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We receive many letters from the families we've served, thanking us for our caring ways during their time of loss. Their words warm our hearts, and speak to you of our professionalism, compassion, and the true value of the services we provide.

I appreciate the friendly and professional staff at Memorial Park Memphis. Kerrie has been so compassionate and diligent in helping me and my grandmother over these past two months during the passing of our loved ones. She made the transition smooth and easy. We are appreciative and thankful for you all.

Lashundra Anderson

I would like to thank Joe, Hannah, Aaron, Mark and Kyle for such a wonderful experience when we sent my brother Knox Phillips to Rock and Roll heaven...we had guitars...a song...and some great stories to share. They enabled us to have exactly what we wanted without the hassles at pressure just fine accommodating people. The same thing was true when we sent my father Sam Phillips to Rock and Roll heaven in 2003. Thank you very much...Rock on...

Jerry Phillips May 14, 2020

Randy, Faye and Isabella took really good care of our family during this difficult time. Most sincerely, Kennedy family

David Kennedy and Family March 11, 2020

My husband and I attended the May 30th Memorial Day Service and want to say "thank you" for the work and effort you put into it! It was so wonderful, the whole program with presentation, anthem singer, prayers, Boy Scouts, cannon, civil air patrol etc. Everyone should be commended on the event! We appreciate the golf cart ride to & from our car, the water and food as extra benefits not expected. You went beyond what was needed and we noticed it. Please know you did the nicest things for those attending and your appreciated more than you know!

David & Joanna U June 03, 2016

Philip, We thank you for such a beautiful support on thursday for P's remembrance service. Thank you for traveling.


Thank you for everything you helped us with. Please keep us in your prayers. B & Family

B & Family

Mary, Thank you, again, for your help in resolving my issues getting additional copies of the death certificates. I really appreciate your follow through and willingness to get to the bottom of the situation, Thank you, thank you -M


Greg, Thanks to you and your entire staff for the warmth you & your team shared with my brother, me & our family & friends. It was a difficult day emotionally but your team made it palatable. Sincerely, D.B


I wanted to thank the Staff and Funeral Directors who handled the viewing and Funeral ceremony. With the challenges of weather, straight line winds, the loss of power and the disruption of your initial plans. Your professional and competent demeanor maintained the dignity of the viewing and visitation for the family and officers present. The ceremony at the Church also presented numerous challenges as well. And again the staff and Funeral Directors displayed outstanding patience and compassion for the family and all present. Please commend all involved in both ceremonies. Shelby County Sheriff B.O


On behalf of my family I want to commend your employee, Roosevelt Brown, for years of caring for myself and my family as we have buries my parents, my son J. and infant daughters A. and S. at Memorial Park. I have regularly tended their graves since 1986 and have needed Roosevelt in many situations. He is skillful with the backhoe but more importantly is reliable, caring, diligent and comforting in his service. His ministry to me and my family, any time, any where and any way has been healing and caring - just what Memorial Park is all about

Dr. J.B. L.

I can't say enough about how helpful everyone was during this difficult time. The only suggestions would be to encourage young adults to save money for unexpected situations like a death. I was very overwhelmed having to pay for my sisters funeral on 3 credit cards.


Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers during this time. We appreciate your support and encouragement in our time of need. God Bless you and your families.

The Family of H.R.

Thank each of you for all your help with the service. I thought everything was fine and she looked so pretty. She is finally at peace and so happy so I have to be too.


Terry, thank you for your patience and diligence during the preparation and culmination of our mom's memorial service. Your are an asset to your profession and a blessing to us.

The N family

Michael - Thank you so very much for your expertise, support and close friendship so needed and appreciated at this difficult time. I appreciate all the arrangements you made the advise, adn for putting up with us. Thank you for that beautiful rose - believe it or not its still blooming. Please thank Paul and Steve too.

R.D. & M.

Mr. Terry Richards - Your warm expressions and kind acts shown during our time of grief will always be appreciated and remembered. Thank you for your assistance but mainly thank you for your prayers.

