People often ask how Cathy and I got into this business. Our friends think dealing with death is difficult or something to be avoided. They wonder how we do this. I do have to admit that I never would have thought of opening a “monument” store. I was wanting to leave the “big” corporate environment and was looking for a small business which could use my abilities. I found out about Cotner Monument from a friend at a 4th of July picnic. After that party things just happened as they were designed. Also when I entered this business, I never dreamed I would be working with my wife. But that also just happened. She started working for me on a “temporary basis” six years ago and now I guess she is here to stay and is an critical part of carrying for our families today.We consider this to be our calling. We love the opportunity to help our families with the last thing that they will do for that lost loved one. We call our customers our “families” because we care for them just like we would a family member. We try to treat each other fairly and honestly. I wish I was perfect, but the Lord made me very flawed. I should apologize to each family when they walk in the door. I agonize when we fall short of taking care of our families as either they expect or I expect. I take this so seriously. We take pride in helping every family without consideration of how much money they are spending.