Our Staff's Commitment to You

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Dr. Pat Turner Board of Directors, Retired

Pat Turner, the firstborn of Ralph and Evelyn Turner, was born at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, GA in 1946. She attended the old Ponce de Leon Elementary School, Decatur High School and Newcomb College of Tulane University, graduating in 1968. She married Richard Kimura, a doctor, became interested in medicine and started medical school at LSU in New Orleans in 1971. After completing her school and training, she settled in Savannah, GA in 1987, practicing neonatology at Memorial Medical Center until retiring in 2015. Her interests include cats, dogs, plants and places of the world. She and her sister Jane, along with Ernie Mosier and Cy Hume, are the current owners of the family business that was started by Pat and Jane's grandfather, A. S. Turner.

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Jane Turner Board of Directors, Retired

Jane was the Business Office Manager and was in charge of the Human Resources Department before she retired. She graduated from Decatur High School, and from Emory University with a B. S. in Biology in 1969. She then went to Nepal with the Peace Corps, first as a volunteer and then as a trainer of volunteers. She also traveled throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma and Japan during that time. After returning to the US in 1976, she lived in California for 8 years and then in Massachusetts for 12 years. She returned to Georgia and joined the firm in 1996. She enjoys sewing, crocheting, knitting, reading and playing piano. She and her sister Pat, along with Ernie Mosier and Cy Hume, are the current owners of the family business that was started by Pat and Jane's grandfather, A. S. Turner.

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O. Ernest Mosier, CFSP Board of Directors / President, Funeral Director, Embalmer

Ernie is the President of A. S. Turner and Sons, Lives in Decatur, GA and has been a member of our staff since 1977. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1970. He is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and a Certified Crematory Operator. He attended Georgia Southwestern College and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he is past president of Pi Sigma Eta, Alpha chapter, professional mortuary fraternity. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, Cremation Association of North America, Academy of Professional   Funeral Service Practice, and has completed the Life Appreciation training. He has served on the advisory board of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and is a past president of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association. He and his wife, Peggy, have two daughters and two granddaughters. He enjoys going to oldies concerts and spending time with family and friends.

 

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Cy Hume, CFSP, CCO Board of Directors / Vice President / Manager, Funeral Director, Embalmer chume@asturner.com

Cy began his career in funeral service in 1990, in his hometown of LaGrange, Georgia at Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home.  After finishing his apprenticeship and working through mortuary school at McKoon Funeral Home in Newnan, Georgia and Tom Stutts Funeral Home in Franklin, Georgia, he graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1995.  After graduation, he attained both his funeral director and embalmer licenses later in 1995 and went on to work for Passmore-Sumner Funeral Home in Valdosta, Georgia and Striffler-Hamby Mortuary (both in Columbus and LaGrange) before making his way to A.S. Turner in 2006.  In addition to his state licensing, he holds his Certified Funeral Service Practitioner designation from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, and a Certified Crematory Operator designation from the National Funeral Directors Association.   Cy is active in the National Funeral Directors Association, Georgia Funeral Directors Association, the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia and serves on the advisory board for Gupton-Jones.  In 2017, Cy was received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievements from the Georgia Funeral Directors Association.  In his spare time (which is very little, if you’re a funeral director) Cy enjoys being in the outdoors.  He has three children Kathryn, Kelly, and Cy; and a grandson, Bentley who is his pride and joy.  Pat and her sister Jane, along with Ernie Mosier and Cy Hume, are the current owners of the family business that was started by Pat and Jane's grandfather, A. S. Turner.

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James K. Stewart, CFSP, CCO Senior Funeral Director of Family Services, Funeral Director, Embalmer jkstewart@asturner.com

James, a native of Atlanta, has been a member of our staff since 1987 and is the Senior Funeral Director of Family Services. He is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and a Certified Crematory Operator. James is a member of The Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia and an associate member of The Georgia Funeral Directors & National Funeral Directors Associations. He has been licensed since 1980 and holds licenses in Georgia and North Carolina. A former Big Brother, he has two little brothers. James was a former Cubmaster & Scoutmaster with Pack/Troop 582 and the proud parent of an Eagle Scout. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Loganville, have two sons and are members of Park Place Baptist Church in Snellville. He is living his childhood dream of being an undertaker. He enjoys bicycling, cooking, photography and travel.

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Michelle Arivette, CCO Supervisor, Funeral Director, Embalmer, and CCO marivette@asturner.com

Michelle is a Funeral Director and Embalmer Supervisor. She is a California native who now lives in Watkinsville, GA with her partner, Tony. She graduated from Cypress College of Mortuary Science and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer in California since 1986 and in Georgia since 2001. Michelle is also a Certified Crematory Operator and a member of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. She joined our staff in January 2007. Her 30 plus years of experience includes several years as a forensic embalmer and autopsy technician for the Riverside County Coroner's office in CA. She has two grown children and enjoys reading, crafts, travel and spoiling her two Maine Coon cats, ThunderStorm and BellaDonna.

