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Our Story

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

Ever since we opened our doors 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.

Why Us?

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.

Since December 1996, Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory has served families as a locally owned and operated funeral home.  The cornerstone of the business has remained steadfast: owners being onsite every day to above all, serve others to provide the highest level of care for families who are experiencing grief and heartache. The genesis of this servant-leadership focus comes from its founder Tracy Joiner.  Tracy began his apprenticeship at age 18. This opportunity allowed him to understand clearly the sacred hallmark of this business was to focus on the families before anything else. This came naturally to Tracy because he had been raised in the small community of Leefield where the importance of family, friends and relationships were ingrained in his values.  In the early 1990s, there was only a corporately-owned funeral home in Statesboro. Tracy believed he could establish a true community business built on relationships and trust. He envisioned a business that would serve families in a very personal way.

With  Funeral Director Jason Shepard as his business partner, they sought advice and counsel from professionals while gathering a group of local families to help finance Tracy’s dream.  Ten families believed in this young man, investing $1 million. One of the financial backers was Mark Anderson who would later become a co-owner of the funeral home.   First Bulloch Bank financed the project and the groundbreaking took place in December of 1995.  Hundreds of people gathered as Tracy shared his plans to bring the highest honor and integrity to the business. He recalled how he wanted to replicate the passion for the profession he witnessed during his days working under the tutelage of Funeral Director Jake Smith of Statesboro’s Smith-Tillman Mortuary.

One year later, Joiner-Shepard Funeral Home opened for business on December 10,1996. From the beginning, this funeral home was successful as Tracy had believed it would be. The community responded positively to the funeral home in which the local owners were present every day. In 1998, Jason Shepard and his wife returned to his hometown in Alabama to be closer to their families.

Tracy met with Mark Anderson to discuss his becoming a business partner. Mark, already employed by Joiner-Shepard as its Pre-Need Insurance Manager, had a decade of experience with Progressive Insurance as a claims adjustor and manager. Joiner and Anderson acquired the funeral home from the group of investors and renamed it Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in 1999. Mark started his work as an Apprentice Funeral Director and was among the first students of Ogeechee Technical College’s inaugural Funeral Service Education Program.

In 2004, the funeral home expanded with the addition of an on-premise crematory and also purchased Bulloch Memorial Gardens, a perpetual care cemetery in Statesboro to offer more comprehensive services. To better serve families north of Statesboro, the funeral home opened Joiner-Anderson Screven Chapel on December 9, 2008, in Sylvania, Georgia, along with Phil Graham, Managing Partner and Ed Thompson.

Following the path that Anderson took to become a funeral director, Bland Mathews began as an Apprentice and later joined Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home as an owner in November 2012.  Bland, also a Statesboro native, graduated from Bulloch Academy, attended Auburn University and earned a degree in Business Management in 2010.  He then earned an Associates of Applied Technology in Funeral Service Education from Ogeechee Technical College in 2012.

Today, Joiner-Anderson’s services are conducted and carried out by over 30 full-time and part-time employees. In April 2009, the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce named Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory Small Business of the Year for its outstanding service as a community partner to Bulloch County.

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
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Barry Turner

Barry Turner

Funeral Director
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Jenny Lynn Anderson

Jenny Lynn Anderson

Public Relations Director
Sandy B. Forehand

Sandy B. Forehand

Executive Assistant
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Frances Aaron

Frances Aaron

Funeral Assistant
Martha Chester

Martha Chester

Funeral Assistant
Ronnie Alderman

Ronnie Alderman

Funeral Assistant
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Jarrett Cartee

Jarrett Cartee

Funeral Assistant - Apprentice Funeral Director
Richard Pylant

Richard Pylant

Funeral Assistant
Autrey Moore

Autrey Moore

Funeral Assistant
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Phyllis Wiggins

Phyllis Wiggins

Funeral Assistant
Irene Hodges

Irene Hodges

Pianist
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Cindy Culp Hulsey

Cindy Culp Hulsey

Bulloch Memorial Gardens Manager
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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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Ernie Edwards

Ernie Edwards

Funeral Assistant
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Laura Brown

Laura Brown

Funeral Assistant
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Sherri Allen Akins

Sherri Allen Akins

Funeral Assistant
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