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MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT | HHH | David and Jill Horner
By: Zach Buckner | 03.31.16

A strong commitment to the families of Putnam County for 76 years continues to grow the legacy of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home & Cremation Services. “HHH” as we are sometimes referred to, defines our family’s philosophy of Honor, Help and Hope as we steward a funeral home that has helped thousands over the years grieve and honor those we have loved.

On a crisp Autumn day in 1972, David Horner walked into Hooper & Huddleston Funeral Home and asked Mr. Ed Hooper and Mr. Earl Huddleston for a job. For David, a Tennessee Tech student, working at the funeral home was a godsend, providing funds for college and a chance to pursue a life-long calling. David and wife, Jill purchased the funeral home and were privileged to add “Horner” to the “Hooper & Huddleston” name in 2002. Sons, Jason Horner, a TTU graduate and Brad Horner a Union University graduate, have “grown up” in funeral service and are poised to shepherd the funeral home into the future.
Since 1940, when Jack and Emma Ruth Carver opened Carver Funeral Home, our facilities have been the setting for countless gatherings where friends and family have laughed, cried, reminisced and started the healing process together. When Ed Hooper and Earl Huddleston purchased the funeral home and changed the name to Hooper & Huddleston in 1955, they continued to provide a sense of warmth, comfort, peace and closure to scores of Putnam County families. Today, we strive to continue that mission through our commitment to “HHH”:
Honor: Honoring the lives of those we’ve lost and the ones who grieve them is our priority. We listen, suggest, organize, and carry out ceremonies that are comforting and meaningful.
Help: Each member of our staff has chosen a career path devoted to providing our families with the most professional, compassionate care. We strive everyday to give families the elements of funeral service that harvest wholeness and well-being.
Hope: We desire to be worthy of the trust placed in us by serving families well and blessing those who share our mission of fostering hope in our community.