135 N. Lime Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34237

Wayne Hawkins, LFD
Bob Hawkins, LFD
Family Owned and Operated

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We offer several types of funeral services.  The funeral is an appropriate time to say goodbye which is important in beginning the healing process.  It is wise to choose a funeral that best meets the needs of everyone in your family, after all the services you select is a statement that your family makes to the community.

The Traditional Funeral Service is when your loved one is present. The night before the funeral there would be visitation generally in the evening with the casket open. The service itself is normally the following day either in the chapel of the funeral home or in a church, chosen by the family. A funeral often consists of scripture reading, prayers, a eulogy, sometimes a sermon, and music. After the funeral there is a procession to the cemetery, for a committal service. There is a reception to follow at the church or the families home which concludes the services.

A Memorial Service is when the deceased is not present. It may take place at the funeral home, the
families, a church, or even outdoors. This is a time to remember your loved one through fellowship with friends and family. The memorial service can also be an addition to a traditional funeral service. For example having a traditional funeral service here and then a memorial service back in the deceasedís home town. Or, a memorial service can be done after a burial or cremation if this meets the need of the family.

The Committal Service is a brief service at the gravesite after a traditional funeral service but prior to the burial. This is where family and friends say their final good byes at the final resting place by placing flowers or sometimes sand on the casket. If the committal service is the only service then it becomes what we call a grave side service and is accompanied by a visitation the night before. The grave side service is a more lengthy service consisting of scripture reading, eulogy, poetry, and music.

We offer a traditional funeral service followed by a cremation. Cremation is a form of disposition. It does not restrict you from having an visitation, open casket and a funeral service the following day. It is even possible to have a procession to the cemetery for a committal service.

Direct Cremation is when there is no funeral ceremony. The deceased is placed in a refrigeration unit until the proper paperwork has been completed, and the necessary permits are obtained. Then the body is placed in a cremation receptacle (container) and transported to a crematory. The cremation chamber is heated by gas jets. Then the cremated remains are placed in a urn and ready to be buried, placed in a niche, or be taken home.

There is also a direct burial which does not consist of a funeral service. Again the person is placed in
refrigeration until the proper paperwork is complete. Then the body is bathed, dressed and casketed. The casket is transported to the cemetery for burial.

Before choosing a funeral service, take in consideration the needs of each individual family members and the many options available to your family. It may help family members to have a viewing type of funeral service, to begin the healing process. The body present serves as a focal point for mourners and helps them acknowledge the reality of death. If there are any questions that need to be addressed please feel free to contact us at 941-365-1767.


Until the 20th Century most caskets were constructed of wood. They were built one at a time by skilled cabinet and casket makers in almost every town throughout the country. Besides wood,
caskets are now manufactured in bronze, copper, stainless steel and various gauges of steel by national manufacturing companies. 

Hardwood caskets are the choice of families who appreciate and cherish the qualities of natural wood. The warmth, beauty and personality it brings to fine furniture makes it ideally suited for the construction of quality caskets. Hardwood caskets are available in a variety of species, including Mahogany, Walnut, Cherry, Maple, Oak, Poplar, Pecan as well as Pine. As with furniture, the species of wood used will affect both the appearance and cost of the casket. 

Manufactured and tested to be completely resistant to the entrance of air and water, bronze and copper caskets combine lasting protection and beauty. Many families choose bronze because it is superior to all other casket materials in strength and durability. However, both bronze and copper are completely safe from rust. A selection of a bronze or copper casket is a decision in which great pride can be taken being assured the selection has been made from among the very best caskets

Steel caskets came about when demand for a protective casket that would completely resist the entrance of air and water.  Steel caskets provide affordable protection, exceptional beauty, and quality. Chromium and nickel stainless steel caskets offer a material naturally corrosion resistant. Steel caskets vary in price according to the gauge of the steel. Most steel caskets are offered in 16, 18 and 20 gauges. Most of these caskets with the exception of some 20 gauge caskets are equipped with a one-piece solid rubber gasket. This gasket forms a highly effective seal between the top and bottom of the casket to prevent the entrance of all outside elements 

Caskets are grouped by four basic material groups:

Bronze & Copper
Naturally non-rusting materials 
Finest material & construction 
Most durable materials; however bronze is stronger than copper 
Most statues & monuments are constructed of either bronze or copper 
Natural Warmth & Beauty 
Hand crafted like fine furniture 
Unique graining patterns 
Available in a variety of species 
Stainless Steel
Rust Resistant 
Rust resistant material 
Available in different grades 
Premium Grade - Chromium & Nickel
Basic Grade - Chromium
Selected grades recommend enhanced exterior 
Different thickness' of steel 
Thickest - 16 Gauge
Medium - 18 Gauge
Thinnest - 20 Gauge
Selected styles available with protection enhanced exterior protection 

We have selected four of our most commonly used caskets along their costs including a full traditional funeral service provided by our firm. These caskets and total prices are shown in order to give an idea of average funeral costs. For information concerning our General Price List showing our itemization of goods and services we provide or additional casket, vault or urn information, a free consultation is available by our firm in either our office or your home. To review additional caskets go to BATESVILLE CASKETS, we can provide costs on any caskets listed at this site. 

OR7-824 Premium Stainless Steel


Premium Series Chromium/Nickel 
Rust Resistant 
Batesville's 4 Point Protection Package: 
1.  Locking mechanism plus one piece rubber gasket 
2.  Continuous weld to completely seal the bottom 
3.  Each casket factory tested for resistance to entry of outside elements 
4.  Fully insured warranty 
Round Corner Urn Design 
Swing Bar Hardware 
Safety seal Hardware 
Interior Chemically Protected Against Rust and Corrosion 
Memorial record System 
Living Memorial Program 

2OA-880 Woodbridge Pecan

Hardwood Features

Pecan Stain 
Satin Finish 
Changeable Corner Option 
Patented Locking System 
Wood Bars 
Swing Handles 
Protected by the Failsafe Liner 
Memorial record Tube 
Living Memorial Program 

B15-833 Tigereye 16 Ga Steel


Batesville's 4 Point Protection Package: 
1.  Locking mechanism plus a one piece rubber gasket 
2.  Continuous weld to completely seal to bottom 
3.  Each casket factory tested for resistance to entry of outside elements 
4.Fully insured warranty 
Plus Exclusive Guardian Monoseal Protection Features: 
1.  Exterior cathodically protected against rust and corrosion 
2.  Interior protected by Polyseal 5201 
Round Corner Design 
Tinted Top Coat 
Memorial Record Tube 
Living Memorial Program 

A21-879 Neopolitan Blue 18 Ga Steel

Batesville's 4 Point Protection Package: 
1.  Locking mechanism plus a one piece rubber gasket 
2.  Continuous weld to completely seal to bottom 
3.  Each casket factory tested for resistance to entry of outside elements 
4.  Fully insured warranty 
Plus exclusive Guardian Monoseal protection features: 
1.  Exterior cathodically protected against rust & corrosion 
2.  Interior chemically protected against rust & Corrosion 
Round Corner Design 
Safety Seal Hardware 
Memorial Record Tube 
Living Memorial Program 


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