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The Rev. Dr. Jonathan McPherson, co-owner of Scott-McPherson Funeral Home in Fairfield, said, “Rather than getting better, our community is getting worse. We wonder what would the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. think about this violence.” Annie Bushelon Holt, who owns the Bushelon Funeral Home Inc. in West End, said her establishment can be considered a ministry and she often quotes scripture to the bereaved. “You feel sorry for the families and you take their problems home with you,” Holt said. READ MORE Source: By Nathan Turner Jr. and Solomon Crenshaw Jr. • Birmingham Times
TIME TO HANG UP THE CLEATS…
Happy to announce that I will be doing neurosurgery residency at MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL/HARVARD!! God’s good. #Match2017 #2% A post shared by Myron Rolle (@myronlrolle) on Mar 17, 2017 at 10:41am PDT Rolle, 30, played three seasons as a defensive back for the Seminoles, graduating early in 2008. He deferred an NFL career for a year to earn a master’s degree in medical anthropology at Oxford. Read More
A SEAT AT THE TABLE
BRING US TOGETHER
Shirley Chisholm once said of her unsuccessful presidential bid, “I ran because somebody had to do it first.” The 37th stamp in the Black Heritage series features a painting of Chisholm by artist Robert Shetterly. According to SmithSonianMag.com, Although dismissed at the time, Shirley Chisholm was a Presidential candidate of considerable substance and experience. She’d served for years in the New York State Assembly and had a strong, loyal base of support in Brooklyn. As a member of Congress, she fought for programs like Head Start, school lunches and food stamps. She was one of only 19 Representatives willing to hold hearings on the Vietnam War. And she was a founding member of both the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Women’s Caucus. According to CastSheet.com, Chisholm served seven terms representing the Brooklyn-based 12th Congressional District and was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971. She also spent four years in the New York State Legislature and worked as an educator. She earned a master’s degree in elementary education at Columbia and was authority on early education and child welfare. After leaving Washington, she taught politics and women’s studies at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and Spelman College […]
A LOOK BACK IN HISTORY
SHE MADE HISTORY IN 18 HOURS!
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – By now you may have seen or at least heard of the new movie “Hidden Figures.” It tells the story of three African American woman who helped engineer America’s space program despite facing racial and gender biases back in the 60’s. But, did you know that Arkansas has our own version of this story? It belongs to the determined, confident, gifted, effervescent, and irrepressible Raye Montague. Her story begins with a submarine smaller than the one you see docked in North Little Rock. It was a German submarine that was captured off the Carolina coastline. Soon after it was captured the submarine was put on tour across the country. That’s when the seven-year-old Montague saw it in Little Rock with her grandfather. “And I looked through the periscope and saw all these dials and mechanisms and I said to the guy, ‘What do you have to know to do this,’” Montague recalled. “He said, ‘Oh, you’d have to be an engineer, but you don’t have to worry about that.’” While that was an insult to her, the man at the submarine didn’t know Montague had a strong mother. Montague remembers her mother telling her that […]
Katherine Johnson Who: Johnson, born in White Sulfur Springs, W.V., began high school when she was just 10 years old, graduating at 14 and going on to finish her B.S. in mathematics and French by the time she was 18 from West Virginia State University. When: She began working for the then National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) — now NASA — in 1953, well before the modern computer existed. Johnson and the other women hired to measure and calculate wind tunnel test results “had the job title of ‘computer’ [and] during World War II, the NACA expanded this effort to include African-American women.” Eventually, she actually made it possible for Alan Shepard and John Glenn to go to space. Dorothy Vaughan Who: Born in 1910 in Kansas City, Missouri, Vaughan graduated at 19-years-old from Wilberforce University — a college founded in 1865 as “one of the destination points of [the] railroad” when the Ohio Underground Railroad was established. When: Vaughan began her work in 1943 before eventually being “moved into the area of electronic computing when the first (non-human) computers were introduced at NACA.” Mary Jackson Who: Jackson grew up in Hampton, Va., where she was born in 1921, receiving her Bachelor’s degrees in 1942 […]
SUPER BOWL HISTORY MAKING ERA!
Doug Williams made double history in 1988 being the first African-American quarterback ever to start in a NFL league championship game and the first to win a Super Bowl. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Williams was drafted in the first round (17th overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft, chosen by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of Grambling State University. He led the Bucs to three playoff appearances and one NFC title game from 1979 to 1982. His 31-34-1 regular season record, and 1-3 playoff record made him the best quarterback in Buc history. The Bucs, who had never been to the playoffs before Williams arrived, had gone to the playoffs three times in four years and played in the 1979 NFC Championship Game. Williams improved his completion percentage each year with the Bucs, but was regarded as the heart and soul of the team, and the driving force behind the winning. However, during his tenure in Tampa, Williams was only paid $120,000 a year—far and away the lowest salary for a starting quarterback in the league, and behind 12 backups. After the 1982 season, Williams asked for a $600,000 contract. Bucs owner Hugh Culverhouse refused to budge from his initial offer of $400,000 despite protests […]
Michelle Obama Michelle LaVaughn Robinson-Obama was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1964. Her father Frasher Robinson,III was a city water plant employee. Her mother Marian Shields Robinson was a full time homemaker until Michelle entered high school became a secretary at Spiegels catalog store. She is one of two, with a brother named Craig Robinson. In 1981 she graduated from Whitney M. Young Manget High School and continued her education at Princeton University and finished at Harvard Law School in 1988. After graduating from Harvard, she was an associate at the Chicago office of the law firm Sidley & Austin, where she first met her Barack. At the firm, she worked on marketing and intellectual property. She continues to hold her law license, but as she no longer needs it for her work, it has been on a voluntary inactive status since 1993. She married President Barack Obama in October of 1992 and have two daughters, Malia Ann and Natasha (aka Sasha). In 1991, she held public sector positions in the Chicago city government as an Assistant to the Mayor, and as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development. In 1993, she became Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public […]
HONORABLE REV. DR. VANDROTH BACKUS, SR.
