Charles E. Kent, Sr. & Julie Kent
Owners / Licensed Funeral Director
Charles’ family roots run deep in Jackson County, his great grandfather settled here in the 1800’s. His grandparents continued to live their life in the Alford area where there were many generations to follow. His parents Versie and Georgia Kent attended Alford and Round Lake Schools.
Charles has been married to his wife, Julie for over 50 years, they have three children, Charles Jr. and Justin who both work in the funeral business and their daughter Ashley. He received his funeral directors and embalming license in 1978 after graduating from Gupton Jones School of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, GA. In 1984, he and his business partner formed Evergreen Forest lawn Management Corp doing business as Kent Funeral Home in Panama City, FL. The Company grew to include several funeral homes in cemeteries in the Southeast.
After a short semi-retirement, Charles realized he missed serving families in his chosen field of funeral service which lead he and his wife to move to Jackson County in 2002 and purchase Marianna Chapel Funeral Home. They are committed to help families through their difficult time of loss in a professional, honest, and caring manner.