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.

Our commitment to serve with distinction in providing an experience of value to those we serve; please feel free to contact any of our staff as the need arises.

Deacon Samuel L. Thomas Sr.

Deacon Samuel L. Thomas Sr.

Past President, CEO, License Mortician/Funeral Director

Samuel L. Thomas Sr. served as the President and CEO of Whipple and Allen Funeral Home Inc. In Toomsboro Georgia. Mr. Thomas has had a good long life of experience working as a Funeral Director. He became passionate in becoming a Funeral Director at the age of fourteen. 

Mr. Thomas’ drive has been building trusting relationships for over 50 plus years to maintain this trust, he strive to uphold his values and follow through on his commitments and promises, To build trust he has been committed to being honest, dependable and reliable, by seeking feedback, listening attentively and being open and supportive to others.

In 1948 he began working with the Whipple Funeral Home, Toomsboro, Georgia under the ownership of the late Mr. Will Whipple. In 1950 Mr. Thomas was drafted into the United States Army where he served two years. Upon returning home from his military duties he obtained his license as a Funeral Director. Years later, after the death of Mr. Whipple, his widow Mrs. Theola Whipple remarried the late General Allen. After the marriage the name was changed to Whipple and Allen Funeral Home.

Mr. Thomas continued his work as a Funeral Director with Slaters’ Funeral Home, Milledgeville, Georgia for thirty-seven years with the late Mr. Joseph Graham and the late Mr. Floyd Griffin, Sr. In 1982 he took advantage of the opportunity to venture out on his own and re-establish the business at the Whipple and Allen Funeral Home Inc. Mr. Thomas has always been one that gives personal attention to all details, modifications in a funeral, not doing those things that have no meaning, being exclusive and whatever it takes to create a meaningful experience.


Gloria A. Justice

Gloria A. Justice

President, Chief Executive Officer, License Mortician/Funeral Director

Gloria Justice serves as President of Whipple and Allen Funeral Home Inc. She is the fourth of five children of Mr. Thomas, she has served over the last ten years along side her father with the Whipple and Allen Funeral Home- in addition to she has worked with the Department of Education for 30 plus years. She served 20 of these years with the Baldwin County School district. As she currently retired from the Wilkinson County School District as the Graduation Coach in the Counseling Department.

Gloria completed her Associate of Science in funeral service from Ogeechee Technical College of Statesboro Georgia in 2017 she is currently a member of the Georgia Funeral Service Practitioner Association Inc. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Fort Valley University of Georgia and a Master of Science in Social Work from Valdosta State University of Georgia. 


Ms. Dawn C. Cole

Ms. Dawn C. Cole

Vice- President, Chief Financial Officer

Dawn Cole is the fifth of five children of Mr. Thomas; she serves as Vice-President, she brings her skills in Business Management to the team of Whipple & Allen Funeral Home Inc. She has also worked with Mr. Thomas over the last fifteen years or so in addition to her day job with the Department of the Behavior Health, Development Disabilities for the State of Georgia in Milledgeville Georgia-as a Business Support Analyst I for thirty-two years. Dawn earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Walden University of Columbia, Minnesota. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. As she serves as Assistant Financial Secretary.


Mr. Samuel L. Thomas Jr.

Mr. Samuel L. Thomas Jr.

Funeral Attendant/Coordinator Sound Device

Samuel Thomas Jr. is the second eldest of Mr. Thomas five children; he serves as he brings his skills in Video/Sounds and Coordinating Music. 


Ms. Vivian L. Thomas

Ms. Vivian L. Thomas

Secretary/Lady Attendant

Vivian is the third eldest of five children of Mr. Thomas; she serves as she brings her skills helping and supporting families in a time of need as a Lady Attendant.  


Ms. Marian Wright

Ms. Marian Wright

Lay Attendant

She serves as she brings her skills helping and supporting families in a time of need as a Lady Attendant.  


Mr. Micheal Shy

Mr. Micheal Shy

Funeral Attendant

He serves as he brings his skills in several years of experience in helping and supporting families in a time of need.


Tangle Tharpe

Tangle Tharpe

Lady Attendant

She serves as she brings her skills in helping and supporting families in a time of need as a Lady Attendant


Willie Stevens

Willie Stevens

Funeral Attendant

He serves as he brings his skills in several years of experience in helping and supporting families in a time of need.


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