Florence World War II veteran Rev. Dr. Vandroth Backus, Sr.,91, received a full military burial, with honors, on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at the Florence National Cemetery. Rev. Backus was one of more than 20,000 African Americans who joined the Marines during World War II. He trained at Montford Point Camp in North Carolina before the U.S. armed forces were desegregated. In 2012, the 368 surviving members of this group were honored during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Dr. Backus was the first black policeman in the City of Florence since reconstruction. He also served as an educator in the Darlington Public School System for 14 years and worked for Morris College, his alma mater, for many years. Dr. Backus served his country during World War II and the Korean War. He is the pastor and founder of Monumental Baptist Church in Florence. Dr. Backus is married to Florence Smith Backus and they are parents to three children. View Source
BLACK WALL STREET
Black America’s most eminent historian Dr. John Hope Franklin often told his students that the past is prologue to the future. His message was essentially a lesson for all of us to examine our history and connect it to our present day lives. Using his aphorism as the method for my research to write my first novel Fires of Greenwood: The Tulsa Riots of 1921, I found that there are many similarities between the successes of Black Americans in the business world today and the accomplishments of an earlier generation in what became known as Black Wall Street. Though the White rioters’ envy and terrorism of the Black Mecca in Tulsa claimed 300 Black lives and left 9,000 others homeless, out of the Greenwood area of Tulsa emerged a great legacy of success. Today, businessmen and women walk in the shadow of those early pioneers who, only fifty years after emancipation, built a self-sustaining community. Read more at EBONY
FAREWELL MR. PRESIDENT
From YES WE CAN to YES WE DID! Making history as the first African-American president of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama II was first inaugurated on January 20, 2009. Also making history as the first president being born outside the contiguous United States. He was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008. After being re-elected in 2012, President Obama final term will come to an end, effective January 20, 2017 at 9:00am. According to the White House – His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others. President Obama and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Michelle Obama is the ONLY First Lady in American history to hold two Ivy League degrees. “My desire for this country is that we remain hopeful and that we find a place in our hearts to love each other.” – Michelle Obama Next Page
South Carolina Funeral Home Re-Opens
South Carolina | Great News for the community of Darlington in Lee County of South Carolina. According to Mr. Justin Mack, the funeral home is re-opening continuing the legacy Hubert Kenneth “HK” Boatwright. Congratulations to the new owner/manager Mr. Jeffery B Johnson. “HK” Boatwright departed his life on Monday, December 21, 2015, at his residence after a brief illness, the Sumpter Item reported. He was the proprietor of Boatwright Funeral Home of Bishopville and Boatwright’s Chapel on Main of Darlington. The funeral home is due to re-open on December 15, 2016.
SCOTT’S FUNERAL HOME
The Scott’s Legacy Richmond, Virginia | In 1910 a young man by the name of Robert C. Scott, felt the need to provide a funeral service establishment of higher caliber to his community. At the age of 22 he founded the Robert C. Scott Funeral Home. The partnership was operated as Lewis and Scott as Undertakers in Richmond, Virginia, in the city’s “Bird-in-Hand” community, in the valley below Church Hill. Robert C. Scott was one of the first African American embalmers, holding a #75 license in Virginia. His success lead to his firm growing rapidly compliments to his service of excellence in the business. Funeral services have come a long way in its development in the 97 years the firm has been operating. The first transportation facilities of the firm were made up of horse drawn vehicles. Scott was the first operator of a funeral establishment to convert to total motorized equipment in the city in the early teen years. This progressive pioneering spirit characterized the founder and his firm. It was the first firm to operate branches in various sections of the city. At one time in its history, the firm operated our branches, or Neighborhood Chapels,” as they […]
Newsweek | An Arlington, Vermont–based company called Cremation Solutions offers, among a number of more traditional urns and keepsakes, the ability to stuff one’s ashes in a disembodied head made in your image. Think a cyberpunk Pharaoh Khafra. The process is simple. Customers send in a photo of their face, and the company scans it, creates a 3-D model and then 3-D-prints an 11-inch polymer head (with an optional wig) and mounts it on a hollowed-out marble base, inside of which ashes can be stored. It costs a mere $2,600. Strangely, the site uses Barack Obama’s head as an example. And what’s with the Obama head? It turns out it was a practical joke. “[The ThatsMyFace.com people] have a weird sense of humor. I wanted to get a nice sample, to display at funeral conventions and things. They were gonna do a George Clooney head for me,” Staab says. “When I opened the box, it’s Obama’s head.” Staab says. “But it wasn’t even my idea. I’d rather have a George Clooney head.” Newsweek, THE STRANGE AND BURGEONING MARKET OF NOVELTY URNS
WHAT KILLED THOMAS FORD?
