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Welcome to the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service (GJCFS) in Decatur, Georgia!


Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service is a non-profit corporation offering post-high school education to men and women interested in funeral service as a career. While attending Gupton-Jones College, one may enjoy exciting Atlanta which offers a variety of recreational, artistic, and historic attractions! Of the recreational choices, one may visit Six Flags Over Georgia, with more than 200 acres of entertainment and just a few minutes from downtown Atlanta.

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Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service is a non-profit corporation offering post-high school education to men and women interested in funeral service as a career. The central purpose of the college is to give students a thorough acquaintance with those areas of knowledge essential to their specialization. The college is dedicated to the advancement of funeral service education and the funeral service profession.

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On June 8, 1920, the Gupton-Jones School of Embalming was founded by L. A. Gupton in Nashville, Tennessee, to teach the art and science of funeral directing and embalming. In the beginning, the school had two faculty members to teach the young men and women in the South the courses in mortuary science. Over these many years, the faculty and facilities increased. The old "castle style" home of the Gupton-Jones College on West End Avenue in Nashville was a landmark well known to many.

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Welcome the New President at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service

wcroix1As Chief Operating Officer of Pierce Mortuary Colleges, I am pleased to welcome Walter Crox Jr., CFSP, as the new president of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, Georgia. Mr. Crox officially became president of Gupton-Jones College on August 22, 2014.

Gupton-Jones College’s incoming president is a visionary leader and a passionate advocate for funeral service education in the 21st century. Mr. Crox brings nearly 20 years of funeral service and management experience to Gupton-Jones College. He is a licensed embalmer and funeral director in the states of Georgia and Tennessee. As the fifth generation in his family to be involved in the funeral service profession in Tennessee, Walter has been around the funeral industry most of his life. He has also managed a funeral home as well as worked in nearly every capacity in funeral service. Mr. Crox is a graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service, another Pierce Mortuary College, located in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Mr. Crox brings an exceptional portfolio of scholarship and leadership and, just as importantly, a tremendous commitment to higher education in funeral service. He holds both a diploma of Funeral Service and an Associate’s of Applied Science degree in Funeral Service from Mid-America College. He earned both a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and a Master’s in Business Administration at Ottawa University in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  I am confident Walter will lead the college with focus on our deepest ideals of academic excellence and public service. 

I believe that Mr. Crox’s compassionate nature and the breadth and depth of his experience will enable the college to preserve its heritage as a leader in funeral service education. His visionary mind and his commitment to the values of Gupton-Jones College, including diversity and access, will enable the College to meet the challenges of the future at the highest level. In addition to his impressive background and extraordinary intellect, Mr. Crox is a man of kindness, humility, and great integrity.  I am eager to work with him and it is a great privilege to welcome Walter Crox, Jr. to Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. 

Dr. Jill Karn, JD
Chief Operating Officer of Pierce Colleges


Through a new partnership, ICCFA will be the exclusive provider of external cremation education to the Pierce Mortuary Colleges at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas; Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, Georgia; and Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana. All seniors will attend the two-day Cremation Arranger and Crematory Operator certification programs before graduating. The first of these Pierce Colleges programs will be offered in Jeffersonville, Indiana, February, 2014 at Mid-America College. All students from other colleges and Funeral Directors are welcome to attend!

ICCFA Certification Programs for Pierce Colleges

Dallas, TX: September 10th & 11th, 2014 - Dallas Institute of Funeral Service