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Lisa Scott-Coleman

Lisa Scott-Coleman

It was 1990 and Lisa Scott-Coleman was in the kitchen busy making dinner, unaware that her life was about to take an entirely different trajectory. She had a good job, a management role for a medical company, and was about to get married. Scott-Coleman’s fiancé,...

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The Heritage of Hart’s

The Heritage of Hart’s

Just prior to the dawn of the 20th century and nearly two decades following Reconstruction, Jesse B. Hart founded his modest mortuary in a small, single-room structure on Mulberry Street in Macon,...

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Issue 33 Available Now

Issue 33 Available Now

It’s already September, the leaves will be changing soon, and the next issue of Southern Calls will be arriving in your mailbox! There’s a lot to look forward to… first, we have chief of the Air...

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Anna Wilbert Breaux

Anna Wilbert Breaux

Fifth-generation Funeral Director Anna Wilbert Breaux has spent her life learning the funeral profession. As a youngster, her first classes were held around the dinner table when relatives came for...

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Issue 32 Available Now

Issue 32 Available Now

Our June issue is out now! Read about Louisiana lady, Anna Wilbert Breaux, a 5th generation funeral director with a passion for saltwater fishing that provides leadership for a historic business...

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Man O’ War’s Funeral

Man O’ War’s Funeral

Southern Mourning | from Southern Calls Issue 9, September 2015 (Opening Image: As visitors look on, legendary thoroughbred Man O’ War lies in state in a casket lined with his racing colors at owner...

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The Art of Undertaking

The Art of Undertaking

Here are three powerful images that I believe capture the essence of our beloved Profession - Mike Squires ABOVE: The Recessional | Mac Brown, Photography “Red clay fills the hole left in our...

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Dr. Smith’s Grave Window

Dr. Smith’s Grave Window

Dr. Timothy Clark Smith | June 14, 1821 - February 15, 1893 (Opening Image: Timothy Clark Smith Grave Window, Photo credit: Geoff Howard/Panoramio) Evergreen Cemetery, just off Town Hill Road in New...

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Issue 31 Available Now

Issue 31 Available Now

This is such an incredible issue! Join us as we celebrate The Profession with three amazing People, Places and Passions articles, told by our award-winning writers and brought to life with...

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The “Bear”

The “Bear”

Southern Calls Vol. 3, March 2014 After the 1982 season, Paul William “Bear” Bryant, 69, announced his decision to retire, stating, "This is my school, my alma mater. I love it and I love my...

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Issue 30 Available Now

Issue 30 Available Now

It’s been a year unlike any other, and we’re here to wrap it up with another blockbuster issue highlighted by three very uniquely different features, lots of history and, as always, the best...

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A Man of Many Skills

A Man of Many Skills

Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming SkillsSpringfield, Missouri The call came in from another state: an innocent bystander had been caught in the middle of a shootout. There would be...

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The Lawson Family Tragedy

The Lawson Family Tragedy

Written by Alice Adams Southern Calls Vol. 18, December 2017 It was cold that Christmas day in 1929 in Germanton, North Carolina, a farming community near Danbury. But our story begins weeks...

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The NFDA Story

The NFDA Story

A BRIEF HISTORY OF NFDA SPANNING THREE CENTURIES Come, gather, come, gather, ye knights of the grave,A welcome awaits you right royally brave;Our fields they look fresh and our brooklets they...

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Christmas Mourning

Christmas Mourning

School classmates serve as pallbearers and carry the casket of one of four members of a family who died in the Winecoff Hotel fire in Atlanta, from the Central Methodist Church in Fitzgerald,...

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Rewards of the Cremators

Rewards of the Cremators

Casket and Sunnyside - December, 1906 There are in Manila and vicinity some first class crematories erected on American designs and controlled by Americans. These crematories are utilized to burn...

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Seated Burial Casket

Seated Burial Casket

SEATED BURIAL CASKET,  Patent No. 964439Application filed December 18, 1909, Patented July 12, 1910 To all whom it may concern: Be it known that I, ANGELO RAFFAELE LERRO, a subject of the King of...

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Funeral of a Midget

Funeral of a Midget

Che Mah (1838-1926) Striving towards a normal life in spite of an abnormal body, this dwarf was twice married, amassed a small fortune, and died at 88. -- The South Bend Tribune, September 30, 1956...

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Aftermath of an Execution

Aftermath of an Execution

“. . . We are not here to judge him but to bury him. May God have mercy on his soul.” Southern Calls, Vol. 21, September 2018 . . . We left to go to the funeral and were told that a minister was...

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Martha Was Right!

Martha Was Right!

Undertakings Southern Calls, Vol. 23, March 2019 Martha Elizabeth Beall Mitchell gained worldwide recognition for her outspokenness during the Watergate scandal – a scandal that forced President...

