Mary Benton Friend Receives Highest Honor in Lions Club International

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On Sunday, May 5, 2019, Mary Benton Friend was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellows Achievement from Lions Club International-the highest honor a Lions Club member can obtain.  Mary was nominated by the Stanford Lions Club for the committed service she has given to the club and the community.  Congratulations, Mary!

Gary Moore Joins Funeral Home Staff

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On April 10, 2019, Gary Moore of McKinney, Kentucky, joined the staff at Fox & Friend Funeral Home and Barnett, Demrow & Friend Funeral Home.  Gary will serve as an Ambassador.  To view Gary's full biography, please visit our "About Us" (Staff) page.  Welcome, Gary!

Friend Graduates with High Honors & Distinction

March 29, 2019

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On Friday, March 29, 2019,John David Friend, owner of Fox & Friend Funeral Home in Stanford andBarnett, Demrow & Friend Funeral Home in Waynesburg, graduated fromMid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana with aBachelor of Science in Funeral Service, through their online degreeprogram. 


Friend, who is already alicensed funeral director, pursued the degree in anticipation of becoming alicensed embalmer.  During the graduationceremony, Friend was awarded Valedictorian of his graduating class and waspresented The Bill Pierce Award, which is considered by many to be the highesthonor of a graduating student.  The BillPierce Award is selected by the recipients’ classmates as the mostrepresentative of funeral service based on: personal neatness, integrity, and dedication to funeral service; a highdegree of student fellowship, and ambition and desire to succeed; a specialall-around attitude; and as an outstanding professional in funeralservice. 


In Friend’s goal ofbecoming a licensed embalmer, he has one more step to complete.  A written Kentucky State Board Exam forembalming is required.  Friend plans toaccomplish that in the next few months. 

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Jacobs & Wilburn Earn License

Janet Jacobs and Madison Wilburn recently passed their board exams to become licensed.  Janet received her Funeral Director License and Madison Wilburn received her Funeral Director and Embalming License.  Congratulations ladies!  We are so proud of you both!

Larry Todd Joins Funeral Home Staff

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On October 10, 2018, Larry Todd joined the staff at Fox & Friend Funeral Home and Barnett, Demrow & Friend Funeral Home.  Larry will serve as an Ambassador.  To view Larry's full biography, please visit our "About Us" (Staff) page.  Welcome, Larry!

BDF Monuments Gives Donation to 2018 
LC Relay for Life

June 8, 2018

John David & Mary Benton Friend, owner of BDF Monuments, presented a check for $714.50 to LC Relay for Life (American Cancer Society).  This donation was given in honor of those who purchased their monuments from BDF Monuments January 1st - Memorial Day.  A portion of the granite sales was set aside for the donation.  

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Donya Saylor (left), LC Relay for Life Committee Member, accepts the donation from Mary & John David Friend (left to right)

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In Loving Memory

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Bonnie Rose Watkins McWhorter
June 25, 1936 - February 24, 2018

Thank you for your service to our funeral homes since June 24, 2013.  May you forever be in our hearts!

The Friend Family (owners):
John David, Mary Benton, Jesse, Reese, & Logan

Photo taken by: 
Barbara Ann's Photography
Stanford, Kentucky


Fox & Friend Funeral Home (since 1939) in Stanford, and Barnett, Demrow & Friend Funeral Home (since 1905) in Waynesburg, have helped families to remember and honor their loved ones through the funeral process.  On August 28, 2012, we purchased the funeral homes.  We are proud to say that the funeral homes are now LOCALLY, FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED.

Our goal is to treat every family that we serve as if they were one of our own.  We offer traditional values with the most competitive pricing in the area.  We have a professional caring staff that is always ready to serve.

We are here to serve you, in ANY WAY that we can. We offer exceptional service at unbeatable pricing. Pre-arrange with us. Call (606) 365-2670 or (606) 379-2011.


