Beginnings

12/01/1925

Beginnings

Prior to 1926 J. A. Stith owned another Danville Funeral Home

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Founding

01/01/1926

J. A. Stith founds Stith Funeral Home

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New Building

01/01/1938

New Building

J. A. builds 2nd building to be a funeral home in Kentucky at 318 W. Broadway

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Jack Brown Stith joins…

01/03/1939

Jack Brown Stith joined his father at the funeral home after graduating from McAllister Academy of Mortuary Science

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Licensed

01/02/1940

Jack B. Stith becomes a licensed funeral director and embalmer

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New Ownership

01/05/1951

J. A. Stith dies, Jack B. Stith takes over ownership of Stith Funeral Home, Mary Logan Stith is born

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Mary Stith

01/01/1972

Mary Stith starts working part-time for her father (he didn’t want to hire her-no place for a woman)

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New Family

01/04/1974

Mary Logan Stith and Robert C. Hamlin are married, a year and nine months later they have their first child AnnYager Hamlin

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Apprenticeship

01/02/1976

Mary Stith Hamlin is hired full time and starts and apprenticeship under her father the following year

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New Director

06/09/1980

Mary becomes a licensed funeral director, took her exam 10 months pregnant (June 9th) and 2nd daughter Sarah was born the next day (June 10th)

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Jack B. Stith passes away

06/11/1981

Jack B. Stith passes away

Jack B. Stith dies suddenly of a massive heart attack at the Kentucky State Funeral Directors Convention in Louisville, Kentucy our family was rocked to it’s core and Mary started learning her biggest lessons in funeral service. *** see worst funeral ever

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New Improvements

01/03/1986

New Improvements

Mary adds the full size front porch onto the building her grandfather built

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New Ownership

01/01/1988

Mary bought Stith Funeral Home from her mother

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New Partner

01/03/1989

Robert C. Hamlin joins Mary at the funeral home

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Director Status

01/01/1993

Director Status

Robert becomes a licensed funeral director

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New Secretary

01/02/1998

Marcia S. Shackelton starts as the new secretary

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Graduation

01/04/2002

AnnYager Hamlin graduates from John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science

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Licensing and Moving

01/04/2002

Marcia S. Shackelton becomes a licensed funeral director. AnnYager moves to Danville and joins the funeral home

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Director License

01/03/2003

AnnYager becomes a licensed funeral director and embalmer

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New Location

01/04/2005

New Location

Mary & Robert, Marcia, and AnnYager buy Junction City First Baptist Church to become a funeral home.

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Green certification – 1st in state

01/04/2008

Stith Funeral Home is the 1st funeral home in Kentucky certified by the Green Burial Council

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New coordinator

01/02/2009

Brenda Denton joins Stith as Aftercare coordinator

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New Staff

01/04/2011

Melinda K. McCowan rejoins Stith Funeral Home

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New CFO

01/01/2016

Sarah Hamlin Kuchenbrod joins Stith Funeral Home as CFO

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Prior to 1926 J. A. Stith owned another Danville Funeral Home
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1926 – J. A. Stith founds Stith Funeral Home
1938 – J. A. builds 2nd building to be a funeral home in Kentucky at 318 W. Broadway

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1939 – Jack Brown Stith joined his father at the funeral home after graduating from McAllister Academy of Mortuary Science
1940 – Jack B. Stith becomes a licensed funeral director and embalmer
1951 – J. A. Stith dies, Jack B. Stith takes over ownership of Stith Funeral Home, Mary Logan Stith is born

1972 – Mary Stith starts working part-time for her father (he didn’t want to hire her-no place for a woman)
1974 – Mary Logan Stith and Robert C. Hamlin are married, a year and nine months later they have their first child AnnYager Hamlin
1976 – Mary Stith Hamlin is hired full time and starts and apprenticeship under her father the following year
1980 – Mary becomes a licensed funeral director, took her exam 10 months pregnant (June 9th) and 2nd daughter Sarah was born the next day (June 10th)
1981 – Jack B. Stith dies suddenly of a massive heart attack at the Kentucky State Funeral Directors Convention in Louisville, Kentucy our family was rocked to it’s core and Mary started learning her biggest lessons in funeral service.
*** see worst funeral ever

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1986 – Mary adds the full size front porch onto the building her grandfather built

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1988 – Mary bought Stith Funeral Home from her mother
1989 – Robert C. Hamlin joins Mary at the funeral home
1993 – Robert becomes a licensed funeral director

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1998 – Marcia S. Shackelton starts as the new secretary
2001 – AnnYager Hamlin graduates from John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science
2002 – Marcia S. Shackelton becomes a licensed funeral director
AnnYager moves to Danville and joins the funeral home
2003 – AnnYager becomes a licensed funeral director and embalmer
Karl Luttrell comes out of retirement to work funerals and visitation
2005 – Mary & Robert, Marcia, and AnnYager buy Junction City First Baptist Church to become a funeral home

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2008 – Stith Funeral Home is the 1st funeral home in Kentucky certified by the Green Burial Council
2009 – Brenda Denton joins Stith as Aftercare coordinator
2011 – Melinda K. McCowan rejoins Stith Funeral Home
2013 – Julia Ferreira joins Stith Funeral Home as Office Manager
2016 – Sarah Hamlin Kuchenbrod joins Stith Funeral Home as CFO