The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

November 28, 2011

Greene awarded certification in funeral business

Special to The News Courier
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ATHENS — Gregory Duel Greene, an employee of Limestone Chapel Funeral Home, has recently qualified the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional

Funeral Service Practice.

Greene, a lifelong resident of Athens, is now qualified to use the CFSP designation after his name for business cards and letterheads. The honor was bestowed based partially on Greene’s professional acitivites and on his community and service activities.

Greene and his wife, Selina Tarpley Greene, have two children, Sabrina Strain of Ardmore and Coty Greene of Ardmore, and grandparents of Hadley Anne Strain. They attend Madison Street Baptist Church in Athens, where Greene is a trustee.

He retired from Delphi/General Motors after 30 years of service. He then started Greene Removal Service to serve funeral homes in the North Alabama area. After eight months, he sold the company and had the opportunity to attend Calhoun Community College and started working at Limestone Chapel Funeral Hme. In August 2007, he transferred to John A. Gupton Mortuary College in Nashville, Tenn., where he graduated in December 2008.

He is licensed as a funeral director and embalmer in Alabama and Tennessee. He is also a member of the Alabama Funeral Director Association and member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors and Morticians Association. Greene current holds an Alabama license to sell pre-need funerals.

For his most recent honor, Greene was required to complete a 180-hour program of

continuing education activities and events. In addition, the practitioner is required to

accumulate 20 hours per year to recertify. Credits are awarded by the academy for

work in four areas: academic activities, professional activities, career review and community and civic activities.

A number of professions grant special recognition to members upon completion of

specified academic and professional programs and “CFSP” is funeral service’s

national individual recognition.