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J. Scott Galyon Supervisor of Administrative Services, Funeral Director sgalyon@asturner.com

Scott grew-up in LaGrange, Georgia and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Georgia since 1994.  He is a graduate of Troup County High School and attended Southern Union State Junior College and the University of Phoenix.  He began his career in funeral service in 1990 and served his apprenticeship at Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home in LaGrange, Georgia.  He went on to graduate with honors in 1994 from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta.  In 1995, he began a 20 year career with a major corporation serving in various capacities including Funeral Director, Location Manager, and Manager of Compliance and Quality Assurance for the Southeast.  In 2014 he went to work for a small consolidator of funeral homes in Tennessee and served as their Chief Operating Officer for four years.  Scott joined A.S. Turner and Sons in 2019 and supervises administration in addition to assisting families.

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Lindsay Bentley Funeral Director, Embalmer, and CCO Lbentley@asturner.com

After graduating from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Lindsay attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, graduating in 2013. She joined the staff of A. S. Turner and Sons as a Funeral Apprentice and is now a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. In 2017 Lindsay completed her training to become a Certified Crematory Operator.

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Reverend Larry T. Burgess Minister/Part-time Assistant

Rev. Larry Temple Burgess has almost 50 years of experience in pastoral ministry.  He holds a BA degree from Shorter College, Rome, GA, and a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.  He was born & reared in Ocala, FL, where he met his wife, Nancy, in kindergarten.  They have one daughter, Joanna, who is married to Thomas Hardy.  Rev. Burgess serves in two roles with A.S. Turner & Sons: ministering to families who have experienced the death of a loved one and assisting the funeral directors so that they are freed to do what they do best.  Rev. Burgess’ favorite leisure-time activity is fishing.

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Garrett Cooper Pre-planning & Aftercare Counselor gcooper@asturner.com

Garrett Cooper joined A. S. Turner and Sons in 2009. He handles our pre-planning arrangements, and is our Aftercare Counselor, helping families navigate through the many things that have to be handled after the funeral service. Garrett hails from the small northern Michigan town of Charlevoix. While getting his Bachelor’s Degree at The University of West Florida, he met his wife and started a family, which now consists of 3 children. Garrett began a career in Banking, where he went on to attain his Insurance and Brokerage licenses and attended the Master’s program in Finance through the University of Maryland-University Campus. He moved his family to the Atlanta area in 2003 when his company transferred him and they took up residence in Johns Creek. He is currently a member of Johns Creek United Methodist Church.

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Alecia Derloshon Funeral Service Apprentice, CCO aderloshon@asturner.com

Alecia graduated from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in December 2018. She joined A.S. Turner and Sons' staff in August 2020 as a Funeral Service Apprentice. Alecia is also a Certified Crematory Operator.

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Kate Hamrick Funeral Service Apprentice and CCO khamrick@asturner.com

Ms. Hamrick joined the staff of A.S. Turner & Sons to pursue her career in Funeral Service in December of 2019.   Kate graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in September of 2019.  Ms. Hamrick carries a previous degree in Legal Studies from Valdosta State University.  Ms. Hamrick is a Certified Crematory Operator, and looks forward to building her future as a Funeral Director and Embalmer through her apprenticeship with A.S. Turner.  After her days working hard in her new field, Kate enjoys her dog Bowie, and competes in Olympic Weightlifting. 

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Caleigh Holland Funeral Service Apprentice cholland@asturner.com

Caleigh graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in March of 2018.  She joined the staff of A.S. Turner and Sons in November of 2018 as a Funeral Service Apprentice.

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Carly Jones Funeral Service Apprentice and CCO cjones@asturner.com

Carly joined the staff of A.S. Turner & Sons in November 2019 as a Funeral Service Apprentice, after graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science.  Carly is also a Certified Crematory Operator.

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Ryan Kinder Funeral Director, Embalmer, and CCO rkinder@asturner.com

Ryan graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in March of 2018.  He joined the staff of A.S. Turner and Sons in April of 2018.  Ryan is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the state of Georgia.  He is also a Certified Crematory Operator.

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Steve Maples Funeral Director and Embalmer info@asturner.com

Steven is a native of Southwest, Georgia and now lives in Acworth, Georgia. He is a 2012 graduate of the Jefferson State Funeral Service Education program in Birmingham, Alabama, where he served as the chapter president of Sigma Phi Sigma, a professional mortuary fraternity. Steven is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Alabama and Georgia and is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association as well as The Georgia Funeral Directors Association. He was awarded the 2015 employee of the year award at A. S. Turner and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory and is a certified crematory operator. Steven joined the staff of A. S. Turner and Sons in January of 2014 and enjoys camping, hunting and fishing in his free time.

