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Thacker Caskets Donates Demonstration Casket to Ogeechee Technical College

Thacker Caskets Donates Demonstration Casket to Ogeechee Technical College

The students and staff of Ogeechee Technical College with Thacker Casket's South Georgia sales consultant Lori Anderson-Gordon (in the black shirt with her hand on the casket).

CLINTON, Md. – Thacker Caskets recently “paid it forward” to the next generation of funeral directors by donating a casket to the mortuary science program at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, Georgia. The casket will be used to teach and educate Ogeechee’s mortuary science students on casket components as well as the value features of burial caskets.

Ogeechee Technical College, accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, affords students the opportunity to earn their associate degree of applied science in Funeral Service Education. Ogeechee aims to prepare students for the successful completion of all necessary board examinations and prepare the student for the rigors of daily work within the funeral industry. Currently, Ogeechee has 103 students enrolled in various stages of the curriculum.

Faculty member Jack Norvell reached out to Thacker requesting a demo casket for the mortuary science program. Novel, a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 45 years, expressed his excitement in being able to have a casket for the students to practice with. Novell grew up in his own family’s funeral business and began teaching in the mid 2000s.

“We are pleased to build a strong relationship with Thacker Caskets. Our students will certainly benefit from the opportunity,” said Michele Rupar, program director of funeral service education at Ogeechee.

Added Lori Anderson-Gordon, Thacker’s South Georgia sales consultant, “I was thrilled to be able to give back to Ogeechee’s mortuary science program. Several of my customers have not only graduated from Ogeechee but also teach and speak to students of the program on a regular basis. It is wonderful to be able to do what I can to partner with my customers and give back to the future generation of funeral directors.”

“Our company has been in business for over 75 years and has always maintained a strong commitment to supporting mortuary science programs in areas that we service. The dedicated students enrolled in these programs are the future of the funeral industry,” said VP of Sales and Marketing for Thacker Caskets, Danielle Thacker.

Founded in 1939 in Washington, D.C., Thacker Caskets Inc. has grown to become the largest family-owned casket company in the United States, and third largest casket company overall. For more information, visit or call 800-637-8891.

Posted April 19, 2017


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