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Glencoe – Hokes Bluff Funeral Home

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Mark and Holly Box Owners

Mark and Holly Box are committed to providing the very best service possible to the families they serve. Mark has been in the funeral service business for over 25 years. He has worked as a funeral director and as a contract service provider for all the funeral homes in this area. Holly has been in education for over 25 years. She has been a teacher, an instructional coach, an assistant principal and worked for the district office. Mark and Holly will work alongside the families they serve to provide a lasting tribute for the departed loved one.

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Canaan Elkins Funeral Home Manager, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Since 2011, Canaan has been serving families during their time of need. Canaan is a native of Alexandria, and he graduated from Alexandria High School in 2013.  Upon passing the National Board Exam, he graduated from Jefferson State Community College with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Funeral Service Education in 2016.

Canaan is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Alabama and Georgia and is also a Certified Crematory Operator through the National Funeral Director’s Association (NFDA).  Canaan joined the Glencoe-Hokes Bluff team in April 2021.

In his free time, Canaan enjoys spending time with his wife, Katie, and their children doing anything outdoors. Beekeeping, gardening, and camping are some of his hobbies. Canaan and his family attend Christian Assembly in Ohatchee, and they consider it an honor to serve their community.

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Josh Horton Funeral Director, Embalmer and Cremationist

Josh was born and raised in the Ivalee community off Gallant Road in western Etowah County. He attended Ivalee Elementary School through 6th grade, advanced to Etowah Middle school and then graduated from Coosa Christian High School in 1995. He has lived in the Hokes Bluff/Ball Play area for over 15 years. He is married to Jessica Diane Sosebee Horton and has five children, Ashley, Chris, Joseph, Jalyn and Lily Grace.
Josh has been in the funeral business since 1996. He is a graduate of Jefferson State Community College, where he obtained his A.A.S. degree in Funeral Service Education. He has his license in all departments of the funeral industry including Funeral Director, Embalmer, Cremationist, Life Insurance Producer and Preneed Sales Agent in the State of Alabama. He holds Past President, Past Secretary and Past Zone Chair Certificates with the Hokes Bluff and Alabama Lions Clubs. Josh is a member of the Church on the Rock in Gadsden.

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Ariel Stringfellow Cremationist, Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer

Ariel Stringfellow is from Springville, Alabama. She graduated high school from Leeds High School in 2018 and then furthered her education at Jefferson State Community College where she graduated from the Funeral Service Education program. She is a licensed cremationist, Apprentice funeral director and Apprentice embalmer. She is in the process of taking her exams to become a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

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Glenn Brooks Funeral Assistant

Glenn is a native of Alexandria and graduated from Alexandria High School.  He retired from Concord Cleaners where he was a manager there for many years.  He and his wife Linda live in the Rainbow City area.  

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Jason Bedford Funeral Director and Cremationist

Jason Bedford is a native of Oxford, Alabama.  He began working in the funeral industry in 1994.  He became a licensed funeral director in the state of Alabama in 2001 and obtained his cremationist license in 2018.  Jason has served families in Calhoun County, Etowah County, and Jefferson County for the past 28 years.  He and his wife Maliea live in Oxford with their two sons; Tanner and Tucker.  They are members of First Baptist Church of White Plains.  Jason also serves on the Calhoun County District Attorney's Citizens Advisory Board. He is also a volunteer firefighter and is also a high school basketball official.

Mark and Holly Box

Owners
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Mark and Holly Box are committed to providing the very best service possible to the families they serve. Mark has been in the funeral service business for over 25 years. He has worked as a funeral director and as a contract service provider for all the funeral homes in this area. Holly has been in education for over 25 years. She has been a teacher, an instructional coach, an assistant principal and worked for the district office. Mark and Holly will work alongside the families they serve to provide a lasting tribute for the departed loved one.

Canaan Elkins

Funeral Home Manager, Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Since 2011, Canaan has been serving families during their time of need. Canaan is a native of Alexandria, and he graduated from Alexandria High School in 2013.  Upon passing the National Board Exam, he graduated from Jefferson State Community College with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Funeral Service Education in 2016.

Canaan is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Alabama and Georgia and is also a Certified Crematory Operator through the National Funeral Director’s Association (NFDA).  Canaan joined the Glencoe-Hokes Bluff team in April 2021.

In his free time, Canaan enjoys spending time with his wife, Katie, and their children doing anything outdoors. Beekeeping, gardening, and camping are some of his hobbies. Canaan and his family attend Christian Assembly in Ohatchee, and they consider it an honor to serve their community.

Josh Horton

Funeral Director, Embalmer and Cremationist
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Josh was born and raised in the Ivalee community off Gallant Road in western Etowah County. He attended Ivalee Elementary School through 6th grade, advanced to Etowah Middle school and then graduated from Coosa Christian High School in 1995. He has lived in the Hokes Bluff/Ball Play area for over 15 years. He is married to Jessica Diane Sosebee Horton and has five children, Ashley, Chris, Joseph, Jalyn and Lily Grace.
Josh has been in the funeral business since 1996. He is a graduate of Jefferson State Community College, where he obtained his A.A.S. degree in Funeral Service Education. He has his license in all departments of the funeral industry including Funeral Director, Embalmer, Cremationist, Life Insurance Producer and Preneed Sales Agent in the State of Alabama. He holds Past President, Past Secretary and Past Zone Chair Certificates with the Hokes Bluff and Alabama Lions Clubs. Josh is a member of the Church on the Rock in Gadsden.

Ariel Stringfellow

Cremationist, Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Ariel Stringfellow is from Springville, Alabama. She graduated high school from Leeds High School in 2018 and then furthered her education at Jefferson State Community College where she graduated from the Funeral Service Education program. She is a licensed cremationist, Apprentice funeral director and Apprentice embalmer. She is in the process of taking her exams to become a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

Glenn Brooks

Funeral Assistant
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Glenn is a native of Alexandria and graduated from Alexandria High School.  He retired from Concord Cleaners where he was a manager there for many years.  He and his wife Linda live in the Rainbow City area.  

Jason Bedford

Funeral Director and Cremationist
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Jason Bedford is a native of Oxford, Alabama.  He began working in the funeral industry in 1994.  He became a licensed funeral director in the state of Alabama in 2001 and obtained his cremationist license in 2018.  Jason has served families in Calhoun County, Etowah County, and Jefferson County for the past 28 years.  He and his wife Maliea live in Oxford with their two sons; Tanner and Tucker.  They are members of First Baptist Church of White Plains.  Jason also serves on the Calhoun County District Attorney's Citizens Advisory Board. He is also a volunteer firefighter and is also a high school basketball official.

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