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About the Memorial Classic Golf Tournament Scholarship

Each year the Memorial Classic Golf Tournament, hosted by Johnson Consulting Group raises money to honor the memory of an individual whose contribution to the profession has made a lasting impact.

Scholarship History

iStock_000071802887_MediumThe Memorial Classic Golf Tournament Scholarship, established in 2010 by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, was created to honor those who have blazed a trail in the profession.

This $2,500 annual scholarship is awarded to full- or part-time students of funeral service enrolled in ABFSE-accredited programs.

Recipients are selected by the Foundation’s Scholarship Sub-Committee, which is made up of members of the Board of Trustees and other members from the funeral service community.

Learn more and apply online

Memorial Classic Golf Tournament Honor Roll

Bill Bischoff

A longtime leader in the profession, Bischoff served as vice president of sales for Hillenbrand Industries for 20 years, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Aurora Casket Company for 10 years and a consultant to Homesteaders Life Insurance Company and Johnson Consulting Group.

Dave Hirt

Hirt had a life-long commitment to funeral service. He spent 33 years as a part of Batesville Casket Company, starting as a member of the sales department and, at the time of his retirement, President and CEO. He played a major role in the development of Johnson Consulting Group. He was a past Funeral Service Foundation trustee and helped grow the Foundations endowment.

Stephen M. Mack

Mack apprenticed with SCI funeral homes beginning in 1973, and moved up through the ranks of the organization over the next three decades. He was appointed senior vice president of eastern operations in 2002. Widely regarded as a giant of American Funeral Service, he will be remembered for inspiring others with his commitment to integrity and excellence.

John Morrow

A licensed funeral director for more than 40 years, Morrow began working in his family’s funeral home in Houston in 1975. When the firm was sold to SCI in 1970,  Morrow began a four-decade career with the company, retiring as the executive vice-president of corporate development in 2000. He was known throughout the funeral service profession as a respected mentor, strong leader and friend to all.

Edward Murphy

A third generation funeral director, Murphy joined the family firm, Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, in 1957. He spent the next 57 years serving families and his community with dignity and compassion.  A member and former president of Arizona State Funeral Directors Association, Murphy was widely regarded as a committed community leader in the greater Phoenix area.

Edward Tuggle

Tuggle began his career in funeral service in 1981 in sales with Batesville. Tuggle worked in several roles throughout his 15 years with Batesville and was appointed vice president of sales for the organization. He continued his career in funeral service with Newcomer Funeral Service Group as executive vice president, chief operating officer until his retirement in 2012.

Joe Weatherford

Weatherford’s commitment to the profession spanned nearly six decades. Throughout his career as a funeral director, Weatherford owned funeral homes in Oklahoma, Florida and Arkansas.  Weatherford served as President of the Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association from 1970-1971 and was also appointed to the Oklahoma Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.