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Our staff of professionals has years of experience caring for families who come to us from all walks of life. Each family does so because we are leaders in our profession, with a dedication to service, and deep professional integrity.

  • When we meet with a family, our goal is to help them create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We give them the choice of a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

    Together, we design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

  • Our Early History

    In 1952, John S. Anderson & William F. McQueen established Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home in an old home (now our N.E. St. Petersburg Family Tribute Center) with their personal residences located right next door. As the years passed and their business grew into one of the largest volume, single location funeral homes in Florida, the old home underwent major renovations and additions. Upon Mr. Anderson's death in 1970, Mr. McQueen continued to operate the business until his untimely death in 1987 at which time his three children continued its local ownership and operation.

    Maggi, Bill & John McQueen

    In 1984, Mr. McQueen and a group of local funeral directors purchased the historic Sunnyside Cemetery. Sunnyside was a pioneer cemetery for the area with burials dating back into the late 1800's. Following Mr. McQueen's death, his children saw the need to further expand the cemetery. They purchased the entire cemetery and developed its second phase. Other adjoining property to the cemetery has been acquired to ensure that the community can be served for years to come.

    In 1990, the McQueen family purchased the Tyrone Family Tribute Center to better serve the residents located in the Tyrone and Gulf Beach communities. In 1994, the McQueen family purchased the McLeod Funeral Chapel in the Meadowlawn area of northeast St. Petersburg. Following the acquisition, Mr. & Mrs. McLeod remained with Anderson-McQueen.

    In 1997, Anderson-McQueen opened their Cremation Tribute Center. In contrast to the typical off-site, industrial type crematory, this state-of-art facility was designed to provide families desiring cremation with a place to worship, a place to gather and visit with friends, and a place to witness the initiation of the cremation process.

    Planning is an integral part of every successful business and family. Therefore, in 2010, the McQueen family spent much time reviewing and planning for both estate and succession purposes. In December 2010, John McQueen, the youngest of the three siblings, purchased the shares of his brother, Bill, and sister, Maggi, in both the funeral homes and cemetery. John and his family remain committed to providing the highest standards of professional care and service to the community.

  • Our Tradition of Caring Within the Community

    While providing the very best in personalized funeral service is our main priority, we know how important it is to devote community time outside of the funeral home. Each member of the McQueen family is active in civic and service clubs, church and other organizations which directly touch our community, including the YMCA, Exchange Club, Junior League, the SPJC Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Lupus Foundation and St. Anthony's Hospital. To see a listing of all of the organizations that we have supported, visit

  • Our Valued Staff

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    John T. McQueen CFSP, President & Owner

    John, a native of St. Petersburg, was born at St. Anthony's Hospital. He graduated from Shorecrest Preparatory School and received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from St. Leo's University. John graduated valedictorian of his class at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA.

    John is President and Chief Executive Officer for the funeral homes and crematory. He also serves as the President of Sunnyside Cemetery and an affiliated firm, Affordable Memorials. In addition to his duties at the funeral home and cemetery, John is an adjunct instructor for the Funeral Services Program at St. Petersburg College.

    John, like his father before him, is a Past President of the Florida Funeral Directors Association and currently serves as President on the Board of Trustees for the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. He has also held numerous offices and board position on both a national and state level in a variety of industry-related organizations. John was also the founder and managing partner of FuneralReview.Com, an online continuing education company for funeral service professionals, until its sale to the National Funeral Directors Association.

    In addition to professional involvement, John is actively involved in numerous civic and social organizations in St. Petersburg. His current & past civic involvements include Help-A-Child, Inc (Board and Treasurer), the Exchange Club of NE St. Petersburg (twice Past President & 20+ year member), Mentor in the Public School System, Suncoasters, Dragon Club, Everyone's Youth United, and numerous Masonic organizations. He is also a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church.

    John is married to Nicole "Nikki" Paul and lives in Snell Isle Estates with their daughter and son.

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    Nicole 'Nikki' McQueen, Vice-President

    Nikki was born in Quincy, Massachusetts at Quincy Hospital and grew up in historic Plymouth, MA. She is the eldest of two children born to David J. Paul and Cheryl A. Zoia. Nicole is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School and attended the Endicott College where she received a degree in Advertising & Photography.

