AFTER YEARS of partnership and friendships, Moore-Cortner Funeral Home and Watson- North Funeral Home are joining together to serve the Winchester community and provide the best grieving and healing Life Celebration® services. A Life Celebration Home® means providing families with unparalleled service, personalized tributes, and customized healing funeral experiences. Watson-North Funeral Home who is transitioning to Watson Funeral Home & Memorial Park pending approval of the State Board of Funeral Directors, announced today that they have new owners Jim, Robert, and Bob Cortner.
Tommy North, the present owner has chosen the Cortner Family to continue to serve his community as in the past months Tommy has been challenged by health issues. Tommy has informed us that Jim and Holly have consistently offered unsolicited help in critical times of need for Watson-North families, while refusing anything in return, Tommy entrusts Jim and Holly to continue his lifelong mission. A quote from Tommy North “I have known the Cortners for 20+ years and I could always rely on them for anything, just as if I were one of their familiesin need. I firmly believe that the Cortner family and staff will continue my ministerial work that I was called to serve throughout my most fortunate career. Winchester is a small knit community that I was very thankful to be accepted into, and I know that the Cortners will take tender loving care of them.”
The family friendship started years ago in 1973 when Roy Watson (Owner of Watson’s Funeral Home) and Bob Cortner (Owner of Moore-Cornter Funeral Home) became partners in Franklin Memorial Gardens. They became best friends and it was history, Bob and Roy would spend time working and traveling together and would never make a decision without the other one’s input, always returning to their montra of “is this going to be good for all concerned”.Watson-North Funeral Home has always offered individualized memorials focusing on each family’s needs and desires; becoming a Life Celebration Home® will further enhance the already unique memorials currently offered at the family-owned funeral home. The customized memorials will include photographs, memorabilia, special honors, photo collages, mementos, music, and other unique tributes that travel the path & tell the story of a wonderful life well lived.
Recognizing that this is a difficult time for families and friends, Jim and Holly Cortner are trained to provide families with the tools necessary to create a one-ofa- kind experience, without creating undue burden on family and friends. Jim and Holly Cortner discussed the healing affect of the program saying,“The Life Celebration® concept will inspire family and friends to co-create a meaningful experience for their loved one that will minister to everyone in an inherently personal way allowing them to remember and reflect.”GN