The M. Family

Mr. Renfro & Mr. Kraft, On behalf of the Metro Nashville Police Department, we would like to thank you both for the wonderful service Memorial Park provided to our department and especially to the family of our fallen officer, Michael Petrina. Your staff went above and beyond to assist us with not only planning, but with providing room for us to work and plan in the funeral home! This extremely difficult situation was made so much better because of the staff that you have in place. From the first moment we met Mr. Micheal Gramling in Nashville to bring Officer Petrina home, we were treated like family. Your entire staff was unbelievable to us, and speaking of your staff, Hannah Richards was nothing less than a Godsend! She was an invaluable resource to us and she made herself personally available to us all week. From her contacts with the police departments and fire departments to the way she assisted the family with their every request, she deserves to be commended. She is a true asset to your team. Thank you both so much for creating such a positive workplace in such an unusual place. If we can ever be of assistance to you here in Nashville, please let us know. Thanks!

Captain K.S.

Memorial Park Staff- Thank you so very much for your assistance in planning the service and for helping make it a beautiful and comforting tribute to my wife. Everything was just as I had asked for and the family and I could not have been more pleased! Your professionalism along with your caring and sincere approach made this difficult task much easier. Thank you again and my god bless.


Thank you for your caring services in Mom's funeral. Knowing her final wishes were carried out was a comfort to us. We also appreciate your gift to the Memphis / Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation in her memory.


I wanted to let you know that Terry Richards has been very helpful throughout the process of burring my Mother, B. B., as well as being very helpful after the burial. He has been excellent in getting back to me when I have had calls and questions. I want to thank him for a job well done in a time of grievance.


Joy and Michael: Thank you so much for helping us with the service and burial of our mother, J. B. Both of you were great to work with and made the process and the day of a memorable event. Thank you so much. It was a pleasure to work with you both.


Dear Memorial Park staff, Your gift to the Memphis Police foundation in memory of my husband J.P. is truly appreciated. It is good to know that your memorial goes toward providing financial assistance to the foundation and supports projects that will make Memphis a safer city. Our fond thank you.


Thank you for the donation in memory of my son, W.J. Jr. Our family very much appreciated the efficiency of the staff in handling the arrangements for his burial, and it made a difficult time easier to bear.


Dear Friends, I want to thank you so much for your Memorial made to the Memphis / Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation in memory of my Uncle R.D. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and service during this trying for our family.


Dear Staff - thank you very much for the donation you made to the Memphis/Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation in memory of my mother, C.C. Thank you so much for remembering her.


Our loves have been blessed by so many who have cared for us with such loving devotion through this difficult time. Our interaction with Memorial Park was everything we expected it to be. Mr. Hagen, thank you for your patience as I tried to grasp all the details. The funeral service was exactly what I wanted. You will be remembered. Thank you so much.


Thank you for your kind donation in the name of our beloved F.S. to the Memphis Police Foundation. It is so appreciated.

L & B S.

Dear Michelle - Just a small way of saying "thank you". This is also to tell you again how very much we enjoyed our little visit with you on Saturday at Memorial Park. Everything was just about perfect: the weather, the beautiful surroundings in the park, lots of smiling faces from the employees, and even the tolling of the bell from the construction on Poplar Street. It was such a nice afternoon. We really enjoyed ourselves! We were especially appreciative and overwhelmed with all the wonderful information you shared with us about our "Pre-planning Funeral Arrangements." We'll forever be thankful to you for answering our many questions in a clear and understandable manner, you were AWESOME! Michelle, we feel so comfortable telling and recommending to our family and friends about the outstanding services you offer at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery. Again, thank you for your kindness and your warm assistance.

B&L K.

Dear Mr. Hamliton - when i visited the park today i was so pleased to see how nicely the grounds are being maintained. The flower beds are so bright, cheerful, and neat, and grass and trees so well kept. The standing markers are so impressive addition. I appreciate the hard work that it takes to keep particularly a summer garden in good shape and I'm sure others like myself are grateful to visit their loved ones in such lovely surroundings.

R.S. August 30, 2013

Thanks to all of you for the care and kindness shown during a difficult time. The ceremony want well, and the honor guard was a beautiful end for a patriotic man and family. Special thanks to Aaron who answered every question and request, and to Lucy West, who quietly and kindly kept us calm and anticipated each need. Thanks to everyone!

