Faith Funeral Service announces new ownership and expansion plans

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Janie Singleton has joined Stephan Keating as a co-owner of Faith Funeral Service located in Manila. Singleton has been with Faith Funeral Service for a little over a year and is pleased to have the opportunity to become a partner in the business when she purchased Ronnie Craine's interest in the business.

"After working in the funeral industry for other firms for 20 years, I believed there had to be a better and more economical way to service families at the time of their loss. So I founded Faith Funeral Service in May of 2006 on the belief that everyone should be able to have the funeral of their choice at an affordable price without sacrificing quality," Keating said.

Singleton was raised in Dunklin County, the daughter of the owners of Mosely's Fish Farm, graduated high school at South Pemiscot in Steele and attended college at South East Missouri University. She worked over 20 years in manufacturing management and five years as a loan officer.

"A friend of mine told me about an opening at Faith Funeral Service and at the time I could not imagine working at a funeral home. When I met with Stephan and learned about his business model and his desire to serve the surrounding communities, I was convinced," Singleton stated. "I am very happy to have the opportunity to become a partner in the business. I believe I have found my true calling because we are here to truly serve."

As part of the change in partnership, Faith Funeral Service has increased acreage to a total of 1-1/2 acres making room for additional parking, landscaping and enlarging the pond. Additional plans are increasing the size of the casket room, a larger volume of inventory and adding additional locations as needed.

Faith Funeral Service have trained and dedicated associates, who also share in the desire to serve the communities and is always looking for more people to hire that share their beliefs and goals.

All their products and services will still be offered: American made caskets, monuments, urns, vases and funeral service that covers a 100 mile radius of Manila.

"We very much appreciate the confidence and support of the area communities," Keating said. "The company's success has surpassed and exceeded our expectations. Without their understanding of our unique business model this would not have worked. They know we are really here to help."

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