Vice President, Funeral Operations
Eddie P. Beagles, Jr. is a certified celebrant who can plan and conduct a personalized funeral for you. In addition to being a licensed funeral director and embalmer, he is licensed in Indiana as an insurance agent to assist individuals with their funeral preplanning needs.
Eddie is a native of Roswell, New Mexico. He lived in Chicago for 14 years before moving to Columbia City, Indiana in 2005. A graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is a member by invitation of Pi Sigma Eta. He also holds memberships with the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, British Institute of Embalmers and the American Society of Embalmers, Indiana Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
In 2008 he was named as one of Northeast Indiana’s Future 40 by Upstate Indiana Magazine. He has been very involved in his community having served as president of the Columbia City Community Tree Board, member of the Columbia City Redevelopment Commission, president of the parish council for St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, and District #3 Director for the Indiana Funeral Directors Association. He is currently chairman of the IFDA Convention Planning Committee.
Carrie was born and raised in southern Indiana and graduated from Vincennes University in 2002 with an associates degree in Mortuary Science. She is a certified funeral director and crematory operator. Along with her funeral event expertise, Carrie brings professional experience as a wedding coordinator. “I am excited to blend these two professions by creating a celebration of life for each family I serve,” said Carrie.
When she is not directing funerals, Carrie is a wife and mother of three children. After work she cares for her household, attempts to cook dinner, and puts away laundry each night. When things settle down, she enjoys reading and going to the movies.
P.T. “Ted” Weaver, has had a life long association with the funeral profession. Ted grew up in Kokomo, Indiana where his family and a business partner owned and operated a funeral home. Ted earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and began working at the funeral home assisting with funerals, he then went on to earn his license in life insurance and served in the capacity of a pre-need counselor.
In 2013, after having earned his second bachelor’s degree, this time in Mortuary Science, Ted joined the Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services team. Ted’s knowledge, experience and compassion in the funeral industry is what enables him to help families through the funeral process and after.
Virginia “Jenny” Walton was born in and has lived most of her life in central Indiana. She met her future husband while both were attending Arsenal Technical High School. They were married after graduation and lived in North Carolina while Ray was in the Marine Corps. After Ray was discharged, they returned to Indiana to live. She was fortunate to be able to be a stay-at-home mother while her children were small. She also helped raise many other children operating a small day care center in her home. She also served as a foster parent for the Children’s’ Bureau of Indianapolis.
Jenny has always been an avid reader and when given the opportunity to own a bookstore, she could not turn the offer down. For thirteen years she spent her days surrounded by books, a passion that still burns today.
She and her husband met in their high school choir and their love of singing has carried through the years as they have added their voices to many choirs. They also spend time with their extended family in the Order of the Eastern Star.
Jenny’s service in the funeral business began several years ago when she was hired as a guest relations specialist for Flanner and Buchanan. She was pleased to be asked to join the Legacy family last year and quickly realized that each day offers an opportunity to help someone. Working with the dedicated, compassionate staff at Legacy has been one of the most rewarding experiences of her life. She says that her greatest hope is that something she has said or done has helped someone cope with the loss of a loved one.
Donna Madewell, an Anderson native, has felt a calling to serve others her entire life. This is represented in her work of church ministry and customer service. It can also be found in her volunteer efforts within the Anderson community for improving racial relations, hunger relief, housing for the elderly, and outreach to those in prison.
Donna has two children and one grandchild. She enjoys living in Anderson near her mother, sister, son, and granddaughter and appreciates the changing of the seasons here in Indiana. She listens to many genres of music, likes visiting museums, vacations by traveling in the car (stopping at every tourist attraction), and cheering for the Indianapolis Colts.
Donna believes that Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services in Anderson offers loving, respectful care in a beautiful setting. “Our goal is to offer comfort to those who are grieving and help by honoring your loved one in a treasured, memorable, affordable way,” she said.
Stephanie Freeman joined Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services as a funeral assistant in 2011.
Stephanie has lived in or near Decatur Township her entire life. A graduate of Decatur Central High School, she has been happily married to the “love of her life” Aaron since 2000. They have a daughter who also is a graduate of Decatur Central High School. Their family has three pets they call their “fur babies”: Gizmoe, Penelope and their kitty Mr. Tobers. Stephanie enjoys candle making, crafts, and camping with her family and friends.
Stephanie brings our families over 20 years of customer service experience; offering the perfect blend of information, advice and compassion.