Johnson Funeral Home back in local hands

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, July 18, 2023

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On June 1, Dunklin Funeral Home of Greenville merged with Johnson Funeral Home, which has been corporately owned since the mid 1990’s. Staff of the Georgiana facility providing dedicated and compassionate care to families of Georgiana and surrounding Butler County communities, say they are proud the operation is locally owned and operated once again. 

“We want the community’s families to know that our employees are their neighbors, and their family needs are our family business,” said Dunklin and Johnson Funeral Home Director Vicki Durst.

Jim Dunklin, owner of both facilities, said that during the early 1900’s they were originally established as undertaking departments within the local hardware stores, but eventually moved into their current locations in Greenville and Georgiana. 

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“It is important to us for both funeral homes to retain their original, historic names and to have an increased involvement in our respective communities,” Dunklin said. “We feel very fortunate to have Amanda, Deborah and Gracie continue to operate Johnson Funeral Home and Vicki Durst will function as our onsite manager that will provide timely family care.”

Durst is a licensed embalmer, licensed funeral director, licensed cremationist, and a certified cremation service provider (CCSP). Amanda Gomillion serves as the administration assistant for Johnson. Deborah Betterton, a Georgiana native, and Gracie Huggins of Johnson Funeral Home are currently working towards their degree in mortuary science so they will be licensed funeral directors and embalmers in the near future. 

Johnson Funeral Home offers a range of personalized funeral and cremation services for families to honor their loved ones. Johnson Funeral Home believes a funeral service provides important needs such as helping families through these tough times of their life.

The Johnson Funeral Home is available 24 hours a day, and 365 days per year. Community members in need of services call 334-376-2500, email, or see their website at