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HISTORY & PROCEDURES


The Alabama Board of Funeral Service is the regulatory and licensing agency for the funeral home profession in the state of Alabama. It was created in 1975 by Act 214 of the Alabama Legislature's Regular Session and actual office operation began in early 1976. The Board is made up of nine members, seven professional members from each U.S. Congressional district and two consumer members. The seven professional members are appointed by the Governor, one consumer member is appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, and one consumer member by the Speaker of the House. Each member serves a four-year term and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. Each October a meeting is held in Montgomery for all funeral directors and embalmers of the state for the purpose of nominating potential professional members for the districts that terms expire in December of that year, with the new terms beginning in January. On odd numbered years nominations are taken for districts three, four, six, and seven. On even numbered years nominations are taken for districts one, two, and five. To be eligible to serve as a professional member, a person must have been either licensed to practice embalming for ten consecutive years prior to the appointment or actively engaged in the practice of funeral directing for ten consecutive years prior to the appointment and must also be the operator of a funeral establishment. The total Board composition must include a minimum of four licensed embalmers, with the remaining professional members who are funeral directors who are also funeral establishment operators. The consumer members may not have held, nor currently hold, a license or certification issued by the board, may not be employed at any time by, or professionally or financially associated with, the holder of a license or certificate issued by the board, and may not be related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to the holder of a license or certificate issued by the board.

At the first meeting of each term, the members elect a chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer. The Board meets once every quarter, traditionally in January, April, July, and October. At these meetings license applications for funeral directors, embalmers, and funeral establishments are reviewed as well as those applicants who wish to reinstate their licenses. The Board also addresses any other agenda items for that quarter.

The Board also has the authority to conduct administrative hearings to determine if a licensee has committed acts that violate any funeral service laws or regulations and, if found guilty, what penalty to impose. Suspension, revocation, refusal to renew, and refusal to issue a license are all possible penalties along imposing fines up to $2500 per violation. If a licensee is found guilty and penalties are imposed, he/she may appeal the Board's ruling to circuit court. All complaints, information, or evidence concerning a potential violation should be reported to the Board staff and not the members directly. Any member who has prior knowledge of a case before a hearing will not be allowed to participate in the hearing. The members basically serve as the jury and may only hear and consider testimony and evidence presented at the hearing.


PAST MEMBERS


This page is devoted to the men and women who have served as Board members since its inception in 1975 to whom a great deal of gratitude is owed for their dedicated service to the state. While the congressional district areas have shifted and changed many times since 1975, the following is a listing of members who have represented each district.

DISTRICT ONE

Taylor Hodge
Wayne Lathan
Gary Wolfe
Grover Radney
Bobbie Brown
Cecil Simpson
Ronald Gray
Mark Craddock
Jimmy O'Bryant
Carole Jones Banks
Thomas Maye
DISTRICT TWO

Sam Cope
F.D. Lee
J.L. Trawick
E.R. Hudson
Herman Singleton
Stanley Griffin
David Ross
Maxie Searcy
Kym Keahey
Larry Fluker
Willie Stanford
Joe Lewis
Noah Turner
Lorenzo Wright

DISTRICT THREE

Eddy Dryden
Julius Vines
Frank Bentley
Tommy Cargile
Franklin McGee
Jim Thompson
Koven Brown
Bill Trant
Jeffery Harris
Tony Taylor
Samuel Seroyer
Lance Brooks



DISTRICT FOUR

Dean Deaton
Billy Mull
Frank Daniels
Randy Jackson
Rex Pinkard
Tim McRae
Kim Horton
Bart Kirtland
J. Whitfield Miles
Jason Maise
Bart Kirtland



DISTRICT FIVE

Billy Ray Blythe
Stanley Elkins
James Grigg
James Jones
Steve Chenault
Melvin Kelley
Troy Shelton
Arthur Graves
Terri Ray
John Cook Rudder
John Purdy
Michael Morrison








DISTRICT SIX

Thomas Gardner
Pinkie Shortridge
Seymour Foster
Howard Johnson
Herman Waters
Norman Parsons
Larry Barr
Ron Whitacre
Kenneth Stinson
Steve Rockco
Debbie Martin
Terry Wilson
Calvin Meadows








DISTRICT SEVEN


Randall Miller
Ben Wilkinson
Jimmy Martin
Billy Rockco
Virgil Eiland
Bobby Deavers
Danny Steele
Rachel Arrington
Eleanor Dawkins
Warren Lavender
Henry Moore, Jr.
Robert L. Kidd, Jr.
Rita Woods
Jason Wyatt
Annie Bushelon Holt







STAFF


Executive Director
James Horn
1976-77
Wayne Thorn
1977-82
Warren Higgins
1982-2013
Charles M. Perine
2013-Present

Associate Executive
Director

Simon Madden
1976-1984
Lorenzo Wright
1985-2010
Charles Perine
2010-2013
E. Denise Grogan
2013- Present


CONSUMER MEMBERS


Ed Hines
Bobby Burt