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  1948 - James (Jim) Hamlett, Sr., dies. Hamlett was a member of the First Christian Church and was one of the founders of the Kingsport Masonic Lodge #688 F. & A.M.
1952 - Hamlett-Dobson establishes a funeral home in Fall Branch.
1961 - With a master’s degree and several years of business experience, Dobson’s son-in-law Harold W. Childress joins the family business. In keeping with Hamlett-Dobson’s philosophy of service, he initiates Kingsport’s first program of grief support.
1970 - Shortly after returning from military service, Bob Childress joins the family firm. Hamlett-Dobson establishes a Grief Resource Center.
1975 - Hamlett-Dobson establishes a funeral home in Colonial Heights.
1983 - Lawrence W. “Jimmie” Dobson dies. Dobson was voted ‘Citizen of the Year’ by the local Civitan Club in 1968 and served as the Grand Marshall of Kingsport’s Fourth of July Parade in 1977. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church.
1992 - A graduate of the University of Tennessee and the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, Harold Childress’ son-in-law, Chad Correll, joins the Hamlett-Dobson staff.
2004 - In keeping with Hamlett-Dobson’s philosophy of service, Hamlett-Dobson installs its own human crematory at the Fall Branch Chapel.
2009 - Responding to the need by area veterinarians and pet owners, Cherished Companions Pet Crematory began operation at the Fall Branch Chapel.
2013 - Harold and Emily Childress implement a succession plan, transferring ownership of Hamlett- Dobson to Beth and Chad Correll.
2013-2015 - Hamlett-Dobson expands its Kingsport location with an additional 1,500 square feet to better serve area families.
2016 - Hamlett-Dobson celebrates its 100th year anniversary.
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