Local businessman fulfills father’s lifetime dream
Springfield native Tommy Austin, Jr. is seeing his father’s dream become reality. “When Dad (Tom Austin, Sr.) opened Springfield Memorial Gardens in 1956 he always planned to have a funeral home built on the cemetery grounds for families. He’d be very pleased to know this dream is becoming a reality”, says Austin, Jr.
Tommy served the families in Springfield and Robertson County for 42 years as Funeral Director along with his father and mother, Tom and Louise Austin who were in the funeral and cemetery business for many years. His father founded the Memorial Gardens in 1956 and after his death Tommy’s sister, Marcia Austin Echols operated the cemetery on Memorial Highway.
The cemetery was purchased by Bill Gregory and his family owned business, Family Legacy, in 2002.
Now Tommy Austin, Jr. has returned as the new Director of Community Relations for Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home & Cremation Center.
“We are very pleased to have our friend Tommy Austin, Jr. as a part of Springfield Memorial Gardens with the exciting new construction of the funeral home. He cares about the community and is dedicated to continuing the history of this great cemetery as we expand our services,” states Gregory.
Tommy Austin, Jr. will be active in community program, representing the funeral home and working closely with the staff at the funeral home as they help people in Springfield and the surrounding communities with their funeral and cemetery needs.
“Several people have already expressed an interest in transferring their plans to us because of the new building, but also because they know him and have heard about him being on staff. He’s been busy and he’s enjoyed reconnecting with the community,” states Gregory.
Tommy has also been trained on new programs and services, including the exclusive Legacy Gallery and Path of Life exhibit that has proved to be very well received in other communities.
“It’s a beautiful facility. I look forward to everyone coming by and seeing it for themselves. The Legacy Gallery and Path of Life exhibit is going to really help families,” says Austin, Jr.
“Whether it’s a long or short journey, we all walk the path of life—and we all have a story to be told,” states Gregory. “No matter how the path ended, it is with honor that we reflect and remember the journey of each life, including all of its passions, hobbies and accomplishments. A funeral isn’t a day in a lifetime, it’s a lifetime in a day.”
About Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home & Cremation Center and Family Legacy
Springfield Memorial Gardens formerly Robertson County Memorial Gardens, was purchased by Bill Gregory in 2002. Family Legacy is the trade name for the family owned and operated businesses Bill owns, consisting of six cemeteries, six funeral homes, an onsite crematory, a floral service and The Pavilion at Harpeth – A Celebration of Life Center. With locations in Goodlettsville, Nashville, Joelton, Springfield, Hendersonville, White House and Gallatin, Family Legacy serves families of Middle Tennessee with unparalleled funeral, cremation and burial services.