Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Dub Music was born in Hahira, GA. and is the son of the late W.G. "Glyndon" and Maxine Music. He graduated from Lanier County High School in Lakeland and Gupton-Jones School of Funeral Service in 1974. Dub took over the funeral home after his father's retirement in 1974. Dub retired in 2014 and turned the reigns over to Casey Music. He is a member of the Lakeland Masonic Lodge #434 and he loves to spend time growing vegetables in his garden. He is married to Wilma Wacter and they have four sons, Casey (Brooke), Michael (Kristy), Lee (April) and Kyle (Laura) and have several precious grandchildren. They enjoy spending time with their family and Dub has recently started pastoring at Good Hope Church.
Casey L. Music
Casey L. Music was born in Valdosta and is the son of Dub & Wilma Music. He graduated from Lanier County High School and Gupton-Jones School of Funeral Service where he received the Richard Stewart Memorial Scholarship. He served on the board of the Academy of Graduate Embalmers, member of Lakeland Masonic Lodge #434 & Azalea Lodge #716. He is married to Valdosta native, Brooke Dean, daughter of Larry and Beth Dean of Lake Park. Casey and Brooke have a daughter, Kaytibeth, and a son, Aubrey, and are members of The Porch Community Church. He enjoys spending time at the lakes with his family and most any outdoor activity.
Brooke has been married to Casey since 2002, but around the funeral business since 1996. Brooke was born and raised in Valdosta and graduated from both Lowndes High School and Valdosta State University. She is the daughter of Larry and Beth Dean. Brooke and Casey have two children, Kaytibeth and Aubrey. She enjoys spending time with her children, riding on the ranger, and spending time at the lakes. She loves animals and brings joy to all who know her.
Apprentice Funeral Director
Lee Music, born in Lakeland, GA, is the third oldest son of Dub and Wilma Music, and is a graduate of Ogeechee Technical College for Mortuary in Statesboro, GA. He has been an Apprentice with Music Funeral Services since graduating from Lanier County High School in 2012. He is also an alumni of Georgia Military College and a member of Southside Baptist Church. Lee is married to April Browning and he enjoys hunting, fishing, and riding his ranger.
Alan Stone a native of Adel, Georgia. Alan was born in Albany, Georgia at Turner Air Field. He graduated Cook High School in Adel, Georgia. He began his career in Funeral Service while still in high school. He served his apprenticeship, attended and graduated Jefferson State Mortuary College in Birmingham, Alabama. Alan resides in Lakeland, Georgia. He loves spending any free time he has, at the beach.
Alan joined Music Funeral Services as a full-time employee in December of 2016. In 1971, he moved to Lake Park, GA where he attended and graduated from Lowndes High School. Alan resides in Echols County where he has served as Coroner since 2008. In 2012 he was elected to serve as the Region 5 District Director for the Georgia Coroner’s Association that oversees 31 counties in southwest Georgia. As the crematory manager, he tasks the daily crematory operations to ensure loved ones receive the highest level of dignity, professionalism and care that families expect with Azalea’s cremation services. Alan has three beautiful daughters, Emily, Sarah, and Kaelyn, and is a member of Enoch Creek Community Church in Echols County.
Janet Newton has been our Office Manager since 2012 and keeps both the Lakeland and Valdosta offices running smoothly! In addition to the myriad of services she provides, Janet helps process insurance documents and death certificates for our served families. Janet hails from Hahira where she was born and raised, her parents are Johnny and Rudine Vickers. She has two daughters, Alexis and Logan, a granddaughter, Adalyn and a grandson, Jake. Janet is proud to be a graduate of Lowndes High School and still has many close relationships with her fellow classmates. She loves the beach, traveling and spending priceless moments with her family and friends.
Tami Lynn Fender
Tami Lynn Fender has been with Music Funeral Services since 2020. She is the daughter of Mary Linda Allen and the late Jesse Allen of Lakeland. She was raised in Lanier County where she graduated from Lanier County High School. Tami began her career in public service as an emergency services dispatcher for Lanier County and Lowndes County before moving to the Georgia State Patrol. She retired from the State of Georgia in 2019 as manager of the Department of Driver Services’ Douglas Driver’s License office. Tami is married to Don Fender, and together they pastor the Alapaha Church of God. When she's not working, Tami enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to bluegrass and southern gospel music, and watching college football.
