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Funeral home opens in Smithsburg

September 13, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - As of Sept. 8, the J.L. Davis Funeral Home is in business, complete with all the licenses necessary to operate in Maryland.

"Nothing has changed except for the managing funeral director," said Jeffrey Lee Davis, who now holds that position at the 12525 Bradbury Ave. funeral home that previously was known as Davis Funeral Home and operated under Dennis L. Davis.

Gregory Harthausen, president of the Maryland State Board of Morticians, confirmed Friday afternoon that Jeffrey Lee Davis now has his mortician's license.

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"And we just approved his establishment license Wednesday," Harthausen said. "He's OK."

Jeffrey Davis, who worked for his father, Dennis, said he is happy to be back serving customers. He added that all prearranged funeral accounts will be honored.

On June 25, a Washington County Circuit Court judge ordered Davis Funeral Home to shut down because the business had been operating without at least one of the proper licenses since Nov. 30, 2002, according to records in Washington County Circuit Court.

The previous funeral home didn't meet renewal requirements for a funeral home establishment license because taxes had not been paid, Harthausen said in June.

That situation still is an active and open case, Harthausen said Friday.

Harthausen said the board ordered Dennis Davis in August 2003 to stop operating his funeral home. That same month, the board revoked his mortician's license, court records state.

But Dennis Davis continued to operate the funeral home, so the board took the matter to court, Harthausen said.

The previous funeral home was unable to meet renewal requirements because it missed tax payments, Harthausen said.

The August 2003 order also prevented Dennis Davis from getting his licenses renewed for a year, court records state. Harthausen said that one-year probation was delayed until the June 25 court order because Davis continued to operate the funeral home.

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