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  • Writer's pictureDJ George Chuck

Time, Talent and Zoom Funerals

I grew up around graveside services, cemeteries, and baptist churches. Visiting funeral homes, graveyards and local churches was a weekly thing for me. I grew up working alongside my father, GP1 aka George Patterson, Sr. My dad was the vault man. My dad was a gravedigger, manufacturer of concrete vaults, and installer of headstones and monuments. I grew up doing this work and had no desire to be part of the death care industry, but God has a way of directing your path, based on the talent you have, along with the time you’ve invested learning certain things.

Before my dad transitioned to the ancestral plane, I ran his business, Patterson Vault and Monument. While he was in the hospital, I had the responsibility of managing the production, delivery, and installation of vaults in the Greater Mobile area. During this time, I learned that many people in the Mobile and surrounding areas respected my dad and the way he did business. This was 2015.

Fast forward to 2019, I received a call from a fraternity brother. My friend and frat, Reggie Robinson, needed help with streaming his dad’s funeral. With attendance restrictions enacted due to the coronavirus pandemic, families had to offer attendance options for funerals and other events. It’s now 2022 and coronavirus has turned our lives, and also our deaths upside down. Funerals are still restricted events and people have had to find ways to be together while staying apart.

Virtual convenings have been a lifeline for many during this time. This way of gathering has helped connect people from all over the world. It also inspired people to create new ways to attend funerals and memorials. I had no clue that my previous experience as the vault man’s son, who became a DJ and developed a multimedia skillset, would lead back to the death care industry. I now produce Zoom funerals and virtual wakes; options that have changed funerals forever.

Proverbs 18:16 is a statement of manifest that reveals an answer, for those that believe. It says "A man's gift makes room for him.“ What you were designed to be known for is your gift. God has put a gift or talent in every person. That gift, if developed, will make a space for you. It is your gift that will enable you to fulfill your vision.

My gift has been making a way for me and my family during these uncertain times. It is in exercising my gift that I have found real fulfillment, purpose, and contentment. I provide the services you need for the most important moments in your life-funerals, weddings, birthdays, retirements, family reunions, and more. You know who to call- DJ George Chuck.

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