What Killed Thomas Ford? According to media outlets Tommy died in an Atlanta hospital after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen. The CDC reports that abdominal aortic aneurysms are more common in men and among people aged 65 years and older. Abdominal aortic aneurysms are less common among blacks compared with whites. Thomas Ford was a black male, 52 years of age and did not fall in the category of what is common among people to experience this type of sudden death. Aneurysms is a leading cause of death. The American Heart Association states that an estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm, or 1 in 50 people alone. That is not including the different types of Aortic Aneurysms not to mention, aneurysms can happen in any part of the body at any time. However, the most common are: Aortic aneurysm: occurs in the major artery from the heart Cerebral aneurysm: occurs in the brain Popliteal artery aneurysm: occurs in the leg behind the knee Mesenteric artery aneurysm: occurs in the intestine Splenic artery aneurysm: occurs in an artery in the spleen Aneurysms can develop slowly over many years and often have no symptoms. An aneurysm occurring near the […]
DYNAMIC SERVICE: SHULER’S MEMORIAL CHAPEL
Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler and her team is known for delivering excellent service and an outstanding experience. Thunderous testimonials are heard throughout the communities in which Shuler’s serve. She promises people peace in the midst of distress, comfort when your heart is aching and security at a time of turmoil. Dr. Carey-Shuler is the owner/CEO of Shuler’s Memorial Chapel, Inc., a family-owned business, located in Delray Beach and Mangonia Park, Florida. The business was founded in 1985 by her late husband, James Lamar Shuler. Dr. Shuler holds a B.A. degree from Florida A&M University, a Master’s degree from Ohio State University, a Specialist degree from the University of Miami and a Doctorate degree from the University of Florida. She served as a public school teacher, a university professor, an assistant superintendent for Dade County Public Schools, and held one of the most powerful positions in the region as chairperson of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for outstanding service and received major appointments to prestigious national, state and local boards and committees by U.S. Presidents and state governors, as well as hundreds of honors and awards by local groups. The Late Mr. James Lamar […]
DONATING YOUR BODY FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH
Each year, an estimated up to 15,000 Americans donate their whole body, after death, to medical facilities throughout the country to be used in medical research projects, anatomy lessons and surgical practice. Without the assistance of human body donations after death, you would not have the medical advancements that you see today. Whole body donations supports research on diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, dementia, diabetes, Parkinson’s, heart and neurological conditions. In addition, body donations may contribute to the development of life saving drugs, the creation of new surgical implant devices and the education of the next generation of healthcare professionals. Programs are at no cost to the family for arranging body donations neither will you receive monetary gain for donating. After use of the body, these facilities then provide free cremation. if accepted along with other options based on the institution in which you are accepted and chose to donate. Your family won’t be paid: Federal law prohibits buying bodies. Organ donors excluded: Most programs require that you donate your whole body in its entirety and not just organs. Funeral services are not covered: Most programs will allow your family to conduct any final services they wish before taking custody […]
AUTOPSY: DISSECTION OF ABDOMEN
Which of these could be a consideration in this case? A.Cancer B.Ruptured ectopic (tubal) pregnancy. C.Ruptured aorta D. Severe inflammation of the lining of the bowel (peritonitis) with dead bowel (bowel infarction) Solution: “This is a difficult case. All are possible. Some basic principles: ***Ruptures tend to be sudden (acute) but if the anatomy is complicated, blood can accumulate more slowly. An example would be rupture of the aorta into the deep soft tissue rather directly than into the abdominal cavity. So B and C are possible starting points to consider. ***Thickened tissue (as you see in the upper right — @ about 33 seconds in the video) suggests, for example, cancer or scarring or an inflammatory process. So A & D are possible.” – @AutopsyChicago
WRONGFUL DEATH CASE: RECOVERING FUNERAL EXPENSES
When someone dies due to the fault of another person or entity, claims can be brought against a wide variety of persons, companies, government agencies, and employees in a wrongful death lawsuit. Some examples of claims may be filed for including but not limited to: 18 Wheeler, Automobile, Buses, Trains, Motorcycle and Airplane Accidents; Construction Site Accidents; Manufacturers of Defective Products; It can be emotionally distressful and take an enormous toll on family members when a loved one dies. It can also cause extreme financial hardship. In each state, the law allows means to ease that financial burden when a person or entity is legally responsible for causing the deceased person’s death. A wrongful death lawsuit seeks compensation for the survivors’ loss, such as lost wages from the deceased, lost companionship, and funeral expenses. Do you have a case? If you have loss a loved one due to wrongful death and you are unsure if you have a case, get a free case evaluation by contacting the #1 Trusted Attorneys for Serious Injury and Wrongful Death Cases at (866) 491-2130, email email@example.com or visit www.twlglawyers.com. It is important that you contact the Witherspoon Law Group immediately in order to successfully […]
6 NEWEST AFRICAN-AMERICAN FUNERAL HOMES
Several black business owners made historical marks within the year with Grand Openings of their new funeral home. Help us to congratulate and support these African-American funeral providers: Pottstown, Pa – 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia, Ervina White Beauford Funeral Service, PC held it’s Grand Opening celebration for newest location while also celebrating 10 years of service. Congratulations to Ervina White Beauford-Bennett and Robert L. Bennett of Philadelphia! Neptune, New Jersey – Steven S. Lawson cut the ribbon in March 2016 for the grand opening of Lawson Funeral Home. Mr. Lawson purchased the building in 2015 which was previously known as building which housed the “Flock Funeral Home” at 243 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ. Mansfield, Texas – A city with a population of over 60,000 welcomed it’s newest black owned funeral home owner, CEO Christie K. Redmon in the August of 2016 with a grand opening ceremony held in September, 2016. With a beautiful facility in Mansfield, Texas. Crawford, Georgia – In the small city of Crawford where the population is almost 30% black, Barrett Funeral Home – Oglethorpe Chapel held it’s grand opening in June of 2016. A full service funeral home specializing in a host of services is […]
THE TREE OF LIFE?
