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Jeffery F. Wakefield Jr. (J.J.)

Jeffery F. Wakefield Jr. (J.J.)

Future Proprietor and Funeral Director



Jeffery F. Wakefield Sr. (Jeff)

Jeffery F. Wakefield Sr. (Jeff)

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 President, the 6th District G.F.S.P.A., The Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, a past member of the Dougherty County Rotary Club, among other civic organizations. Jeffery has twenty-two years of experience in funeral service.

Email: jfwakefield@gmail.com


Dianne Wakefield

Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer / Administrative Assistant



Latonya Williams-Wakefield

Latonya Williams-Wakefield

Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer/ Administrative Assistant



Frank Wilder

Frank Wilder

Licensed Funeral Director

Mr. Frank Edward Wilder Jr. is  a licensed Funeral Director. He obtained his license in 1975.
He has been working for the Poteat  Funeral Home since 1964. He started working under the late Mr. Walter Poteat , when the Funeral Home was located at 306 Whitney Avenue .He moved to Albany, Georgia  to attend Albany State University where he studied Physical Education. He attended Albany State on a Football Scholarship and decided to make Albany, his home. He worked for 30 years as a Chemical Tech at Air Gas. He retired from Air Gas in 2005.  He is still working at the Poteat Funeral Home along  with Mr. Jeffery F. Wakefield.
Mr. Wilder has been working in the Funeral profession since he was 12 years old. He started by working with the late Marvin C. Zanders Sr. in Apopka, Florida.
While serving his apprenticeship under the late E. O. Thomas, he studied and passed the State Board Exam in  1975.  Mr. Wilder loves working in the funeral profession. He has been married to Barbara Sherman-Wilder for 23 years. He has one son,  Petrocelli ( Aurora)  Wilder, and three granddaughters. He is a member of the Old Piney Grove Baptist Church in Leesburg, Georgia. where Min. Kenneth Jimmerson serves as pastor.  Mr. Wilder serves on the Deacon Board of the church. He loves sports of all kind especially Baseball. He is a devoted Dodger fan.

Derrick Lockett

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer



Martavius Marcus

Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer



Jonathan Fuller

Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer



Rev. Terrance Bryant

Rev. Terrance Bryant

Chaplain



Deacon Michael Taylor

Deacon Michael Taylor

Funeral Attendant



Corey McKinney

Funeral Attendant



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