No Man Is An Island

Posted on April 28th, 2016
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She was minding her own business, focused on the task at hand, so she never saw it coming. She did not realize there was evil within reach, disguised as something so innocent . . . so ordinary.  She did not know until it was too late. The situation as described could relate to any number […]

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No Shrines Today

Posted on April 21st, 2016
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Recently my daughter-in-law came by the funeral home. I’m not sure why but she really doesn’t have to have a reason . . . especially if she has the grandkids in tow. My son—her husband—took the opportunity to show her all the stuff we’d renovated . . . the two newly redone staterooms . . […]

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He Doesn’t Own a Watch

Posted on April 14th, 2016
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A few years ago a woman called wanting to schedule a funeral for her husband on the following Saturday. It was early in the week but it’s not too unusual to have families that wish to wait until the weekend to hold a service.  It gives some folks the opportunity to attend that might otherwise […]

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Gone Too Soon

Posted on April 7th, 2016
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It’s been a tough week in Savannah—or as one employee put it, a heavy week—and as I’m writing this it’s only half done. It isn’t because of the number of families we’ve been called upon to serve; it isn’t because someone well-known in the community died or because we lost one of our own.  When […]

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Mind Over Matter

Posted on March 31st, 2016
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Long before I was even a consideration, my great-grandmother began a Shackelford tradition—during the week of Thanksgiving she would prepare a feast for the employees and their families. I tend to believe it was held the Tuesday before the actual holiday, mainly because that was the day I remember as a child . . . […]

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Old Habits

Posted on March 23rd, 2016
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Last Thursday we worked frantically, trying to get everything ready to open the new lounge in Savannah . . . the lounge that is on the first floor rather than at the top of 15 labor-intensive steps. The nice Coke people brought us a newer machine than the one we had—and finally managed to get […]

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Just Don’t Ask

Posted on March 10th, 2016
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“I just wanted to tell you you’re probably going to get a complaint on me.” So began my Monday morning, with a phone call from one of the secretaries, preparing to tattle on herself.  My initial thought was “Now what?” but I can’t be sure that actually came out of my mouth. It seems someone […]

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A Part of the Past

Posted on March 3rd, 2016
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Lately I’ve been on a quest, one I began some years ago but this time with a different objective. Originally, I wanted an early picture of the funeral home in Savannah, the three story brick one that faced Main Street and was my next door neighbor growing up. It was pretty convenient for my parents […]

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The Benjamin Button Effect

Posted on February 25th, 2016
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A long time ago in what seemed like a faraway place, a friend of mine watched as his father died of cancer. It was a death years in the making with each just a little worse than the previous. When the end finally came, it came with a vengeance and suffering that refused to be […]

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Every Life Has a Story

Posted on February 17th, 2016
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Cazmo Nicholoff Husband of Effie Nicholoff July 23, 1895 February 11, 1928 An American Soldier whom our country called. He fought for her and in the end did fall. So reads a particular monument in Mars Hill Cemetery in McNairy County. It might have gone unnoticed had there not been one just a few feet […]

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