Although a very tough topic for a table discussion, very few people are comfortable talking about pre-planning for final arrangements. What if you you change your perspective? Instead of planning to die you plan to live again…. your very own “Tree of Life”. Would that start a discussion? Most of time when one plans to live again, they think of the after life. However, there are innovative ways being formed seeking funding to incorporate greener alternatives to benefit the earth. There are 100% biodegradable urns available and more so underway, fully biodegradable burials for bodies. While currently outlawed in some countries, “green” or “natural” burials are legal in all US states. What Is a Green Burial? Green burial is a set of body preparation, funeral and burial practices that allow a body to decompose naturally. Body preparation is 100% free of chemicals, preservatives, or additives. Will the eventually become the preferred way to achieve life after death? To make a coffin, a tree must be cut down. Green burial techniques like Bios Urn and Capsula Mundi methods turns that memorial dead grave into a trees of life. Capsula Mundi, where the human body is put back into […]
CUT THE RIBBON!
Mansfield, TX | The city of Mansfield welcomed a new full service funeral home to the city in August of 2016. A ribbon cutting ceremony presented by Mansfield Minority Chamber of Commerce on Sunday, September 18, 2016 for the Mansfield Funeral Home. Cutting the ribbon with CEO Christie K. Redmond and COO Shelia Hollaway. Congratulations! Mansfield Funeral Home 1556 Heritage Pkwy Mansfield, TX 76063 817.453.3009 “Serving in the Spirit of Excellence”
STRONG & JONES FUNERAL HOME
Strong & Jones Funeral Home, Inc. Tallahassee, FL – In the early 1940s, Mr. Thomas Strong purchased the Mitchell Funeral Home, located a the south east corner of West Carolina and Copeland Streets from Reverend Williams Mitchell. The original building is in corporate into the modern present-day structure known as Strong & Jones Funeral Home, Inc. Mr. Thomas Strong and his wife, Mrs. Mamie Johnson Simmons Strong met a young funeral director in business in Quincy, Florida named Elbert W. Jones. Their friendship developed and from time to time, they would assist each other in business. Mr. Strong’s sudden death in 1947 left Mrs. Strong alone to continue the funeral business. A new funeral director was needed and Mrs. Strong offered the position to Elbert W. Jones. For a short period thereafter, the business was known as the Elbert W. Jones Funeral Home. Through prayer and personal community service, the business began to flourish. On September 1, 1947, Elbert W. Jones purchased half of the business, and the partnership of Mamie J. Strong and Jones, merged into one big happy family. The Strong family members included: Mamie J. Strong; one son, Robert C. Strong, who became a licensed funeral director […]
MENDING HEARTS FOUNDATION
Mending Hearts Foundation Missouri & Illinois – Daily a loss of a loved one occurs. Daily someone, somewhere needs hope. Their back is totally against the wall and they are left with so many emotions that leave their heart ripped into pieces. Life events leads to one emotional rollercoaster ride after another. A lot of people have been there, however often times HELP is unavailable. People often turn to GoFund me campaigns to make final arrangement for their love one. Most funeral homes encourages one to prepare by preplanning. The truth of the matter is no one is hardly acceptable with making final arrangements for their own funeral. While it may not be as popular it is as needed. Pre-planning will save your family in many ways if or when tragedy strikes. Not all funeral home owners start non-profits. Nor do all funeral home owners have a deeper concern to reach their community. Founder, Gerald T. Johnson, formed the community based organization to deliver a combination of services at no cost to the general public in the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan area. It is just one of the ways that Mr. Johnson pours back into the community. The Mending Hearts Foundation includes Hardship Financial Assistance for funeral services, Grief […]
East Texas | Jared C White was born to the parentage of the late JC and Mae Lois Tudman-White. Affectionately known to family and friends as JC, he was reared in Mount Pleasant, where he attended Vivian Fowler Elementary, PE Wallace Middle, and Mount Pleasant High Schools. Always active throughout his high school years, he excelled in football. While growing up, JC worked with his father in their family owned Construction business. He is not, nor has he ever been a stranger to hard work. He adapted to the business and worked with the crew on large and small jobs throughout the city and throughout the East Texas area. Following graduation from High School in 1996, he enrolled in Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas where he received a scholarship for his football abilities. After one year at TVCC, he transferred to Texas A&M University at Commerce where he obtained his Bachelors in Business Administration. During his junior year at East Texas State, his father became ill. This prompted a daily commute from Commerce to Mount Pleasant, in which JC assisted his father in keeping their business afloat. Prior to graduating in December 2000, he enrolled in the Dallas […]
RUFFIN & JARRETT
Arkansas | In 1946 Rose Ruffin, cousin of Eunice Reed, and W.L Jarrett established Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home in North Little Rock, Arkansas. In the mid 1970s, the funeral home was moved to its current Little Rock location. Since its founding, Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home has been family owned and operated. Today, Mrs. Eunice Reed still owns and operates Ruffin and Jarrett along side her daughter, Deborah Reed Sheffield, who is a full partner with her mother. This family has been dedicated to faithfully and professionally serving the needs of central Arkansas families for well over 60 years…..and counting! At Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home they know that families have many funeral service providers and options available to them. As one of Arkansas’s most modern, trusted, and progressive funeral homes, they offer a wide range of services to accommodate the needs, wishes, and desires of every family. Those options include the traditional visitation and burial services, cremation alternatives or immediate burial. It is their obligation to help you select the best option to meet your family’s needs. As an independent Family Owned and Operated Funeral Home, Ruffin and Jarrett is proud of the services they offer: On-site chaples for […]
