation, Bill has lived in Ocala since 1985. 

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