B. & S. August 30, 2013

Thank you for your donation to the Memphis Police Foundation in memory of my deceased husband. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated!

C.B. August 30, 2013

The family thanks you for the donation made to the Memphis Police Foundation in memory of J.B. We were not aware of the foundation and its a good works for the city and appreciate your making it known to us. It has been a pleasure for us to work with all of you who helped us before, during and after J's funeral. Everything was handled professionally.

P.B. August 30, 2013

Thanks so much for your donation to the Police Foundation. Your kindness and efficiency to me and my family was the best! Everyone was so kind and helpful. I felt I did not have to do a thing. I will gladly recommend your establishment

M. A. Family August 30, 2013

Dear Memorial Park Friends. Words cannot express how much we appreciate your expression of sympathy at the passing of our husband, father, C.H. Thank you for your generous donation to St. Jude Children's hospital. We are truly grateful that his memory is honored by kind assistance and support of others in times of need and crisis. We are also very thankful for your comforting assistance during our time of grief and loss.

H. Family July 31, 2013

Thanks to all of you for the care and kindness shown to us during a difficult time. The ceremony went well, and the Honor Guard was a beautiful end for a patriotic man and family. Special thanks to Aaron who answered every question and request, and to Lucy West, who quietly and kindly kept us calm and anticipated each need. Thanks to everyone!

B. & S. July 31, 2013

Michael was great! We had to come again 13 weeks later and have a service for my 17 year old nephew. We requested Michael because he was so helpful the first time. Thank you all for being so caring during such a difficult time for our family. I have told everyone how pleased we were with your service.

L. Family July 04, 2013

Dear Mr. Gramling, From the time six weeks ago that Mrs. Lucie Roane (widow, the late Rev. Roane) said to speak with you, our Family has benefited from a significant increased peace of mind. As you and I discussed, our Mother, is under full hospice care and the batteries are quickly running down. Our objective has been two-fold: (1) to keep her in her own home and (2) allow her to live as comfortably and stress-free as possible. Your assignment of Ms. Tammy King as our Family Service Counselor is proving a wonderful fit. Ms. King took the time to come and meet our Mother last week while she is still with us. Following their long private conversation, we decided to proceed with a full basic commitment to Memorial Park at the basic level. Over the next month we expect to flesh out a few more details, particularly after Crossroads Hospice completes their Book of Memories around which the specific nature of further memorial services will be determined. Although a small matter in the scope of Memorial Park's business, I cannot say enough about Ms. King's natural compassion. Even though relatively new to your business, Ms. King has a rare natural compassion for what people go through. In my experience as a business executive and, more recently, a university instructor, Ms. King's core skills are uncommon while still being able to comfort someone as acutely aware in life as our Mother. SO, Mr. Gramling, many thanks to you. And I hope you and I will be able to meet in the near future.

D.P. April 01, 2013

Our family and friends all commented on what a beautiful service we had. Everyone at Memorial Park was friendly and professional with compassion. Michael and Joy Holt were very thorough and helpful, and they were very easy to get in contact with. I appreciate this act of kindness very much. J’s “Celebration of Life” was lovely. The programs were perfect. The baby grand piano perfect, the newspaper article nice, and how helpful you were to do all of this for me. Phillip Hamilton was in charge the day of the funeral. What a wonderful man he was to help me! What comfort I felt through his guidance. Please thank him for me. Thank you.


To the many people who work at Memorial Park Funeral Home, I want to say thank you. My mother recently died and you took care of her and of us as we wandered around trying to find our balance. Every single person we met held out a hand, wore a sweet expression, and helped us find a room, a chair, a glass of water, a bathroom or whatever else we needed. The traffic controllers were fabulous. They had patience and softness to their voiced instructions that touched us deeply. We noticed their respect and kindness. How did you find this kind of human beings who stood in the rain and the dark and managed to make us think they were honored to be there? We thank you all. I only remember Tempia and Aaron’s names. But I bet you God knows them and blesses you all.


