September 2021

Page A18 SEPTEMBER 2021 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on A www. By Mark Bowser In her wonderful volumes on American his- tory, Mara Pratt shared a story about George Washington that we should all take to heart. One day during the American Revolution, General George Washington rode upon a number of soldiers who were working to raise a beam up to the top of a military structure. The men somehow didn’t recognize General Washington. All the men were working except one. That one man continued to bark out orders. He yelled at the other men, “Now you have it! Al- ready! Pull!” Washington guided his horse a little closer to the order-barking soldier. He quietly asked the soldier why he wasn’t helping the others. The young man looked up at Washington and angrily said, “Sir, don’t you know that I am the corporal?” Washington said, “I did not realize it. Beg pardon, Mr. Corporal.” Washington then got off his horse, walked over to the soldiers and began helping them move the heavy beam. The General contin- ued until the beam was put in place on top of the structure. Then, with sweat pouring down The Foundations of Success for Funeral Directors his face, he turned to the corporal and said, “If ever you need assistance like this again, call upon Washington, your commander-in-chief, and I will come.” What is it that makes a great leader? Simply, a servant’s heart. The Corporal’s Lesson On Greatness FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Monthly Columns online at Mark Bowser is the Vice President at the Bright Corpora - tion which is one of the leading publishers of quality funeral stationary products in the world today. Mark’s grandfather bought the business in 1945 and the Bowser family is in its fourth generation of running this business. Bright Corp can be reached at Mark Bowser is the author of several books including “The 3 Pillars of Success for Funeral Directors” and “Sales Success” with Zig Ziglar. He is a Professional Speaker and the host of the popular podcast “Let Me Tell You A Story with Mark Bowser” which is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and other major platforms. He can be reached at By E lleanor S tarks B easley , cfsp Founder and Executive Director 100 B lack W omen of F uneral S ervice , I nc . Funeral Service is a privileged calling to serve the grieving and the bereaved. For Funeral Directors, the meaning of death is service. It is our responsibility to take the mystery out of it and help those who are overwhelmed with emotions. Those in the new generation of Living Legends have lifted the spirits of millions of families through their education, training, service, professionalism and compassion. Their leadership and success have broken down barriers and made them trailblazers, mentors and role models to many funeral colleagues. As we share family heritage and achievements, we recognize that every journey is different. Most importantly, their journeys are not finished yet! Please use them as mentors, ask questions, visit with them, and share their stories with others. Congratulations to the 2021 100BWFS Living Legends of Funeral Service. The 100 Black Women of Funeral Service want to make their profession the go-to career for those who know the importance of compassion, commitment and excellence in service. Email us at Celebrating a New Generation of L iving L egends of F uneral S ervice and their Contributions to the Industry A F uneral D irector ’ s J ourney The Making of a Legend C hristian F uneral D irectors Memphis, Tennessee 2021-2022 100BWFS Next Generation of Funeral Professionals Legends Award Honoree has afforded his company to become one of the lead- ing African American fam- ily-owned funeral homes in the Memphis, TN mar- ket. Throughout his twenty- three-year career as a funeral director, he has served over 300 families annually with all diversities and ethnic backgrounds. A member of several funeral associations, Jackson is committed to con- tinuing education and assist- ing associations with topics in the death care industry. His experienced background has made him a well-known speaker and recognized ex- pert in the field. Laron Jackson Laron Jackson is the president and founder of Chris- tian Funeral Directors, Inc, which was established in 1998. Thirteen years of next generation of operation W allace B roadview F uneral H ome Broadview, Illinois 2021-2022 100BWFS Next Generation of Funeral Professionals Legends Award Honoree Rory Momon Rory Momon is a licensed funeral director and embalm- er at the Wallace Boardview Funeral Home in Broad- view, IL. Established by his aunt and uncle, Vernon and Gladys Wallace in 1988, the late funeral service legends blazed a trail for Momom. Upon graduating from the Worsham College of Mor- tuary Science, Momon joined several associa- tions, holding and being elected to various offices locally and around the nation. His legacy con- tinues with his own chil- dren. Congratulations to Laron Jackson and Rory Momon on being a 2021-2022 100BWFS Next Generation of Fu- neral Professionals Leg- ends Award Honoree. Carriage Services Announces Record Second Quarter and First Half Results HOUSTON,TX— Carriage Services, Inc . (NYSE: CSV) Mel Payne , Chairman and CEO, stated, “We have continued to execute our funeral and cemetery portfolio operations and sales performance at an ex- traordinarily high level even as we have moved into a more normalized post COVID-19 Pandemic Cri- sis death rate environment during the second quarter. “The record performance in the second quarter of 2021 reflects a normalization of funeral volumes at broadly higher funeral contract revenue averages. “But the major driver of our record second quarter 2021 performance was significantly higher preneed property sales driven by the high performance sales organization that Carlos Quezada built over the past year. “We have emerged from the severe behavioral re- strictions and mandates related to the COVID-19 Pandemic a much better company in all four Funeral and Cemetery Sectors as well as our Financial Sector.” Quarterly Cash Dividend Declared Carriage Services Board of Directors on July 21, 2021 declared a quarterly dividend of 10¢ per share payable on September 1, 2021 to common share re- cord holders as of August 9, 2021. Carriage Services is a leading provider of funeral and cemetery services and merchandise in the Unit- ed States. Carriage operates 171 funeral homes in 26 states and 32 cemeteries in 11 states. For more information, and full results, visit News Funeral Home & Cemetery online Your Real Source. Anywhere. Anytime. SEND US YOUR NEWS! PO Box 5159 Youngstown, Oh 44514 1-800-321-7479