    As Vice-President, Nikki is responsible for marketing and guest relations. Her duties include overseeing all marketing and advertising, as well as developing relationships within the community. Prior to entering the funeral industry Nikki spent 15 years in the title insurance industry with a Fortune 300 company.

    Nikki has always taken an active role in the local community, including her role as Past President of the Shorecrest Parent Association, Shorecrest Middle Division State of the Arts Committee, The Queen of Hearts, Exchange Club of Northeast St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Suncoast Association of Realtors, Women's Council of Realtors, Young Mother's League of St. Petersburg and Florida Monument Builders Association. She attends St. Raphael's Catholic Church, where she served as a teacher’s aide in the CCD program.

    Nikki is married to John T. McQueen and resides in St. Petersburg with their two children, Bailee and Joshua.

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    John A. Anders CFSP, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer / Manager

    John, a native of St. Petersburg, was born at the old Mound Park Hospital (now Bayfront Medical Center). After graduating from Gibbs High School, he worked for Publix until he joined Anderson-McQueen as an apprentice director/embalmer in 1976.

    John graduated with honors from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and is a licensed funeral director & embalmer. One of our firm's most talented restorative artists, John has been featured in the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) for his outstanding skills in the art of embalming and restorative art.

    John enjoys educating the local youth about death and dying through talks and tours with the area schools. His professional and civic involvements include St. Petersburg College Funeral Service Program (Advisory Board Member), Northside Lodge #283 F&AM, St. Petersburg York Rite Bodies, Tampa Consistory, Egypt Temple Shrine, Selama Grotto and Tampa Court # 89 ROJ. John is also a Past President of the Sunshine City Kiwanis.

    John and his wife Sandi, reside in the Meadowlawn area of St. Petersburg. John has a daughter and two stepdaughters as well as two grandsons.

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    Michael Shorter CFSP, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

    Michael, a native of St. Petersburg, has been serving grieving families for over 10 years. After graduating from Gibbs High School’s BETA (Business, Economic and Technology Academy), he started his Bachelor of Arts in Business Marketing. During that time, he temporarily concluded his pursuit for a degree in business to fulfill his calling in funeral services. Michael received his Associate in Science from St. Petersburg College in Funeral Services in 2010 and is the first of his family to enter the funeral service profession. Commencing his career with a local family owned firm, Michael’s passion to serve families and honor their loved ones was confirmed while in high school in 2004 and he has further cultivated his natural abilities and heartfelt desire by serving the families of Tampa Bay.
    In 2005 Michael became the first Eagle Scout from Troop 223, based at his home church, and has since strived to increase his involvement in community and civic service throughout Tampa Bay Communities with past and present involvement that includes St. Petersburg Young Professionals committee member, co-chair of community outreach committee for EMERGE Tampa Bay Young Professionals, one of 40 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Up & Comers in 2013, St. Petersburg College CEO Entrepreneurship Club, a Practitioner Volunteer with Pinellas County Sherriff’s Office, director of generationRESTORED Young Adults, member of the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, FL’s Rotary in Action committee. In October 2015, Michael achieved one of the highest honors as a professional and obtained his Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice further exemplifying his dedication to life-long career learning
    Michael is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Applied Science in Management, Organizational Leadership, and Entrepreneurship at St. Petersburg College. He is a Deacon at Mt. Zion Progressive MB Church and lives in southeast St. Pete with his wife, Ashley, their newborn baby boy, Michael III, and their miniature schnauzer “Storm”.

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    Amee Bonham, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

    Amee is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and she made the move to Florida’s East Coast in 2008. She earned her Associate Degree in Funeral Services from Mid-America College of Mortuary Science. Amee joined the Anderson-McQueen team in 2014. Outside of work, Amee enjoys rollerblading, biking, and reading.

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    Randi Sue Mason, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

    Randi Sue is a native of California, but she was raised in Clearwater, Florida. Her love of books led her to work at a local library while she earned her degree. Shortly after graduating from St. Petersburg College with an Associate Degree in Funeral Services, she joined the Anderson-McQueen team. Outside of work, Randi Sue is an avid reader and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She currently resides in Largo.

