Upcoming Events


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GFDA's Annual Summer Convention will be held on June 3-6, 2018, at the beautiful King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort in St. Simons Island, GA. Please make your plans to attend, as we will guarantee you will love this wonderful family atmosphere, awesome food, relaxed scenery, and the overall mood of this wonderful place! We can assure you that GFDA’s best days are ahead, and we look forward to being a part of it with each of you. 


GFDA is proud to announce our Continuing Education Programs for the 2018 Annual Summer Convention! 
"The Obsequies of Rev. Billy Graham"
with Mike Squires, CFSP, CCO, Southern Calls

with Nathan Gravley, Federated Insurance

 "Battling Burnout & Building Resilience: Supporting & Retaining Funeral Professionals"
with Jason Troyer, PhD, Mt Hope Grief Services

We will also have our annual events:
Past Presidents Breakfast, Golf Tournament, Roundtable Discussions, Annual Dinner and Party, Business Meeting and  Memorial Service


Our room block is open and we encourage you to make your reservations early! The King and Prince now offers online reservations for our group. You can use the link below to make your room reservations online for your preferred length of stay at the GFDA group rates (including before and after the convention, as hotel availability allows). Of course, you may also call if you prefer.

  • Online Reservations HERE
  • Call for Reservations 1-800-342-0212


Continuing Education Programs
Federated Insurance
Homesteaders Life Company

Hospitality Cottage

Roundtable Discussions

Sponsorship opportunities are available!
 If you are interested in sponsorship,
contact staff@gfda.org. 

Important Reminders for Wednesday, June 6

Annual Memorial Service - Wednesday, June 6 at 9:30 AM - This allows for family members arrival.  Obituary Notices are posted HERE. GFDA will contact families in the coming months and will publish the memorial list for review prior to final preparations for the convention.
Funeral Service Achievement Awards -  If you are or know of a funeral director celebrating their 10, 25, 40, 50 or 60 year mark in funeral service, please send an email to staff@gfda.org so we may recognize them during our business meeting. 
GFDA Scholarship Award - GFDA Scholarship Award - GFDA offers a $1000.00 scholarship to be awarded to one student at Gupton-Jones and one funeral service student at Ogeechee Tech during our Annual Summer Convention.  All applications must be filled out in full to be considered.  Further, the award of scholarships is at the discretion of the GFDA Executive Board; if minimum award criteria are met, the scholarship will be awarded.  If minimum criteria are not met by any applicant, the Board reserves the right to not award a scholarship(s) in any given year.  Students must have served or be serving their apprenticeship at, or currently be employed by, a GFDA-member funeral home in order to qualify. 
NOTE: Fully completed scholarship submissions are due to the GFDA office by Monday, April 16, 2018 (Mail to GFDA, P.O. Box 1865, Roswell, GA  30077).  Applicants may contact their school administration office or  staff@gfda.org for a scholarship form. 


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"Elevating the Message - the WHY Behind Funeral Service" with Tyler Anderson
Sponsored by Precoa

“Upping Your Game – What to Do When the Competition Levels the Playing Field” with Doug Gober
Sponsored by Bass-Mollet Publishers

“Serving the Families of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting of October 2017” with Bill Vallie
Sponsored by Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions

"The Opioid Epidemic" with Phil Pares
Sponsored by Funeral Service Foundation

"The Power of Servant Leadership" with James Hunter
Sponsored by Batesville 

Monday AM Break Sponsor
Sponsored by Atlanta Crematory

Monday Lunch Sponsor
Sponsored by Precoa

Monday PM Break Sponsor
SCI Georgia Funeral Services

Monday Evening Entertainment by the Flying Fingers 
Sponsored by Federated Insurance 

Tuesday AM Break Sponsor
Sponsored by Shields Professional Vehicles

Gold Sponsors
Ambulance & Coach Sales
American Mortuary Coolers
Doric / Classic Metal Vaults
Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions
NewBridge Group
Physicians Mutual 

Silver Sponsor
Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company
Vantage Products Corporation

Bronze Sponsors
Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Company
Columbian Financial Group
Hightower Family Funeral Homes 
Stanley Funeral Home & Crematory - Dublin Chapel

Expo Supporters
A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory
Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 
Caldwell  & Cowan Funeral Home
Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors
Curtis Funeral Home
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Inc. 
J. Bird Hodges, Jr. 
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home
Lovein Funeral Home, Inc. 
McKoon Funeral Home
McLeighton Funeral Service
Perry Funeral Chapel, Inc.  
R. Bryant Hightower, Jr., CFSP
Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home
Stanley Funeral Home & Crematory - Dublin Chapel
Stanley Funeral Home & Crematory - Wrightsville Chapel
Striffler-Hamby Mortuary
Watson-Hunt Funeral Home, Inc.
West Cobb Funeral Home & Crematory


ABM Funding

All About Honor

Ambulance & Coach Sales

American Benefit Life Insurance Company

American Mortuary Coolers


Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Company

Barnwood Casket Company

Bass-Mollett Publishers

Beck Transport DBA Chastain Professional Services 

Biotrauma, Inc.