California | Harris-Ross Mortuary is leading in the funeral home industry serving California in four locations. Our reputation in the community elevates each year with quality service our families expect.” – Harris-Ross Mortuary The mission at Harrison-Ross Mortuary is service with dignity, dedication, and respect for all people in their time of need. Whether you select a modest service or custom ceremony to celebrate the life of your loved one, you can be sure that Harrison-Ross Mortuary is ready to assist you in your time of need. For three generations, the professional and caring staff at Harrison-Ross Mortuary has been carrying out the personal wishes of families in our community – the people who are our neighbors and friends. As a family owned and operated funeral home establishment, they are proud of the quality service, experience and personal attention we devote to every family. Their attention to your needs is what has set Harrison-Ross Mortuary apart since 1948. All at Harrison-Ross Mortuary are dedicated to providing you compassion, professionalism, and dignity. They focus on meeting the individual needs of your family in an effort to help lighten the burden of the present and foster a sincere hope for the future. […]
W.T. SHUMAKE & DAUGHTERS
Kentucky | In 1972, they partnered with Mrs. Martha Hughes and became the Hughes & Shumake Funeral Home located in the Parkland community. After the partnership dissolved, in 1974, they were incorporated as Shumake Funeral Home in the state of Kentucky. In 1975, to further expand our services to the public, they envisioned opening a funeral home in the Newburg area and put the plan in motion. The dream of husband and wife team Rev. William T. and Doris H. Shumake after looking around the area purchased the property at 3815 Newburg Road and the vision started becoming a reality. Traditionally, funeral home establishments were all located in the downtown area. A very limited number of establishments were found in the suburbs. Their motto, “We’re Here Because We Care” has been the cornerstone for this business. Proudly on April 4, 1981, the doors opened, and remain open to serve all families. At present, W.T. Shumake & Daughters Funeral Home is the only “& daughters” establishment in the state. In 1997, the W.T. Shumake & Daughters Funeral Home underwent a major renovation to better serve the needs of the diverse families it serves. This family owned and operated full service funeral home prides itself […]
ADKINS-DRAIN FUNERAL HOME
In 1962, Samuel Drain began to pursue his work in funeral service and in 1967, became a licensed Funeral Director. In 1967, a partnership was formed and Samuel became part owner of a funeral business rooted in Wilmington, N. C. and the surrounding area. Eleven years later, in 1978,he purchased Adkins Funeral Home and as sole owner, changed the name to Adkins-Drain Funeral Service. Prior to her passing, his wife Allene, also worked with families as Funeral Director. Their daughter, Connie, returned to Wilmington in 2004, to work with her parents in their funeral business. She is a graduate of Hampton University and the University of the District of Columbia, School of Mortuary Science. As a licensed Funeral Director, she manages operations, consults on pre-planning, arranges and directs funeral services and provides emotional support and personal care to families. Source: Our Story
GERALD T. JOHNSON
St. Louis | Following the death of Johnson’s grandfather, Alvin Hall Sr. on April 1, 1995, his family lacked the financial resources to bury him the way Johnson thought was appropriate and honorable. “Our family didn’t have a lot at the time and it showed,” he recalled. The following year, his family faced the situation again when his grandmother, Era Hall, died on January 18, 1996. Although “we were in a little better financial shape,” burying his grandmother was still a struggle for the family. It was in those times of personal grief and mourning, and a desire to respectfully honor his grandparents that Johnson’s “ministry of service” for those who don’t have a lot of money was birthed. “I became more driven to be an owner when my grandparents died,” he said. After 11 years working in the funeral business and learning the trade, in 2004, Johnson opened the doors to Serenity Memorial Chapel at 3416 West Main Street in Belleville, IL. In 2011 he stepped out on faith to expand the business by opening the doors of a second location, this time in Missouri at 3620 Chippewa Street. Johnson then decided to name the new location Serenity […]
WOMEN IN FUNERAL SERVICE
When I started mortuary school in March of 2003, I had only attended two funerals up to that point. One month after graduation in February of the following year, I received a job offer at a local funeral home. It was baptism by fire. After the first month, I was overwhelmed and drowning in a sea of uncertainty. Those were the longest thirty days of my life. The work took a physical and emotional toll. I was crying at services and grieving with families. I lost my appetite. I slept thirteen hours a night and woke exhausted in the morning. Things were going downhill fast. I was lost and confused. I knew this was what I was supposed to be doing. I also knew this was not the way I was supposed to be doing it. Death and dying is shrouded in mystery. It does not become any less mysterious for those of us who are enthralled in a daily confrontation with it. Funeral Directors have many different reasons why they choose their profession. I generally see five main reasons. For some, the mystery surrounding death serves as bait to reel them into the profession. Some accredit their passion for […]
BARRETT FUNERAL HOME
Crawford, Georgia | Grand opening of Barrett Funeral Home – Oglethorpe Chaplet at 1064 Athens Road in Crawford, Georgia was held on June 18, 2016. Totally renovated to serve the surrounding areas, owners Quentin and Stephanie Barrett’s goal is to offer “Service From The Heart.” Source: Online Athens
BROWN’S FUNERAL HOME