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Paul J. Marks Funeral Director, Embalmer, and CCO pmarks@asturner.com

Paul J. Marks has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 2004.  He is also a Certified Crematory Operator.  Paul has 20 years of funeral service experience and has been employed by A.S. Turner and Sons since 2018.  He is a 2003 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and was the recipient of the Richard L. Stewart Memorial Scholarship from the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia.  Paul recently completed a two day, hands on course in Advanced Embalming Skills with the Professional Embalmers Institute.  He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia.  In his spare time, Paul enjoys spending time with his children, traveling, and attending sporting events.

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Anthony Middlebrooks Building Maintenance

Anthony joined the A. S. Turner and Sons staff in 2015 to apprentice under long-time groundskeeper and maintenance specialist, Harry Searcy. Once Mr. Searcy retired, Anthony took over the care and maintenance of the building, grounds and vehicles for the funeral home.

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Heather Mosier Administrative Assistant hmosier@asturner.com

Heather lives in Decatur, GA and has worked for A. S. Turner and Sons since 2011. She is an administrative assistant with both Pre-Arranged Funerals and Bookkeeping. Heather graduated from Dalton State College with an Education Degree and loves spending time with her dog’s Nell and Bella.

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Rick Petersen Funeral Director and Embalmer rpetersen@asturner.com

Richard E. “Rick” Petersen has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1993. He has over 27 years of experience in funeral service and has been employed with A. S. Turner and Sons since 2008. Rick also holds a Georgia license as an insurance agent. He is a member of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia. Rick lives in Decatur, GA. 

 

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Dan Reece Funeral Service Associate dreece@asturner.com

Dan Reece has been a Funeral Service Associate with A.S. Turner & Sons since 2019.

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Dee Rusher Vital Records Coordinator drusher@asturner.com

Dee lives in Stockbridge, GA and has been employed at A. S. Turner and Sons since 2003. She works in the business office filing death certificates and obtaining certified copies for our families, maintaining funeral records and performing other necessary office tasks. She and her husband, Terry, have two children and four grandchildren. She enjoys spending time at their cabin on the lake.

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Laura Scott Funeral Director, Embalmer, and CCO Lscott@asturner.com

Laura Scott graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in October of 2016. She joined the staff of A. S. Turner and Sons in January 2017, and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer with the state of Georgia. She is also a Certified Crematory Operator.  Laura has been a member of the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia since 2016, and is also a member of the GFDA and the NFDA. 

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Phillip Smith Pre-need Counselor psmith@asturner.com

Phillip joined A. S. Turner and Sons in 2020 as a Pre-need Funeral Counselor. Before serving in the funeral industry, Phillip spent 30 years in marketing for Fortune 500 and 100 companies. He and his wife Leisa have two children and two grandchildren. Phillip graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Art degree and loves spending time with family and friends at the lake, on the beach, or in the mountains.

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Nick Tolbert Funeral Director and Embalmer ntolbert@asturner.com

Mr. Tolbert is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the state of Georgia, and has been licensed since 2011.  Mr. Tolbert has been with A.S. Turner & Sons since 2019.  Before serving in the funeral industry, Mr. Tolbert served 34 years with the Clayton County Fire and Emergency services, from which he retired.

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Anthony Eberhardt Retired

Anthony lives in Decatur, GA. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is a member of NFDA and GFDA. He and his wife, Jan have one child.

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Charles A. Nelson, Jr. CCO Semi-Retired

Charles is a third generation native of Atlanta, Georgia.  He attended DeKalb County, Georgia elementary and secondary  schools and received a B.A. degree in from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Following college he attended and graduated from (the late) Atlanta Law School receiving both a LL.B. and LL.M. degree.  After working he decided to follow his life long compassion and entered the funeral profession. He attended and graduated Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service having the privilege of being taught by the late Russell Milison and received both an A.A. degree and Graduate Funeral Service Diploma. He has been employed in the funeral profession at several funeral homes, both corporate and private since 1978. Now semi-retired he is still actively employed with A. S. Turner and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory as he has been for the past 14 years.  He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Georgia Funeral Directors Association and the Georgia Academy of Graduate Embalmers. He has had the same wife for 45 years resulting in two wonderful daughters and sons-in-law, and three fantastic granddaughters.  His hobbies are mainly his family, his home and and his profession.

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Rickey Blackburn Retired

Rickey was born in Savannah, Georgia, graduated from Screven County High School in 1970, and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Science in 1983. He is a member of GFDA, NFDA, Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, and is a Certified Cremation Operator. He lives in Jackson, Georgia, is married, has 4 children, and 14 grandchildren. Rickey enjoys hunting, fishing, and dirt track racing. His goal is "To treat every family as if they were my own."

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Tom Pickren Retired

Tom and his wife, Susan live in Decatur, GA. Tom has been a member of our staff since 1994 and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is a member of NFDA, the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia. Tom has been a member First Decatur United Methodist Church for over 20 years. He is a graduate of Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service and holds a degree from the University of Georgia. He enjoys traveling and reading.

