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State Rep. Winfred Dukes, D-Albany, addresses the 87th annual
convention of the Georgia Funeral Service Practioners Monday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Albany.
ALBANY — The Georgia Funeral Service Practitioners Association opened its 87th annual convention at the Hilton Garden Inn on Monday.
Michael L. Fowler, president of the association, said the primary purpose of the convention, which has not been held in Albany for more than 20 years, is to provide state-mandated continuing education classes for association members and to have an opportunity to “learn from each other.”
The convention will continue through Wednesday evening, Fowler said.
During a special welcoming of state funeral practitioners at the Hilton Monday morning, short addresses were given by Kenneth Cutts, district director for the office of U.S. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr.; Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp; state Rep. Winfred Dukes, D-Albany, and Albany Ward VI Commissioner Tommie Postell on behalf of Mayor Dorothy Hubbard.
Kemp mentioned to attendees that licensing for Georgia funeral practitioners is overseen by a board consisting of six licensed members and one “consumer” member.
He assured members at the meeting that great care is taken by his department to make certain funeral service is not over-regulated as a business and that dealings with the industry and licensees are “timely.”
The group will be voting throughout the convention to elect a new third vice president. The results are to be announced at the association’s awards banquet Wednesday evening.