My friend and I arranged a prepaid funeral with Memorial Park 25 years ago. Sadly, last week the time came for my friend to be laid to rest. And the staff at Memorial Park could not have been more gracious, sympathetic and understanding. David, Micheal, and Heather were so compassionate and helped me get through a very difficult time. Later Dr. Mike was so helpful in my final decision on the headstone. I am so thankful that we chose Memorial Park 25 years ago. A special thanks to all......

Joanne Woody

Dear Memorial Park Staff, We all appreciate the wonderful care you put into every single part of this difficult experience. To Brad & Tray: You two have been so accommodating, handling all of he details concerning the arrangements for my mother. I can't thank you enough for your thoughtfulness and eye for details. You've made it easier for us to go through this experience. Your caring spirit and thoughtfulness was felt and greatly appreciated. God is so good! May He bless you both. Laurie Newton

Laurie Newton March 30, 2020

All members of the Memorial Park staff provide superior service to individuals and families in the difficult time of arranging for a loved one's funeral. An assuring and encouraging "will do & can do" was the attitude and answer to everyone of our family members' questions and requests as they assisted us through the full scope of arrangements that a funeral entails. Professional, experienced, and dedicated to excellence, Memorial Park is outstanding. The Zehring Family

Charlotte Zehring January 16, 2020

Dear Memorial Park Staff, Thank you for the tender loving care you extended to our family during this difficult time. you made the process as gentle as possible and hassle free. a special thanks to Lucy and Terry Richards for the constant tender care and attention. You truly helped make this a celebration of a lovely woman's life. Sincerely, P.L & C.L

P.L & C.L

Thank you very much to you guys at the Park for your thoughtfulness and goodness to me! And for the cake! Sincerely, J.L


Joy, Words can not express my sincere thankfulness of your kindness. Please know you have touched my life in such a special way. God has placed you in your line of business to ease the burden to lost loved ones. God bless you Joy and thank you with all my heart for your help. Love, J


Dear Memorial Park, Thank you so much for letting us present the colors at the Memorial service and for the generous donation. We have used your contribution to benefit our squadron's cader program which is instrumental in growing tomorrow's youth, teaching them about leadership, growing character, and teaching about aerospace. We would love to perform at any future events you might let our color guard team participate in. Sincerely, C/1st Lt B

C/1st LT B

Dear Joy, Your care, concern, compassion and professionalism made a difficult situation stress free. Thank you for your patience and kindness dealing with strong personalities in our family. We truly appreciate you -N


I would like to post about the excellent care we had during my mother's funeral, L.K.H , in October 2014. We were so impressed with how this rite has evolved since our father's passing in 1998. Every wish or thought we had was immediately implemented creatively with none of the effort on our part. Design of the program, music, contacting the minister, visitation requests, video, and flower colors and style became "fun" choices (an odd idea) at such a sad time. L and G were intelligent and empathetic without the moroseness one fears with these duties. Please convey to them or use any of this you wish to assure others how happy we were with the funeral of Lorna Klyce Hilbun. We left feeling like old friends. Hi Ann Russell! Sorry it took me so long to do this. G.H.C


To the Staff - Please accept again my sincere gratitude for the professionalism, care and attention given to my mom and me. This fortunately was the first funeral that I have had to arrange and each of you helped me tremendously. Hannah and Pete were especially kind in helping begin the process and Brad and Sarah were part of my "rock" during Friday the 7th of November.


To Whom it may Concern - I recently, and quite unexpectedly I found myself in Memphis. As I have relatives and very close family friend at Memorial Park, I , on the spur of the moment stopped in. Not sure that I could find who I'd be looking for, especially the family friend, I was most graciously greeted and helped by your staff members. First a thin you man out outside, then Ms Patrick in the office, and was escorted to the correct locations by a gentleman named Raoul I believe. I really wanted to say thanks to Memorial Park and these Staff Members for their helpfulness and kindness.