We lost my dad early on a Saturday morning. I can not express in words the amount of kindness and respect they showed for my dad and family through the entire process. Mr Kerry Jones was incredibly comforting and understanding of our needs and the pain our family was going through. He sang and played the guitar my dad’s favorite song; Go Rest High on the Mountain.

Back home in Oregon now and still impressed and very grateful for his kindness and ability to laugh with our odd sense of humor (a gift from our dad). Thank you Mr Jones (and staff) from the bottom of my heart and my family. You’ve forever left an impression on me and left me with a fond farewell to my dad.

Rick Hacker


On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Madison Caudill was approved, by the Kentucky Board of Embalmers & Funeral Directors to begin her one-year apprenticeship program.  Congratulations Madison!

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We welcome our new employee...
Madison Caudill!

On April 7th, Madison Caudill was hired as a new, full-time employee of the funeral homes.  In March 2017, Madison graduated from Mid-American Funeral College.  Her goal is to begin her apprenticeship, so she can become a Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer.  To read Madison's full bio, please visit the "About Us" page and choose "Our Staff".  WELCOME MADISON!

John David Friend Receives
Highest Honor in Lions Club International

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On Friday, January 13, 2017, John David Friend was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellows Award from Lions Club International-the highest honor a Lions club member can obtain.  John David was nominated by the Stanford Lions Club for the committed service he has given the local club and local community.  Pictured with John David above is:  Tom Matney, Kentucky Lion Past International Director (left), and Lion International 2nd Vice President Gudrun Yngvadottir of Iceland (right).

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Mary Benton Friend Passes
National Board Exams for Embalming

On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, Mary Benton Friend passed her National Board Exams for embalming.  She is now a Licensed Embalmer.  She will go before the Kentucky Board of Embalmers & Funeral Directors, in December, to become licensed in the state of Kentucky.

Fox & Friend Funeral Home & Stanford Lions Club Provides Grant to Children's Organization

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Left to Right:  Lion Larry West, Kentucky Lions District C Governor; Lion Virda Hendry, Stanford Lions Club President; Lion Jan Swett, Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation President; Shelley Lakes Jennings, Funeral Service Consultant for Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions; and the Friend Family, John David & Mary Benton, owners of Fox & Friend Funeral Home, along with their daughters, Logan, Jesse & Reese Friend

(August 15, 2016)

Click on the graphic on the left to download the article. 

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May 2016

As a continuing initiative to make Lincoln County a better place to live, we are honored to be able to sponsor a new app (for you smart phone), called Vital ICE. This app is FREE to download and use, and has many capabilities to assist in a medical emergency. To learn more about this app, please view a short video at!vitalice/cee5.

Also, if you would like John David to present to your local organization, feel free to contact him, any time, at ...(859) 583-7682.

We hope that you enjoy this app as we strive to make Lincoln County a better place to live.

John David & Mary Benton Friend and Staff



Stanford, Kentucky

Fox & Friend Funeral Home
312 West Main Street
| Stanford, KY 40484
Tel: 606-365-2670


Waynesburg, Kentucky

Barnett, Demrow & Friend Funeral Home
545 KY Hwy 328 West
PO Box 67

| Waynesburg, KY 40489
Tel: 606-379-2011 or

site imageCongratulations to Janet Jacobs, who has met all qualifications by the Kentucky Board of Embalmers & Funeral Directors to become a Level II Apprentice Funeral Director!
(as of 7/21/2015)


"Best in the Business Award - Funeral Home"

October 2014

We would like to thank all those that voted in support of us for this award.  We are honored to care for the families of Lincoln County, and love what God has called us to do.  We look forward to serving you for

John David & Mary Benton Friend

Barnett, Demrow and Fox Funeral Homes
Gives Grant to Children's Center

January 23, 2013 - Barnett, Demrow and Fox Funeral Homes presenting a $1,000 grant to the Wilderness Trace Child Development Center in Danville. The center serves children in Lincoln and Boyle Counties. The grant is sponsored by The York Children's Foundation from Matthews International Casket Division. The funeral homes nominated the center for the grant in October 2012.

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