Serving Families Since 1976
W. Leroy & Glenda E. Frasier Wilson began working in the funeral business in 1964. Many “dates” were spent driving to casket warehouses to pick-up a casket. They married in 1965 and lived next door to the funeral home.
Glenda worked at a local insurance office while Leroy went to embalming school at John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science in Nashville, Tennessee. It took 5 years for Leroy to serve his apprenticeship and get his funeral directors and embalmers license making a grand total of $1.90 per hour. Leroy took a part-time job driving a tractor-trailor truck making $5.37 an hour. The opportunity came in 1976 to purchase part interest in a local funeral home about one mile from where the Wilsons began their funeral service career.
Leroy continued to work part time in the trucking industry while Glenda worked full-time at the funeral home. The partner became sick and the funeral home name was changed to W. L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Home in 1977. Their sons, Walter Dewayne Wilson born in 1967 and David LaBron Wilson born in 1970, were raised in the funeral home and ambulance business.
It didn’t take long for Leroy & Glenda to realize that the previous owners had not handled business affairs in the correct manner. They found themselves with a $360,000.00 indebtness. This did not include the daily operations and mortgage on the building and property. Knowing that God had directed their paths in every area of their lives-they had prayed and knew that He would continue to direct them. There were many heartaches, hardships and hard times but God was faithful.
It took 17 years to pay the debt and have things on a 30 day basis. In August of 2001, the Wilsons purchased 3 area funeral homes, J. Avery Bryan Chapel in Chickamauga, GA, Wallis-Stewart Funeral Home in Ringgold, GA and LaFayette Funeral Home in LaFayette, GA.
God has blessed us abundantly, above and beyond, more than we could have ever asked or thought. Our goal from the begining has been and remains to have The Lord first in our lives and business and to serve people.