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    Karen DeBruin, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Originally from Arizona, Karen earned her Associates of Applied Science in Funeral Service from Mesa Community College in 2011. Shortly after graduation, Karen moved with her now husband to Kannapolis, NC so he could pursue his dreams of being a NASCAR front tire changer, which he achieved for 2 years as part of Stewart-Haas Racing, and she could continue her dream of being a Funeral Director and Embalmer. In 2016, her husband joined the Air Force and moved their family to Tampa, FL as their first station. Karen joined the Anderson McQueen team shortly after her move to the area. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs at home where they are preparing for their first child in May.

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    Ira Kirkwood Jr., Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer / CARE Center Manager

    Ira has been a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for over 15 years. He is a member of the Funeral Service Advisory Committee at St. Petersburg College and also a Veteran of the United States Air Force.

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    Rick Wumkes, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer / CARE Specialist

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    David Smith, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

    David was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He is a graduate of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, also in Dallas. David attended Texas Southern University after graduation, and some years later joined the US Army, retiring in 2010 after 20 years of service.
    After retiring from the Army, he moved to Panama City, FL in June of 2011 and then to Seminole, FL in August of 2013 to attend St. Petersburg College to pursue a life-long desire of becoming a Funeral Director/Embalmer.
    In December of 2015, David graduated from SPC with an Associate in Science Degree in Funeral Service and an Associate of Arts Degree in General Education.
    David came on board as an intern in February of 2016, and as of March 2017 became a licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer.
    David LOVES to FISH, play sports, watch sporting events and singing. He is a member of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg where he sings in, and is sometimes called on to direct the Unity Choir and the male Chorus.
    David is married to Heidi, has four children of his own, and one grandson, three step-children, and four step-grandchildren.
    He and Heidi currently reside in Seminole, FL.

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    Eric Drews, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

    Eric was born in Buffalo, NY and raised in Upstate, NY. Eric is a State University of New York graduate of Mortuary Science. He received his Florida Funeral Director/Embalmers license in 1995 and received his crematory operator certification in 1998. Eric resides in Tampa and attends the Unity Church in Tampa. In his spare time he enjoys classic cars, gardening and home improvement.

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    Marty Wingate, Director of Family Services

    Marty Wingate was born and raised on a 500 acre family dairy farm in Livonia, New York and is a graduate of Alfred State College in Agricultural Business. Marty moved to St. Petersburg, Florida over twenty five years ago, after marrying Pinellas County native Cynthia Ferraro and together they have one son, Michael. Marty is active in Boy Scouts as Troop Parent Committee Chairman, St. Petersburg Swimming, Holy Family Catholic Church and The Canterbury School of Florida Parent Advisory Committee. Marty has been involved in Sales and Marketing over his entire professional career and holds Florida Life, Annuity and Pre Need Funeral Care Licenses. Is his spare time, Marty enjoys the beach with family, golf, camping, water sports and Boy Scout activities.

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    Sandra Gallenger, Family Services Counselor

    Sandra was born in St. Louis and is a United States Navy Veteran. She attended Cabrillo School of Nursing in San Diego, CA. After moving back to St. Louis, she began working in the funeral industry in 1998, serving families with their pre-need funeral plans. When she moved to beautiful Florida, Sandra joined the Anderson-McQueen team in 2015 as a Family Services Counselor.
    Sandra has one daughter and lives with her husband Gordon. She enjoys, cooking, flying and is a member of local VFW and American Legion posts.

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    Jane Thompson, N.E. St. Petersburg Concierge/Cemetery Administrator

    Jane was born in Toronto, Canada, the fourth of five children and moved to St. Petersburg with her family in 1963. She graduated from Northeast High School and St. Petersburg Junior College (now St. Petersburg College.) Jane joined the staff of Anderson-McQueen in 1995.

    Outside of work, Jane enjoys reading, Yoga, growing Orchids and spending time with her family.

    Jane has been married to Dennis Thompson since 1971 and they have two daughters. They reside in St. Petersburg.

