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The Purple Directory

PURPLE DIRECTORY -- A NETWORK PUBLICATION
The Detroit News, August 28, 1996

MISSION STATEMENT

"...necessary so we (funeral directors) can interact and communicate with each other...There is a sensitivity and concern that I feel can only be provided by our own..."

- Dr. O'Neil D. Swanson, CEO, Swanson Family of Funeral Homes, Detroit, MI

SERVES AS A LOCATOR

African American morticians throughout the nation can find other African -American morticians conveniently ...The Purple Directory lists approximately 2,800+ African-American mortuaries in the United States..

HELPS to maintain the funeral as a valued African-American custom...

SALES CONTACT AND REFERENCE TOOL

It contains a listing of approximately 2,800+ funeral firms nationwide; alphabetically by state, then by city. The Purple Directory includes the names, address, phone numbers, some fax numbers, and key contact personnel of funeral firms ... immediate access to African-American funeral homes.

THE PURPLE DIRECTORY 

It is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2",  in large type. Compact, lightweight...

IN ADDITION TO THE BOOK FORM

The Purple Directory's mailing list is available in self-adhesive (peel and stick) and electronic formats.

Published bi-yearly by Shugar's Publishing

P.O. Box 38665, 

Detroit, MI 48238-0665, 

Telephone/Fax (313) 836-8600. 

Display advertising is available to funeral firms and/or suppliers to the funeral industry both in the directory and on this web site. 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Editor-in-Chief/Publisher: Miriam E. Pipes, a retired public schools' psychologist, has been affiliated with the National Funeral Directors & Morticians' Association for over thirty (30) years - beginning as a consultant for the 46th, 1983 NFD & MA national convention, held in Detroit, Michigan, hosted by the Michigan Selected Morticians', Inc.

 
SHUGAR'S SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Shugar's Publishing/The Purple Directory, at the 2001, 64th Annual Convention of NFD & MA, in New Orleans, LA and at the 2003, 66th Annual Convention of NFD & MA in Birmingham, AL, presented, at each convention, a total of $1,500.00 to: NFD & MA, 100 Black Women in Funeral Service and The Birdies for scholarship. The scholarships are in memory of: Mr. William Pipes, Mrs. Julia Keene Pipes, Mrs. Julia Pipes Offett, Mr. James Irvin Pipes and Mr. Leon Pipes.

The 2001 recipient of the Mrs. Julia Keene Pipes' scholarship is Mrs. Debra Sanders, a mortuary science student at East Mississippi Community College, Scooba, Mississippi. This was presented by the 100 Black Women in Funeral Service.

The 2003 recipient of the Mrs. Julia Keene Pipes' scholarship is Mrs. Louise Rice, a 3.5 mortuary science student enrolled at Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood, SC. This scholarship, too, was presented by the 100 Black Women in Funeral Service.

In Nashville, TN, at the 2005, 68th, NFD & MA Convention, One Hundred Black Women of Funeral Service and Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity awarded Shugar's scholarships in memory of Pipes' Family Members to Shelly O. Benson, Chicago, IL and Stacie Martin, Baltimore, MD, respectively.

The 2007 Pipes Memorial Scholarship recipient is Charles A. Spates, a mortuary science student at Miami Dade Community College, Miami, FL; awarded, at the 70th NFD & MA Convention, Philadelphia, PA,  by NFD & MA's National Funeral Directors Mortuary Scholarship Foundation.  This foundation  is a 501 (c) (3) organization, which, to date, has disbursed over $60,000.00 to mortuary science students.

The 2009 Shugar's scholarship was awarded to Tyrone D. Burley, a mortuary science scholarship student at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; the 2011 recipient is Kenyatta King, who plans to matriculate at the Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood, SC, majoring in mortuary science.

Shugar's awarded the 2012-13 Pipes’ Memorial Scholarship to Kenyatta Ron King of Florence, SC. He plans to matriculate as a Mortuary Science student at the Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood, SC and in 2012-13 also contributed to the mortuary science scholarship funds of the: National Funeral Directors and Morticians’ Association (NFD & MA) and its ancillary groups—the Mortuary Scholarship Fund, Eva Cranford, Chair and the Women’s Auxiliary, Odessa P. Johnson, Chair.

Also, in 2012-13, Shugar's contributed to the mortuary science scholarship funds of the: National Funeral Directors and Morticians' Association and its ancillary groups—Mortuary Scholarship Fund, Eva Cranford, Chair and the Women's Auxiliary, Odessa P. Johnson, Chair.

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