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The AGEG Nominating Committee Members are Past President Richard Jenkins, Immediate Past President Darren W. Ford, and current President Lee Mack Pierce. This Committee nominated Vivian Pierce as the incoming Board Member/Chaplain. The AGEG Board approved this nomination and our full slate of nominees may be viewed HERE. The AGEG 2024-2025 Nominations and Election will be held during the AGEG Business Meeting, Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at the Edgar H. Wilson Convention Center.
Vivian Dianne Pierce is a 2015 graduate of Ogeechee Technical College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Science Education. She passed the State Board for Embalming in May 2015 becoming the first Licensed Female Embalmer in Washington County, Georgia. Vivian passed the State Board for Funeral Director in June 2015 becoming a Licensed Funeral Director. She is a full-time Licensed Funeral Director & Licensed Embalmer at L.M. Pierce Funeral Home in Sandersville, GA and part-time at Dorchester Funeral Home in Midway, GA. Vivian is a Licensed Member of the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, Inc. and has served as an AGEG Sergeant at Arms since 2019. She has also served many roles throughout the community to include: President of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Second Washington Missionary Baptist Association, President of the Women’s Ministry of Robin Spring Baptist Church, District Worthy Matron of the Louisville Masonic District # 22, and as a Board Member of the Washington County Hospital Authority. Vivian has two children, Kasheena and Arnisha, and one grandson, Evan. She resides in Sandersville with her husband Lee Mack Pierce, Jr.
February 27, 2024
Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Room 514
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Senator Williams (25th) with the assistance of Rep. Stinson (150th) would like to announce and invite you to celebrate: All Funeral Professionals Day 2024. In recognition of those who do the work in the cemetery and funeral home industry, we will celebrate All Funeral Professionals Day, February 27, 2024. This will be an opportunity to raise awareness among the general public about issues related to tasks or efforts of all Funeral Professionals around the state, and to recognize and honor their work. In 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the importance of the Cemetery and Funeral Home Industry was highlighted, as was the valuable work carried out by the professionals who work in it, so we invite you to stop by to acknowledge the funeral service professionals who may have assisted you during your time of loss, or may have to in the future.
Attention GAVERS Users:
On Friday, February 16th GAVERS will be updated. During the update, the number of GAVERS login attempts will be changed. After three failed login attempts, your GAVERS account will be locked. To unlock your account, please submit a ticket using the Report GAVERS Issues link.
As a reminder, GAVERS user account sharing is prohibited. GAVERS password rules are:
Password Examples: SmokeyBear1@
State Office of Vital Records
The Federal Trade Commission is sending warning letters to 39 funeral homes across the country after investigators conducted the agency’s first undercover phone sweep and discovered several violations of the Funeral Rule, including funeral homes that failed to provide accurate pricing information or failed to give out price information entirely.
The Funeral Rule gives consumers important rights when making funeral arrangements, including requiring that funeral homes must “tell persons who ask by telephone about the funeral provider’s offerings or prices any accurate information from [their] price lists…. and any other readily available information that reasonably answers the question[s].”
Throughout 2023, investigators and other staff from the FTC’s East Central Region, Northwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, Midwest Region, Western Region – Los Angeles, Western Region – San Francisco offices and the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Division of Marketing Practices placed undercover calls to more than 250 funeral homes from across the country to try to obtain price information. Staff determined that 39 funeral homes violated the Funeral Rule on these calls. Continue Reading HERE
We strongly encourage you to inform the families you serve of your funeral home's policies/billing practices and remind them to not give any information to individuals contacting them for payments or refunds. Instead they should hang up and directly contact your funeral home, especially when asked for payment. We also encourage a statement on your funeral home’s website.
As previously reported AGEG has been notified of a various and continually evolving scams targeting the families served by multiple funeral homes across the state. This scam is not only impacting families in Georgia but nationwide. Reports include unauthorized individuals contacting families, stating they are from the funeral home or insurance company, and requesting immediate payment to continue with the plans made.
Examples which have been shared
Reminder: Scammers have the ability to make it appear that the calls are from your funeral home and phone number.
The renewal period for Funeral Services (all types) is extended to April 30, 2024 with the late renewal period extended to May 31, 2024. Renewals will open around January 19, 2024.
Contact the Funeral Service Board - HERE
As previously reported, the Georgia State Board of Funeral Service has changed its Continuing Education requirements. The hours required biennially have not changed, but the Board now requires that at least five (5) hours of the total ten (10) hours required be obtained in-person or via live webinar that is instructor led with student interaction, where student participation is monitored and verified.
The PLB is currently experiencing heavy volumes that are causing delays in processing your license. License applications and renewals are taking longer than expected and we apologize for the inconvenience. Please know that our license analysts are working diligently to expedite the issuance/renewal of your license.
PINs were created to improve security for your PLB accounts. Some users reported errors when attempting to use their PINs. This issue has now been resolved, and you can proceed with your account verification process.
If you experience issues with GAVERS, we encourage you to submit a GAVERS help desk request by clicking on the "Report GAVERS Issue(s)" link located at: https://gavers.dph.ga.gov.