By PJ Martin
As of Thursday, August 3rd, Butler Funeral Home officially changed ownership. The historic funeral home is now under the sole ownership of John Horan whose great-grandparents began a funeral business in 1890.
The new Managing Funeral Director, Dennis McWhorter would like to introduce himself to the community. “Like most small communities history and tradition become our security and when the community does not feel secure it starts to change one’s perspective on everything. I am proud to say that our community’s most cherished and historic funeral home is now under the 100% ownership of John Horan. Nathan Morris and the Morris Family affiliates are no longer associated with Butler Funeral Home.”
McWhorter along with his wife, Stacey are residing in the upstairs apartment at the funeral home. The McWhorters have three children, 1 grandchild, 1 grandchild on the way, and 1 step-grandchild.
McWhorter who grew up in Albany, KY and attended Clinton County High School, has been in the funeral services for the last 30 years, beginning at the bottom and gradually moving up to Funeral Director. He received his Funeral Director license in 2017 and is working toward his Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science. He followed in his father’s footsteps and his brother, David is a mortician in Florida.
He also spent 21 years as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with several county ambulance services. His father was also an EMT before becoming a funeral director.
Their 19-year-old son DaKota McWhorter is also beginning his career in funeral services. He takes care of maintenance and transportation for Butlers. He is also engaged to Office Manager Terri Teague’s daughter Carly. DaKota and Terri will soon begin their apprenticeships under the watchful guidance of McWhorter.
Teague who grew up in Metcalfe County and has lived here most of her life with the exception of living in Louisville after she graduated from WKU in 2017. She also earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Louisville. Teague is married to Johnny Teague who is currently a Master Police Officer in Bowling Green. They have three children between them.
The staff want the citizens of Metcalfe County to know, “We are blessed to have new ownership that shares in our belief that a funeral home is more important to your community that one might think, especially such a historic icon as Butler Funeral Home.”
McWhorter explained, “It is my belief that when a family turns to us they’re placing a tremendous amount of trust in us, expecting us to provide compassionate care for their loved one, carry out their wishes, and handle all of the details during an emotionally vulnerable time. The process has never been easy on anyone, but our goal here as a family is to have already established a relationship of trust between us and the members of the community. Having familiar faces with hometown roots here as part of our professional staff helps us stay connected to this community’s cultural heritage.”
They also want everyone to know that they want the funeral home to be returned to its former practices and family atmosphere and would like to build a trusting relationship with the community.
They hope that everyone bears with them as they removed all traces of Morris Services and their emblem from business forms and the web page is currently being reworked. An open house celebration to meet the community is being planned and will be announced soon.