Selected Independent Funeral Homes Names New Board Positions

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Selected Independent Funeral Homes Names New Board Positions

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Selected Independent Funeral Homes Names New Board Positions

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Selected Independent Funeral Homes has announced the appointment of new Board Members to lead the world’s oldest association of independently-owned funeral homes. Selected’s Board Member Appointment Committee chose the new Directors who, together with the newly-elected Officers, will be installed later this year at the Annual Meeting, September 23-26 at the JW Marriott in Nashville, Tenn.

Robert D. Nunnaley, owner of Fry and Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage, N.C. will represent Group 3. Nunnaley has been a Selected member since 2008. He is actively involved in Selected programs, attended several Annual Meetings, graduated from the Selected Leadership Academy, hosted a Selected Connections program, attended several Spring Management Summits and is a current member of Selected Study Group Sea.

Outside of Selected, Nunnaley is a Certified Leadership Coach with the John Maxwell Company, past member of Moore County Chamber Executive Board, long-time member and past president twice of the Rotary Club of Carthage, and a Church Plant leader for a local church in the community. “I am humbled and honored to be chosen to serve on the Board of Selected Independent Funeral Homes,” said Nunnaley. “This association has been the absolute best group of funeral service leaders that I have ever been a part of and has helped mold me into the leader I am today. I look forward to serving as Selected continues to move forward in progressive and innovative ways within our profession.”

Josh Blake, Chief Operating Officer of  Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home in Waco, Texas, the only Selected firm in Central, Texas, will represent Group 5. Blake has a strong connection to Selected and is actively involved in Selected programs. In April 2018 he graduated from Selected’s Leadership Academy was also Co-Chair of the 2018 NextGen Advisory Group. Blake has been a regular participant at Selected’s Spring Management Summit, Annual Meetings and NextGen.

Blake is passionate about Selected’s NextGen community. “I see the potential growth in the NextGen group and the resources that are being offered to us. I would like to help grow and develop NextGen into a more encompassing resource that attracts, fosters, and retains young talent,” said Blake.

He also serves on the board of directors for the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, member of the HR Committee for University Baptist Church, will be graduating from the Waco Chamber’s Leadership program in May, and is fluent in Spanish.

“I would not be where I am in my career without Selected and I’m honored to be the first in our firm to serve on the Board,” said Blake. “Both myself and our firm have benefited immensely from the relationships cultivated through the association over the past 67 years of our membership. As a young leader, I am looking forward to having a seat at the table and being a voice for the next generation.”

The entire Board of Directors includes President Kim Farris-Luke, Abingdon, Va., Group 3; President-Elect Arthur Erickson, Hamden, Conn., Group 1; Secretary-Treasurer Joe Jackson Jr., Laredo, Texas, Group 5; Secretary-Treasurer-Elect Jake Johnson, Sun City, Ariz., Group 6 ; Eric R. Trimble, Moline, Ill., Group 4; Paul St. Pierre, Greenwood, Ind., Group 2; and Ex Officio Charles “Chip” Billow, Akron, Ohio, Group 2.

For more information on Selected’s programs, becoming a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes or to locate a member, visit or call 800-323-4219.

About Selected Independent Funeral Homes:

Selected Independent Funeral Homes ( delivers innovative and pertinent resources, solutions and ongoing support necessary for enduring excellence to its international network of independently owned death-care providers who aspire to be the very best in their profession. Members of Selected operate according to specific standards and best practices in order to provide the public with reliable, high-quality funeral services and funeral-related information.