Bevis Funeral Home, a trusted provider of comprehensive funeral services in the Big Bend for more than 57 years, is proud to announce the addition of Tholley Taylor as chief operating officer.
Taylor has over 20 years of industry experience, including 13 years as a licensed funeral director at Bevis before founding Lifesong Funerals & Cremations in Quincy with his wife, Sarah Bevis Taylor, in 2015.They added a Tallahassee location in 2021.
Bevis President Rocky Bevis said that adding Taylor is important for the company’s mission to serve families with changing needs.
“The return of Tholley to Bevis Funeral Home ensures that we continue to adapt to the changing needs of our community without compromising the values that have allowed us to faithfully serve families for more than half a century,” he said. “Tholley is innovative and forward-thinking with years of experience serving families the right way. We are grateful to have him back as part of our team.”
Bevis Managing Partner Susie Mozolic says she is also excited about the change.
“I am pleased to support Tholley in his new role as chief operating officer of Bevis Funeral Home,” she said. “Based on my 47 years in the funeral business and my involvement in management for 35-plus years, I’m convinced that Tholley is the right person to carry on the Bevis Funeral Home legacy. I look forward to working with him.”
In addition to his new responsibilities, Taylor will continue to serve as funeral director at Lifesong Funerals & Cremations as Sarah and Licensed Funeral Director Dayne Parker run the day-to-day operations.
He admits it is a unique arrangement, but says the challenge will be more than worth it.
“While we are obviously in the same business, Bevis and Lifesong offer funeral services in very different ways. Bevis is a premier and trusted provider of traditional funeral services with a beautiful building, state-of-the-art chapel and amazing team ready to handle any level of services required. Lifesong is simpler and less formal, created to serve a younger generation often looking for funeral and cremation services with less overhead.
“We are a great complement to each other, and I am extremely excited that I can now serve families across the entire continuum of funeral care.”
Taylor is a 1998 graduate of Leon High School and a 2001 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He and Sarah live in Tallahassee with their three children.