South Carolina | The loss of a loved one can leave you with many unanswered questions, feelings of stress, anxiety, and grief. The experienced staff of Brown’s Funeral Home, Inc. will guide you through all the difficult and challenging aspects of funeral planning with compassion, dignity, respect, and love. A team of dedicated professionals is available to assist your unique needs. Eugene J. Brown “E. J.”, a native of Camden, South Carolina graduated from American Academy of Embalming and Mortuary Research in New York June 13, 1948. Brown’s Funeral Home was established on June 11, 1949, rendering service to Kershaw and surrounding counties along with his son Eugene B. Brown and daughter Shirley L. Brown. Mr. Brown passed away on November 20, 1996. Continuing his legacy is his son, Minister Eugene B. Brown. “E.B” was licensed on August 24, 1984 as a Licensed Funeral Director. Brown’s Funeral Home continues to be an anchor in the Camden community and maintaining it’s motto, “It’s Not the Age of a Man Business, but the Service He Renders That Counts.” Read More
THANKS A LOT!
Des Moines, Iowa | Henderson’s Highland Park Funeral Home Donna obtained her license initially in Atlanta, GA and worked as lead funeral director and office manager for Alfonso Dawson’s Mortuary. She returned to Des Moines in 2002 and became licensed in Iowa. She has owned Henderson’s Funeral Service since 2002 and works with her husband Walt. They have 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Donna is a Deaconess in her church and stays active with community functions. She loves reading, drawing and listening to music. “While attending a funeral in Des Moines, someone asked me about moving home. I said “NOPE, Thanks a lot!” They persisted and I eventually moved my family across the country for an amazing offer to run a funeral home whichI purchased four years later. The new kids on the block are now leaders in funeral service in Iowa.” Helping hurting families is a ministry for the Henderson’s. Read More
Irvington, NJ | Tune into the Community Service “Funeral Talk” on Youtube with Funeral Home owner Betty Hill, Licensed Funeral Director at Garden Hill Directors. Its’ their way of providing families with general information for questions they have about funerals. The objective is to provide them with the information they need so that they can make the best decisions for their loved one. We answer and provide them free resources to information. Learn more about Garden Hill Funeral Directors on next page:
“A ministry to care for families in a time of need.” Baltimore, MD | Vaughn Greene Funeral Services, P.A. serves the communities of the Baltimore metropolitan area. With humble beginnings in 1996, Vaughn Greene created and shaped a funeral organization that rivals the competition and would set a new standard in funeral care. With the mission, to compassionately deliver high quality, uniquely distinct funeral services to families in times of loss, Vaughn Greene Funeral Services, P.A. become the hallmark to shape and ultimately catapult the Company to four (4) locations in the span of a few years. Vaughn Greene Funeral Services is a full-service, minority-owned funeral organization. Their Company has been leading the industry in service to thousands of families across three states. Clients look to them for the highest level of distinguished service and compassionate care. In all aspects of the funeral process, they continue to strive to be the absolute best and are very honored to help preserve our client’s legacy for future generations. Learn More
E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home
Cleveland, Ohio | E. F. Boyd & Son, Inc., one of the oldest African-American funeral homes in the Cleveland area, began in 1905. Elmer F. Boyd entered one of the few professions open to Blacks at the turn of the 20th century. He opened his business following graduation from Clark’s College of Embalming in Cincinnati, Ohio (now the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science). After passing the state examination, Mr. Boyd opened an office on Central Avenue in the fall of 1905. It was known as the E. F. Boyd Funeral Parlor. He took on a partner, Lewis J. Dean, and officially opened in 1906; their initial establishment was described as “a combination funeral parlor and haber-dashery”. In 1911, Dean left the business and Boyd with his wife, Cora, continued, moving the business to 2544 Central Avenue. By 1919, he moved his operation to 2276 E. 43rd Street. During the early 1930’s, Elmer was also joined in the business by his son, William F. With his business beginning to prosper, Elmer and Cora purchased the present headquarters location, 2165 E. 89th Street, in 1938. This site had formerly been the Slaughter Brothers Funeral Home. Along with that purchase, Boyd changed the […]
The J.W. Woodward Funeral Home
South Carolina | In 1916, J.F. Floyd of Floyd Mortuary in Spartanburg suggested that John Woodward and several associates organize a local mortuary for citizens of color. Born in 1873, John Woodward was a farmer whose family originated in Fairfield County, SC. John Woodward spearheaded the efforts to open the mortuary, so it went forward under the sole ownership of John Woodward d/b/a The John W. Woodward Funeral Home. The mortuary was first located on Short Wofford Street in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The mortuary moved to its current location at 594 Howard Street in 1946. The current location formerly housed a hospital for people of color in Spartanburg. John Woodward died in 1947. John Woodward’s son, Lawrence Woodward, moved to Brooklyn, New York and founded the Lawrence H. Woodward Funeral Home. John Woodward’s son, John Stinson Woodward, born 1908, attended the Renard College of Mortuary Science in New York. After graduating, he returned to Spartanburg to serve as owner of The J.W. Woodward Funeral Home, Inc. John Stinson Woodward was the driving force behind The J.W. Woodward Funeral Home for most of his life; up until his physical health prevented him from being so. For more than 75 years, he […]
