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Posted: March 24, 2010 12:01 a.m.

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home business professional earns certification

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Brenda Fuller Johnson

The National Funeral Directors Association has awarded the nationally recognized Certified Preplanning Consultant designation to Brenda Fuller Johnson, Preplanning Counselor at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home. The CPC certification program is considered the standard of excellence in funeral service for individuals who help families plan funerals in advance. In order for Johnson to become a Certified Preplanning Consultant, she had to meet specific program requirements and pass an examination based on a standards manual. CPCs must demonstrate their ongoing professional commitment by fulfilling learning requirements as they renew their certification every four years.

Johnson and her husband, Johnny Johnson, are both employees of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home. They are residents of Mansfield, and members of Newton Baptist Church in Covington. She was born in Newton County and grew up on West Avenue in Conyers, where she was a 1965 graduate of Rockdale County High School. Her parents, who were lifelong residents of Newton and Rockdale Counties, were Dewey and Gladys Sheppard Fuller. Johnson said, "as a Certified Preplanning Consultant and a Licensed Insurance Agent, I consider it an honor to be able to assist the families in our communities with pre-planning, as well as helping them to make clear and wise financial decisions which reflect their wishes for their funeral arrangements."

NFDA’s Certified Preplanning Consultant Program, established in 1996, recognizes qualified, knowledgeable individuals who are committed to providing ethical and caring advance planning services for all families. "Those who have earned the CPC designation have achieved a unique career distinction that is highly valued by families that want to plan meaningful funerals in advance," according to Colleen Murphy Klein, with NFDA who manages the program.

The National Funeral Directors Association is the leading funeral service association, serving more than 19,500 members representing approximately 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and internationally.

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home offers full service for whatever funeral or cremation needs a family may require. A family-owned funeral home and four time recipient of the NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award, Caldwell & Cowan continues a family tradition of over three generations of providing our communities with personal, caring and compassionate services. Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home and Dogwood Hills Crematory are located at 1215 Access Road, Covington, adjacent to their cemetery, Lawnwood Memorial Park.

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