Dear Memorial Park Team - I am writing one note to all of you, because all of you ( many I do not know names) made the experience of handling my mother's death a much easier one that I ever could have expected. From the time we called, your preparedness with her information, your compassion, your flexibility, your availability, your knowledge and expertise, you attention to detail, your willingness to accommodate and your follow up for many months after her funeral was all outstanding. I can not imagine a better group of people any where else. My siblings and I thank you for serving us so well.


Dear Jay - Thank you. That says it all, yet it doesn't seem to be quite enough. Our family appreciated your support and extra efforts more than you can know. I also thank you and shall treasure the US Navy coin you gave me to honor my father. Your attention to detail is what sets you apart. We will be in touch with you in the very near future. Thank you again for everything.


Dear Michael and Memorial Park Staff - Thank you for the beautiful red rose you sent to N.'s visitation. We want to thank you for helping us plan and arrange everything for visitation and the funeral. You and your staff were so kind and comforting to us in our time of great grief. We will always remember your kindness and helpfulness always.

E. & S.

Thanks for helping us get through this very, difficult time of sorrow.

The S. Family

Dear Bradley Kraft - Thank you for your help upon L. W.'s ceremony.


To the Staff of Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery - Once again ( and forevermore) I'm saying thank you. This time for your generosity toward our family during "M's" celebration service. Your donation in her memory was unexpected as you had already gone above and beyond... Yet, deeply appreciated. When my father and my husbands parents and grandparents were buried at M.P. many years ago our families were impressed by the condolences we received there and now this gift continues.


Memorial Park Staff - Thank you all so much for the flowers you sent for my mothers funeral service on Feb. 10. They were beautiful and your kindness and thoughtfulness is very much appreciated from our family


To the Staff of Memorial Park - Thank you for your donation to the Memphis / Shelby County Law Enforcement foundation in memory of our father. Our Father did a lot of work for you over the years and Steve continues to do so, and we would like to thank you for letting our family help "your family"


Michael Thanks for all that the Memorial Park staff did this past week for our family. The funeral and burial was handled excellently and we were able to comfort each other as a grieving family. Thanks so much. Blessings-


Mr. Gramling - I wish to express a heartfelt thanks to you and each member of the Memorial Park Staff for the case with the lovely red rose & baby's breath. I am very grateful to you for the assistance you gave us with such ease and expertise while making the final arrangements for my mother. In addition, each one of the extra services offered to us by Memorial Park, including those on the website for the family, means so very much to us; making us feel special and making my Mother and her live very special too. For taking the time to have additional note cards printed for me, I am truly thankful as well. In the future, may God richly bless Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery... and each and every one of you and your families.


Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery ( Hannah - Funeral Director), Thank you so much for your donation to the Memphis / Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation in memory of our Mom / Wife. We would also like to thank Hannah for her friendly manner and excellent professionalism - in helping us through the process. We immediately felt comfortable with Hannah and she worked so well with our Pastor, Jeff Findlay. Y'all did a great job and we truly thank you. Mom always supported law enforcement ( she had to - I am a retired Fed agent) ! So again thanks so much for the kind donation.

J. & J. L.

Thank you so much for the memorial made in G's name to the Mphs. & Shelby Co Law Enforcement Foundation. The family appreciates your care and concern.


Thank you all for the kindness you showed our family in the loss of my dad, G.C. Your attention to detail made an emotional time so much easier.

J & C N.

Dear Memorial Park staff, your donation to the Memphis / Shelby county law enforcement foundation in memory of my father, Dr. H.B., was so thoughtful. Thank you for remembering him and for all your help and patience in planning his service.


Michael - We want to thank you for all your help with coordinating and assisting us with our every need for K.W.'s funeral. There's always a concern when burial is in a different state. You and your staff took charge and every detail was taken care of for us. Everything was perfect. It was such a relief for us to walk in, be warmly greeted by everyone and see how much care had taken place for K's funeral. Memorial Park is a beautiful cemetery. We were very pleased and grateful for all your services. Thanks so much!

T. & J. Gill

I want to thank all your people for your assistance and professional service. I was impressed with your compassion and excellent work.


Dear Staff at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery - Thank you so much for the donation in memory of my husband T. H. to the Memphis Police Foundation. This is very appropriate as my son was a Memphis police man for 10 years and I know this is a very worthwhile organization.

