AUSTIN, TEXAS – The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) is proud to announce Jeffrey S. Wages of Wages & Sons-Gwinnett Chapel, Lawrenceville, Ga. as the winner of the 2013 Golden Light Award. OGR is the world’s leading professional association dedicated to making independent funeral homes exceptional, according to a news release. The Golden Light Award is the association’s highest honor, and recognizes an individual who has made specific, meritorious contributions to society through his or her profession, community or field of voluntary service as lifetime achievements.
OGR President David Fry announced Wages as the award winner during the association’s Annual Conference and Supplier Showcase in Memphis, Tenn. on April 27, 2013. Wages started his career in funeral service as the son of a funeral director. At the age of 13, his father introduced him to the business where he worked holidays and weekends. After obtaining his degree in mortuary science, he joined his father’s funeral home where he continued the traditions of the family business.
Wages is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, the Independent Funeral Directors of Georgia, National Funeral Directors Association and Cremation Association of North America.
He has also served on numerous OGR committees and was on the board of directors for six years, including a term as president. He took a hands-on approach with managing OGR during its transition between executive directors, and he led the search for the current executive director. He also facilitated a casket discount program with Aurora Casket Company and has served as OGR’s liaison for Funeral and Memorial Information Council for the past several years.
Wages’ father was the first recipient of the Golden Light Award. Giving back to the profession and community runs in the family.
Posted May 2, 2013