Local funeral homes change hands

Friday, September 24, 2010

On Sept. 17, Aubrey Duncan finalized the sale of London and Cornersville Funeral Homes to Adam Perryman and Gregory Hardison. Perryman and Hardison, licensed funeral directors and embalmers, are local young men who grew up here in Marshall County. Both of them have strong family ties to this area. Perryman is the son of Ralph and Carol Perryman. He is married to Lee Cathey and they have two daughters. Hardison is the son of Glenn and Ginger Hardison and he is married to Haley Humphrey.

This date is a repeat of history for London Funeral Home. Gaston London, who opened the doors of London Funeral Home for the first time on Oct. 7, 1937, passed the torch to Duncan and Huston "Friday" Higdon in 1964.

"I'm giving these young men the same opportunity that Mr. London gave me and Friday," Duncan said. "They have proved themselves to be loyal employees for several years. I have no doubt they will carry on the tradition of hard work and good service for the people of this area."

As the new owners of London and Cornersville Funeral Homes, Perryman and Hardison said, "We look forward to serving the people of this area in our new roles. We are appreciative of the opportunity that Aubrey is passing on to us. We hope to continue the traditions of service that we feel the people deserve and have come to expect from the staff of London and Cornersville Funeral Homes."

Duncan is slowing down, but he is not leaving the funeral homes by any means.

"The people of Marshall County have been good to me and I will continue to be available," he said.

Sarah Haynes, who is a licensed funeral director, licensed pre-need counselor, and office manager has been with the firms for 33 years. She will continue with Perryman and Hardison, serving the people as she has for many years.

Billy Hasting, another licensed funeral director who has been with the firms for several years, had made plans earlier to retire this year. His retirement will be effective as of Oct. 15.

The staff of London and Cornersville Funeral Homes invites everyone to attend a reception to share Aubrey's milestone and transition in life Saturday, Oct.2, from 3 until 5 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church J.T. McKnight Ministry Center, located across the street from London Funeral Home.