My passion is to educate and help families. I want to do this before they are emotionally and financially overwhelmed.”Glen King
As the youngest son of a minister, Glen King was introduced to funerals at a very young age. Over these formative years he accompanied his father to meet with families and soon discovered first-hand the reverence and importance of funeral work. He recounts that in his teens he assisted at times in digging graves, moving caskets and drove hearses as needed long before completing his Funeral Director’s license.
He says, “I felt convicted to make the funeral business my full-time vocation. I joined a family owned funeral business in Harlan, Kentucky – Bianchi Funeral Home before moving to Oak Ridge, TN and working for the Martin Funeral Home. A few years later the firm was sold to a corporate funeral company where I oversaw several funeral homes and cemeteries. This gave me the opportunity to understand from a financial standpoint how the funeral business operated and how financial records were audited. In 2001, I started the process of buying my own funeral home with a long time business partner Ellis Galyon, and in 2007 bought my partner out.
Glen says, “In the last thirty years, as a licensed Funeral Director, I have learned a lot of valuable information. My focus has always been taking expert and loving care of those when they are in their most vulnerable state. There is not a greater honor than being asked to step intimately into a family, to help in the most trying of situations, to make sense of what is happening and help navigate necessary processes when they have lost a loved one.”
During the course of his 30+ years in the business, Glen developed a broad spectrum of experience including managing several funeral homes and cemeteries for the second-largest funeral home company in the world. Not just taking care of families but also doing audits and learning the various duties that go along with this company including auditing and managing numerous funeral homes. He has served on the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association Board in eastern Tennessee and has personally conducted more than 7,000 funerals.
As a consultant, Family Funeral Service Consultants is here to prepare family members so you will have all items in order before they are needed in a time grief. We are available to meet with families before or at the time of death and at the location they prefer and feel most comfortable. We will consult and advise, but if needed, we can take care of any and all funeral arrangements to take this off your to do list. What is offered through our consultation services is an informed perspective with no sales involved from an expert in the funeral industry that truly wants to help.
Robert D. King has extensive experience in funeral service. Starting as a young teenager in 1973 helping in the local funeral home where his father worked while pastoring a church in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. He assisted in cleaning after funerals and going on ambulance calls. Early on he gained a deep compassion for those going through the loss of a loved one and a desire to bring comfort and healing in these times.
Robert also followed his father’s legacy as an ordained minister having attended Bible college after graduating high school. During this time he maintained his involvement in funeral service, working at several funeral homes. He also became a licensed Paramedic in Kentucky and Tennessee.
In 1996 he obtained a degree in Funeral Service and is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He has served a clinical embalming instructor and lead director. He moved his family to Corbin, Kentucky where he became a funeral director and embalmer for a local funeral home. Later he became the manager of the funeral home, while also serving as worship minister and later lead Pastor.
He later moved to Nashville where he works at a local hospital as a Paramedic as well as speaking in churches. Having a great desire to continue helping families going through the loss of loved ones, he envisioned this company that educates and assists families before or during the death of a loved one. He hopes that through this business to bring comfort and relief during this stressful time that we all face.