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    Judy Gresh, Administrator

    Judy, a native of St. Petersburg, was born at St. Anthony's Hospital. She graduated from Northeast High School, where she performed with the 'Gondoliers'. She attended St. Petersburg Junior College and worked several years for W. M. Zemp and Associates, Inc (later becoming Young and Rubicam Advertising). She later went back to school and graduated from the Dental Assisting Program of Pinellas Technical Education Centers. She worked as a licensed Periodontal Assistant and Receptionist for ten years before joining Anderson-McQueen in August of 1999.

    Judy and her husband Bud, also a native of St. Petersburg and an Associate with Anderson-McQueen, are members of Lealman United Methodist Church and for several years sang locally in a gospel quartet. They live in the Tyrone area of St. Petersburg and have two sons, Michael and Matthew.

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    Amber White, Administrator

    Amber is a native to Florida, born and raised in Pinellas County. She is currently pursuing her dream of becoming a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.
    She recently graduated from St. Petersburg College with her Associates Degree in Mortuary Sciences and is planning on writing and passing her National Boards in the very near future.
    Personally, Amber is devoted to the loves of her life – Griff and Ginger- two rescued beagles who serve as her study buddies.
    In her spare time, she prefers to be outdoors enjoying the natural beauty and active lifestyle that Florida offers.

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    Jim Hobbs, Controller

    Jim Hobbs is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of financial management experience. Previously, he was employed as Vice President and Controller of Echelon International Corporation (NYSE:EIN), a real estate development company spun off from Florida Progress Corporation. Prior to the spin-off, he held several financial management positions of increasing responsibilities with various subsidiaries of Florida Progress Corporation.

    Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting Major) from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology. He is currently serving on the City of St. Petersburg Investment Oversight Committee.

    Jim is an active member of Pasadena Community United Methodist Church and has held several leadership positions on numerous committees.

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    Ted Prophet, Accounting Specialist

    Ted was born and raised in Holliston, MA before moving to Tampa in 2006. He graduated from Framington State College with a Bachelor of Sciences in Business Administration. Ted joined Anderson-McQueen in early 2009 as our accounting specialist. Currently, Ted is a member of HYNCA (Historic Ybor Neighborhood Civic Association) and reisdes in Ybor City where he can indulge his love for history and many great restaurants.

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    Nathaniel Mitchell, Cremation Specialist

    Nathaniel moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 2014 to attend St. Petersburg College Funeral Services program. He has been married to his wife, Brandielle, for seven years. They have two young children together. During his time off Nate enjoys going to the beach with his family.

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    Terry Young, Pet Passages Cremation Specialist

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    Anthony Avila, Pet Passages First Care Escort

    Anthony was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in a military family. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the western United States and settled in Florida in 2005.
    Anthony is family oriented and has been happily married to his wonderful wife, Nancy, for ten years. An interest of Anthony’s is his mobile detailing business which he operates when not helping bereaved families as a First Care Escort with Anderson-McQueen. Anthony joined our team in 2013.

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    Cameron Brown, First Care Escort

    Cameron was born in Kentucky and moved to Florida when he was five years old. He has been married to his wife, Iris, for six years and they have two children. On his time off Cameron enjoys attending concerts, especially if it is hard rock. Cameron joined Anderson-McQueen in 2014 as a First Care Escort.

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    Griffin Barker, First Care Escort

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    Jemil Ruben, First Care Escort

    Jemil was born in Brooklyn, New York and at the age of 14 moved to the West Indies. He returned to the States at the age of 19 when he moved to Orlando. Three years later, Jemil moved to Kentucky and joined the Job Corps. He then went to Eastern University in Richmond, Kentucky and majored in asset protection and loss prevention. During his time off Jemil enjoys spending time with his family, bike riding, weight lifting, listening to music, and watching movies.

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    Pyong Benney, Facilities Director

    Pyong was born in Texas but grew up in sunny Southern California. He graduated from Oxnard High School and attended City College before moving to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1986. Pyong has worked in the funeral industry for over 25 years before joining the Anderson-McQueen family as Facilities Director in 2011.
    Pyong is happily married to Anita and they have two children, Shawn and Raven. During his time off Pyong enjoys sports and spending time with his family and friends at the beach where you may see him throwing around a ball. Pyong enjoys cooking but more than that, he enjoys eating the meals he creates.

