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Following Family Footsteps | James A. Lowe II

Following Family Footsteps | James A. Lowe II

Like his grandfather and father before him, third-generation Funeral Director/Embalmer James A. “Jim” Lowe II is passionate about helping others. The owner and president of Lowe (rhymes with wow) Funeral Home in Burlington, North Carolina, has been a willing...

Patty Hutcheson, CFSP | A Journey of Love & Life

Patty Hutcheson, CFSP | A Journey of Love & Life

The definition of professional success is subjective. For a funeral director, it might be determined by job security, salary or seniority. An owner, perhaps, could measure triumph by consecutive years in business, call volume or gross revenue. Patty Hutcheson, CFSP,...

Jarrod Heath Wilson | A Man of Many Layers

Jarrod Heath Wilson | A Man of Many Layers

If you’ve never been to Brewton, Alabama, you may not know this city of 5,100 is on the border of Central Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. You also might not know that Alabama’s Blueberry Festival is held here annually or that Kevin Sumlin, former coach of the...

The New Tradition | Joseph H. Brown, Jr. Funeral Home

The New Tradition | Joseph H. Brown, Jr. Funeral Home

“The impediment of action becomes action. What stands in the way becomes the way,” says Joseph H. Brown, III, quoting Marcus Aurelius. Joe laughs ironically because he doesn’t allow anything to stand in the way of his vision.  When Joe couldn’t secure financing...

Duane Hills | President of Joseph Gawler’s Sons

Duane Hills | President of Joseph Gawler’s Sons

As a student at Williamson Junior and Senior High School in Tioga Junction, Pennsylvania, Duane Hills, now 61, discovered a passion for American history that was nurtured by his grandfather. “He would load my brothers and I into the car, and we would spend weekends...

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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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Samuel Taliaferro “Sam” Rayburn   |  1882-1961

Samuel Taliaferro “Sam” Rayburn | 1882-1961

Once inside the church, Kennedy bore witness to the end of a domestic Cold War when he and Johnson took their seats beside Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman. Ike and Harry had been openly feuding...

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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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Present Articles

Remembering Jacquelyn Taylor

Remembering Jacquelyn Taylor

In a career that came full-circle, the enduring and steadfast funeral service advocate was excited about the opportunity to continue her life’s work. But on August 10, 2018 Jacquelyn Taylor was diagnosed with breast cancer and on September 4, 2019 the cancer returned...

Fallen Heroes

Fallen Heroes

Mississippi Funeral Directors Escort Fallen Heroes Late on the night of July 11, I received an unexpected call from Carson Sprow, president of International Mortuary Shipping. His company had been contacted to coordinate and oversee the transfer of the bodies of 15...

Remembering Mary Hagan

Remembering Mary Hagan

Though you may never been introduced, if you've attended NFDA's annual conventions over the last seven decades, her face will be familiar.  And if you've had the privilege of meeting Mary Hagan, you'll never forget her charming smile, her keen wit and her unabashed...

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Past Articles

Sunnyside Magazine, January 1900

Sunnyside Magazine, January 1900

This is "The Sunnyside," a magazine for the funeral industry, dated January 1st, 1900. It contains fabulous old ads for hearses, caskets, embalming fluid, etc. from advertisers such as National...

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NFDA State Association Officers from 1900

NFDA State Association Officers from 1900

Here's an interesting look back at the 1900 National Funeral Directors' Association roster of officers from the state associations. This comes from a point in history when there were only 45 states in the United States, and we were just 35 years removed from the Civil...

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