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.
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.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
A Bulloch County native, Tracy graduated from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta. He is a graduate of Southeast Bulloch High School. Tracy is the past president of Independent Funeral Directors of Georgia and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia. He has two children, Tyson and Tyler.
A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1985 and a degree in Funeral Service from Ogeechee Technical College. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Ogeechee Technical College Board of Directors. He also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Farmer's and Merchants Bank. His community involvement also includes serving on the American Red Cross Board and the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority. He is past president of the Kiwanis Club of Statesboro and was a member of the 2000 Class of Leadership Bulloch. . Mark is a native of Bulloch County and is a member of the First Baptist Church. He and his wife, Jenny Lynn, have two children, Morgan and Allison.
Bland Mathews Jr.
Bland Mathews is a native of Bulloch County and holds a bachelors of science degree in business management from Auburn University and a degree from Ogeechee Technical College's Funeral Service program. He is a member of the 2016 Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Bulloch Class. He and his wife Jessica, a nurse at East Georgia Regional, have one son Tripp.
Jenny Lynn Anderson
Public Relations Director
Sandy B. Forehand
Funeral Assistant - Apprentice Funeral Director
Cindy Culp Hulsey
Bulloch Memorial Gardens Manager
Phil Graham is a licensed funeral director and co-owner of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home Screven Chapel in Sylvania, Georgia. Phil became licensed as a funeral director in May 2006 and graduated from Ogeechee Technical College’s Funeral Services Education Program in July 2004. While attending Ogeechee Technical College, he was employed by Massey Framke Funeral Home in Garden City, Georgia and Hubert Baker Funeral Home in Savannah, Georgia. He joined the staff of Fairhaven Funeral Home in 2006 and worked with their firm for a year before joining Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in October 2007.
A native of Oliver, Georgia, Phil is the son of Duane and Diane Graham. He graduated from Screven County High School in 2002 and is married to Audie Graham.The couple resides in Sylvania and they have two daughters, Sophie Anne and Sadie Adaline. He is a member of the Sylvania Rotary Club, the Ogeechee Technical College Board of Trustees, The Sylvania Downtown Development Authority, and volunteer with the Friends of Screven County Animal Shelter.
Ed Thompson, a native and lifelong resident of Screven County, is the son of Leo E. Thompson, Sr. and Catherine Tebeau Thompson.
A 1970 graduate of Screven County High School, he received an Associates Degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton in 1972 and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Georgia Southern College in 1975. He then attended Gupton-Jones School of Mortuary Science in Jonesboro and graduated with honors in 1977. He was licensed by the State of Georgia as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1978.
He returned to Sylvania and joined his father’s business, Thompson Funeral Home, which was established in 1922 by his great-uncle, Randolph H. “Bill” Thompson, and had been under the ownership of his father since 1955.
After Leo Thompson died in 1980, Ed assumed ownership and continued operating Thompson Funeral Home. His employees at that time included James M. Strickland and W. Ronnie Waters. Mr. Strickland and Mr. Waters left in 1981 and opened Strickland-Waters Funeral Home, purchased from Terry C. Massey Funeral Home.
Thompson Funeral Home and Strickland-Waters Funeral Home continued to operate separately until October 1992 when the owners of both sold to Loewen Corporation, a corporate giant based in Canada. The businesses were combined and Thompson-Strickland-Waters was established. All continued full-time in the business until in 2006 when Ed began to work part-time as a consultant. The corporation had by that time been sold twice more and was owned by Service International Corporation with headquarters in Texas. In 2008 Ed made the decision to give his support to Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home and became one of the owners of Joiner-Anderson Screven Chapel, which opened in December 2008.
In the community, Ed has been a member of the Sylvania Lions Club since 1977, has chaired the local chapter of the American Heart Association Bloodmobile and continues to help with publicity, and has chaired the local American Cancer Fund drive for many years. He is a member of United Way of Screven County where he has served in many capacities, and is a past president of the Screven County Chamber of Commerce. He is currently serving as a mentor for a student at Screven County Elementary School.
Ed and his wife, Lee, live on North Main Street in Sylvania.
Billie Anne Ruel
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