The Alderwood Group, Georgia has sold Hodges-Moore Funeral home in Statesboro and Thompson-Strickland Funeral home in Sylvania to Bulloch County Commissioner Curt Deal. Deal will rebrand Hodges-Moore to Deal Funeral Directors. Thompson-Strickland Funeral Home will continue to operate as Thompson-Strickland.
This acquisition by Deal ends years of corporate ownership. Now all the funeral homes in Bulloch County are once again locally owned.
“This has been a lifelong dream come true to own a funeral home,” Deal said. “My wife Jenni, and children Hannah, Harrison and Halli are looking forward to operating the funeral home as a family owned business where it will be an honor to serve the families of Bulloch County in their greatest time of need.”
Deal’s purchase continues a nearly three-decade career in the funeral business, which began at what is now Hodges-Moore.
Deal began the process last year of considering building a new funeral home in Statesboro when he approached Bird Hodges, market director of the Alderwood Group about purchasing Hodges-Moore Funeral home. Even though Deal was primarily interested in Hodges-Moore, the Alderwood Group would only consider selling both Hodges-Moore and Thompson-Strickland. After months of negotiations and due diligence, Deal decided to purchase both funeral homes.
Deal will operate Deal Funeral Directors in Statesboro and Thompson-Strickland will continue to operate as it has in the past with the team in place there.
Also, Deal will honor all pre-need plans written through the last 45 years under different ownerships of Hodges-Moore. All of the staff will remain in place at both locations with the exception of Greg Frost and Lisa Brannen.
Frost will relocate to another Alderwood Group owned funeral home in Athens. Brannen has accepted the executive director position at Safe Haven. Bird Hodges will continue to maintain an office in Statesboro as market director of the Alderwood Group in Georgia.
Bob Cook will join Deal and will work with Mark Yocco in developing an aftercare program, along with pre-need planning.
One immediate benefit to bringing the funeral home back under local ownership will be significant cost savings that will be passed along to the families served, Deal said.
“This is an exciting time for my family and our community,” Deal said. “My family and I look forward to building on the great history at Hodges-Moore and transitioning it back to a local operation as Deal Funeral Directors, where the owner will be in the building every day. This will allow us to provide the best possible service to the families who honor us by allowing us to serve them in their greatest time of need.”
Deal Funeral Directors will be a full service funeral home capable of handling all funeral needs, including monuments and markers on site.