Janice Harnage has been a mainstay with Music Funeral Services since 1992 and keeps the Lakeland office in tip-top shape and we couldn’t run the office as efficiently without her knowledge and expertise. When you call or visit the Lakeland funeral home, you feel welcomed by Janice’s helpful attitude. She was born and raised in Lakeland, GA. Her parents were Lossie & Ava Nell (Browning) Miller, who raised 11 children. Janice retired from the Lanier County School System in 2011 and is a member of the Little Block Holiness Church. She was married to Russell Harnage for seven years before he passed away in 1998. Russell was also employed with Music Funeral Services since 1988. She has one daughter, Lisa Johnson; two grandsons, Matthew and Dillon Parker; and three great grandsons, Wyatt, Charles and Memphis Parker. Her hobbies include reading and ironing.
Tommy has been a Funeral Director for many years and he works part time with us. He lives in Lake Park with his wife, Gwen and they have one son and two precious granddaughters. Tommy is a proud veteran of the United States Army National Guard and retired from the parts department at Langdale Ford Company after 27 years. He and his wife enjoy traveling the back roads on their motorcycle. Tommy is a member of the Patriot Guard Riders.
Bill Young was born in Valdosta and still resides here today with his wife Ann. They have one son and three grandchildren. Bill is a veteran of the United States Army and retired from the United States Postal Service. He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling around the country, having recently taken his entire family on a vacation to the Dominican Republic. Bill has been a part-time funeral assistant at Music Funeral Services for many years, providing comfort and care to our families.
Don Fender has been with Music Funeral Services since 2018. He was born in Lakeland to the late Rabon and Vonda Fender, and raised in Echols County where he graduated from Echols County High School with honors. Don has been a Georgia High School Association sports official for over 15 years, calling basketball, baseball, and girls fast-pitch softball. He has also been a minister in the Church of God for over 25 years. Don is married to Tami Lynn Allen Fender, daughter of Mary Linda Allen and the late Jesse Allen of Lakeland, and together they pastor the Alapaha Church of God. When he's not working Don enjoys bluegrass and southern gospel music, high school and college football, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his sons, Robbie and Gage.
Derrik McLeod has been with our Music Family since June of 2006. He graduated from Lowndes High School and studied at Valdosta State University. He works part time and helps out at both our locations in Valdosta and Lakeland, as needed. With Derrik's great personality, he is an asset to our company. Derrik served our community for several years in law enforcement. He is currently the agency owner of Derrik McLeod-Farmer Insurance Agency on Bemiss Road and is currently a Realtor Sales Associate with The American Dream. He is married to Jennie and they have two children, Rylee and Addison. Derrik and his family enjoy the RV camping life and are avid Walt Disney World fans.
Cole is a Funeral Service Apprentice who is currently attending Mortuary School at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. He has been with Music Funeral Services for nearly three years and is looking forward to receiving his Funeral Director and Embalming licenses. He is a native of Hahira, Georgia, and has a passion for serving families in our community. In addition to working, Cole enjoys many other hobbies, such as performing ventriloquism, playing the guitar and piano, and singing.
Aubrey Music is the son of Casey and Brooke Music. He works part time at the funeral home during the summer and on the weekends. Aubrey attends Valwood School. He loves spending time with his family, along with playing golf, hunting, fishing, and boating.
Patches is a native of Naylor, GA and has been a Funeral Director for many years. He worked for Music Funeral Services back in his younger days but ended up taking another path that lead him into banking for several years. Patches started back working part time for us in 2021 and has just recently came on board full time as of August 1, 2022. He has been the Coroner and Deputy Coroner for Lanier County for over 25 years. He is married to Jane and they have two children, Isabella and Garrett. Patches loves to spend his time supporting all the sports programs at Lanier County Schools. He currently serves as the Lanier County Basketball Booster President.
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