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Owner, Manager - Licensed Embalmer And Licensed Funeral Director(#7214)
Peter upholds the belief that "funeral service from the heart should be the essence of funeral service." "As funeral directors, we have the opportunity to deliver heartfelt services daily, characterized by care, empathy, and even love. Peter graduated Magma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Funeral Service from Mid-America College of Funeral Services, earning the college's highest honor, The W.H. Bill Pierce Award. He is a National Board Certified Funeral Director and Embalmer and is licensed in Kentucky and Indiana. Peter is also a University of Louisville's College of Business and Public Administration alumnus. He served in Kentucky state government in the tourism industry for over 31 years, managing Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park for the final 16 years of his career. Additionally, Peter is a licensed Minister, with a guiding principle from Luke 18:1:"...Men ought to always pray..." He is a former member of the Dawson Springs Rotary Club, and a current member of the Friends of Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Peter is also a member of the Kentucky Funeral Directors Association and the Kentucky Association of Morticians, as well as a Kentucky Arts Center Community Scholar. His hobbies include Bible studying, spending time with the family pet dog Jade, and watching classic Star Trek movies. Peter has worked in the funeral home since 1974.
President - Licensed ClergyJames Howard Bowles graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Service with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in funeral service and a National Board certification. He also holds Master's Degrees in Human Services and Organizational Communications from Murray State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisville College of Business and Public Administration. James has served as a graduate research assistant at U of L, an Institutional Research Coordinator at Madisonville Community College, and currently as the Director of Cultural Diversity. He has received the Outstanding Young Man in America Award and the Kentucky Education Association' Lucy Harth Smith-Atwood S. Wilson Diversity Award. James has been affiliated with the funeral home since 1978.
Licensed Funeral Director And Executive Vice-President
Virgle Woodson Bowles is a Licensed Funeral Director in the State of Kentucky, licensed by the Kentucky Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, and has completed his Level II embalmers apprenticeship, a prerequisite requirement for obtaining an embalmers license. He also holds an Indiana Funeral Director Courtesy Card issued by the State of Indiana Board of Funeral and Cemetery Professional Licensing Agency to conduct funerals in the State of Indiana. He is a current member of the Kentucky Association of Morticians, Inc. and Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky, and a Commonwealth of Kentucky certified notary public for the state of Kentucky at large. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville College of Business and Public Administration with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a member of the University of Louisville Alumni Association. He graduated from Madisonville North Hopkins High School with an academic diploma in accounting management and is a 1996 recipient of the Outstanding Young Americans Award in recognition of outstanding professional achievement, superior leadership ability and exceptional service to the community. He has worked at the funeral home since 1980.
Executive Secretary, Level II Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer
Lassie Jane Bowles is a graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and an Associate of Arts Degree from Madisonville Community College. She is currently enrolled in Mortuary School through Vincennes University Funeral Service Education Program where she is pursuing a degree in Funeral Services and is currently a Level II Funeral Director/Embalmer Apprentice in Kentucky. She has worked at the funeral home since 2015.
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Adam T. Baity is a native of New Albany, Indiana. He is a 2018 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Services where he earned an Associates in Applied Science Funeral Service. He has received his National Board Certification in Funeral Services. He is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for the State of Kentucky and Indiana. Elliott Mortuary is delighted to welcome Adam to the staff and to the community. He has worked at the funeral home since December 2020.