funeral director, embalmer and owner, Wilson-Eichelberger Mortuary and Restlawn Cemetery, Sanford, Florida, died October 19, 2017, at age 100.
funeral director, Knightdale, North Carolina, died October 18, 2017, at age 48. Bennett attended Fayetteville Community College and graduated in May 2007 with an associate degree in funeral service. She is survived by husband Victor G., daughters Nicole and Katelyn, one granddaughter, sister Jeanine and brothers David and Joseph.
David E. “Ned” Hillis, retired funeral director and former co-owner, Hillis, Combs & Nestor Funeral Home, Zanesville, Ohio, died October 16, 2017, at age 72. Hillis served his country in the Mortuary Division of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He, along with brother Jim, were second-generation owners of Hillis Funeral Home, where they became involved in the funeral home at a very early age with their father. After graduating from mortuary school, Hillis joined the funeral home as an embalmer and funeral director. He remained active until his retirement in 2013 as co-owner and was also an active member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and Ohio Embalmers Association. He was involved in the community, giving his time and talents to many organizations, including the Zanesville Jaycees, Zanesville Noon Rotary, Muskingum County Health Department Board of Directors and Campaign Levy. He served as chairman of the Zanesville Board of Zoning Appeals and was a long-standing member of the Knights of Columbus 505, Eagles Lodge 302 and VFW Post 1058. Hillis was also a volunteer with Genesis Healthcare. He is survived by brother Jim and sisters Ellen and Carol.
Charles W. McCulley, funeral director and owner, Angelus Funeral Home, Colorado Springs, Colorado, died October 14, 2017, at age 78. The funeral home was the first minority-owned funeral home to secure a government contract to take care of arrangements for military men and women of El Paso County. McCulley was heavily involved in several civic service organizations: NAACP, where he served as president for two terms; Pueblo Human Resources Commission (first chairman); Mount Carmel Credit Union, where he served as president of the board of directors; Disabled American Veterans, Masons and Elks. He was also recognized for recruiting minorities for the Colorado State Patrol and Rio Grande Railroad. He is survived by children Franklin O., Joseph, Velkis, Juanita, Yanera, Tamisha and Lil Joseph; and 12 grandchildren.
Edward “Eddie” Hahn, funeral director and owner, Smith Mortuary and Arkansas Wilbert Vault, Charleston, Arkansas, died October 14, 2017, at age 76. Hahn was a graduate of the University of Arkansas and served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He owned and operated Smith Mortuary, serving many families throughout the Charleston community and surrounding areas. Hahn also owned and operated Arkansas Wilbert Vault for almost 35 years, serving funeral homes throughout the Arkansas River Valley, northwest Arkansas and parts of Oklahoma. He is survived by wife Cy, daughter Shannon, sister Jane, two grandchildren and one great grandchild.
R. Stephen Butler, funeral director and CEO, Butler Funeral Home, Bolivar, Missouri, died October 14, 2017, at age 70. Butler attended Southwest Baptist University and was an honor graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1969. Following college, he returned to Bolivar, joining his parents and working with them for many years in the funeral home and ambulance business. Butler and wife Jarolyn shared responsibilities at the funeral home, and he continued to work daily beside her since they joined the Holman-Howe team in 2008. Through the years, Butler was active in various community and civic organizations, including the Bolivar Optimist Club, Bolivar Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Funeral Directors Association and NFDA. He is survived by wife Jarolyn.
Joanne Haigh Black, funeral director/owner, Haigh-Black Funeral Home, Daytona Beach, Florida, died October 14, 2017, at age 92. Black’s father, Harry Haigh, and her mother-in-law, Evelyn Brooks, established Haigh-Brooks Morticians. Black was licensed in 1960 and was one of the first female licensed directors in the state and remained licensed at her death. Husband Robert joined the business in 1954 and the name was changed to Haigh-Black Funeral Home. Black was an active community member, serving on several boards: Family Welfare Association, United Way and Volusia County Planning Board, in addition to state and national funeral service organizations. She was active in the Girl and Boy Scouts, Riverview Elementary PTA, Seabreeze Junior/Senior High Schools and Band Parents Association. Black was past president of Daytona Beach Junior League, for which she taught parliamentary law for 20 years, and a member of P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter BD. She is survived by sons Harry and Norman, daughter Shirley, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Charles W. McCulley, Colorado funeral director Charles W. McCulley, MSP, passed away on October 14, 2017 in Pueblo after a brief illness.
Charles was born July 18, 1939 in Pocatello, ID. He was 8 years old when he began working with his uncle in the funeral business; did his first embalming at age 14 and eventually graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He was a pioneer and mentor to many funeral directors throughout his career.
Charles and his late wife, Petra, were owners of the Angelus Chapel Mortuaries for more than 50 years, now succeeded by their children.
Mr. McCulley is survived by 7 children and 7 grandchildren.
retired funeral director, Texas, died December 13, 2017, at age 81. Miller received his bachelor of science degree from East Texas State College in 1957. He graduated from Dallas Institute-Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1958 and received his funeral director license in 1958 and embalmer license in 1959. Miller was a member of Pi Sigma Eta Mortuary Fraternity. He worked as a funeral director at W.Y. Goff Funeral Home in Commerce, Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home in Lubbock and Hampton-Vaughan Funeral Home in Wichita Falls from 1954-63. Miller then became involved in mortuary science education as an instructor at Dallas Institute (1963-67); dean at Commonwealth College of Sciences, Houston (1967-70); president of The Bryman School in Houston (1970-71); vice president of Professional Training Schools and Pierce Mortuary Colleges (1971-87); president of Pierce Mortuary Colleges and Professional Training Schools (1987-97); member of Pierce Mortuary Colleges Board of Trustees; and member of the board of directors of Professional Training Schools and Pierce Chemical/Royal Bond. Miller’s memberships and accomplishments include: 60-year member and Master Mason, Hella Temple Shrine; 50-year recognition as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 2008; Texas Funeral Directors Association, Texas Funeral Supply Sales Club; chairman of Programs and Education Committee, TFDA; Funeral Supply Salesman of the Year in 1988, selected by the Kansas Funeral Directors Association; Member of the board of directors of the Kansas Funeral Supply Sales Club (1985-97); president of Kansas Funeral Supply Sales Club (1988); South Central Texas Funeral Directors Association Salesman of the Year, 1999; Funeral Supplier of the Year in 2000 by the Texas Funeral Directors Association; and Certificate of Special Recognition from the Texas Funeral Service Commission in 1997. He is survived by wife Sue, daughter Jeri, sons Jeff and Jay, two grandchildren and brother Jim.
Johannes Hardy “Joe” Springer, funeral director, owner and operator, Springer Turner Funeral Home, Richfield and Salina, Utah, died October 13, 2017, at age 83. Springer graduated from the UCLA School of Mortuary Science and joined his father in the mortuary business in 1959, owning and operating Springer Turner Funeral Home until his death. He was an active member of the Utah Funeral Directors Association, where he served many years on the board of directors and as president from 1991-92. Springer was heavily involved in his community of Salina and the surrounding areas. He served many years as an EMT and EMT trainer, and he helped start the first ambulance service serving the Salina area. Springer served on the Salina City Council and volunteered in many local organizations, including the Jaycees, Lions Club and American Legion. He also served in the Utah Air National Guard. He is survived by wife Sharon; sons Kelly, Gaylan and Blake; sister Claudia; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.