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

After seeing a trend in the funeral industry moving towards cremation, Artie Morvant, one of the original owners of Samart Funeral Home and crematory, opened the funeral home, cemetery, and crematory on the grounds on which they are currently located in the summer of 1995. Offering affordable, low-cost, funerals, cremations, and burials allowed the funeral home to expand rapidly. 

In the early 2000’s, new investors purchased the funeral home and operated it until 2006 when the company was renamed Samart Funeral Home of Houma. Currently it is owned and operated by a local family with many years of experience in the funeral industry.  Samart Funeral Home of Houma continues to honor our original concept of being a leader in the community offering dignified and affordable funerals, cremations, and burials.

Our Valued Staff

  • Walton Guidry Jr.

    Walton Guidry Jr., Manager, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Walton Guidry, Jr. (known as “Jr.”) has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 40 years. He began his career in the Army during the Vietnam Conflict, when he was assigned to Grave Registration. After his tour of duty, he attended Commonwealth College of Mortuary Science in Houston, TX. He is married to Malvina Guidry, who he has known since elementary school, and they have two children and one grandson. He and Malvina now reside in Thibodaux, but they were both born and raised down Bayou DuLarge. Since he was the oldest of 8 children of a fisherman, Bayou DuLarge will always be his home. He enjoys fishing, traveling, and spending time with his family.

  • Lane Hudson

    Lane Hudson, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

    A graduate of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, Lane has been in the funeral business since 1996. As a licensed funeral director/embalmer, his duties include embalming, funeral arrangements, removals, cosmetics, dressing, casketing, and funeral services. Married with 2 children, Lane enjoys, hunting, fishing, and surfing.

  • Victoria Davis

    Victoria Davis, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

    A graduate of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Victoria has been in funeral services since 2013. She is a licensed funeral director/embalmer, and her duties include embalming, funeral arrangements, removals, cosmetics, dressing, casketing, and funeral services. A native of Gretna now residing in Thibodaux, she is married to Chance Duet. They have a son, Oliver Duet, and a shelter rescue dog named Dashi. Tori enjoys reading and fishing.

  • Jack Barton

    Jack Barton, Pre-need Consultant

    Graduating from Nicholls State University with a degree in Business Administration, Jack has been in the funeral business since 1985 as a pre-need consultant. He is married to Barbara Clement of Houma, LA, and they have three children and six grandchildren. Two of his children graduated from Nicholls State University and one from Louisiana State University. His personal interests are sports and sports afield.

  • Sarah D. Martin

    Sarah D. Martin, Office Administration

    A graduate of South Terrebonne High School, Sarah has been the Office Administrator at the funeral home for 9 months. A resident of Bourg, LA and a native of Chauvin, LA, she is married to Tony “TJ” Martin, Jr. They have one daughter, Kinlie Martin. She is a parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chauvin, LA and enjoys spending time with her family as well as spending time on the family boat.

  • Peggy Adams

    Peggy Adams, Office Administration

    A native of Iowa and a resident of Louisiana since 1970, Peggy joined our funeral home family in 2016. She is a graduate of Broadmoor High School in Baton Rouge and worked for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux for 24 years prior to entering the funeral business. She is the first person to greet our families when they enter our funeral home, and her responsibilities include gathering and processing important administrative information needed at the time of arrangements, assisting the funeral directors on visitations and funerals, maintaining our website and social media sites, and other integral tasks for the funeral directors as well as the families we serve. Peggy and her husband love to travel and spend time with her three children, her husband’s two children, and their grandchildren.

  • Wayne Dauzat

    Wayne Dauzat, Transportation Specialist, Maintenance, Crematory Operator

    Wayne has been in the funeral business since 2011. He is a licensed Crematory Retort Operator, and his many duties include removals, overseeing the daily operations of the crematory, and facility and cemetery maintenance.

  • Tim Kenny

    Tim Kenny, Transportation Specialist, Maintenance, Crematory Operator

    A native of West Virginia, Tim has worked at the funeral home since 2005. A Martinsburg High School graduate, his duties include removals, hearse maintenance, and facility maintenance. He enjoys freshwater fishing in Boudreaux Canal and watching movies and spending time with his daughter.

  • Helen Chaisson

    Helen Chaisson, Funeral Attendant

    A native of Dulac and resident of Montegut, Helen has been in the funeral business since 1997. Her responsibilities include overseeing wakes, visitations, and assisting the funeral directors with funeral services and burials. She enjoys working with the staff of the funeral home as well as meeting the families that the funeral home serves.

  • Cecil Melancon

    Cecil Melancon, Funeral Attendant

  • Adam Chouest

    Adam Chouest, Funeral Attendant

  • Vincent Hollier

    Vincent Hollier, Funeral Director