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.
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.
Licensed Funeral Director/General Manager
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.
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.
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.
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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 a Licensed Funeral Director in the State of Georgia. He is also a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Lake City. In his spare time, Wes enjoys spending time with his beautiful
bride, family and friends, fishing and going to Florida Gator and Jacksonville
Emory is a native of Columbia County and is married to the former Durelle Box of Columbia County and has one son, Stephen. He is a graduate of the 1969 class of Columbia High School. Emory served in the Florida National Guard from 1970-1976. For over 35 years as a Columbia County Volunteer Fire and Rescue. Emory also served in the capacity as Chief and Assistant Chief of Ellisville Volunteer Fire Department. He also owned and operated Bailey's Feed and Pet Center.
Emory enjoys spending time with his family, especially his three granddaughters and friends. He is an active member of Southside Baptist Church in Lake City.