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Unalaska  |  1923-1931

Unalaska | 1923-1931

Southern Calls, Vol. 13, September 2016 Southern Mourning by Lora D. Peppers | Monroe, Louisiana Tucked away in the flowerbeds of the old Georgia Tucker schoolhouse, is a large tombstone, which...

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The CEO | Christine Pepper

The CEO | Christine Pepper

At first glance, you might recognize Christine Reichelt Pepper from photos in The Director magazine, where she has been featured alongside an abundance of funeral directors past and present. Others...

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Falcon Fluid is Perfection

Falcon Fluid is Perfection

From The Sunnyside | September 1904 Information on The Max Huncke Chemical Company gathered from Brownstoner.com There are chemical companies and there are chemical companies. This one specialized...

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Bigger Than Life

Bigger Than Life

From Southern Calls, Volume 6 | December 2014 Excerpts from People Article: D. Michael Land, Forest Ridge Funeral Home, Hurst, Texas The small Kingdom of Tonga, located near Fiji and Samoa in the...

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Issue 29 Available Now

Issue 29 Available Now

Despite some virus-related delays slowing our print production, Issue 29 is hitting the post office and should arrive soon! We are proud to feature Christine Pepper “The CEO” at NFDA, as well as the...

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Paradise Revisited

Paradise Revisited

From Southern Calls, Volume 23 | March 2019 In recent days several fires, including Bear Fire, have been raging not far from Paradise.   As of September 10, 2020, a total of 7,694...

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National Select Morticians

National Select Morticians

From Southern Calls, Volume 22 | December 2018 1950 - A fascinating educational innovation in the 1950s was National Selected Morticians (NSM) creation of model casket displays. More than forty...

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The NFDA Story

The NFDA Story

From our Upcoming PLACES article in Southern Calls | September 2020 Subscribe by Monday, August 17, 2020 to receive this historic and collectible issue of Southern Calls. Individual copies may be...

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The Blood Embalming Board

The Blood Embalming Board

Charles Blood -- Dunkirk, New York | The Casket, December 1899 This photo-engraving shows a body laid out on The Blood Embalming Board. The entire construction, together with the drapery, and next...

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Unknown Soldier

Unknown Soldier

America’s Unknown Soldier Comes Home to His Native Soil For him, our Unknown Soldier, it is all over; the sadness of parting from loved ones, the long ocean voyage, the grind of the training camps,...

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Bet Lost

Bet Lost

Jonesboro, Georgia | November 4, 1949 Bill Eubanks (R) lost an election bet to O.I. Carroll, (L) when he agreed to ride in a hearse through the streets of Jonesboro.  Eubanks not only lost but...

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Grave Marker

Grave Marker

Patent 1,573,268, filed July 6, 1925 | William F. Norman, Nevada, Mo. A grave marker including a rear plate having a hinging bead upon its upper edge throughout the length thereof, and apertured...

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The Recessional

The Recessional

The Art of Undertaking | From our Limited Series of prints by Southern Calls “Red clay fills the hole left in our hearts. Only flowers remain as guardians of the grave, until they too wither and...

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Corpse Lifter

Corpse Lifter

Patented July 27, 1880 by Edward B. Carter of Huntsville, Alabama To all whom it may concern:Be it known that I, EDWARD B. CARTER, of Huntsville, in the county of Madison and State of Alabama, have...

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The Complete Embalmer

The Complete Embalmer

And the Story of Thomas Holmes, MD The embalming craze took off when an Army Medical Corps colonel (and close friend of President Lincoln) became the first Union officer to be killed. On May 24,...

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Undertakers Progress

Undertakers Progress

Rubber-Tired Carriages for Church Aisles are New Invention Among the many new appliances of the up-to-date undertakers is the casket carriage, upon which a burial casket may be moved up the aisle of...

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McCarthy’s Irish Wake

McCarthy’s Irish Wake

"A Bully Good Fellow Was He" This photo depicts a “typical” Irish wake, although perhaps embellished for entertainment value -- these stereoview images are collectibles from the late 1800’s. Far...

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Issue 28 Available Now

Issue 28 Available Now

There’s definitely an eye for history in Issue 28, from the service-minded 3rd generation funeral director Jim Lowe of Burlington, NC, to the newly-recognized National Register of Historic Places...

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Issue 27 Available Now

Issue 27 Available Now

It’s all about the B’s for our latest issue… from the small Southern town of Bremen, Georgia, to urban downtown Baltimore, Maryland and out to a cattle pasture in Brewton, Alabama we cover a broad range of People, Places, and Passions – and there’s even real Bees (see Passions article). The photos are compelling, the stories are moving, and they’re all told from a Funeral Director’s Perspective. There’s only one place you can find inspiration like this, Southern Calls – The Journal of the Funeral Profession.

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