Ornaments presented to relatives at annual Memorial Tree celebration

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The Rev. John Lewing, left, pastor of Union Springs, delivered the memorial message at Warren Meadows Funeral Home on December 13 at 6 p.m. He is shown with Amy Giblin Barnhill, the Rev. Wilton Anthony and Susan Meadows Giblin prior to the 31

Annual Memorial Tree of Remembrance service. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

The 31st annual Memorial Tree of Remembrance was hosted at Warren Meadows Funeral Home on Thursday night, December 13 at 6 p.m.

The annual event shows that the Warren Meadows Funeral Home family remembers each and every family served during the past year and grieves along with them.

Susan and Floyd Giblin began the beautiful program in 1987. Each year, a Christmas tree is decorated with ornaments, which includes the person’s name and date of death inscribed on them. Every person served by the funeral home is remembered with an ornament, that are distributed at the end of a service of remembrance.

“The holiday can be very difficult,” Susan Giblin noted. “We at Warren Meadows Funeral home understand this and have created a holiday keepsake that will recognize and pay tribute to that special person.”

This year’s service was even harder for the Giblins and the funeral home employees, since their mentor, Floyd Giblin, who owned the establishment with his wife, Susan, died on January 19, 2018.

This year, 158 people were recognized with ornaments. Friends, numbering nine, were also honored by the Warren Meadows Funeral Home.

Amy Giblin Barnhill, daughter of the Giblins and part owner of the establishment, welcomed the large crowd to the chapel and explained the origin of the Memorial Tree of Remembrance.



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