Friend earns degree from Mid-America College

Published 12:30 pm Thursday, April 25, 2019

On Friday, March 29, John David Friend, owner of Fox & Friend Funeral Home in Stanford and Barnett, Demrow & Friend Funeral Home in Waynesburg, graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service, through their online degree program.

Friend, who is already a licensed funeral director, pursued the degree in anticipation of becoming a licensed embalmer.

During the graduation ceremony, Friend was awarded valedictorian of his graduating class and was presented The Bill Pierce Award, which is considered by many to be the highest honor of a graduating student. The Bill Pierce Award is selected by the recipients’ classmates as the most representative of funeral service based on: personal neatness, integrity, and dedication to funeral service; a high degree of student fellowship, and ambition and desire to succeed; a special all-around attitude; and as an outstanding professional in funeral service.

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In Friend’s goal of becoming a licensed embalmer, he has one more step to complete. A written Kentucky State Board Exam for embalming is required. Friend plans to accomplish that in the next few months.