For over a hundred years the Beggs Family has been involved in the life and customs of North Florida. When T. J. Beggs, Sr. took over the business in 1886 from his father-in-law, W.L. Parramore, our country was just recovering from the Civil War. Grover Cleveland was president of the United States, and North Florida as a cotton trade area. Death in the nineteenth century, was treated with great pomp and ceremony and Beggs was ready to see that funerals in our area were performed with tasteful dignity regardless of social or financial standing of the bereaved family.
In 1916, "Little Tom", son of T.J. Beggs, Sr. graduated from Cincinnati College of Embalming, Thus introducing embalming to this area for the first time. Until this time, funerals had to be held immediately, as there was little known about preservation. Bodies before now were washed, dressed and laid out at home by family members. With an embalmer in our rural area, it was more satisfactory to leave the job to Beggs.
The Beggs family has always entered into the civic and cultural life of North Florida and developed a love of all people with a compassionate understanding of their problems. From early Confederate Soldier burials to present day Modern Funerals, the Beggs have continuously improved their facilities and services. The Beggs Funeral Directors and Assistants are all trained in ways to help families in their various expressions of grief: that at the time of bereavement they would be the families' best friend, to be leaned on: pledged to secrecy, often trusted with privileged information- a trust to be held sacred. From horse drawn hearses to the newest and best equipped motor cars, Beggs continues to strive for the best available. For many years ambulance service was provided- and mothers and babies were transported free of charge.
For over a hundred years, Beggs has grown and developed and modernized, keeping up in our North Florida area to always give modern and friendly service. The fourth and fifth generation Beggs Family says, "We cannot stand still while the world moves on. We must move with it or we will be asked to step aside. The public has a keen eye for comparisons, and we must not forget that our generation is quick to detect the difference between what it calls an honest effort to do the best we can- we are not Funeral Directors living in the past, we shall and must render a real service today."
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