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Responsibly Serving Local Families
During the COVID-19 Crisis

At Church Funeral Services, we want you to know we are continuing to serve local families while steadfastly following state and local requirements to ensure everyone's health and safety.

Due to social distancing conditions and CDC restrictions on large in-person gatherings, some of our services are modified at this time; to learn about the options currently available to local families, contact us at (225) 644-9683.

As we continue to serve the community, safety remains our top priority. Along with the meticulous standards for hygiene we have always maintained, we are currently following additional cleaning protocols to ensure a safe environment for both families and staff. We must implement some new guidelines to be able to reach this goal. These new guidelines are intended for the protection of everyone:

  • Funeral arrangements by phone, email or fax is preferred. For those families that would prefer making arrangements in person with a funeral director at one of our 3 locations will be limited to Only the Legal next of kin at the arrangement conference. Everyone else can attend via cell phone. Clothing for the deceased must be placed inside a closed bag.
  • Certified Death Certificates: Can be mailed to designated person or only 1 designated person will be allowed to come to our office to pick them up.
  • Facetime or photo identification is preferred for the identification of Remains before cremation or immediate burial at the cemetery. If identification is done in person, only the legal next of kin will be allowed to view the deceased and can do a group facetime with the rest of the family. 15 minute time limit.
  • For funeral services or cremation services we will be following all guidelines established and set forth by the CDC, NFDA, Government Agencies, Church Regulations and Cemetery Guidelines.
  • To receive the cremated remains of a loved one: Only the person that is listed on the Cremation Authorization may come to receive the remains, unless we receive verbal permission from the legal Next of Kin to release to someone else.

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We remain available 24/7 to help your family and answer any questions you have during this time. Don't hesitate to reach out and learn how we can help.

A ceremony celebrating the life of Sylvia Carruth Gardenhire will be held at 1:30 pm Friday, July 19, 2019 at Journey Church, 17407 Greenwell Springs Road, Greenwell Springs, LA; visitation will begin at 12:30. Officiating the service will be Pastor Jay Coleman and Ryan Williams. Mrs. Gardenhire was born in Summit, MS on February 26, 1943 and departed this life on July 7, 2019 at her residence in Baton Rouge. She was a retired bookkeeper, graduate from Mars Hill High School in 1960 and attended Southwest MS Junior College where she played on the woman basketball team. She was an avid fan of LSU Women’s basketball team, enjoyed reading and loved her family dearly. She is preceded in death by her mother Mellgwin Hewitt Pate, her father Leslie Edwin Carruth, stepfather Joseph Lee Pate, husband Henry Clay Gardenhire III; brothers Leslie “Butch” Edwin Carruth Jr, and James Eugene “Jimmy” Carruth. Survivors include her sons Henry Clay Gardenhire IV and wife Sonya McCurdy Gardenhire, Christopher Gardenhire; sister Kate Pate Slonaker and her husband Randy Slonaker; grandchildren Merydyan Ponthier, Henry Clay Gardenhire V, and Ramie Gardenhire; great grandchildren Jayson Ponthier, Gracie Clay Ponthier, Henry Clay Gardenhire VI and Bentley Yawn. Family and friends that wish to give a memorial gift to honor her life and memory may do so by clicking here https://www.inlieuof.com/st-amant/sylvia-carruth-gardenhire Arrangements by Church Funeral Services, St. Amant 225-644-9683

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