M.H. August 22, 2013

Michael, My wife and I thank you for your caring service last week for my Uncle's funeral. Everything was handled extremely well and we were quite pleased with your help. You made a trying time at least bearable if not more so. Again, thank you.

T.G. August 12, 2013

Dear Paul - It is with so many thanks and so much gratitude to you for enabling my blessed father to come to my family and me. There really are no words in our language to express how I feel. I shall never forget you.

A. August 12, 2013

Hannah - Thank you so much for making the funeral process easier and for your impeccable attention to detail. We are so thankful for you and your expertise.

S. & Dr. B.

To the Staff - Your donation to the Memphis police foundation is deeply appreciated.

The Family of J.B. August 30, 2013

Michael Gramling & the Memorial Park Staff - Our family wants to thank you all for your caring, support and great job well done. Also thank you for the beautiful flowers.

The A. Family July 31, 2013

The family of B. B. and I would like to thank you and your professional staff, which includes Steve West, Lucy West, Phillip Hamilton and Wade Kelley. They went way beyond during the funeral and burial process of Mr. B. With the stress of having to travel 350 miles for the committal service, your staff was very professional and helpful in every way. They made us feel at home and took care of every detail requested by the family. As funeral directors, my wife and I went away knowing that the family had a very satisfying experience with your firm. To put into words of the late Bill Bates of Life Appreciation Seminars, "It was good and meaningful funeral." Please let the staff know that they performed a service well done. I hope our paths cross again.

K.R. July 31, 2013

Dear Aaron - Thank you and your colleagues for the generous donation to the Memphis police foundation in memory of my father. We can't tell you how much your professionalism in handling his service and your genuine concern meant to our family. Your kindness warms the heart.

J.P. July 08, 2013

We appreciate everything you all did to help us in arranging the service and visitation for our mother. Everyone was so kind and helpful. Aaron than you for taking care of all the details to make everything run so smoothly.

R.R. April 30, 2013

I want to thank you for all the help you offered in dealing with my mother's funeral. Everyone we encountered at the funeral home was very helpful and considerate. I also want to thank you for the rose you sent.

S. O. April 01, 2013

Firstly, I would like to apologize for the tardiness of this letter. It has been quite some time before I have been able to sit down to compose this letter. I am writing to you about two gentlemen that touched our lives on Christmas Eve. My father, H.L.T., passed away at his home in the early morning hours of December 24th. Mr. George Roseburg and Mr. Chuck Vinson from Memorial Park arrived for Dad. They were more than kind, caring and gracious in a difficult moment. Dad had 24- hour care and the day healthcare provider, J.P., came to be with the family and help my mother. I cannot tell you how appreciative I was for J’s coming to be with us. The family had a prayer before Dad left home and J. returned to her car to give the family some space. From the street came two long blasts from a car horn. My husband went to see what the problem was, promptly returning to call 911; Joyce was in cardiac arrest. The hospice nurse, George Roseburg, Chuck Vinson, and I flew to the car to see if we could give any assistance. Frankly, I was totally useless, but the hospice nurse, George Roseburg, and Chuck Vinson stepped right up and started working as a team administering CPR. The Fire Department arrived and immediately began working on J. They eventually transported her to the ER accompanied by my husband. I am very sad to say J. passed away that morning. Mr. Roseburg and Mr. Vinson never lost their composure and immediately returned to tending to Dad. A lasting image I will always have is one of these gentlemen kneeling before my mother, offering a red rose and a message of condolence. It was difficult to lose my father but to have another death within just a few short hours was so very hard to comprehend, and at Christmas too. The service and care we received from everyone at Memorial Park was personal and above expectation. Aaron Hazen caringly helped us with the arrangements, and Jason Dixon was meticulous and attentive with visitation and the service. Marsha Jones saw to every detail of Dad’s final resting place. However, Mr. George Roseburg and Mr. Chuck Vinson represented Memorial Park Funeral Home above and beyond all expectations and did so with great poise and professionalism on that early Christmas Eve morning. I hope you will extend to them my mother’s and my great appreciation.