One Man’s Dream

July 02, 2008 | | Comments 0

Funeral CoachesSome children have wild childhood dreams of becoming a super-hero or a spaceship pilot. Some children have more realistic and noble dreams, like becoming a police officer or a fire fighter. What you don’t normally think of as a childhood dream, though, is becoming a funeral director.

That is, unless, the child is Christopher Mayes. Mayes, of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, has always wanted to be a part of the funeral home business. As the son of a Baptist minister, Mayes would attend most funeral ceremonies held at the church and even sometimes ride in the hearse. At three years old, he first started talking about becoming a funeral director. At eleven years old, he started working in funeral homes.

Today, Christopher Mayes is the funeral director and president of his own funeral home business, Trinity Memorial Funeral Home in Florence and Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He hopes to expand to other neighboring communities soon, as well.

What is it about working as a funeral director that Mayes enjoys? “I like helping people… I try to put myself in their shoes,” Mayes said in a recent interview. “People say to me that they couldn’t have made it without our help. That makes me feel good.”

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