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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...

Tommy Hudson | Steward of the Centennial

Tommy Hudson | Steward of the Centennial

In 1919, the Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest structure, movies were silent and the income of an average American family was a mere $1,500. One century ago, a signed armistice signaled the end of World War I, the Prohibition era was about to begin and women were...

Funereal Fridays

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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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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