Arrington Funeral Directors Receives National Award for “Victory Over Death” Book

Jackson, Tenn. – Arrington Funeral Directors in Jackson, Tennessee, was recently honored with a 2021 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Pursuit of Excellence Award. NFDA also conferred the Richard Myers Pinnacle Award on Arrington Funeral Directors for its “Victory Over Death: Funeral Messages of Hope and Healing.”

“As the pandemic continues to impact our country, funeral homes are finding extraordinary ways to meet the moment and provide meaningful support to grieving families and communities,” said NFDA Director of Public Relations Jessica Koth, who manages the Pursuit of Excellence Award program. “The Pursuit of Excellence Task Force was very impressed with entry submitted by Arrington Funeral Directors, particularly the book “Victory Over Death,” and commends the staff for their hard work and dedication during these challenging times.”

“Participating in the Pursuit of Excellence program of the National Funeral Directors Association helps keep us on the leading edge of funeral service for our community. It keeps us extremely focused in doing more than what is expected for the families we serve. We are honored to have received this award for the 10th year as well as being the only funeral home in West Tennessee to receive this award,” said Bob Arrington, owner of Arrington Funeral Directors.

About the Pursuit of Excellence Award

Only 542 funeral home locations around the globe – 110 funeral businesses and 432 funeral home branch locations – were honored with a 2021 Pursuit of Excellence Award, placing Arrington Funeral Directors among an elite group of funeral service providers. Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients raise the bar on funeral service excellence by adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards and providing unsurpassed service to families and communities.

To earn an NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award, a participating funeral home must meet or exceed business standards set forth by the program and demonstrate proficiency in key areas of funeral service, such as compliance with state and federal regulations; providing ongoing education and professional development opportunities for staff; offering outstanding programs and resources to bereaved families; maintaining an active level of involvement within the community; participating and actively serving in the funeral service profession; and promoting funeral home services through a variety of marketing, advertising and public relations programs. Participants are also required to adhere to a Pledge of Ethical Practices.

About the Richard Myers Pinnacle Award

The book, “Victory Over Death: Funeral Messages of Hope and Healing,” for which Arrington Funeral Directors was awarded the Richard Myers Pinnacle Award, is a tool to help ministers better serve members of their congregation who are grieving the death of a loved one. Arrington Funeral Directors is only the second funeral home to be honored since the Richard Myers Pinnacle Award was established in 2018.

As part of the entry process, all program participants are required to submit an essay describing the development and execution of a program or service that had a positive impact on those served. To recognize funeral homes that develop an extraordinary program or service, as described in their essay, that far surpasses the definition of funeral service excellence, NFDA established the Richard Myers Pinnacle Award.

The Richard Myers Pinnacle Award is conferred at the discretion of the Pursuit of Excellence Committee and only when it encounters a remarkable example of excellence in the profession. The award is named in honor of the founder of the Pursuit of Excellence Award NFDA Past President Richard Myers of Utah.

“Victory Over Death” was written to help both new and experienced ministers and lay church leaders, covers the grief response; how to work with families and funeral directors during the funeral planning process; leading meaningful funeral and committal services; and more.

Bob Arrington, owner of Arrington Funeral Directors, Rev. Ron Hale, the funeral home’s head of ministry and church outreach, and Joseph Lane, a licensed funeral director with the firm, contributed chapters to “Victory Over Death.” Arrington also invited number of local and nationally known ministers to contribute chapters, including the late Dr. Adrian Rogers of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee; Dr. Logan Hampton, president of Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee; Dr. Jerry Drace, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Friendship, Tennessee; and Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president, and CEO of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.

“Receiving the Richard Myers Pinnacle Award is a tremendous honor for Arrington Funeral Directors. It recognizes the dedication our staff continues to have in looking for ways to better serve families and the community,” said Bob Arrington.

Arrington Funeral Directors has distributed “Victory Over Death” at no cost of ministers in the communities it serves; the book is also being sold on Amazon.

More information about the NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award program can be found on the association’s website,

About Arrington Funeral Directors

Arrington Funeral Directors has been serving the Jackson area for over 25 years. They are locally owned, with employees who have roots in the Jackson and surrounding community. They built a versatile funeral home on University Parkway, installed an on-site crematory, and continue to expand the services they provide to the community. Today, Arrington Funeral Directors serves the families of Jackson and the surrounding area with a comprehensive selection of funeral services. The Arrington Difference - When Quality Matters.

About The National Funeral Directors Association

NFDA is the world's leading and largest funeral service association, serving more than 20,000 individual members who represent nearly 11,000 funeral homes in the United States and 49 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals’ comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit