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Peoples honored as licensed funeral director for 50 years

William C. Peoples, of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Homes, was recently honored by the Ohio Funeral Directors Association at their 141st Convention in Columbus for serving his community as a licensed funeral director for 50 years.

Peoples received his Ohio license in 1971 and has actively pursued his chosen profession ever since, the last 48 years in the Marietta, Lowell and Barlow communities.

“Our funeral home traces its roots back to 1869, when Schneider Funeral Home began operations in Lowell,” said Peoples. “My wife Pat and I moved back to Marietta in 1973, and began working for Dan Cawley. The firm became Cawley & Peoples in 1977, and purchased Robert S. Peoples Funeral Home in Lowell in 1979. We, along with longtime associate Margy Perdew and husband Dennis, opened a new funeral home serving the Barlow-Vincent communities in 1997.”

He said he feels blessed to have been able to work alongside many caring associates over the years, all of whom have been passionate about serving their communities in time of need.

“Today, all three locations of Cawley & Peoples are managed by my nephew Brian R. Scharff, a third generation of licensed funeral directors in our family. I’m very pleased to work with Brian and am proud of him and all of our team members.”

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