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A funeral director for the community

A funeral director for the community

Ferris has welcomed gay couple who’ve taken over a 137-year-old business David Taffet | Senior Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com hen the business opened on the town square in Ferris in 1882, it was known as Green Funeral Home and Hardware. Today it’s just Green Funeral Home. But Jeremy Lewis and Ben LaFleur do have a related business in downtown Ferris. A Bundle of Love is a florist that provides flowers for its funerals and sells directly to the public but also sells gifts like Tyler Candles, LaFleur Brothers Seasonings and Hops Farm Soap made in flavors like beer. When Lewis and LaFleur bought the business a year ago, they had architect Mark Nelson tear down walls and modernize the funeral home. And they moved the florist a few doors closer to the town square into a larger space. Three generations of the Green family operated the funeral home. When Helen Green took over the business, she became one of the first women licensed by the state of Texas to become a funeral director. While the Green family is gone from the business, Lewis and Lafleur respect the company’s history. Lewis said being a funeral director is something he wanted to do since he was a child. While other kids were playing cops and robbers, he was playing funeral home. And, yes, he does understand how disturbing that is. When he was 16, he applied to work at a funeral home near his house in Joplin, Mo. They turned him down suggesting the local McDonalds was hiring. “If I wanted to work at McDonalds, I would have applied there,” Lewis said. So when he was 18, he applied again and this time the funeral home hired him. He said he even lived above the funeral home and did everything from polishing […]

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