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Ted L. Guerry Sr.

Ted L. Guerry Sr.

Licensed Funeral Director/Owner

Ted is a native of Columbia County and is a second generation funeral director. He is a graduate of Dallas Institute College of Mortuary Science and his career in the funeral business has spanned several decades. He has owned and operated Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Lake City since 1984. 

Ted is married to the former Amy Barnette, who is president of Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery and is associated with Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home as the Advance Planning Counselor. He also has two children, Ted L. Guerry, Jr. and Paige Bunch. He is a member of the Lake City Elks Lodge, a past president of the Lake City Jaycees and has been active in many civic organizations over the past years.

Telephone: 1-386-752-1954


Amy Guerry

Amy Guerry

Pres. Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens

President Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery / Advance Planning Counselor 

Amy is the wife of Ted L. Guerry, Sr., L.F.D., and owner of Gateway-Forest Lawn. She is the Advance Planning Counselor for the funeral home as well as the president of Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. 

Amy has been working in the funeral home/cemetery business since 1989 and had previously worked for the Social Security Administration for 18 years. A native of Abbeville, Alabama, Amy has been a resident of Lake City since 1986.

Telephone: 1-386-752-1954


JD Tyre

JD Tyre

Licensed Funeral Director/General Manager


JD is a longtime resident of Columbia County and the North Florida area, and a decendent of a North Florida pioneer family.  A graduate of Columbia High School class of 1994 and a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia class of 1999 where he was a member of the Pi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity. 

JD is married to the former Kate Kinard of Fort White and together they have two children, Trey and Sophie. JD enjoys history, especially local history and spending time with his family outdoors in our beautiful North Florida.



Brad Wheeler

Brad Wheeler

Licensed Funeral Director

Brad is a lifelong resident of Lake City spanning back several generations. A Columbia High School Graduate and Lake City Community College Graduate, Brad graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia with high honors and was a member of the Pi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity. He is married to the former Lorrie Cason from Lake City and they have four children, Holly, Haley, B.J., and Hanna. 

Brad is very involved in his community and Church. He is currently in the Kiwanis Club (past board member), Suwannee River Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, past board member of the Christian Service Center of Columbia County, board member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Florida Gateway College Foundation Executive Board and Planned Gifts Board.

Telephone: 1-386-752-1954


K. Justin Goodson

K. Justin Goodson

Licensed Funeral Director

Justin is a lifelong native of Lake City, Fl., He is a 2006 Graduate of Columbia High School and a 2009 Graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia. Justin is married to Lauren Hewett Goodson, and has two children Bryson and Braelyn. Justin is the son of Donald “Bruce” Spradley, Jr., and Kimberly Goodson Spradley, of Lake City, and is the grandson of Kermit and Sandra Goodson, of Lake City and Donald “Don” Bruce Spradley, Sr., and Dorothy Sandlin Spradley, of Lake City. Justin also has two brothers; Hunter and Brock Spradley both of Lake City. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and enjoys the outdoors, hunting and fishing and also helping out on the farm.


Wes Markham

Wes Markham

Licensed Funeral Director

Samuel W. “Wes” Markham was born and raised in Lake City; he is a 2010 Graduate of Columbia High School in Lake City and a 2013 Graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia where he was a member of the Pi Sigma Eta Funeral Director’s Fraternity. Wes is married to the former Alexis Taylor Stamper of Lake City and is the son of Jennifer L. Markham and the late Ron Markham of Lake City; and the grandson of the late W.V. “Dub” Markham & Martha Jean Markham of Lake City and Jan & the late Robert Fraley of Live Oak.

Wes is a member of the Lake City Masonic Lodge #27 and the Lake City Elks Lodge #893. He is also a member of the Cross Church in Ellisville. In his spare time, Wes enjoys spending time with his beautiful bride, family and friends, fishing and going to Florida Gator and Jacksonville Jaguar games.



Emory Bailey

Emory Bailey

Funeral Assistant



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