Over 60 Years of Exceptional Service

With more than 60 years of combined experience, Southern Funeral Care's expert staff is committed to providing the community's families with the most compassionate funeral service available. Our professional funeral directors walk grieving families through every step of the funeral process, all while offering them a comforting shoulder to lean on. We strive to provide nothing short of the most considerate care to every family who walks through our door.


Meet Our Owners

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Kevin Talbert Director/Owner

Kevin Talbert was born in Fort Lauderdale and has lived in the Brandon area since he was two years old. The son of Dick and Raymetta Stowers, funeral home owners, he was just in junior high when he started assisting his father with odd jobs around his funeral home. Kevin attended Mercer University and earned a degree in Mortuary Science. He served at his father's funeral home until 2002, when he joined Mark Vargo, Sr. at a local funeral home in Riverview. Kevin and Mark took ownership of Southern Funeral Care in May 2006. Kevin is a member of the Brandon Rotary '86 Club and a Board Member of the Brandon Y.M.C.A. Kevin is proud to continue his family's tradition of serving the Brandon community with unsurpassed funeral care.

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Mark C. Vargo, Sr. Director/Owner

Born in Valdosta, Georgia, Mark C. Vargo, Sr., has lived in Brandon for most of his life. A 1976 graduate of Brandon High School, Mark earned a degree in funeral service at Miami Dade Community College and has serviced the Riverview/Brandon and Tampa Bay area for over 40 years. Very active in the local community, he is a deacon and member at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Riverview, Brandon Masonic Lodge #114, F. & A.M., Tampa Scottish Rite, Sun City Center Scottish Rite Club, Egypt Temple Shrine, Past President Brandon Shrine Club, Showmen’s Shrine Club, Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon, Brandon Elk's Lodge, Past President of Brandon Old-Timers Association, Past President Hillsborough County Umpire's Association and former Deputy Umpire-in-Chief of West Central Florida ASA.

Kevin Talbert

Director/Owner
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Kevin Talbert was born in Fort Lauderdale and has lived in the Brandon area since he was two years old. The son of Dick and Raymetta Stowers, funeral home owners, he was just in junior high when he started assisting his father with odd jobs around his funeral home. Kevin attended Mercer University and earned a degree in Mortuary Science. He served at his father's funeral home until 2002, when he joined Mark Vargo, Sr. at a local funeral home in Riverview. Kevin and Mark took ownership of Southern Funeral Care in May 2006. Kevin is a member of the Brandon Rotary '86 Club and a Board Member of the Brandon Y.M.C.A. Kevin is proud to continue his family's tradition of serving the Brandon community with unsurpassed funeral care.

Mark C. Vargo, Sr.

Director/Owner
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Born in Valdosta, Georgia, Mark C. Vargo, Sr., has lived in Brandon for most of his life. A 1976 graduate of Brandon High School, Mark earned a degree in funeral service at Miami Dade Community College and has serviced the Riverview/Brandon and Tampa Bay area for over 40 years. Very active in the local community, he is a deacon and member at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Riverview, Brandon Masonic Lodge #114, F. & A.M., Tampa Scottish Rite, Sun City Center Scottish Rite Club, Egypt Temple Shrine, Past President Brandon Shrine Club, Showmen’s Shrine Club, Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon, Brandon Elk's Lodge, Past President of Brandon Old-Timers Association, Past President Hillsborough County Umpire's Association and former Deputy Umpire-in-Chief of West Central Florida ASA.