Stokes and Southerland moved their funeral home to 304 4th Avenue in May 1952. Since that time numerous families have been served at this facility by its dedicated staff. The latest move, in February 1998, to 206 5th Avenue offers the citizens of Eastman, Dodge County and the surrounding area one of the largest funeral chapels in the area. The new location features a 300-seat chapel, spacious visitation rooms, and expanded parking facilities.
In October 1968, David Stokes died suddenly and Warren Southerland Sr. continued operations as sole proprietor until 1978. At that time, he and his son Warren Southerland Jr. formed a partnership. Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home continued to operate under the same name and to this day, the tradition remains intact.
On October 1, 1989, Warren Sr. retired, selling his part of the business to Warren Jr. He enjoyed 12 1/2 years of retirement before an automobile accident on April 26, 2002 claimed his life. On January 10, 2012 after 23 years of dedicated service to the families in which he served Warren Southerland, Jr. passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.
Warren Southerland, III and the dedicated staff of Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home continues the legacy of serving families in their time of need.