Southern Calls Issue 35

Southern Calls Magazine Vol. 35

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People | Rhonda Keyes Pleasants
She is the embodiment of a servant leader – humble, generous and eager to volunteer her time and talent but never expecting praise or recognition. Her positive demeanor and acceptance of all of life’s prayers and praises is as admirable as her open mind and kind heart.  “Any challenges I may have faced were to prepare me for the future. My life has been shaped by a culmination of experiences, and I am thankful and better because of that.  A wise person once said, “God doesn’t call the prepared; he prepares the called.”

Places | Bibber Memorial Chapel
The air smells briny and gulls caw overhead. In the distance, against the backdrop of an iron-colored horizon, a few hearty lobstermen trawl the sea, braving the frigid temperatures. It’s snowing again, but that’s not newsworthy. It’s winter in Maine. Three miles up Sea Road is Bibber Memorial Chapel, a funeral home that’s been serving the communities of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport for eighty-four years.

Passions | Jim Kurtz
One of the secrets of my research is paying attention to name tags at national conventions. I often meet not only the directors I’ve spoken with but also directors from funeral homes in charge of funerals for some of my research topics. Sometimes these face-to-face meetings resulted in lifelong friends who have helped me build my archives.

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Issue 35 Available Now!

Issue 35 Available Now!

It’s our first issue of 2022 and what a way to start the year – the inspirational story of Rhonda Keyes Pleasants details a fortuitous encounter that led her to the profession – our People article is compelling on many levels. Places visits the beautiful and historic...

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Jack Backer

Jack Backer

At first glance, John Willmott “Jack” Backer, III – age 16, tall, handsome, varsity tennis player and straight-A sophomore at Sayre School in Lexington, Kentucky – appears to be a typical teenager who enjoys tennis and playing guitar, especially Southern gospel and...

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Stevens Mortuary

Stevens Mortuary

Stevens Mortuary occupies the historic Cedar Grove estate nestled in north Knoxville, Tennessee. When one arrives at the mortuary, surrounded by flowering dogwood trees, the stately antebellum era house, with wide, inviting porches, is reminiscent of a simpler time...

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Kenneth W. Poe

Kenneth W. Poe

First generation funeral directors are fearless. With either none or very little familial connection to a funeral home, stories vary widely as to what initial interest or curiosity eventually evolved into a career. Dinner disruptions, missed family gatherings, working...

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Issue 34 Available Now!

Issue 34 Available Now!

Join us as we wrap up another year, and while deliveries of everything around the world are apparently delayed off the coast of San Diego, we’re bringing you best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a loaded December issue sure to satisfy. At 68, and proving...

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