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funeral and cremation arrangements at dramatically reduced costs. Dignified funeral and cremation arrangements at dramatically reduced costs - We offer Chattanooga's best funeral value," Covenant Funeral President Barbara Crox said. "We believe that the true value of a funeral lies not in the cost or style of the casket, but in the care of those who are left to mourn their loss
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from Chattanooga Times & Free Press
left, staff member Wendell P. Bryant and
owners Barbara Crox and Walter L. Crox
are surrounded by caskets in a showroom
at Covenant Funeral Service
Carol Gilliland remembers
her mother, Charlyne Prince, as a practical woman
who was loved by members of her church.
So when Mrs. Prince was
dying under hospice care last year at age 81, her
daughter began shopping around for the most
practical funeral she could have at her church.
After receiving several price quotes she thought
were excessive from local funeral homes, she
discovered a local funeral service that specializes
in conducting lower-cost funerals in churches.
"It was a beautiful funeral
and all of the arrangements were as good as any
funeral home could have provided," Ms. Gilliland
Covenant Funeral Service,
the 3-year-old company which handled the funeral,
doesn't have a spacious funeral home for on-site
viewing and funerals. But without such overhead, the
company saved Ms. Gilliland more than $3,000
compared to what other funeral homes quoted for the
same services. Covenant also boasts lower prices on
most of its caskets.
"We offer Chattanooga's
best funeral value," Covenant Funeral President
Barbara Crox said. "We believe that the true value
of a funeral lies not in the cost or style of the
casket, but in the care of those who are left to
mourn their loss."
Covenant's slogan --
"Reverence, Dignity and Reasonable Prices" -- also
emphasizes its support for the role of religion in
funerals. Most of its services and viewings are held
at local churches.
The company began in
September 1998 and is among a host of new options
being made available today to American consumers,
who annually spend more than $25 billion a year on
funerals. In response to the increased cost and
consolidation in the funeral industry during the
1990s, stand-alone casket stores, Internet funeral
planning and alternative funeral service companies
are offering consumers lower-cost alternatives.
But while Covenant's
concept is still relatively new for Chattanooga, the
family owners of Covenant are not new to the funeral
The Crox family has been in
the area funeral home business for five generations
and was part of the Fike family-owned funeral home
in Cleveland, Tenn. until it was sold in 1987 to
Sentinel Corp. (later merged into SCI Corp.).
Walter Crox, co-owner of
Covenant, is a licensed funeral home director and
mortician who previously worked at the Fike Funeral
Home. Prior to starting Covenant, he spent a decade
as a sales representative for insurance companies
traveling to different funeral homes across the West
offering pre-need funeral policies.
"I was traveling a lot in
that job and wanted to settle down," Mr. Crox said.
"But I also saw a real need for this type of funeral
option to help limit the expenses involved in a
funeral. For most persons, we're able to offer a
very professional and dignified service and
arrangements for 40 percent less than what they
would pay at a conventional funeral home."
Covenant operates out of a
storefront in the Chase Center along Chattanooga's
"auto row" on Chapman Road. Covenant makes funeral
arrangements at its own facility and displays
caskets and urns for sale. But the embalming or
cremations are done at other locations and the
public viewings and funerals for Covenant are
typically held at a local church. Covenant builds
into its rates a donation to the church where the
funeral is conducted.
"It's probably not for
everybody, but my experience with these funerals has
been very positive," said Rev. Ron Ragon, pastor of
the Brainerd Presbyterian Church, where Covenant led
the funeral for Mrs. Prince. "For people who want a
church funeral anyway, it makes a lot of sense."
So far, Covenant has
typically conducted two or three funerals a month.
But the company is also selling prearranged funeral
packages and its Web site has attracted inquiries
from around the country.
'We expected to get a
little better initial response, but our business is
building and those that have used our services are
already planning other funerals with us in the
future," Mr. Crox said.
Article courtesy of
Chattanooga Times & Free Press