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    Shawn Dakota, Facilities Team

    Shawn was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. He attended St. Petersburg High School and graduated with the class of 2007. He has attended St. Petersburg College and plans on furthering his education. Shawn was very active in high school and played baseball for the Green Devils. In his spare time he loves spending as much time as he can with his friends and family.

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    Gary Bartlet, Funeral Associate

    Gary was born in Cleveland and moved to St. Petersburg in 1973 after serving 5 years in the Army. Gary then joined the Florida National Guard and retired with 22 years of service. While working for Bay Pines Veterans Hospital, Gary began his work at Anderson-McQueen as a part-time funeral associate and joined the staff full-time in 2006. Gary is very involved with his church, Hope Lutheran, where he is the worship, music and arts commissioner, as well as sings in the choir and drives the church bus. He also volunteers at St. Petersburg High School and the Florida Federation Color Guards.

    Gary and his wife Kathy live in St. Petersburg and have 3 grown children.

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    James Brown, Funeral Associate

    Jim was born in Jacksonville, Florida and attended Fletcher High School in Jacksonville Beach. After receiving his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, Jim moved to St. Petersburg and began a career with Florida Power Corporation. Thirty-three years later, Jim retired from Florida Power and began a second career with our firm.

    Jim is extremely active in the community serving as an Elder and on the Board at Palm Lake Christian Church. He served as National President of the National Exchange Club in 1989-90 and remains active in his local Exchange Club. He is also a member of the "Suncoasters".

    Jim and his wife Kay have three grown children and six grandchildren.

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    Cary Rahall, Family Services Director

    Cary is a 4th generation native of St. Petersburg. Cary, along with her grandmother, mother and daughter all share the same name. Growing up in her Families Bond Retirement Hotel Business taught her early on the value of a personal greeting of the guests, opening doors, helping with the elevators and calling out Bingo. She was born at Mound Park Hospital, now Bayfront Medical Center. She is a graduate of Shorecrest Preparatory School, Class of 1979, and attended Queens College in Charlotte, NC, where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. As a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church, Cary has served 2 terms as an elder and is also a Stephen Minister. She also has been actively involved in Bible Study Fellowship for the past 30 years. Cary participated as a Children’s Leader for 8 years, a Discussion Leader for 21 years and most recently as a Class Member studying John. Cary has extensive service to her Community through her volunteerism as a member of Infinity Club, All Children’s Hospital Guild, Advisory Board of Junior Cotillion of St Petersburg, Sustainer Member of The Junior League of St Petersburg, Member of the Museum of Fine Arts, Member of the Stuart Society, Member of Rotary since 2009 and as a Board Member for 3 years, Member of Toastmasters since 2015, The Debutante Club since 1981, a Celebrant at Anderson McQueen and a Licensed Companion for Granny Nannies. In addition to her accomplishments, Cary’s pride and joy are her 3 daughters and a Son-in-Love, Vic ,33, lives and works in St Petersburg, Cary, 30 and her husband Michael live in Denver, Colorado; Ali,25 and her fiancé Eric live in Denver while she is studying to be a Dental Hygienist. As well as spending time with her daughters, Cary’s interests include golf (she is awaiting the miracle of a hole-in-one), walking, gardening and cooking. She lives in Northeast St Petersburg and enjoys spending time with her friends and family in the heart of the city she grew up in.

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    Bud Gresh, Funeral Associate

    Bud is a native of St. Petersburg and graduated from St. Petersburg High School. He attended St. Petersburg Junior College before joining the St. Petersburg Fire Department. He worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the city for 26 years, during which time he was honored with the Walter Patrick Award and the Paramedic of the Year award.

    Bud lives in St. Petersburg with his wife Judy, who also works for Anderson-McQueen. They have 2 grown sons.

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    Dyani Cortez,

  • Other Staff

    Anderson-McQueen is blessed with over twenty other Staff members who serve such vital roles as chapel administrators, family service counselors, funeral attendants, and facilities maintenance. These staff members along with our funeral directors make Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Centers a place "...where Compassionate Professionals Serve with Integrity and Distinction!"

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