Future Proprietor and Funeral Director
President, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
Jeffery F. Wakefield Sr. (Jeff) is a native of Arlington, Georgia. He is the son of Dianne Wakefield and Ronnie Thornton Sr. Jeffery is a member of Gethsemane Freewill Baptist Church of Arlington. He began his funeral service career in 1997 at Poteat Funeral Home, under the administration of Mr. James Griffin Jr., his mentor and father figure. After working at the funeral home and attending Darton College, it was at that time that Jeff knew that it was time to move on to pursue his lifelong dream. In March 1999, Jeff moved to Decatur, Georgia to make his dream become a reality and attend Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, where he had an opportunity to work at the Donald Trimble Mortuary of Decatur, which conducted over 800 services per year. He is a February 2001 Graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service where he earned an Associate of Science Degree in Funeral Service. Jeff is Licensed as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in the state of Georgia and Alabama. He spent many years working as a trade embalmer and funeral director for numerous firms throughout, Southwest Georgia, Central Georgia, South Central Georgia and Southeast Alabama. After the retirement of Mr. Griffin, On August 7, 2012, Jeff became the sole owner of Poteat Funeral Home LLC. and along with his mother, Dianne, are owners of The Wakefield Mortuary(W.M.Murray Memorial Chapel) of Arlington, Georgia. Jeffery is a member of The Georgia Funeral Service Practitioners Association (G.F.S.P.A), where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board, the 6th District G.F.S.P.A., The Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, He is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (C.F.S.P.),was just appointed Deputy Coroner in Calhoun County,and was a past member of the Dougherty County Rotary Club, among other civic organizations. Jeffery has twenty-three years of experience in funeral service.
Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer/ Administrative Assistant
Licensed Funeral Director
Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer