Tennessee Funeral Establishments Commended for Filing Death Certificates Early

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 | 12:00 am

Top 10 Percent of Establishments Receive Certificates of Superior Performance

 Nashville, June 14, 2006

The Tennessee Department of Health, Office of Vital Records has awarded Certificates of Superior Performance to the top 10 percent of Tennessee funeral establishments for death certificate timeliness in 2005.  

“The death certificate is a critical document for those who have lost a loved one,” said State Registrar Sharon M. Leinbach. “Without it, a myriad of issues such as life insurance, property transfers and closing accounts are simply left undone and, as a result, families are inconvenienced. However, these 10 percent of Tennessee funeral establishments showed their true concern for families by making sure that death certificates were filed quickly and in the hands of the family.”

 Forty-five establishments were recognized statewide: 

ESTABLISHMENT

CITY

AVERAGE DAYS

Crawford Funeral Home & Cremation Center

Antioch

3

Boyd Funeral Home

Ashland City

3.2

Dyer Funeral Home, LLC

Cookeville

3.5

Cheatham County Funeral Home

Ashland City

4

Bennett-May & Company Funeral Home, Inc.

Pulaski

4.3

Music City Mortuary

Nashville

4.3

Williams Funeral Home, Inc.

Columbia

4.3

Sellars Funeral Home

Lebanon

4.5

Serenity Funeral Home

Springfield

4.5

Williams Funeral Homes & Crematory

Columbia

4.7

Watson North Funeral Home & Memorial North

Winchester

4.8

West Harpeth Funeral Home & Crematory

Nashville

4.8

The Rose Of Sharon Funeral Services

Pulaski

4.9

Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home

Cookeville

5

Baxter Brothers Funeral Home

Columbia

5.1

Marshall-Donnelly-Combs, Inc.

Nashville

5.3

Neal-Tarpley Funeral Home

Clarksville

5.3

Hooper, Huddleston & Horner - Algood Chapel

Cookeville

5.4

Chase Funeral Home, Inc.

Huntingdon

5.6

Whitson Funeral Home

Cookeville

5.7

McKenzie Funeral Home, Inc.

McKenzie

5.7

Ridgeway Funeral Home, Inc.

Paris

5.7

Phillips-Robinson Co., Inc.

Nashville

5.8

Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, Funeral Home

Nashville

6.1

Sharp Funeral Home

Oliver Springs

6.1

Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Inc.

Goodlettsville

6.2

Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home

Murfreesboro

6.2

Portland Funeral Chapel

Portland

6.2

Giles County Funeral Home

Pulaski

6.3

Hooper, Huddleston & Horner - Baxter Chapel

Cookeville

6.3

Brentwood Funeral Home

Brentwood

6.4

Feldhaus Memorial Chapel

Shelbyville

6.5

Austin & Bell Funeral Home

Springfield

6.6

Pettus-Owen & Wood Funeral Home

Nashville

6.6

Saddler Funeral Home

Lebanon

6.7

Smith Funeral Home

Woodbury

6.7

Speck Funeral Home

Livingston

6.7

Williamson Memorial Funeral Home

Franklin

6.7

Oliver Springs Mortuary

Oliver Springs

6.7

Milldale Chapel

Springfield

6.9

Grace Funeral Home

Nashville

7.1

Hunter Funeral Home

Sparta

7.1

Loretto Memorial Chapel, Inc.

Loretto

7.2

Bond Memorial Chapel, LLC

Mount Juliet

7.2

Doak-Howell Funeral Home & Cremation Service

Shelbyville

7.2

To find out how to receive a copy of a death certificate, please call the Tennessee Department of Health, Office of Vital Records at (615) 741-1763 or visit http://www2.state.tn.us/health/vr/index.htm.