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News: Funeral services during coronavirus
During this global pandemic, many people have questions when it comes to burying their loved ones.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services said they are doing everything they can to help people during their time of mourning.
Recently, the funeral director, Justin Baxley, streamed live on Hiers-Baxley's Facebook page to address concerns families have about funeral services during the coronavirus.
He said families can still have funerals, but they have to follow federal guidelines issued by the CDC, so you are limited to ten people. However, through technology, funeral services can be live-streamed.
News: Memorial Day
This Memorial Day, we remember and pay tribute to those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. While we cannot all be together, we'd like to take a few moments to express what Memorial Day means to us in Marion County. Thank you to all of our community partners for contributing to this video, and again, we'd like to honor the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country.
News: Businesses working hard to meet customer needs
By Jeff Shain and Summer Jarro, Daily Sun Staff Writers
With the new limitations on group gatherings, Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services has joined a number of other facilities in livestreaming services via Facebook or web conferencing.
“It does allow a public ceremony to still take place,” said vice president Justin Baxley. “So far the response has been very positive. Most families realize we’re all in this together.”
One advantage to livestreaming, he added, was that people who may not have been able to travel to The Villages for the service can still attend. One livestream event, he said, drew nearly 200 people to the broadcast.
Families that still want to say goodbye in a larger group can opt to hold a public memorial service in a few months, when the restrictions are lifted.
Community Virtual Memorial Service
Thank you for joining us from the comfort of your home as we hosted our Community Memorial Service.
During the past few months, the world has been struggling to understand and deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. We know families have not had the opportunity to gather, remember, and celebrate the life of their loved ones in any sort of public memorial.
We remember those we've lost this past year and honor their legacy, with words from our team and our community partners in Marion County.
To view the memorial online, visit https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/444150036
We will also have a small gift for each family we have served to commemorate your loved one after the service. You may pick up your small gift at our Life Event Center in the Villages during our normal business hours.
Hometown Heroes Virtual Service
We have always known the first responders are the backbone of our country. They protect us, make us safe, and keep us healthy. Without our first responders, America would not be the beautiful place that it is.
This year, beyond any year, has demonstrated to us just how essential and integral our first responders are. Three years ago, Hiers-Baxley Community Cares created the Hometown Heroes Breakfast to honor those who help others in Marion County and the surrounding counties of Alachua, Citrus, Lake, Levy, Putnam, and Sumter. This year, along with our non-profit partner NAMI Marion County, we have honored individuals who excel in police departments, sheriffs’ offices, and fire departments within those counties in previous years.
However, this year we realized the need to recognize those in the health field and our K-9 heroes. Each rescue and health department are asked to nominate three of their own to be reviewed by the selection committee. The selection committee, made up of community leaders, picks a winner from each county in each department.
We are so proud to bring you a virtual event this year, and look forward to being back in person next year! Thank you to our first responders for your service and dedication to the community.