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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Jason Shepard

Jason Shepard

Founder

Jason is the son of Reverend Johnny and Janie Vickers Shepard of Hartford. In 1991 he graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science and became National Board Certified in 1992.

In 1988, Jason began his career in Swainsboro, GA at Peebles-Curry Mortuary under the guidance of J. Gary Curry and Bob Ray Peebles. After graduation, he briefly returned to Swainsboro before moving to Vidalia, GA. There he worked with his friend and mentor, Ronnie Stewart at Ronnie L. Stewart Funeral Service. “Ronnie is more than a friend, he is also my greatest mentor, not only in funeral service, but life itself. He is rich in knowledge and I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for him.”

Jason along with friend and fellow funeral director Tracy Joiner opened Joiner-Shepard Funeral Home in Statesboro, GA in 1996. Today it is the leading funeral home in the area. However, all his family returned to Alabama and Jason longed to be with them. After owning and operating several funeral homes, in 2013, Jason, along with his wife, Amy and business partner, Roy Watford opened House of Flowers. 

“After some time, I had numerous families coming to me about funerals and pricing. I felt as though funeral directors and funeral prices had abandoned families, so I had the idea to offer a beautiful, welcoming facility, while offering the lowest possible pricing available.” As we began to make the dream a reality, I was able to partner with my long-time friend, Randy Crenshaw to offer families of the Wiregrass one of the most beautiful homes, the most favorable pricing and finest staff in the area. I couldn’t be happier to be back in the Wiregrass, serving families, doing what I love, with my wife, Amy and my partner, Randy. 

Randy, Amy, myself and the entire Family First team is here, ready and willing to serve our community. Because we feel like we offer service and facilities second to none, we offer our 100% Service Guarantee, regardless of  family or financial needs.


David R. (Randy) Crenshaw

David R. (Randy) Crenshaw

Funeral Director/Embalmer/Founder

Randy is the son of the late Rev. Gillis Crenshaw and Pat Crenshaw of Dothan.  He is a 1977 graduate of Dale County High School and graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, Ga., in 1982.

Randy began his career in funeral service in 1979 with Wilton R. Holman, Sr., and family where he served his funeral director and embalming apprenticeship.  Following graduation from Gupton-Jones, he accepted a position with Striffler-Hamby Mortuary in Columbus, Ga., where he worked from 1985-1997.  Randy returned to work with Holman Headland-Abbeville Mortuaries 1998 and was elected Henry County Coroner shortly after.  In 2001 he accepted a position with RTI Surgical as National Field Director and held that position until December 2017.

During his time away from an active role in funeral service, he realized his true love and passion was indeed serving families during their time of loss.  Randy, eager to return to working in funeral service found the perfect opportunity with longtime friend Jason Shepard.  

Randy is the proud father of five young adult children, Carlie (Todd) Cruse, Harrison Crenshaw, Will (Emily) Crenshaw, Cole (Madison) Crenshaw and Camilla Crenshaw, six wonderful grandchildren and a sister, Mary (Buddy) Jackson.


Amy Sellers Shepard

Amy Sellers Shepard

Office Manager/Founder

Amy is the daughter of the late Ronnie Sellers and Linda Thompson Sellers of Columbia. She is a 1997 graduate of Headland High School. In 1996, Amy began working in the medical field.  She worked at Medical Center Barbour in Eufaula from 2003 until moving to Dothan in 2014. In 2001 she received her Emergency Medical Technician license, along with her EVOC Instructor license from Alabama Fire College. In addition, she is also an American Heart Instructor for CPR and First Aid.

Since 2014, Amy has been an owner/manager of House of Flowers, which was voted “Best of the Wiregrass” in 2015, 2016 and 2017 for Best Florist. House of Flowers is located on the same property as  Family First Funeral Care and having the two operations together has been beneficial to helping families save money, in addition to the convenience of a one shop stop offering.

After Family First opened for business, it was evident that in addition to her role at the flower shop, Amy and her skill of computers and clerical work was needed at the funeral home. She is now full-time with both companies, where she serves as the office manager for Family First and helps with the flower shop when she has a spare moment, or during busy times such as Valentine’s, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.…

Amy is the youngest of four siblings, Ronnie (Susan) Sellers, Rhonda (Chris) Tomasino and Amanda Brackin. Amy and Jason are parents to four children, Jaycie Shepard, Jon Paul Shepard, Baileigh Martin and Peyton Martin.


Roy W. Watford

Roy W. Watford

Founder

After forty-five years as a teacher, counselor and high school principal, Roy Watford was not content to sit at home.  His genuine love for people and his compassion are a perfect fit with the mission of Family First Funeral Care.  

As a trained musician, he serves as organist/choirmaster for First United Methodist Church in Graceville, Florida, where he grew up as the only son of Roy and Mary Evelyn Hodges Watford.  He is active in the civic and cultural life of Dothan.  He holds degrees from Troy University, Peabody College of Education of Vanderbilt University and Auburn University.  

Roy’s friends know him as a true Southern Gentleman, always faithful to task at hand, and always optimistic.  His passion for beauty and nature are always evident in anything he does.

It is a joy and pleasure to be part of a team that is totally committed to providing efficient, caring and compassionate service at an affordable price.  He is extremely proud of the beautiful facility and its furnishings that reflect true Southern Hospitality, grace, dignity and beauty.


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