Capstone Technologies

Cemetery Funeral Supply

Cherokee Casket Company, Inc.

Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company

Clark Grave Vault

Cloud Mortuary Services

Columbian Financial Group

Countryside Casket

Crain MM Sales

Custom Air Trays

Customer Care Specialist, LLC

Doric / Classic Metal Vaults

Elite Funeral Funding Group, Inc.

Empower Sound

Evergreen Direct Media

Express Funeral Funding

Federated Insurance

Funeral Directors Life (FDLC)
Funeral Home Gifts

FuneralCall Answering Service

Georgia Eye Bank, Inc.


Great Western Insurance Company, Inc.

Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service

Halcyon Deathcare Management Solutions

Homesteaders Life Company
Investors Heritage Life Insurance Company

Legacy Touch

LifeLink of Georgia
Live Oak Bank

Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions

Medical Waste Disposal LLC

Memoriams by Ancestry


National Cemetery Administration
NewBridge Group


Osiris Software

Physicians Mutual



Principal Financial Group
Roberts Research & Marketing, LLC

Service Casket Company

Shields Professional Vehicles

Shiva Shade

Southern Calls

Standifer Insurance Group

Thacker Caskets, Inc.

The Dodge Company


Vantage Products Corporation

Ward's Transport and Supplies


Executive Committee Meetings
Should you have items you wish to bring before the Executive Committee, please contact a GFDA Executive Committee Member or the Executive Director 2 weeks prior to the meeting date.  Our next Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for May 3, 2018. 


Thank you to everyone who attended our North and South Georgia District Meetings!  Each meeting was filled with fellowship and gave attendees the opportunity to learn important information about funeral service matters in Georgia and nationally.  Attendees participated in open dialog about potential legislation, GFDA committee work and events, and shared information about matters in their area.  

Thank you to our District Chairs and Sponsors


District2 - CountryClub of Columbus

Sponsor - Batesville

District Chair, Chris Conkle

District1E - OconeeCivic Center

Sponsor - Master Grave Service, Inc.

District Chair, Wendy Eidson

District1W - Stonewall Manor

Sponsor - Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company

District Chair, Scott McBrayer



District3 - BeaverCreek Plantation

Sponsor - Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Company

District Chair, Ken Tomlinson

District5 - Sybil'sRestaurant

Sponsor - Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company

District Chair, Reginald Pierce


District4 - TiftonElks Club Lodge

Sponsors - Homesteaders Life Company & MatthewsAurora Funeral Solutions

District Chair, Rob Lovein

Thank you to everyone who participated in our PAC & Scholarship Fund Raffles

PAC Fund Raffle

District 2, District 3, District 4 & District 5 - Rocker Donated by Barnwood Casket Company
District 1E & District 1W - 
Rocker Donated by  Countryside Casket Company  

Scholarship Fund Raffle
Suit & Pair of UGA vs Kentucky Football Game Tickets
Donated by Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Company

Our  2017 Continuing Education programs have ended but we are looking
forward to all 2018 has in store for funeral service professionals! 
 Visit our Save the Dates section below and mark your calendars! 
Event registration information will be available soon.

Should you have information you would like to share with other GFDA Members
or have a need in your area, remember, GFDA District Chairs, Executive Committee, 
 and Executive Director are here to help you.  
If you are unsure of your District,
vist our GFDA District Chairs, here

Our Autumn Classic was a BIG success!
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this event!

Our Autumn Classic had a great response with 55 attendees and everyone had a GREAT time! As often happens, emergencies and business intervened which unfortunately kept many who registered from attending - we missed you and hope to see you at our District Meetings in October! 

As we loaded the shuttle, you could feel the excitement in the air and with our escort, courtesy of the Cobb County Police, attendees arrived right at the steps of the stadium.  Upon walking up the steps, the excitement grew and attendees quickly enjoyed all the sights and everything The Battery and SunTrust Park had to offer!  Once we gathered in the Hank Aaron Terrace, we enjoyed delicious food, beverages, peanuts and popcorn while watching our home town Atlanta Braves! The score didn't matter, everyone was busy enjoying time with their friends and making new ones! After the game, we were escorted back for a restful night sleep at the elegant Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel.  Overnight guests enjoyed a delicious breakfast before walking a few steps to the beautiful City Club Marietta course.  Each player enjoyed a round of golf on the challenging, mountain course that offered the finest playing experience among rolling hills, towering pines and spectacular Southern vistas!  Our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams, as well as our Longest Drive and 2 Closest to the Pins winners, received crystal tournament trophies and unique Braves autographed memorabilia.  

GFDA’s Executive Committee and Executive Director would like to thank David Roach for his tireless work and our Sponsors for their support on this 1st Autumn Classic.  Next year, we look forward to inviting our sister associations in surrounding states to participate and seeing everyone in 2018!

If you attended, we encourage you to share your photos on our app and Facebook page, or email them to staff@gfda.org, so we can share the memories with everyone!  

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