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Harry Searcy Retired

Harry joined the staff of A. S. Turner & Sons in 1973. He does maintenance work in the building and also on our fleet of cars. Harry lives in Lithonia, GA. He is married and has three sons, 20 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He enjoys talking on his CB radio, fishing and sports.

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Nancy Shealy Retired

Miss Nancy is a native of Decatur, GA and helps part time in the business office since her retirement from the banking industry. Her mother, Ann was the secretary at A. S. Turner and Sons from 1938 to until her retirement after 60 years in 1998.

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James Walters Retired

James was born in nearby Gwinnett County and moved with his family in 1959 to the South DeKalb area of Decatur. He graduated from Gordon High School in 1966, the same year that he began his funeral service career as an apprentice. He served his country in the U. S. Navy Reserves for 10 years, two of which were on active duty during the war in Vietnam. James was a 1972 graduate of Gupton Jones College and received his funeral director license in 1974. During his life of service to others, James has belonged to many veterans' organizations and civic clubs, which resulted in honorary life memberships from the Jaycees and American Legion. In 1991, James received the George Washington Honor Medal for Community Service from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. He served 10 years on the Snellville City Council and the Zoning Board of Appeals. In 1995, James received the Community Service Award from the Georgia Municipal Association. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. The love of genealogy is one of his passions and in 1998, James documented direct lineage to a hero of the American Revolution from South Carolina. He and his sons are charter members of the Button Gwinnett Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. James is married to his high school sweetheart, Jeannie Freeman. They live in Snellville and have two sons and four grandchildren.

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Ralph Turner 1920 - 2008

Ralph Turner was born July 9, 1920 to A. S. and Myra Haygood Turner in Decatur, Georgia. He graduated from Decatur Boys High School in 1938. He attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and received his Embalmer's license in 1941 and was issued a Funeral Director's license in 1950. On October 19, 1944 he married Mary Evelyn Campbell from Scottsboro, Alabama. They were married for almost 56 years before her death on September 23, 2000. They had four children, Patricia Turner, Fred Turner, Jane Turner and Carol Turner and two grandchildren, Scott Turner and Caroline Turner. Ralph and Evelyn traveled extensively and visited such places as Japan, India, Tibet, Burma, China, Bhutan, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe, the Galapagos Islands, went whitewater rafting on the Colorado River and cruised the Amazon River. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U. S. Army Air Force during World War II and piloting supply planes in the India China Wing of the Air Transport Command. He also served in the first weather reconnaissance squadron and was in the first squadron to fly hurricane reconnaissance. After the war he returned to work in the funeral home. He is a member of NFDA, GFDA and Select Independent Funeral Homes, the CBI Veterans Association and has attended every NFDA convention since 1948.

 

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Fred C. Turner 1947 - 2019

Fred, a grandson of A. S. Turner, is the Director of Community Affairs and Business Development Manager. He and his wife, Janie, live in Atlanta, GA. They have two children, Scott and Caroline. Fred has been on staff since 1970 and has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1974. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Georgia and graduated from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service. He is a member of NFDA, GFDA and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia. Fred is a member and Past President of the Decatur Rotary Club, member and Past President of DeKalb College Foundation. He also serves on the DeKalb Medical Center Foundation as Memorials Chair and the Annual Support Committee. He is Past President and a member of the Advisory Committee of the DeKalb Unit of the American Heart Association Fred received "Volunteer of the Year" award from the DeKalb Unit of the American Heart Association and a Distinguished Service Medallion from the Georgia Affiliate, American Heart Association. He is a member of Northside United Methodist Church and serves on the Church Administrative Board. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of United Family Life Insurance Co. and the DeKalb Unit of the American Cancer Society. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from DeKalb College. He was a member of Pack 42, Troup 6 and Explorer Post 175 in Decatur from 1954 to 1965. He went to Philmont Scout Ranch in 1962. He was Friends of Scouting Chairman for Service area 3 for 2 years and presently serves as Chairman of District Operations for Service Area 1. He was assistant Cub Master and Webelos II Den Leader with Pack 577 at Oak Grove United Methodist Church. He has been a member of the Executive Board of the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America since 1987 and received a District Award of Merit from the DeKalb District.

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Bob Frahm In Loving Memory, 2013

Bob lives in Lilburn, GA, has been a member of our staff since 1976 and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1979. He is a member of NFDA, the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia and has attended a Life Appreciation Seminar. He and his wife, Mary, have three children and five grandchildren. Bob is a US Navy veteran and is a graduate of Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service. He enjoys singing in his church choir, being a grandfather and riding his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle.

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Mike Lamb In Loving Memory, 2016

Mike joined the staff of A. S. Turner & Sons in August of 2007. Mike lives in Decatur, GA. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in North Carolina, Florida and Georgia. He is a Certified Cremation Operator. Mike attended the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in Louisville. He has two daughters and one son and four grandchildren. He enjoys cooking, sewing and traveling.

