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Welcome to the Independent Funeral Directors of Georgia website. Please take a few minutes to look over our many different activities we have planned throughout the year. We feel we have assimilated a like minded organization that supports, promotes, and encourages independent funeral homes across Georgia.

Your membership allows us to provide you and your firm with a strong and effective representation in our state. We work on a daily basis to educate our representatives and our members. Every issue will be presented to our members for their input, your opinion matters to IFDG. Your membership also allows you to benefit from training, meetings, and educational resources, as well as you receive substantial discounts from our partner organizations. We keep our members informed of current events via emails, our website, newsletters, during our roundtables and our summer conference.

Our strongest attribute is the enduring friendships created throughout our organization. These friendships allow us to discuss areas of opportunities in each of our markets. We not only benefit each other, we enhance the families whom we serve daily.

Thank you for taking the time to review our website, we are thankful for our members, our vendor friends, and we welcome new members!


IFDG's Annual Conference will be held August 3-6, 2014, at the Jekyll Island Club. 

Conference Deadlines are approaching:

Exhibitor, Sponsor and Program Ad registrations must be received by close of business Friday, July 25 to be included in printed materials and signs.

Attendee registration prices increase at close of business Friday, July 25.

More information can be found on our Meetings page or by following these links: 

2014 Annual Conference (Agenda, Registration Forms, Venue Information and more)

Sponsorship Opportunities Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Registration for sponsorships must be received by Friday, July 25 to be included in printed items and on signs.  

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors (to date)

Welcome Reception Master Grave Service/Signet Supply

Golf Tournament Sponsor McDaniels Financial Services

Golf Tournament Lunch Georgia Eye Bank, Inc.

Golf Tournament Beverage Cart Matthews International

Golf Tournament Team Sponsor

Stanley Funeral Home and Crematory

Tim Stewart Funeral Home

Townsend Brothers Funeral Home, Inc.

Golf Tournament Hole Sponsors

Aurora Casket Company

Bearden Funeral Home

Castellaw Funeral Home

Cherokee Casket Company

Ford Stewart Funeral Home

Henderson and Sons Funeral Home

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home

Matthews International

Paulk Funeral Home

Shephard Funeral Home

Stanley Funeral Home and Crematory

Tim Stewart Funeral Home

Tommy Johnson

Townsend Brothers Funeral Home, Inc.

Conference Sponsors

Ambulance & Funeral Coach

Cherokee Casket Company

Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company

Federated Insurance

Messenger Stationery

Service Casket Company

Shields Southeast Sales, Inc.

Taylor Funeral Homes


Exhibitor Registration Last call for Exhibit Booths! Registration for booths will close July 25, 2014.

Thank you to our Conference Exhibitors (to date)

Ambulance & Funeral Coach

Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Company

Aurora Casket Company


Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company

Doric of N. Georgia / Doric Products

Federated Insurance

Foothills Planning Services

Georgia Eye Bank

Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service

Homesteaders Life

LifeLink of Georgia

McDaniels Financial Services

Master Grave Service

Matthews International


Ogeechee Technical College

Pierce Companies

Shields Southeast Sales, Inc.

Thacker Caskets, Inc.

The Dodge Company

The Heritage Company

The Outlook Group, Inc. / Physicians Mutual

Vantage Products Corporation


Note: Sponsors and Exhibitors will be designated with nametags, listed in our programs and signs during our conference, as well as listed on our website, mailings, briefings and announcements.


(Left to Right)

Charlie Watts, IFDG Lobbyist; Dan Reece, Matthews Sales Representative; Brad McKinney, Roper Funeral Home; Richard Nathan Stanley, IV, IFDG President; Governor Nathan Deal; Rob Roberson, IFDG 1st Vice President; Ted Bearden, IFDG Past President; Amanda Lucas, IFDG Director, District V; Thomas Lucas; and Kevin Roper, IFDG Director, District VII

  • Georgia Secretary of State, Brian Kemp will be attending and speaking during IFDG's 2014 Annual Conference.
  • IFDG's Nominating Committee Members, Chairperson Barry Henderson, Edgar Perry and Richard Stanley, have submitted the Slate of Nominees for the 2014-2015 Board of Directors
    • The election will be held by membership vote during the 2014 Annual Conference General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, August 5, 2014,  and installation will be held during IFDG's banquet Tuesday evening. 
  • IFDG's Conference agenda leaves your afternoons free to relax on your own.  However, that doesn't mean there aren't numerous activities at the hotel or in the surrounding area.  We would like to encourage you to take a moment to review the activities Jekyll Island has to offer.  If you find something that interests you, let us know.  IFDG can make arrangements for group activities if we have enough interest.  The form to sign-up is the last page of the activities list. 
  • IFDG has a new email address, info@ifdg.org.  After our 2014 Annual Conference, we will no longer use our AOL email. Update your contact list today to ensure you continue to recieve information and updates from IFDG.
  • Check-out our new Jobs section for job opportunities and resumes in the funeral service industry.  Do you have a job opportunity or resume that you would like us to post?  Contact the IFDG office today or visit our Jobs section for more information.
  • Would you like to be added to the IFDG Mailing List?  It's as simple as sending us an email, info@ifdg.org, with your contact information.
  • 2013-2014 Membership Dues were due October 1, 2013.  If you have any questions or need a duplicate invoice, please contact the IFDG office, 770-445-3180 or info@ifdg.org.
  • Do you have suggestions for our website? If so, please notify Christie Carpenter, 770-445-3180 or info@ifdg.org.


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