Scot Ward Funeral Home located off of American Legion Drive recently held their annual Community Remembrance Service for families in the community who have lost a loved one during the past year.
A large group of families listened to beautiful music sung by Teresa Garmon , joined in prayer heard positive encouragement on how to deal with grief and were treated to refreshments after the service.
Scot Ward and his father Richard have had a long history in the funeral business following in the footsteps of their father and grandfather Horace Ward. Horace bought farm land from his father-in-law to began his first cemetery and funeral facility at Fairview Memorial Gardens located in Stockbridge. From their they built a magnificent facility on Candler Rd. in Dekalb County and later located funeral homes in Atlanta and Conyers. They later sold the business to a corporate firm and managed funeral homes for them.
In 2005 Scot and Richard Ward embarked out on their own and bought the Green Meadow Memorial Gardens located on Route 138 and American Legion Dr. They later built a beautiful state of the art funeral home located on the property.
Scot Ward, who is a very humble man, and who this past week was awarded the Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit Award for his community involvement, appreciates the fact that he has had God in his life since he was a youngster and as a result has created a business that has not only given God the glory, but has given 10% of his profits from every funeral back to his community. To date this has accounted for 1.3 million dollars of contributions to over 112 local churches and groups directed by the families served. In addition the Ward family has also supported three of their personal special groups Lighthouse Village, Mercy Heart Clinic, and Rockdale Cares all three located in Rockdale County.
Scot would tell you that he bases his success on two main principals one is that Christ told his followers that he came here not to be served but to serve and that he makes sure that he has a great group of people who work with him who are as compassionate about families who are going through loss as he and his Dad are.
In 2011 Scot and Richard started a special Grief Share Program that meets on Monday nights at the funeral home, this group is led by retired First Baptist Church pastor, Howard Greer. The program is open to anybody in the community who feels the need. Stop by the funeral home for more information.