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Gate City Funeral Home remains committed to serving the community

Staff Report • Jan 30, 2013 at 3:40 AM

To Our Community:

We at Gate City Funeral Home would like to wish you a happy 2013 and express our gratitude for your continuing business. Thank you for trusting us to serve you during your difficult times.

As we begin our 54th year as a family-owned and operated Scott County business, we promise that we will always do our best to continue to earn your trust. With three generations of family working together at our only funeral home, providing the county’s premier funeral service is our life’s work.

We are fully committed to the future of Scott County, and as Scott County natives we believe it is important that money the business takes in stays in this area.

As we invest in the community, we welcome Israel Crawford as our new funeral director apprentice, joining funeral directors Bettye Falin Miller, Raymond "Ty" Miller, Jamie Broadwater and Rick Meade. We are also making improvements to serve you better, including the addition of a new parking lot across from our main entrance.

With a focus on serving you for generations to come, in just a few years, another generation of our family will be ready to join us in the business – the fifth generation to work at Gate City Funeral Home.

Our funeral home was established in 1959 by the late Gene and Juanita Falin. It opened at its current location in 1965 and has been owned and operated by members of their family ever since. Their daughter, Bettye Falin Miller, whose life has been centered around the business of the funeral home since childhood, is now president and co-owner with her son Kelly Ison.

"There were times when we would be ready to leave on vacation, the car packed and ready to go. Then Daddy would get a phone call that someone had died, and we’d unpack the car and go back into the house," Bettye said. "We always understood the customer came first…. We not only understood my father’s extraordinary commitment to the people of the area, but it became our commitment as well."

Bettye now works at the funeral home with husband, Raymond "Ty" Miller; daughters Jamie Broadwater and Ashley Ison; son Kelly Ison and his wife, Diane; granddaughter Whitney Crawford and her husband, Israel. Several wonderful associates are also part of the Gate City Funeral Home family.

Committed to superior service, quality and convenience, we continue to take our commitment seriously, and we all work to serve the families of Scott County and the surrounding communities in a manner that would make Gene and Juanita proud.

We never forget that you are the reason we are here, and we are still living the commitment to Scott County that Gene and Juanita began 54 years ago.

Sincerely,Bettye Falin Miller and Kelly IsonOwnersGate City Funeral Home

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