Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

In the early 1990s, Tracy Joiner dreamed of building an independently-owned funeral home. At the time, there was only a corporately-owned funeral home in operation in Statesboro. He had begun his apprentice work in the funeral home industry in Statesboro at the age of 16. With many years of experience in funeral services, he felt a great commitment to maintain the highest honor, integrity and service possible in his profession.

“At a time when many large, out-of-town conglomerates were buying out independent funeral homes, I felt the people in Bulloch County still needed a locally owned funeral home. I believe it is important for families to have a choice and to be able to walk in our doors and do business with the owner.” He continues, “I have always strived to help create funeral arrangements that reflect the wishes of the family. The people we serve every day love their parents, spouses and children just as much as we love ours, and deserve the very best we can give them.”

With great community support and the financial backing of several families from Bulloch County, Tracy Joiner and Jason Shepard opened Joiner-Shepard Funeral Home in December 1996. The funeral home was successful from the beginning, and as Tracy had imagined, the community responded positively to it. In 1998, after the birth of their first child, Jason Shepard and his wife returned to his hometown in Alabama to be closer to their families.

Tracy turned to Mark Anderson to become his new partner. Mark was working with Joiner-Shepard as its Pre-Need Manager. Mark’s background was in the insurance business and he had worked as an insurance adjustor for ten years. In March 1998, the two men, who were among the original owners, acquired the funeral home from the group of investors and renamed it Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home. Mark started his work as an Apprentice Funeral Director.

Since 1999, Tracy and Mark have built the business with the promise to uphold the highest standards of excellence in funeral service. In 2004, the funeral home expanded with the addition of an on-premise crematory. Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory also purchased Bulloch Memorial Gardens, a perpetual care cemetery in 2004. “We are committed to helping families and their individual needs,” says Mark. “By being locally owned, we have the flexibility to make decisions based on the family’s desires. We are here to serve families....not a corporate bottom line.”

Since 1999, Tracy and Mark have built the business with the promise to uphold the highest standards of excellence in funeral service. In 2004, the funeral home expanded with the addition of an on-premise crematory. Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory also purchased Bulloch Memorial Gardens, a perpetual care cemetery in 2004. “We are committed to helping families and their individual needs,” says Mark. “By being locally owned, we have the flexibility to make decisions based on the family’s desires. We are here to serve families....not a corporate bottom line.”

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Tracy Joiner

Tracy Joiner

Owner
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Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Owner
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Bland Mathews Jr.

Bland Mathews Jr.

Owner
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Tessa Martin

Tessa Martin

Funeral Director
Barry Turner

Barry Turner

Funeral Director
Jenny Lynn Anderson

Jenny Lynn Anderson

Public Relations Director
Sandy B. Forehand

Sandy B. Forehand

Executive Assistant
Frances Aaron

Frances Aaron

Funeral Assistant
Martha Chester

Martha Chester

Funeral Assistant
Ronnie Alderman

Ronnie Alderman

Funeral Assistant
Jarrett Cartee

Jarrett Cartee

Funeral Assistant - Apprentice Funeral Director
Richard Pylant

Richard Pylant

Funeral Assistant
Autrey Moore

Autrey Moore

Funeral Assistant
Phyllis Wiggins

Phyllis Wiggins

Funeral Assistant
Irene Hodges

Irene Hodges

Pianist
Cindy Culp Hulsey

Cindy Culp Hulsey

Bulloch Memorial Gardens Manager
Phil Graham

Phil Graham

Owner
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Ed Thompson

Ed Thompson

Owner/Sylvania
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Patricia Lacienski

Patricia Lacienski

Funeral Assistant
Mike Ruel

Mike Ruel

Funeral Assistant
Dennis  Godbee

Dennis Godbee

Funeral Assitant
Redo Brinson

Redo Brinson

Funeral Assistant
Billie Anne Ruel

Billie Anne Ruel

Funeral Assistant
Andy Heath

Andy Heath

Funeral Assistant
Donald Joiner

Donald Joiner

Funeral Assistant
Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Sandra Stall

Sandra Stall

Funeral Assistant

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