Meet the Staff
Thomas E. Baldwin (1913 - 2004) born in Arcadia, Florida, he graduated from Vero Beach High School and the McAllister College of Mortuary Science at New York City. He was a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, first being licensed in Florida in 1932. Later in his career, he helped establish Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society. He was respected by his peers, cherished by his family, served as President of the Florida Funeral Director Association, and was an inspiration to us all.
Raymond C. Knopke
serves as President and is a member of Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society's Board of Directors. A native Floridian, he graduated from Berkeley Preparatory School and University of South Florida College of Accountancy at Tampa. Associated with Funeral Service companies for over forty years, he is a former owner of Garden of Memories Funeral Home and Cemetery of Tampa, later served as President of the Neptune Society of Northern California, and is a past President of the Florida Cemetery Association.
Ruth Anne Yeats
serves as Vice President of Funeral Operations, is a member of the Cremation Society's Board of Directors and has been a Florida Funeral Director since 1992. A native Floridian, having graduated from South Broward High School, Hollywood and Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, Atlanta, GA. Ruth Anne is the chair for Relay for Life, signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, a member in the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador and member of Smyrna's Active Leaders for Tomorrow (SALT). She is also on the Board of Directors for the Florida Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association.
Evans P. Baldwin
serves as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, is a member of the Cremation Society's Board of Directors and is an eighth generation Floridian. He graduated from Winter Park High School and the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. Evans has worked in the death care industry since 2001 and will be a Florida Funeral Director in 2014 upon completing his internship with the Cremation Society. He is an active member of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador, and Smyrna Yacht Club and First United Methodist Church of Winter Park.
Proudly serves Baldwin Brothers as a Life Celebration Planner. She moved from Puerto Rico to Florida in 1987, a graduate from Miami-Dade Mortuary Science Program. Fully bilingual in Spanish, brings 22 years of experience as a Funeral Director. She is dedicated to the Central Florida Community and member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She is involved the Hispanic Community and Puerto Rican Association.
James R. Baldwin
has been a Florida funeral Director since 1976 and owner of Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society since 1980. He graduated from Winter Park High School and Miami-Dade College Mortuary Science. He is a Past Master of New Smyrna Masonic Lodge, past president of The Rotary Club of New Smyrna Beach, and a member of St Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church. He is active in the Bahia Shrine Drum & Bugle Corps is a Florida Master Naturalist. Jim is a Certified Life Tribute Celebrant.
serves as a Planning Consultant and has spent seven years as a pre-need consultant. He relocated from Albany, N.Y. with his wife Marianne in 2001 they have one son John. He attended Murray State University obtained a B.S. in Business Administration and a MBA from the University Of Phoenix. He is a member of Sacred Heart Church in New Smyrna Beach.
Laura M. Griffith
serves the Baldwin Brothers team as a planning consultant. She has been in Florida for 15 years, and in the death care industry for over 10 years. She previously owned and operated Griffith Contracting, a commercial remodeling business. A graduate of Northern Community College, she stays active with her volunteer work with the American Cancer Society, and the local assisted living facilities.
Richard O. Baldwin
has been a Florida Funeral Director since 1972 an owner of Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society since 1980. A native Floridian, a graduate of Winter Park High School, Miami-Dade College of Mortuary Science, and the University of Central Florida. He is past President of the Florida Funeral Director Association and member of Smyrna Yacht Club, Orlando Bahia Temple, and First United Methodist Church of Winter Park. He is secretary of the DePugh Nursing Home.
serves as Baldwin Brothers Office Manager. She graduated from Kean University in Union, New Jersey with a Bachelors Degree in Management-Accounting and relocated to Florida from New Jersey with her husband Tony in 2000. Donna enjoys the Florida climate and living in a beach community. She enjoys gardening, sewing and crocheting.
, a native New Yorker, came to Florida as a child in 1968 with his family. As an adult he has owned his own business in Ocala and served as a Police Motorcycle Officer with the Hallandale Police Department who worked with many other patrols within the department including Homicide, Marine and Traffic. He was also liaison for Broward Co. Emergency Management. James joined Baldwin Brothers in 2010. He continues to serve his community as an active member of the New Smyrna Beach Motorcycle Club and is undergoing training with the Florida safety Council to become a motorcycle instructor. James has two children. James loves his work for Baldwin Brothers as it allows him to continue to serve those who have a great need with compassion and integrity.
, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, Monty worked as a Sales Manager for a Wholesale Bakery before moving to New Smyrna Beach in 1984. He has worked for Baldwin Brothers since 1986 as an assistant funeral director helping many families through his kindnesses and helpfulness during their services. Monty and his wife Marlene celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary this year and together they have five children, 16 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Although Monty enjoys all football, he is an avid Ohio State Football fan.
Jerald L. Pullins
has been associated with funeral service companies since 1970. A native of Kansas, he graduated from the University of Kansas (BS) and the University of Texas (MBA). He was an officer in the US Army and honorably served two tours in Viet Nam. His first job in funeral service was with Service Corporation International of Houston, the world's largest provider of funeral and cemetery services. He held a variety of positions at SCI including President. He also founded and served as President and CEO of the Sentinel Group one of the largest, privately owned groups of funeral providers. Today, he is a principal shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society.
moved to Florida in 2006 from Northern Virginia where she worked for USAirways for 27 years. She is a proud mother of two daughters, Britania and Jonnilyse and loves spending time with her two sisters, family and friends. And, besides loving life, she has a great love and respect for senior citizens.
Since her moved to Florida, Gladys has been a dedicated employee of Dove Funeral Home as an Administrative Assistant and is now a proud member of the Baldwin Brothers family. She is pleased to have joined this great caring company and its team of hard working, caring and professional individuals.