2016 Events and Meetings

January 25-26, 2016 5th Joint Georgia Funeral Service Expo from Your Non-Profit Associations

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We hope you joined IFDG & GFDA for their ONLY exhibit show in 2016 - It was a GREAT event!

We thank everyone who attended, participated & supported it!

Visit www.georgiafuneralserviceexpo.org for our Sponsors, Exhibitors & photos!

IFDG and GFDA Announce the

5th Joint Georgia Funeral Service Expo

IFDG and GFDA are pleased to announce they will jointly host the 5th Georgia Funeral Service Expo on January 25-26, 2016.  The non-profit funeral associations in Georgia have a distinguished history of joint efforts for the betterment of the funeral profession in the State.  The January 2016 event will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center, near the Atlanta Airport, in Atlanta, GA, conveniently located to major interstate access, ample parking, and world-class restaurants.  

Nathan Stanley, IFDG President, states “Our organizations have collaborated on this event for a number of years in the past, and our members have alerted us that they are interested in hosting it again.  The unique needs and interests of Georgia funeral service are reflected in the programs by our Georgia non-profit associations.  These events allow us to collaborate, talk freely and plan for the future.”

Dick Ivey, GFDA President, states “We are pleased to again present this turn-key educational and trade show event for funeral professionals in Georgia. Our two associations have collaborated on a number of important initiatives over the years including trade shows, CE, and successful legislative efforts.”

The two non-profit associations also agreed meeting in January accomplishes several goals.  First, by being early in the Georgia legislative session, members could have real-time input on legislative issues in the 2016 session.  Second, it offers a timely opportunity for directors to finalize any continuing education needs prior to the March 31, 2016, license renewal deadline.

This event represents a continuation of the Georgia Funeral Service Expo, a collaborative effort for a number of years, beginning in 2009.  IFDG and GFDA have also collaborated on numerous items over the years, from key legislation with IFDG Lobbyist Charlie Watts and GFDA Lobbyist Alysia Wheeler English, meetings, legislative receptions, and most recently the Rules Study Committee of the State Board of Funeral Service.

Additional information on the 2016 Georgia Funeral Service Expo will be forthcoming.  In the meantime, please mark your calendars for January 25-26, 2016.

R. Nathan Stanley, IV, IFDG President

Rob Roberson, IFDG 1st Vice President

Dick Ivey, GFDA President 

Ernie Mosier, GFDA President-Elect

June 5-8, 2016 1st Joint GFDA Summer Convention at the King and Prince Beach Resort

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GFDA 2016 Annual Convention
June 5-8, 2016
King and Prince Resort, St. Simons Island, GA

Click on the links below for convention forms

2016 GFDA Annual Convention Brochure (includes full agenda)

Convention Registration
Convention Golf Tourney Registration

There is a buzz of excitement in the air & it's all about UNITY!

 The IFDG/GFDA merger is GREAT step in once again unifying funeral service in Georgia!

The response for the 2016 Annual Convention, June 5-8 at the King and Prince Resort, St. Simons Island, GA, has been fantastic from funeral directors and vendors alike. The time to register is now!  You don’t want to miss this event!

In an effort to offer funeral homes sponsorship opportunities and marketing avenues for local funeral home vendors, GFDA has announced a NEW GFDA Supporter Sponsorship (minimum sponsorship is $100 but there is no limit on how much you can sponsor). All GFDA Supporters will be listed in pre-convention reminders, on our website, be recognized during the event, and included on event signage.  A great way to show your excitement about the recent merger is to show your support for the 1st joint convention and become a GFDA Supporter today!

If you are interested in any sponsorship opportunity, contact Christie Carpenter, GFDA’s new Executive Director, 770-592-8002 or christie@gfda.org.


You may have heard that our room block at the King and Prince has almost reached capacity.  Please don't let that stop you from coming or encouraging others to attend. This year's convention has an unprecedented level of interest -- selling out our hotel is a great problem to have! GFDA has contacted facilities surrounding the King and Prince for additional availability.  If you are in need of room accommodations after the King and Prince is sold out, we suggest contacting one of the following locations (let them know you're with the GFDA event):

  • Ocean Inn and Suites 912-634-2122 - Special GFDA Rate
  • St. Simons Inn by the Lighthouse 888-367-7270 - Special GFDA Rate
  • Sea Palms Resort and Conference Center - 912-638-3351
  • Village Inn - 912-634-6056
  • The Inn at Sea Island - 855-714-9199


Hospitality Cottage

Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions

Welcome Reception / Party

Past Presidents' Breakfast

Master Grave Service, Inc.

Monday Break

Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Golf Tournament

Physicians Mutual Insurance Company & The Outlook Group

Monday Lunch

Doric & CMV

Tuesday Breakfast

Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company

Tuesday Break

Georgia Eye Bank

Tuesday Lunch

Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company

Tuesday Night Dinner

Pierce / Wilbert

Wilbert Burial Vaults of Georgia
Tuesday Night Party

SCI - Dignity Memorial

The Dodge Company
Wednesday Breakfast

Foothills Planning Services

Homesteaders Life Company

Wednesday Break

LifeLink of Georgia

Memorial Gifts

Funeral Home Gifts

Folders and Mugs


GFDA Supporters

A. S. Turner & Sons

Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Company

Bearden Funeral Home

Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors

FuneralCall Answering Service

Georgia Funeral Supply Salesmen's Association

Good Shepherd Funeral Home

Hought's Urns

Hutcheson's Memorial Chapel & Crematory

McLeighton Funeral Service

Music Funeral Services - Lakeland & Valdosta

Ogeechee Technical College Funeral Service Education

Rollings Funeral Service

Shepard Funeral Home

Southern Crescent Crematorium

Stanley Funeral Home & Crematory

Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC

Ward's Transport Services, LLC

Vantage Products Corp.


September 19, 2016 - GA / SC Past President's Golf Tournament

November 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, & 17, 2016 - District Meetings

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