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Dennis Dollar In Loving Memory, 2016

Dennis was born in Columbus and is a life-long resident of Georgia. He is a 1987 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Science. He has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1987. He is a member of the Georgia Funeral Director's Association and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers. Dennis lives in Atlanta and has 2 daughters, Kelsi and Kyra.

Dr. Pat Turner

Board of Directors, Retired
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Pat Turner, the firstborn of Ralph and Evelyn Turner, was born at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, GA in 1946. She attended the old Ponce de Leon Elementary School, Decatur High School and Newcomb College of Tulane University, graduating in 1968. She married Richard Kimura, a doctor, became interested in medicine and started medical school at LSU in New Orleans in 1971. After completing her school and training, she settled in Savannah, GA in 1987, practicing neonatology at Memorial Medical Center until retiring in 2015. Her interests include cats, dogs, plants and places of the world. She and her sister Jane, along with Ernie Mosier and Cy Hume, are the current owners of the family business that was started by Pat and Jane's grandfather, A. S. Turner.

Jane Turner

Board of Directors, Retired
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Jane was the Business Office Manager and was in charge of the Human Resources Department before she retired. She graduated from Decatur High School, and from Emory University with a B. S. in Biology in 1969. She then went to Nepal with the Peace Corps, first as a volunteer and then as a trainer of volunteers. She also traveled throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma and Japan during that time. After returning to the US in 1976, she lived in California for 8 years and then in Massachusetts for 12 years. She returned to Georgia and joined the firm in 1996. She enjoys sewing, crocheting, knitting, reading and playing piano. She and her sister Pat, along with Ernie Mosier and Cy Hume, are the current owners of the family business that was started by Pat and Jane's grandfather, A. S. Turner.

O. Ernest Mosier, CFSP

Board of Directors / President, Funeral Director, Embalmer
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Ernie is the President of A. S. Turner and Sons, Lives in Decatur, GA and has been a member of our staff since 1977. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1970. He is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and a Certified Crematory Operator. He attended Georgia Southwestern College and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he is past president of Pi Sigma Eta, Alpha chapter, professional mortuary fraternity. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, Cremation Association of North America, Academy of Professional   Funeral Service Practice, and has completed the Life Appreciation training. He has served on the advisory board of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and is a past president of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association. He and his wife, Peggy, have two daughters and two granddaughters. He enjoys going to oldies concerts and spending time with family and friends.

 

Cy Hume, CFSP, CCO

Board of Directors / Vice President / Manager, Funeral Director, Embalmer
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Cy began his career in funeral service in 1990, in his hometown of LaGrange, Georgia at Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home.  After finishing his apprenticeship and working through mortuary school at McKoon Funeral Home in Newnan, Georgia and Tom Stutts Funeral Home in Franklin, Georgia, he graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1995.  After graduation, he attained both his funeral director and embalmer licenses later in 1995 and went on to work for Passmore-Sumner Funeral Home in Valdosta, Georgia and Striffler-Hamby Mortuary (both in Columbus and LaGrange) before making his way to A.S. Turner in 2006.  In addition to his state licensing, he holds his Certified Funeral Service Practitioner designation from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, and a Certified Crematory Operator designation from the National Funeral Directors Association.   Cy is active in the National Funeral Directors Association, Georgia Funeral Directors Association, the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia and serves on the advisory board for Gupton-Jones.  In 2017, Cy was received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievements from the Georgia Funeral Directors Association.  In his spare time (which is very little, if you’re a funeral director) Cy enjoys being in the outdoors.  He has three children Kathryn, Kelly, and Cy; and a grandson, Bentley who is his pride and joy.  Pat and her sister Jane, along with Ernie Mosier and Cy Hume, are the current owners of the family business that was started by Pat and Jane's grandfather, A. S. Turner.

James K. Stewart, CFSP, CCO

Senior Funeral Director of Family Services, Funeral Director, Embalmer
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James, a native of Atlanta, has been a member of our staff since 1987 and is the Senior Funeral Director of Family Services. He is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and a Certified Crematory Operator. James is a member of The Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia and an associate member of The Georgia Funeral Directors & National Funeral Directors Associations. He has been licensed since 1980 and holds licenses in Georgia and North Carolina. A former Big Brother, he has two little brothers. James was a former Cubmaster & Scoutmaster with Pack/Troop 582 and the proud parent of an Eagle Scout. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Loganville, have two sons and are members of Park Place Baptist Church in Snellville. He is living his childhood dream of being an undertaker. He enjoys bicycling, cooking, photography and travel.

Michelle Arivette, CCO

Supervisor, Funeral Director, Embalmer, and CCO
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Michelle is a Funeral Director and Embalmer Supervisor. She is a California native who now lives in Watkinsville, GA with her partner, Tony. She graduated from Cypress College of Mortuary Science and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer in California since 1986 and in Georgia since 2001. Michelle is also a Certified Crematory Operator and a member of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. She joined our staff in January 2007. Her 30 plus years of experience includes several years as a forensic embalmer and autopsy technician for the Riverside County Coroner's office in CA. She has two grown children and enjoys reading, crafts, travel and spoiling her two Maine Coon cats, ThunderStorm and BellaDonna.

