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Different Environment: Growing up in funeral home offers unique experiences
by Bill Baldowski
April 29, 2014 03:16 PM | 6161 views | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Dana Jones-Wynn smiles in the funeral home near a picture of her late father, Clyde C. Jones, late husband, Charles W. Wynn, and children Jones C. Wynn and Ellen Wynn McBrayer.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal Dana Jones-Wynn smiles in the funeral home near a picture of her late father, Clyde C. Jones, late husband, Charles W. Wynn, and children Jones C. Wynn and Ellen Wynn McBrayer.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Jones-Wynn goes over paperwork.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal Jones-Wynn goes over paperwork.
One may say Dana Jones Wynn, owner of Jones-Wynn Funeral Homes and Crematory, was “born” to be in the funeral business.

Her parents owned the original Jones Funeral Home in Villa Rica and, after leaving the hospital a couple of days after she was born, she went home with her parents to live in the top portion of their home – with the bottom portion being the funeral home.

“I have lived in a funeral home all my life” said the 61-year-old Villa Rica native who, at the tender age of 5, performed her first funeral home job for her father, taking flowers for a funeral to the delivery truck.

“Some may call the funeral business a profession,” Jones-Wynn said. “However, I am convinced this was God’s calling for me and it is what he wanted me to do to serve people.”

Jones-Wynn, who lived in the funeral home until she married her late husband in 1971, learned at a very early age about compassion and, as she said, realizing that death was actually a part of life.

She laughed when she thought of her childhood years and, living at the funeral home, how difficult it was to invite her friends to her house.

“Until my childhood friends got to know me better and where I lived, they were a little apprehensive about coming over to visit me at home, much less to have a sleepover party at my home,” she said.

Jones-Wynn said there were many times during her childhood that her father was called out in the middle of the night to take the remains of a deceased person back to the funeral home.

The same held true when Jones-Wynn began dating. Since she was not allowed to date until she was 16, Jones-Wynn’s first actual date was to her high school prom with a boy named Charles Wynn, who would eventually become her husband.

She remembered he didn’t want to come to the front door of the funeral home to pick her up so he asked her to meet him by their back fence gates.

That almost became the first and last date she would have with Charles as her father insisted, after that, to meet him.

“I guess my father tried to scare Charles off because when he came to the door to pick me up on our next date, my father didn’t have him wait in our lobby but gave him a tour of the funeral home,” she said.

If he wanted to scare Charles away, the plan failed as it drew him closer to Jones-Wynn, she said

After their marriage, her father convinced his son-in-law, who was in the construction business, to change careers and join him in the funeral business, where Charles remained for more than 30 years before his death in 2001, shortly after realizing his dream of building a second funeral home in Douglasville.

Jones-Wynn said being involved in the funeral business has been a blessing for her as she learned, at a very early age, what it meant to serve and minister to people, especially during one of the toughest times in their lives, planning a funeral for a loved one.

Although the two Jones-Wynn funeral home locations serve the needs of more than 150 families each year, she said no two funerals are the same – just as no two families are the same.

“This business has taught me compassion and how to serve people in their time of greatest need,” Jones-Wynn said.

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