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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.

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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.

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Free Online Preplanning Seminar

September 24, 2020
4 PM

Register for free online:

Choosing a funeral provider for your end of life arrangements is an important decision for you and for your family. You probably have a lot of questions. We’re here to help!

Participants will receive a $20 gift card upon completion of the event.

In our session, you’ll learn:
Who we are: We’ve been serving our community for decades
What we offer: We will walk you through your options and how to fund them
How it works: We’ll cover the 3 steps of pre-planning your arrangements
When you should plan: Learn when the best time to plan is for you.

Plus, ask questions: Our team will answer your questions in real time and will also be available after the seminar to follow up with you.

Join our free information session and you’ll walk away confident in your decision to take control of your final wishes.

How to attend:
Our virtual session is online, so you can participate from the comfort of your own home (or anywhere else with internet access).

Once you register, we will send you reminder emails as the event approaches. You can access our webinar by clicking the event link in one of our emails at the time of the session.

Register for free online:

Community Virtual Memorial Service

September 5, 2020

Thank you for joining us from the comfort of your home as we hosted a 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

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

October 26, 2020
11 AM

Join us for a virtual reception honoring regional first responders from Marion, Sumter, Levy, Lake, Alachua, Citrus, and Putnam counties.

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. 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.

Each year, Hiers-Baxley partners with a nonprofit for this event who works with those in the first responder careers. This year Hiers-Baxley has partnered with the National Alliance for Mental Illness Marion County (NAMI Marion County). All proceeds from the event will be donated to NAMI Marion County. NAMI Marion County has served Marion County and the surrounding areas for twenty-six years. NAMI Marion County remains dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy. The standing goals of NAMI Marion County are to educate the public about mental illness, work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness, advocate for increased funding for research into the causes and treatment of mental illness. Through programs such as Family to Family, Peer to Peer, support groups, Mental Health Court Diversion Program, and The ORA Clubhouse, the organization reaches hundreds of those in need of mental health services and support programs.

In the past, this event was held at a local hotel and included speakers and breakfast to honor those in service to their community. However, due to COVID-19, the event this year will be virtual in structure and include honoring our first responders in small, more intimate venues.

Your sponsorship will allow us to help honor these first responders with awards, certificates, a light breakfast, and the opportunity to tell their story of valor. The event will include showcasing the nominees and winners. All of this will be presented on social media and zoom for the public to enjoy. Our goal, as always, is to highlight the work of our amazing first responders!

For more information on becoming a sponsor, please email Leena Williams at