Trinity Memorial Funeral Home is honored to announce the completion of its latest renovations. After a year of working with City officials, Zoning officials, EPA, State Board, and local contractors we are excited to announce the opening of Kingsport’s first Crematories in the City Limits.
Crematory Care Center and Petcare Cremations are now operating at Trinity’s main facility to allow us to serve your whole family. As Trinity has grown over the past 8 years to now serve over 450 families a year and with the increase in cremation in our area we felt now was the time to expand.
Crematory Care Center, operated by Dillon Wines (Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer) General Manager, is complete with a witness room for families to hold special ceremonies to meet their religious needs or to have a private committal before the cremation takes place. We have designed the state of the art facility with our families in mind. Peaceful music and contemporary design insure your loved one is cared for in the most dignified way. Those considering cremation are always welcome to tour our facility to see how well kept and professional it is. We also welcome other funeral homes to use our facilities for the care of their loved ones.
Dillon and Kandi have worked many years at crematories in other cities overseeing operations and the care needed to serve families. “We are proud to have them both overseeing this new expansion” says Trinity owner Weston Leonard. “I have my fullest trust and faith in their abilities to care for our beloved families at Trinity and other firms that utilize our crematory center.”
Petcare Cremations is Kingsport’s first crematory in the city limits as well. “It was really important to me as a pet owner to provide the same level of care we do for human members of the family to our furry pets” says Weston. “We wanted to be able to have this service available 24×7 with in-home pickup or vet available and to have a dedicated office and keepsake showroom to meet with families. We even created the area’s first Pet Hearse to provide a higher level of dignity to our service.” Petcare offers not only affordable private cremation services with same day – 24 hour turnaround we also offer in-house engraving and polished etched headstone design for those who wish to bury their pets. “We have a fantastic staff who are all pet owners and very compassionate” says Tia Pennington General Manager for Petcare. We are honored to have Tim Hodges, pastor of St. Luke UMC, Rob Ferguson on the team providing the ability to meet the needs of our clients 24×7, Brad Dingus and Bernie Suarez for after hours support.
Trinity Memorial Funeral Home wants our families to rest assured that your loved one never leaves our care. “Providing excellence and always looking at what our families need to help them with their loss is our main priority ” says Kandi Douthat, (Licensed Funeral Director) General Manager of Trinity. “Whether its a traditional service, a Life Celebration at our Downtown Kingsport Model City Event Center location, or a Memorial at a park or home we are always listening to what our clients wishes are and if we can meet those needs. One of those needs we kept hearing was wanting to see their loved one before the cremation and to hold a committal service at the crematory. Unfortunately like most funeral homes in the area it meant taking our families to an off campus crematory typically 30+ miles away. We now can meet those needs of our families so they never have to leave our main campus” says Kandi.
The process began almost 2 years ago as we had to work with city officials to change zoning laws and get permits. Prior to the changes crematories were only allowed in industrial zones which we felt was undignified for our families. According to National Funeral Directors Association, most funeral homes transport to crematories run by third parties outside city limits or city industrial zones as very few have on-site facilities due to the investment costs and space required.
Our crematories are state-of-the-art facilities and over 3,000 sq ft. We utilize a unique tracking system that not only uses a unique number as mandated by state law we also engrave your loved ones name onto the permanent metal identification tag so you can rest assured the cremains you receive are those of your loved one.
We also have a stock of contemporary and classic urns available that can be etched in house so you can receive your loved ones cremains back without delay.
Our facilities are run by licensed experienced staff who have been involved in crematory operations for many years. “Kandi Douthat and Dillon Wines bring years of experience. They are compassionate and dedicated to serving our mission to provide excellence in what we do. Kingsport and the surrounding area now has a complete all in one company to serve all their needs when a death occurs under one roof ” says Weston.