Obituaries

Ruth Whitten
B: 1942-08-14
D: 2017-04-22
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Whitten, Ruth
Griffin Barrentine
B: 1922-07-01
D: 2017-04-23
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Barrentine, Griffin
James Harrison
B: 1929-10-30
D: 2017-04-18
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Harrison, James
Carolyn Hathcock
B: 1946-06-21
D: 2017-04-20
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Hathcock, Carolyn
Johnny Hood
B: 1942-04-20
D: 2017-04-20
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Hood, Johnny
Cathy Hunter
B: 1959-01-18
D: 2017-04-19
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Hunter, Cathy
Joseph Gatlin
B: 1945-10-24
D: 2017-04-19
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Gatlin, Joseph
Charles Shands
B: 1984-04-13
D: 2017-04-14
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Shands, Charles
Tristan Harris
B: 2000-11-24
D: 2017-04-15
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Harris, Tristan
Linda Arwood
B: 1927-10-07
D: 2017-04-16
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Arwood, Linda
Maurice Ford
B: 1921-12-11
D: 2017-04-18
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Ford, Maurice
Lillian Minor
B: 1939-07-26
D: 2017-04-19
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Minor, Lillian
Jackolean Gentry
B: 1927-04-24
D: 2017-04-14
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Gentry, Jackolean
Marie Dix
B: 1923-08-10
D: 2017-04-15
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Dix, Marie
William Shemwell
D: 2017-04-08
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Shemwell, William
Marvin McCain
D: 2017-04-14
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McCain, Marvin
Betty Olita
B: 1925-09-15
D: 2017-04-11
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Olita, Betty
Norma Seals
B: 1935-12-16
D: 2017-04-11
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Seals, Norma
Beverly Gatlin
B: 1941-01-22
D: 2017-04-12
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Gatlin, Beverly
Gary Starnes
B: 1954-03-18
D: 2017-04-09
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Starnes, Gary
Ira Dunn
B: 1931-08-30
D: 2017-04-09
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Dunn, Ira

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Memphis, TN 38133
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Past Events

Healing Path Workshop Series

January 18 - March 1, 2017

The Healing Path Workshop Series at Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center focuses on practical "next steps" in the healing journey. Each workshop will have a different speaker and a different topic of interest. This unique series is a free community outreach program open to anyone affected by the loss of a loved one. MORE INFO


“Always in my Heart” Valentine Luncheon

11:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2017 @ The Tower Club

February 14th can be a difficult day for those of us who are grieving. For some, it will be the first Valentine’s Day without our loved one. Please join us for a special, uplifting time of honoring and remembering. MORE INFO


Light of Hope Community Candlelight Remembrance

6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at Forest Hill Funeral Home East Chapel

Please join us for a beautiful and moving event designed to bring the community together to remember those we’ve lost. The lighting of candles in remembrance of loved ones is an impactful, visual ceremony. Our desire is to provide comfort, hope and healing to all who attend. MORE INFO


Champions of Freedom Appreciation Luncheon

11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at Memphis Botanic Garden

Local veterans and their families are invited to attend our inaugural “Champions of Freedom” Appreciation Luncheon. This FREE catered luncheon will show gratitude and acknowledgement to local veterans whose service helped protect our freedom. MORE INFO


Healing Path Workshops Series

Fall 2016

Our workshop series is focused on practical "next steps" in the healing journey after the loss of a loved one. Each session will feature a local expert to provide advice on different topics, such as healthy cooking, physical and emotional well-being, personal and home safety, financial matters in bereavement, and animal companions during grief. This unique outreach series is FREE and open to ALL in our community, regardless if they were served by our funeral home. MORE INFO


Father’s Day Rose Ceremony Remembrance

4 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 2016

Please join us on Sunday, June 19, for our inaugural Father’s Day Rose Ceremony Remembrance.

A single long stem rose will be gifted to each registered guest.

Please RSVP by June 15. MORE INFO


Mother’s Day Memorial Butterfly Release

4 p.m. Sunday, May 8, 2016

The loss of a mother, child, or other loved one can make Mother’s Day a very sad time of year. In remembrance of those who touched our hearts and shaped our lives, we invite all members of our community to our Memorial Butterfly Release at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at Forest Hill Memorial Park East. MORE INFO


Facebook Like It Campaign

March 1-31, 2016

Forest Hill Community Outreach commemorates National Music In Our Schools Month by hosting a Facebook “Like It” Campaign to support the Shelby County Music Department.


2015 Light of Hope Community Candlelight Remembrance

6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

Click here to view our photos from this Light of Hope event!


Facebook Like It Campaign

Nov. 1-30, 2015

Forest Hill Community Outreach is pleased to commemorate National Hospice and Palliative Care Month by hosting a Facebook “Like It” Campaign to support Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation-Memphis.


Forest Hill Community Coat Drive

Sept. 1 - Nov. 1, 2015

Make a difference in the lives of Memphis children and adults in need by donating clean, gently-used coats and jackets in the Forest Hill Community Coat Drive. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at any of our three funeral homes. To show our appreciation, all who donate in our Community Coat Drive will be entered for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. The gift card drawing will take place on Nov. 2, 2015. For more info, please call 901- 382-1000. In honor of our late funeral director Luther Gardner Jr. (1946-2014), all donations will benefit Memphis Salvation Army, where Luther proudly served as an advisory board member.


Holiday Memorial Service and Rose Communion

December 5-7, 2014

In honor and memory of your loved one, we invite you to attend one of our three Holiday Memorial Services featuring Rose Communion and light refreshments.

  • 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at Forest Hill South
  • 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 Forest Hill Midtown
  • 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 at Forest Hill East

"The Assassination and Funeral of President Lincoln"

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Forest Hill is pleased to present the authentic replica of President Abraham Lincoln's coffin along with a special program about Lincoln's assassination and funeral by author, historian, and funeral director Todd Van Beck. The evening will also feature special appearances by American Civil War re-enactors including General Ulysses S. Grant portrayed by Dr. Curt Fields. The coffin may be viewed Tuesday, Nov. 18, beginning at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 7 p.m. inside the Kroc Center of Memphis, 800 E. Parkway S. This program has all the essentials of a murder mystery. The difference is that this murder story is absolutely true. Even if you’re not a history buff, you won’t want to miss this event. Lincoln’s favorite dessert will be served afterward. Admission is FREE, however donations will be collected to support the great work of the Memphis Salvation Army. Questions? Please call Lindsay at 901-829-8022. DOWNLOAD THE FLYER


Grief Support

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

Our group meetings are created to help guide individuals and families through the loss of a loved, and will cover topics such as loneliness, depression, anger and hope. These meetings are free and open to all, not to just those served by Forest Hill. We encourage anyone who is dealing with sadness and loss following the death of a loved to attend.

  • 10-11:30 a.m. at Forest Hill East, 2440 Whitten Road
  • 2:30-4 p.m. at Forest Hill South, 2545 E. Holmes Road

Cell Phone for Soldiers

Forest Hill is proud to be a drop-off location for Cell Phones for Soldiers, non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans. Donate old cell phones at all three Forest Hill locations.

365 Days of Healing

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52 Weeks of Support

It's hard to know what to say when someone experiences loss. Our free weekly newsletter provides insights, quotes and messages on how to help during the first year.