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Judy Davis is a native Texan. She was born in Houston and attended M.B. Smiley High School. She was the Houston Chronicle Newspaper Distributor for over 20 years in this area. She has 5 children, 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
After her husband's death in 2005, she began her studies at Amarillo College, where she graduated in the top 10% of her class, with a degree in mortuary science.
Judy began to work at Neal Funeral Home in January 2008, and performed all of her apprentice and hands-on training here.
She continues to work as one of our funeral directors and says she is appreciative to have the opportunity to serve our families with love and compassion by helping to honor their loved one.
People ask me all the time, “How do you do what you do every day?” I always respond the same way, “It’s my ministry, it’s what God has planned for my life.” At the age of eight, I had a very traumatic experience. My great grandmother passed away and we were very close. I felt such a loss in my life. I was afraid, confused, sad and angry, all at the same time. When we arrived at the funeral home, there was a man that led our family around and directed us in what we were supposed to do. I was so curious by this man’s job that I started asking questions. At that time, there was no such thing as the internet, so I went to the library to find my answers. During my research, I developed a huge fascination for the funeral industry. Growing up in a home with a religious background, evangelists would often tell me, that when I grew up I was going to be a preacher. I never understood why they would say such a thing, it never felt that way to me. In the eighth grade, I was asked to write a career paper. Because I had already done most of the research, and having my fascination with the funeral industry, I wrote my paper on becoming a funeral director. This laid the foundation for the direction my life would soon take. I didn’t know how I was going to get there, but I knew that I wanted to be a funeral director. I wanted to take care of people.
After high school, I joined the Marine Corp. and used my GI Bill to attend funeral directing school. After that, I went to work for a few funeral homes in the Houston area. I listened and learned from that experience. I also learned that I had a greater sense of compassion for those that were hurting. I needed to build my own funeral home, and that way I could give people the kind of care they deserved. At age twenty five, I went into construction with one bulldozer. After three years in the excavation industry, I met my wife. I told her my dream of owning a funeral home and about my passion to care for people. Together, we built a successful excavation company, knowing we were one step closer to building our own funeral home. When I turned 35, we reached our goal and broke ground on 200 S. Washington, Cleveland Texas. After building and operating Neal Funeral Home, I then realized that the evangelists from my past were not mistaken. Neal Funeral Home is our ministry and I am often asked to preach for the loss of loved ones.
It is such an honor when families entrust us with their precious loved ones. I am filled with gratitude for the life and calling that God has given me. I share with each family I meet, that without a relationship with God and an understanding of the one that gave us life, it’s impossible to withstand the loss of losing a life. God has given me a gift to love hurting people. He uses me to wrap his arms around each hurting family, to love them as he loves.