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Funeral Service Practitioner Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Funeral Service Practitioner, Funerals, Embalming,Cremation,

Expert Witness No.790

South Carolina

Professional Qualifications:

Interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to quickly form solid, trust-based relationships with clients making major life decisions.
Resilience and adaptability from years of responding round the clock, on a moment’s notice to clients in the time of need.
Leadership and business management skills including experience in day to day operations, finances, personnel, and hands-on customer service and team management.
Business development acumen involving client needs assessment, target marketing, and contract negotiations.
Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation recognized for achievement in continuing education and service to the profession.

Employment History:

Stovall Insight +Solutions – Charleston, SC
2010–Present
President –developed and operate a consulting practice specializing in funeral and cemetery operations and expert witness services

Cobb Cemetery Corporation – Blytheville, AR
1973 – 2012
Owner/Managing Director- oversee local supervisor and handle all financial elements of the business including trust investments

Cobb Funeral Home – Blytheville, AR
1973 – 2003
Owner/Managing Director– Managed all elements of my family-owned business, while significantly expanding market share and service offerings; established a monument company and an active prearrangement program as companion businesses to the organization.

Education:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
B.S.B.A., Business Management
1972

Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, Dallas, TX
Certificate, Mortuary Science
1973

Trident Technical College, Charleston SC
Classes in Biology and Chemistry I
2010

The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina
Class in Human Growth and Development
2011

Roper/St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, SC
Internship in Clinical Pastoral Education
2011

The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina
MBA degree
2017

Volunteer Work:

Former member of Blytheville, AR School Board, former president of Blytheville United Way and former Campaign Chairman, former board member and president of Red Cross chapter in Blytheville, former member of Blytheville Chamber of Commerce Board of Dir., member and deacon of East Cooper Baptist Church in Charleston, volunteer with Hospice of Charleston, member of Daniel Island Rotary in Charleston, member of Gideons International.

Licenses Held:

  • Funeral Director and Embalmer in Arkansas
  • Funeral Director in South Carolina
  • Realtor in South Carolina
  • Insurance Agent in Arkansas

Speaking Engagements:

Served as a presenter at the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association annual convention, March 2012; served as a presenter at the National Funeral Directors Association annual convention, October 2012; served as a presenter at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Cemetery Association.

Recent Expert Witness Work:

Maynard, Cooper & Gayle, Attorneys At Law, Mobile, AL 251-405-8629. In this case, I worked with attorney Marshall Gardner in a matter involving a funeral home sued for the alleged mishandling of a deceased person. This case was resolved out of court. I recently completed supervising the process of the disinterment and reinterment of an early 1800’s family cemetery in South Carolina. Currently, I am beginning consultation with a church under construction which is planning cremation columbaria on the site.

Outside Interests:

Active in golf, tennis, landscape

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