J. Scott Galyon

Supervisor of Administrative Services, Funeral Director
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Scott grew-up in LaGrange, Georgia and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Georgia since 1994.  He is a graduate of Troup County High School and attended Southern Union State Junior College and the University of Phoenix.  He began his career in funeral service in 1990 and served his apprenticeship at Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home in LaGrange, Georgia.  He went on to graduate with honors in 1994 from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta.  In 1995, he began a 20 year career with a major corporation serving in various capacities including Funeral Director, Location Manager, and Manager of Compliance and Quality Assurance for the Southeast.  In 2014 he went to work for a small consolidator of funeral homes in Tennessee and served as their Chief Operating Officer for four years.  Scott joined A.S. Turner and Sons in 2019 and supervises administration in addition to assisting families.

Lindsay Bentley

Funeral Director, Embalmer, and CCO
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After graduating from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Lindsay attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, graduating in 2013. She joined the staff of A. S. Turner and Sons as a Funeral Apprentice and is now a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. In 2017 Lindsay completed her training to become a Certified Crematory Operator.

Reverend Larry T. Burgess

Minister/Part-time Assistant
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Rev. Larry Temple Burgess has almost 50 years of experience in pastoral ministry.  He holds a BA degree from Shorter College, Rome, GA, and a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.  He was born & reared in Ocala, FL, where he met his wife, Nancy, in kindergarten.  They have one daughter, Joanna, who is married to Thomas Hardy.  Rev. Burgess serves in two roles with A.S. Turner & Sons: ministering to families who have experienced the death of a loved one and assisting the funeral directors so that they are freed to do what they do best.  Rev. Burgess’ favorite leisure-time activity is fishing.

Garrett Cooper

Pre-planning & Aftercare Counselor
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Garrett Cooper joined A. S. Turner and Sons in 2009. He handles our pre-planning arrangements, and is our Aftercare Counselor, helping families navigate through the many things that have to be handled after the funeral service. Garrett hails from the small northern Michigan town of Charlevoix. While getting his Bachelor’s Degree at The University of West Florida, he met his wife and started a family, which now consists of 3 children. Garrett began a career in Banking, where he went on to attain his Insurance and Brokerage licenses and attended the Master’s program in Finance through the University of Maryland-University Campus. He moved his family to the Atlanta area in 2003 when his company transferred him and they took up residence in Johns Creek. He is currently a member of Johns Creek United Methodist Church.

Alecia Derloshon

Funeral Service Apprentice, CCO
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Alecia graduated from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in December 2018. She joined A.S. Turner and Sons' staff in August 2020 as a Funeral Service Apprentice. Alecia is also a Certified Crematory Operator.

Kate Hamrick

Funeral Service Apprentice and CCO
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Ms. Hamrick joined the staff of A.S. Turner & Sons to pursue her career in Funeral Service in December of 2019.   Kate graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in September of 2019.  Ms. Hamrick carries a previous degree in Legal Studies from Valdosta State University.  Ms. Hamrick is a Certified Crematory Operator, and looks forward to building her future as a Funeral Director and Embalmer through her apprenticeship with A.S. Turner.  After her days working hard in her new field, Kate enjoys her dog Bowie, and competes in Olympic Weightlifting. 

Caleigh Holland

Funeral Service Apprentice
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Caleigh graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in March of 2018.  She joined the staff of A.S. Turner and Sons in November of 2018 as a Funeral Service Apprentice.

Carly Jones

Funeral Service Apprentice and CCO
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Carly joined the staff of A.S. Turner & Sons in November 2019 as a Funeral Service Apprentice, after graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science.  Carly is also a Certified Crematory Operator.

Ryan Kinder

Funeral Director, Embalmer, and CCO
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Ryan graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in March of 2018.  He joined the staff of A.S. Turner and Sons in April of 2018.  Ryan is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the state of Georgia.  He is also a Certified Crematory Operator.

Steve Maples

Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Steven is a native of Southwest, Georgia and now lives in Acworth, Georgia. He is a 2012 graduate of the Jefferson State Funeral Service Education program in Birmingham, Alabama, where he served as the chapter president of Sigma Phi Sigma, a professional mortuary fraternity. Steven is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Alabama and Georgia and is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association as well as The Georgia Funeral Directors Association. He was awarded the 2015 employee of the year award at A. S. Turner and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory and is a certified crematory operator. Steven joined the staff of A. S. Turner and Sons in January of 2014 and enjoys camping, hunting and fishing in his free time.