Gatlings Chapel – The History and the Vision Chicago, Illinois – Vision in many instances is misunderstood because of its capacity for expansion, dreams and fantasies. A vision is a mental image created by the imagination and marked by tendencies towards apparitions, prophecies and/or revelations. Some people see visionaries as dreamers with Impractical ideas because of their utopian foresight, yet the Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Mr. Lafayette Gatling, Sr. held on to an embryonic seed that he conceived as a little boy and the idea was perceived by many as child’s play. It was 1945, during World War II that he challenged at the very tender age of five by the loss of his mother. His father, Raymond Gatling, at the time of his wife’s death, was somewhere in a fox hole in New Guinea fighting for his country. He arrived home six months later to find out about the loss of his wife and his very devastated little boy, although the Red Cross had tried feverishly to find him. Imagine with me how it must have been, for a little mind wrestling with the understanding of life and death….gain and loss….trying all he could […]
FOUCHE’S HUDSON FUNERAL HOME
California | Fouché’s Hudson Funeral Home is a locally owned and operated establishment that has been in business since 1914. They are proud to be the most well-known funeral home in Northern California and to have a long and distinguished reputation within our beloved community. Recognized by the Better Business Bureau and the Bay Area Consumers’ Checkbook as a business of integrity and quality, we provide exceptional service to families in their time of need. Their staff members—some of whom have been with them for decades—are caring, attentive and knowledgeable professionals who treat clients with the utmost sensitivity and respect. Fouché’s Hudson Funeral Home began by primarily serving African-Americans. Today, they reflect not only the change in demographics in the Bay Area, but also the shift in psychographics and the accompanying changes in social attitudes. They are proud and honored to serve people of many diverse cultures, ethnicities and religious beliefs. “Our history and distinguished reputation is our legacy.” – The Fouché’s Hudson Funeral Home motto is heralded throughout the country. Since the passing of Mr. Fouche in 2001, his widow Aloysia Fouche has preserved the legacy that her husband left behind. Through the work of Mr. Fouche, the funeral […]
MARCH FUNERAL HOMES
The March Family It’s been over 50 years since William Carrington and Julia Roberta March began their ministry of funeral service in Baltimore. Their commitment to compassionate care has been the driving force behind what is now the largest independent funeral home on the East Coast. And, together they built a multi-faceted family corporation, Marcorp Limited, which employs over 165 people. “Our family’s intention has always been to enrich the lives of Baltimore families in as many ways as we can. The development of Marcorp Limited has brought much-needed, stable employment opportunities to our area.” ~ Victor C. March William and Julia passed the torch to their children, and dedicated staff back in 1988, having laid the foundation of community service and contribution. Today, the two March Family Funeral Home facilities serve more than 2,000 Baltimore families each year. Long after the funeral the March Family provides continued emotional support to grieving families through their group grief support program, A Time of Sharing. Children who have lost a loved one can get special care through Roberta’s House, where they can find warm companionship of other children in similar circumstances, as well as bereavement counseling. But the work of the […]
Tappahannock, VA | Limiting “Greatness” is impossible. Every time one thinks that he or she can cap it off suddenly becomes mistaken. Because of the constant ever evolving power of greatness to experience an instance at any given moment is priceless. When one has tapped into the source of their being and identified and accepted their call, greatness sets in. Soon to be witnessed without limitations, it paralyzes fear and causes failure to lose its identity. Olander Washington escaped into greatness. One would assume that the hand that he was dealt, would totally take him out. Once you have identified purpose, there is a certain element in life that takes over you. Everyday purpose has a strategic assignment and you have something extraordinary to live for. Despite the obstacles and disappointments, the purpose is always on task summonsing your attention, your drive, your success, demanding that you go the extra mile to get results. To say that Washington has had it easy would be a disgrace. Yet, his ability to find “the needle” in his haystack should serve as an example that pain doesn’t mean failure. Growing up in the funeral home industry, the ends and outs of business were […]
Arthur Reid Jr.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Arthur Reid Jr. began his experience in funeral services in 1956 with Williamson’s Funeral Home. From there he developed skills and knowledge in the business with Bethea Raphael Funeral Home. Arthur Reid Jr. developed a respect and reputation of outstanding service throughout the community. His legacy continued in 1979 with Watkins funeral home, where he served as a Chief Assistant to the Funeral Director. In 1981, Arthur co-founded Reid and Yandell Funeral Home, which eventually became the first Golden Gate Funeral Home in 1986. For seven years, Golden Gate Funeral Home serviced the Milwaukee Community. In 1993, Golden Gate Funeral Home changed to New Golden Gate Funeral Home. Arthur Reid Jr. soon became the sole owner and operator of Reid’s New Golden Gate Funeral Home in 2008. In 2012 Reid’s New Golden Gate Funeral Home opened up its second location at 1910 Taylor Avenue in Racine Wisconsin. In the effort to continually service the needs of our community a third location has been established at 2535 N Teutonia Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As the president and Ceo of Reid’s New Golden Gate Funeral Home, Arthur Reid Jr. influenced the values and set the standards the community recognized for his […]
A. Glen Crawford, III
South Carolina | Setting the record as the youngest State President of the South Carolina Morticians Association in history, this legend is the industry is on fire. He is also the owner of a full service funeral home named SC Crawford Funeral Home. A. Glen Crawford, III is a leader of leaders. His outstanding influence from industry experience is the perfect example on how valuable one can be. Not only does he respond in word, but in deed.
