List of Famous Funeral Directors People

List of Famous Funeral Directors

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List of famous funeral directors, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top funeral directors in the world? This includes the most prominent funeral directors, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable funeral directors is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic funeral directors were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned funeral directors.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, including Thomas Lynch and Robert C. Henry.

From reputable, prominent, and well known funeral directors to the lesser known funeral directors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the funeral director field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous funeral directors ever?" and "What are the names of famous funeral directors?" then you're in the right place. (22 items)

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    James Oglethorpe "J. O." Patterson, Jr. was a Bishop in the Church of God in Christ and a former Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee.more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1935-2011)
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Bishop, Pastor, Legislator, Funeral director, Lawyer
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    Thomas Lynch
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    Thomas Lynch is an American poet, essayist, and undertaker.more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Author, Essayist, Writer, Funeral director
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    Kenneth Cooper "Kenny" Alexander is an American politician of the Democratic Party. From 2002 - 2012, he was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 89th District in Norfolk. He was elected in 2012 to the Senate of Virginia, representing the 5th District in Norfolk and Chesapeake.more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Funeral director, Teacher
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    • Age: Died at 77 (1912-1989)
    • Birthplace: Derma, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Bishop, Funeral director
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    Marshall White is an American professional strongman athlete from Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Marshall was born in Houston, Texas and now lives in Pagosa Springs, Colorado with his wife Rachel, whom he married in 2005. Marshall is a Mortician in addition to being a professional athlete.more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Strongman, Funeral director
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    John King

    John King is Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, serving since 2009. King is also a funeral director.more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Chester, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Funeral director, Lawyer
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    Joseph-Arsène Bonnier was a Canadian politician, contractor, person of independent means and undertaker. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in a 1938 by-election for the riding of St. Henry to represent the Liberal Party. He was re-elected in 1945, 1949, 1953 and 1957. Prior to his federal ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1879-1962)
    • Birthplace: Saint-Urbain, Quebec, Canada
    • Profession: General contractor, Funeral director
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    John Pat Fanning is a Democratic member of the West Virginia Senate, representing the 6th District since 1996. He earlier served from his appointment in June 1968 through 1980, and from 1984 through 1988. In 1988, Fanning was indicted on bribery and conspiracy charges as part of a grand jury ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Iaeger, McDowell County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Funeral director
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    Robert Clayton Henry was mayor of Springfield, Ohio from 1966 to 1968. He was the first African-American mayor of an American city of any size, though this achievement is frequently overshadowed by fellow African American mayor Carl B. Stokes, who was elected mayor of Cleveland in 1967. Henry was born ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1921-1981)
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Funeral director
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    Tom Coleman

    Tom Coleman was an actor.more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1897-1959)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Funeral director
    • Credits: It's a Wonderful Life, The Fighting 69th, The Toast of New York, You'll Never Get Rich
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    Steve Southerland

    William Steve Southerland, II is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who served as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 2nd congressional district from 2011 to 2015. The district includes most of the eastern Florida Panhandle, from Panama City to the state capital, Tallahassee. He ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, Nashville, Area code 615, United States of America, United States, + more
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Funeral director
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    Clarence Lightner
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    Clarence Everett Lightner was the first popularly elected Mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina and the first African American elected mayor of a metropolitan Southern city. Lightner, a Democrat, was also the first and to date only black mayor of Raleigh, serving in office from 1973 to 1975. His mayoral ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1921-2002)
    • Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Funeral director
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    Frank Matthew Mills was a Welsh rugby union forward who played club rugby for Cardiff and Swansea and won 13 caps for Wales. He is best remembered as being one of the Wales squad that won the Triple Crown for the first time in 1893.more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1873-1925)
    • Birthplace: Mountain Ash, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Funeral director
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    David M. Sitbon

    David M. Sitbon is an actor, film producer and funeral director.more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Funeral director
    • Credits: Dare, Head Cases: Serial Killers in the Delaware Valley
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    Adam Weisman

    Adam Weisman is an American actor and mortician probably best known for his role as Steve Haley in Rob Zombie's Halloween.more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Funeral director
    • Credits: Halloween, Hatchet
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    William Banting

    William Banting
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    William Banting was a notable English undertaker. Formerly suffering from obesity, he is also known for being the first to popularise a weight loss diet based on limiting intake of refined and easily digestible carbohydrates. He undertook his dietary changes at the suggestion of Soho Square physician ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1797-1878)
    • Birthplace: England
    • Profession: Funeral director
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    Samuel Ray Delany

    Samuel Ray Delany was the son of Henry Beard Delany.more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1906-1960)
    • Profession: Funeral director
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    Gerard Luz James

    Gerard Luz James II is a United States Virgin Islander politician, funeral director, and businessman. James served as the Lieutenant Governor of the United States Virgin Islands from 1999 until 2003 and was the president of Fifth Constitutional Convention of the U.S. Virgin Islands.more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States Virgin Islands
    • Profession: Politician, Funeral director
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    Timothy William "Tim" Hickey is an American politician. A Democrat, he served five terms representing the 3rd Middlesex District in Cambridge in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He served as Deputy State Treasurer of Massachusetts from 1972–1980.more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Funeral director
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    Joseph N. Zannino

    Joseph N. Zannino is a funeral director.more

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    • Profession: Businessperson, Funeral director
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