Paul J. Marks

Funeral Director, Embalmer, and CCO
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Paul J. Marks has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 2004.  He is also a Certified Crematory Operator.  Paul has 20 years of funeral service experience and has been employed by A.S. Turner and Sons since 2018.  He is a 2003 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and was the recipient of the Richard L. Stewart Memorial Scholarship from the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia.  Paul recently completed a two day, hands on course in Advanced Embalming Skills with the Professional Embalmers Institute.  He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia.  In his spare time, Paul enjoys spending time with his children, traveling, and attending sporting events.

Anthony Middlebrooks

Building Maintenance
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Anthony joined the A. S. Turner and Sons staff in 2015 to apprentice under long-time groundskeeper and maintenance specialist, Harry Searcy. Once Mr. Searcy retired, Anthony took over the care and maintenance of the building, grounds and vehicles for the funeral home.

Heather Mosier

Administrative Assistant
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Heather lives in Decatur, GA and has worked for A. S. Turner and Sons since 2011. She is an administrative assistant with both Pre-Arranged Funerals and Bookkeeping. Heather graduated from Dalton State College with an Education Degree and loves spending time with her dog’s Nell and Bella.

Rick Petersen

Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Richard E. “Rick” Petersen has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1993. He has over 27 years of experience in funeral service and has been employed with A. S. Turner and Sons since 2008. Rick also holds a Georgia license as an insurance agent. He is a member of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia. Rick lives in Decatur, GA. 

 

Dan Reece

Funeral Service Associate
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Dan Reece has been a Funeral Service Associate with A.S. Turner & Sons since 2019.

Dee Rusher

Vital Records Coordinator
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Dee lives in Stockbridge, GA and has been employed at A. S. Turner and Sons since 2003. She works in the business office filing death certificates and obtaining certified copies for our families, maintaining funeral records and performing other necessary office tasks. She and her husband, Terry, have two children and four grandchildren. She enjoys spending time at their cabin on the lake.

Laura Scott

Funeral Director, Embalmer, and CCO
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Laura Scott graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in October of 2016. She joined the staff of A. S. Turner and Sons in January 2017, and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer with the state of Georgia. She is also a Certified Crematory Operator.  Laura has been a member of the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia since 2016, and is also a member of the GFDA and the NFDA. 

Phillip Smith

Pre-need Counselor
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Phillip joined A. S. Turner and Sons in 2020 as a Pre-need Funeral Counselor. Before serving in the funeral industry, Phillip spent 30 years in marketing for Fortune 500 and 100 companies. He and his wife Leisa have two children and two grandchildren. Phillip graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Art degree and loves spending time with family and friends at the lake, on the beach, or in the mountains.

Nick Tolbert

Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Mr. Tolbert is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the state of Georgia, and has been licensed since 2011.  Mr. Tolbert has been with A.S. Turner & Sons since 2019.  Before serving in the funeral industry, Mr. Tolbert served 34 years with the Clayton County Fire and Emergency services, from which he retired.

Anthony Eberhardt

Retired
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Anthony lives in Decatur, GA. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is a member of NFDA and GFDA. He and his wife, Jan have one child.

Charles A. Nelson, Jr. CCO

Semi-Retired
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Charles is a third generation native of Atlanta, Georgia.  He attended DeKalb County, Georgia elementary and secondary  schools and received a B.A. degree in from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Following college he attended and graduated from (the late) Atlanta Law School receiving both a LL.B. and LL.M. degree.  After working he decided to follow his life long compassion and entered the funeral profession. He attended and graduated Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service having the privilege of being taught by the late Russell Milison and received both an A.A. degree and Graduate Funeral Service Diploma. He has been employed in the funeral profession at several funeral homes, both corporate and private since 1978. Now semi-retired he is still actively employed with A. S. Turner and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory as he has been for the past 14 years.  He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Georgia Funeral Directors Association and the Georgia Academy of Graduate Embalmers. He has had the same wife for 45 years resulting in two wonderful daughters and sons-in-law, and three fantastic granddaughters.  His hobbies are mainly his family, his home and and his profession.

Rickey Blackburn

Retired
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Rickey was born in Savannah, Georgia, graduated from Screven County High School in 1970, and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Science in 1983. He is a member of GFDA, NFDA, Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, and is a Certified Cremation Operator. He lives in Jackson, Georgia, is married, has 4 children, and 14 grandchildren. Rickey enjoys hunting, fishing, and dirt track racing. His goal is "To treat every family as if they were my own."

Tom Pickren

Retired
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Tom and his wife, Susan live in Decatur, GA. Tom has been a member of our staff since 1994 and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is a member of NFDA, the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia. Tom has been a member First Decatur United Methodist Church for over 20 years. He is a graduate of Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service and holds a degree from the University of Georgia. He enjoys traveling and reading.

Harry Searcy

Retired
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Harry joined the staff of A. S. Turner & Sons in 1973. He does maintenance work in the building and also on our fleet of cars. Harry lives in Lithonia, GA. He is married and has three sons, 20 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He enjoys talking on his CB radio, fishing and sports.

