Local funeral home owner and director, Willie Edmondson, has been appointed to the state Board of Funeral Service by Governor Nathan Deal, bringing his nearly 40 years of service to the board. “I'm looking forward to it,” said Edmondson. “It's an honor to be chosen by the governor himself.” The seven member board, six of whom are licensed and practicing funeral directors and embalmers, with one member serving as a consumer representative who has no connection with the funeral service industry, administers the Funeral Service Law for the purpose of better protection of life and health, preventing the spread of infectious diseases, regulating the practice of embalming and funeral directing and the care and disposition of dead human bodies. The Board is authorized to prescribe a standard of proficiency as to the qualifications and fitness of embalmers and funeral directors, to revoke or suspend licenses for any violation of this law, to adopt rules and regulations and to set standards of sanitation to be observed in the embalming or cremation of dead human bodies. Edmondson has been the owner of Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home in LaGrange since 2002, where he serves as the licensed funeral director and embalmer. He began working in the funeral industry in 1974 where he then began to develop a “passion” for the funeral business. In 1973 he graduated as a nurse from West Georgia Tech, formerly known as Troup Tech and graduated mortuary school in 1979 at Gupton- Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta. He is a also a member of the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, Georgia Funeral Service Practitioners Association, Fifth District Funeral Service Practitioners Association and the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association. “I plan to be as fair as I can possible be,” said Edmondson. “I bring professionalism, integrity and fairness to the board.” Board meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month and are open to the public.