History & Staff
Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.
Customized Care Since 1994
Loyless Funeral Homes is a full-service, privately-owned funeral home serving families throughout Pasco, Hillsborough, Hernando, Pinellas, and Polk counties. Throughout our history, we have taken great pride in our ability to serve each family with the individual attention and highly personalized services they deserve.
Because we believe families shouldn't have to pay a fortune for the finest funeral care, we also offer affordable prices without sacrificing quality. After all, every life deserves celebrating. We strive to meet the needs of every family by maintaining reasonable pricing while offering a variety of traditional, contemporary, and basic burial or cremation options.
An Incomparable Staff
The Loyless Funeral Homes staff is made up of some of the most compassionate and knowledgeable experts in the funeral industry. Our caring professionals will guide you through every step of the decision-making process and help you create a customized service that reflects your loved one’s unique life. Whether you need help planning an immediate service or require assistance with pre-planning, our superior staff is here for you—and we promise to treat your family like part of ours.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. Our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
John E. Loyless
Founder / Funeral Director / Embalmer / Certified Life Celebrant
Senior Funeral Director / Embalmer / Certified Life Celebrant and FDIC
Anthony grew up in the Carrollwood/Citrus Park area, graduating from Sickles High School in 2001. He played baseball and continues to enjoy outdoor activities including boating, fishing, camping, and barbecues with family and friends. He currently lives in Land O’ Lakes with his wife, Jamie, son, Mason and 150-pound Great Dane, Anubis.
Anthony graduated from St. Petersburg College with a degree in funeral services. He has various licenses and certifications through the State of Florida to include, Funeral Director, Embalmer, Certified Life Celebrant, and Certified Cremationist. He is currently the Funeral Director in Charge of the Loyless- Land O’ Lakes Chapel. What he finds most satisfying about working with Loyless Funeral Home is that his ‘work family’ is always supportive and willing to put others’ needs first. “In an industry that is always evolving, it is important to let my family’s know of all the different options that are available to customize a personalized and meaningful service.”
Funeral Director / Embalmer / Certified Life Celebrant
Dawn Cox relocated to Florida in 1992 to serve families in the Tampa Bay area. She earned her Bachelor of Mortuary Science at CCMS, Ohio. Dawn is a Florida licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer and a Certified Life Celebrant.
Funeral Director / Embalmer
Yvette is a third generation funeral director whose passion has always been serving families. She has been a licensed funeral director since 1982 and moved to Florida and obtained her Florida Funeral Director/Embalmer license in 1997. She is married to a funeral director and has 2 daughters and 3 step-children and 7 step-grandchildren.
Tesa Morton has been with Loyless Funeral Homes since 2014. She came aboard not knowing anything about the funeral business, but quickly learned that her experience serving in church ministry loving and helping people was the quality that counted at Loyless Funeral Home.
She was born and raised in Maryland and relocated to the Tampa area in 2005. Tesa has been married to her husband, Tim for more than 25 years and they have three children and one granddaughter. She enjoys spending time with family, taking cruises and visiting Disney with her granddaughter.
Jamie was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and moved to Land O’ Lakes in 2012. Jamie is married to her husband, Anthony and they have one son Mason. She enjoys spending time with her family, while boating, cruising and camping.
Alissa Mitchell was born on August 16, 1994 in Tampa, Florida. Throughout her childhood, Alissa had many different aspirations of possible careers, including marine biologist and optometrist. She always knew from a young age that whatever occupation she chose, she wanted to help people in both an emotional and spiritual way. It wasn't until she graduated from high school that she discovered her calling was in grief counseling and death care, and she chose the funeral industry.
She is currently a student at St. Petersburg College in Pinellas Park, Florida, seeking an AS degree in Funeral Directing and Embalming, and has been a full time administrator (and occasional service attendant) with Loyless Funeral Homes since May of 2017. In her spare time, Alissa enjoys singing karaoke, bullet journaling, practicing yoga, going to the beach, cosplaying at local conventions and Ren Faires, and attending church with her little sister.
Advance Planning Specialist