Nancy Shealy

Retired
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Miss Nancy is a native of Decatur, GA and helps part time in the business office since her retirement from the banking industry. Her mother, Ann was the secretary at A. S. Turner and Sons from 1938 to until her retirement after 60 years in 1998.

James Walters

Retired
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James was born in nearby Gwinnett County and moved with his family in 1959 to the South DeKalb area of Decatur. He graduated from Gordon High School in 1966, the same year that he began his funeral service career as an apprentice. He served his country in the U. S. Navy Reserves for 10 years, two of which were on active duty during the war in Vietnam. James was a 1972 graduate of Gupton Jones College and received his funeral director license in 1974. During his life of service to others, James has belonged to many veterans' organizations and civic clubs, which resulted in honorary life memberships from the Jaycees and American Legion. In 1991, James received the George Washington Honor Medal for Community Service from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. He served 10 years on the Snellville City Council and the Zoning Board of Appeals. In 1995, James received the Community Service Award from the Georgia Municipal Association. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. The love of genealogy is one of his passions and in 1998, James documented direct lineage to a hero of the American Revolution from South Carolina. He and his sons are charter members of the Button Gwinnett Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. James is married to his high school sweetheart, Jeannie Freeman. They live in Snellville and have two sons and four grandchildren.

Ralph Turner

1920 - 2008
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Ralph Turner was born July 9, 1920 to A. S. and Myra Haygood Turner in Decatur, Georgia. He graduated from Decatur Boys High School in 1938. He attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and received his Embalmer's license in 1941 and was issued a Funeral Director's license in 1950. On October 19, 1944 he married Mary Evelyn Campbell from Scottsboro, Alabama. They were married for almost 56 years before her death on September 23, 2000. They had four children, Patricia Turner, Fred Turner, Jane Turner and Carol Turner and two grandchildren, Scott Turner and Caroline Turner. Ralph and Evelyn traveled extensively and visited such places as Japan, India, Tibet, Burma, China, Bhutan, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe, the Galapagos Islands, went whitewater rafting on the Colorado River and cruised the Amazon River. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U. S. Army Air Force during World War II and piloting supply planes in the India China Wing of the Air Transport Command. He also served in the first weather reconnaissance squadron and was in the first squadron to fly hurricane reconnaissance. After the war he returned to work in the funeral home. He is a member of NFDA, GFDA and Select Independent Funeral Homes, the CBI Veterans Association and has attended every NFDA convention since 1948.

 

Fred C. Turner

1947 - 2019
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Fred, a grandson of A. S. Turner, is the Director of Community Affairs and Business Development Manager. He and his wife, Janie, live in Atlanta, GA. They have two children, Scott and Caroline. Fred has been on staff since 1970 and has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1974. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Georgia and graduated from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service. He is a member of NFDA, GFDA and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia. Fred is a member and Past President of the Decatur Rotary Club, member and Past President of DeKalb College Foundation. He also serves on the DeKalb Medical Center Foundation as Memorials Chair and the Annual Support Committee. He is Past President and a member of the Advisory Committee of the DeKalb Unit of the American Heart Association Fred received "Volunteer of the Year" award from the DeKalb Unit of the American Heart Association and a Distinguished Service Medallion from the Georgia Affiliate, American Heart Association. He is a member of Northside United Methodist Church and serves on the Church Administrative Board. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of United Family Life Insurance Co. and the DeKalb Unit of the American Cancer Society. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from DeKalb College. He was a member of Pack 42, Troup 6 and Explorer Post 175 in Decatur from 1954 to 1965. He went to Philmont Scout Ranch in 1962. He was Friends of Scouting Chairman for Service area 3 for 2 years and presently serves as Chairman of District Operations for Service Area 1. He was assistant Cub Master and Webelos II Den Leader with Pack 577 at Oak Grove United Methodist Church. He has been a member of the Executive Board of the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America since 1987 and received a District Award of Merit from the DeKalb District.

Bob Frahm

In Loving Memory, 2013
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Bob lives in Lilburn, GA, has been a member of our staff since 1976 and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1979. He is a member of NFDA, the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia and has attended a Life Appreciation Seminar. He and his wife, Mary, have three children and five grandchildren. Bob is a US Navy veteran and is a graduate of Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service. He enjoys singing in his church choir, being a grandfather and riding his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle.

Mike Lamb

In Loving Memory, 2016
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Mike joined the staff of A. S. Turner & Sons in August of 2007. Mike lives in Decatur, GA. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in North Carolina, Florida and Georgia. He is a Certified Cremation Operator. Mike attended the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in Louisville. He has two daughters and one son and four grandchildren. He enjoys cooking, sewing and traveling.

Dennis Dollar

In Loving Memory, 2016
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Dennis was born in Columbus and is a life-long resident of Georgia. He is a 1987 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Science. He has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1987. He is a member of the Georgia Funeral Director's Association and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers. Dennis lives in Atlanta and has 2 daughters, Kelsi and Kyra.