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Page A32 JULY 2022 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on A www.vischerfuneralsupplies.com by KNAUER INDUSTRIES . . . Your Choice for when it Matters Most Since 1941 Cherokee A 1976 graduate of the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Carl M. Williams served as president of Ivey Brothers Funeral Home in Atlanta, GA until he and his wife, Carol Thomas Williams purchased the business These women stand out! Whether continuing their family’s legacy or taking a leap of faith into the profession, they have become leaders through hard work and dedication to the Funeral Service Industry. As managers, owners, role models and mentors, each of these women have an inspiring vision, and have used their talents to help others. These leaders encourage creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and teamwork. They empower and motivate others – connecting their personal goals to their professional goals – leaving a legacy of insight and professionalism. Let’s recognize their achievements! By Elleanor Starks, cfsp Founder and Executive Director 100 Black Women of Funeral Service, Inc. Phenomenal Women in Leadership Carl M. Williams Funeral Directors, Inc. Atlanta, Georgia Carl M. Williams Carol Thomas Williams and Chante Williams-Blackwell Carol Thomas Williams and Chante Williams-Blackwell in 1994, renaming it Ivey-Williams Funeral Home. In 1995 the business was renamed Carl M. Williams Funeral Directors, Inc. An author and public speaker, Carol Thomas Williams is also a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Georgia and South Carolina. She is a certified funeral service manager, Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, Certified Preneed Counselor and has a Crematory Operations Certificate program. Carol was an instructor at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Science, where her Associates degree was earned and now serves as the executive director for the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association Inc. Chante Williams-Blackwell is the middle child and only daughter of Carl and Carol Williams. In 2018, she began her funeral service apprenticeship under the guidance of her mother, and later enrolled in mortuary science program at Jefferson State. Although she is no longer at Jefferson State, she continues to work on her apprenticeship and plans to go back to school within the next year. Williams-Blackwell continues to seek knowledge about the funeral industry and long with her brothers, Carlos and Aaron look forward to growing and developing her family’s business and its legacy. Send Us Your News! info@NomisPublications.com PO Box 5159, Youngstown, OH 44514 CALL 1-800-321-7479 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS ter we are gone. We want to keep those traditions alive by repeating them yearly. Our grandchildren will always remember my husband and me, their time with us during the Covid crisis, the fun and conversations we shared, and the love that runs deep within our souls for each other. Covid prison wasn’t all bad. Our activities together, now traditions will forever inspire love and lead my grandchildren to improve themselves and the world around them. Tracy Renee Lee is a Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C), Funeral Director (FDIC), published author, syndicated columnist, and co-founder of the “Mikey Joe Children’s Memorial” and Heaven Sent, Corp. She was the American Funeral Director of the Year Runner-Up and recipient of the BBB’s Integrity Award. Listen to her podcast, Deadline at https://open.spotify. com/show/7MHPy4ctu9OLvdp2JzQsAA or at https://anchor. fm/tracy874. Follow her on Instagram at Deadline_TracyLee. Remodels and Traditions Continued from Page A30 Now offering a Personalized Memorial Line custom greet ing cards • funeral programs memor ial inv i tat ions • t-sh i rts • magnets prayer cards • Canvas Pr ints • full color banners Members of the Funeral Industry Save 10% Every Day! Call today for your FREE Sample Kit I nv i tat ions • yard s i gns pos t e rs • s tamp ers Bus i ne ss Cards and Forms S eat i ng Char t s • T i cke t s labe l s • Acce s sor i e s Promot ional I t ems 8570 Foxwood Court Youngstown, Ohio 44514 800-321-7479 info@boardmanprinting.com www.boardmanprinting.com