Timothy E. Kitchens
“THE PEOPLES CHOICE OF THE PALM BEACHES” Riviera Beach, FL | Timothy E. Kitchens is the most recent recipient for the Morticians of the Year award from the Florida Morticians Association, Inc. Highly notated for experience and professionalism in the funeral industry. He and the staff members of Timothy E. Kitchens Funeral Home, Inc , understands that each family is unique and knows how to effectively delivery care in the most personal and traditional request. They continue to stress how vital the family needs & request are and of the utmost importance. Offering affordable prices, exceeding expectation with trust! Click here to learn more about Timothy E. Kitchens Funeral Homes, Inc.
A Trusted Name When Caring Counts
Houston, TX (Southern Region) | Death is the important fact of life. The death of someone who is being loved the most by his families and friend leaves them to mourn. At the time, the mourners need someone who contributes to the healing process of mourning. In this context, Troy B. Smith Professional Services is considered to be a trusted name, in Houston, when the demands of care are important. Very few individuals plan for the funeral ceremony for someone they love because they don’t have much information about the professionals who provide services on such critically important subject. Mr. Troy B. Smith is very dedicated in the services provided. His work speaks for itself. He makes the asleep look peaceful giving your family a sound peace of mind during a time of bereavement. Troy B. Smith Professional Services are to contact during your time of bereavement. There is no need to second guest his quality of work. He is also a Bereavement Counselor by nature to his clients. This company lives up to its name “Professional Services.” Thank you for your services -Erica King Exceptional service was provided. They took care of everything. Family and friends complimented me […]
To the Utmost….Royal Funeral Home
Huntsville, Al | It will soon be 100 years that Royal has been revolutionizing the way one perceives funeral services. Their family is your family in the time of need and they go to the extreme to provide superior service to accommodate every need. Currently, in the 3rd generation of the family they are the oldest African-American owned funeral home in the city of Huntsville. Founded in 1918 by Mr. Charles King Binford, the staff continues to take care, the utmost dignity and respect with the desire to meet the needs in one of life most challenging times. Kathy Rice shares a memorable experience, when the experience could have cause even more grief, Royal was there to ease the burden with their pre-planning accommodations. “Royal really worked with us and we were able to do quite a bit of pre-planning that help take so much stress out of a whole experience when making funeral arrangements ” – Kathy Rice “When only memories remain, let them be beautiful.” – Royal Funeral Home You can learn more about Royal Funeral Home now, click here.
From Haiti…Beyond the Grief
USA | From one of the poorest regions in the world, Port-de-Paix, Haiti, was a man with extreme hope. Fred St. Amand Sr., disappointed struggle and proved to be one of the most successful leaders in the world. Moving to New York in search for “better”, working for the United States Federal Reserve Bank was only the beginning of change for Amand. Later, he relocated to the Miami Region where he continued to work for the Federal Reserve Bank. In 1980, he created the Caribbean money transfer agency in Florida – Valparaiso United Services, Inc. Amand did not leave what he knew as “Jean Jean” a memory of struggle. As a trailblazer, he discovered better and included Haiti in his success plan. In 1994 he opened up the first Caribbean-American funeral home, Pax-Villa Funeral Homes, Inc., serving the mass Caribbean population in the tri-county area in 1994. Today Pax-Villa Funeral Homes, Inc have several locations in Florida; a location in New York and one strongly serving in Haiti. There is success beyond grief. Out of the struggle of a poor community was born Fred St. Amand, Sr. Under his leadership Pax-Villa Funeral Homes has experienced incredible growth and is known as one of the premier leading providers of high quality funerals […]
St. Louis Funeral Director ….
“Some people can sing real well, and some can preach,” Jones said. “I consider myself a caregiver because (the funeral business) it’s almost like a ministry. You are coming in contact with people at their lowest point.” – Ronald Jones St. Louis, MI (Midwestern Region) | Learn more about Ronald L. Jones Funeral Chapels click here.
The Legendary Leak & Sons….
Chicago, IL (Midwestern Region) | When it comes to doing things extremely well, continuing to uphold a high standard in a name that has brought so much comfort in the time of need, Leak & Sons are second to none. There is a reason why they differ and never fall short of the services they render. They have a rich history and carry a lot of weight to their name with the late great Rev. A.R. Leak involvement in Dr. Martin Luther Kings life and the Civil Rights movement. Rev. Leak was great friends with Dr. King you can learn more about their history here. In the time of lost, you need people that “work with you” and that is exactly what Leak & Sons are known for. They have always been a family owned & operated business since 1933. They have over 80 years in relating to your needs, emotions and concerns. With their legendary family values they strive to continue to be a rock in and beyond their community, being recognized by industry giants as being legends in the great city of Chicago. Visit Leak & Sons and witness the legendary richness of their worth.