Our Staff


Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Lauren W. McDonald, Jr

Lauren W. McDonald, Jr

Owner

A native of Commerce, GA, Bubba graduated from the University of Georgia and for many years owned the ACE Hardware and Building Supply in Commerce. In 1997 he established McDonald and Son Funeral Home with his son, Lauren W. McDonald, III.

Elected as a Jackson County Commissioner in 1968 he went on to serve in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1971 to 1990. He ran for governor in 1990 and served as the President of Georgians for Better Transportation from 1992 - 1998. Bubba currently serves as Chairman of The Georgia Public Service Commission.

Bubba has been an active volunteer serving as a Presbyterian Elder, on the Board of Governors SBDC (UGA), on the Board of Governors of Mercer Medical College, and as a member of the Jaycees and Kiwanis. He also served as the Fire Chief in Commerce, GA for 25 years.

Bubba is committed to continuing the tradition of caring for families in our community as if they were part of his family as they travel life's most difficult journeys.

Telephone: 1-770-886-9899


Lauren W. McDonald, III

Lauren W. McDonald, III

Owner

Cell Phone: (678) 524-0066

Lauren and his wife, Claire, live in Cumming with their two sons, Wylie, Ridley and daughter, Hailey.   A proud graduate of the University of Georgia, Lauren is also a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. He is an active member of Cumming First United Methodist Church, Lanier-Forsyth Rotary Club where he is a past president, member of The Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce and a Mason.  Lauren has served on various boards to include Forsyth County Arts Association, Northeast Georgia Boy Scouts, United Way of Forsyth County, Sawnee Civic Center and 12 years on The Georgia State Board of Funeral Service. He also served as a volunteer fireman with Forsyth County for 22 years.  He currently is an elected official in Forsyth County. In his spare time, Lauren loves coaching high school football at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia where his two boys attend.



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Claire McDonald

Claire McDonald

Owner/Funeral Director

Having always lived in the Atlanta area, Claire was born at Piedmont Hospital, graduated from Walton High School in Marietta, graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens with a Bachelor of Science in biology.  She was a Phi Mu at Georgia. After graduating Claire worked for her family's manufacturing company in Smyrna for twelve years.

Claire and her husband, Lauren, married in 2001 and live in Cumming with their three children: Wylie IV, Ridley and Hailey. In 2014 she completed her studies at Ogeechee Technical Institute and received her Funeral Service Education degree.  She is a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

Claire is an active member at Cumming First United Methodist Church and a member of UMW. She is a past executive member of the UMW Board and has served on the committee for the consignment sale for the past few years.

Claire is President-Elect of The Rotary Club of Forsyth County where she is a Paul Harris Fellow.  She also serves on the board of Directors for Jesse's House. One of Claire's passions is mentoring kids in the local elementary schools.

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Paul Holbrook

Paul Holbrook

Funeral Director

Paul is a Forsyth County native who currently lives in Cumming with his wife Tracy and three daughters Daphne, McKenzie, and Madison.

He graduated from South Forsyth High School in 1992 and from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in 1995.

Paul has degrees in Mortuary Science and Forensic Science. He became a licensed Funeral Director in 2013.  He and his family are active members of Pine Crest Baptist Church.


He has volunteered with Prevent Child Abuse Georgia.

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Kenny Jacobs

Kenny Jacobs

Funeral Director

Cell Phone: 770-356-8895

Kenny moved from South Carolina to Georgia in 1996 to attend Gupton - Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, Georgia. He is a member of Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity at Gupton - Jones and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Funeral Service. He is former president of the Buford Lions Club.

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Brian S. Todack

Brian S. Todack

Funeral Director

Brian is a native of South Florida.  He graduated from W. L. Philbrick School of Mortuary Science at Miami-Dade in 1994.  He has worked in the funeral industry since 1988 in South Florida until moving to Georgia in 2006.

Brian has one son, Ryan, and currently lives in Hall County.


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Al Richardson

Al Richardson

Director of Preneed





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Mandy Richardson

Mandy Richardson

Preneed / Aftercare





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Savannah Crowe

Savannah Crowe

Apprentice

Savannah graduated from Banks County High School in 2017. She is currently enrolled at Ogeechee Tech. in their Funeral Service program. 



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Brandon Elliott

Brandon Elliott

Apprentice



Wayne Saferight

Funeral Associate




Keith Bowen

Keith Bowen

Funeral Associate




Homer Doster

Homer Doster

Funeral Associate

Homer Doster and his wife, Dot, are longtime residents of Cumming and natives of 

Atlanta.  Homer served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict and retired from John Wagner Associates.  He and Dot have two sons and are active members of Cumming First United Methodist Church.


Dennis Taylor

Funeral Associate




Doug Harper

Doug Harper

Funeral Associate




Debbie Waldrip

Debbie Waldrip

Funeral Associate





Tink Thomas

Tink Thomas

Funeral Associate





Canaan Elderidge

Canaan Elderidge

Funeral Associate





Ridley McDonald

Ridley McDonald

Riverside Military Academy Cadet

Ridley is a rising freshman at The Riverside Military Academy. He has the rank of Corporal.  Ridley plays football, wrestles and plays Lacrosse.  Ridley desires to attend the United States Naval Academy. 

Telephone: 1-770-886-9899


Gary Greenwald

Funeral Associate




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