Shotwell garners honors as “Funeral Director of the Year”

HOUSTON – Ray Shotwell, President of Dignity Memorial Provider Brookside Funeral Homes, has recently been chosen as Funeral Director of the Year by the Southeast Texas Funeral Directors Association.  This award is presented annually to a member of the association who has been active in his or her community as well as contributing positively to the well-being of funeral service.  The association is the largest region of the Texas Funeral Directors Association and this award makes Shotwell eligible for the statewide honor, to be presented at the annual conference to be held in June of 2004.

He and his wife, Carol, reside in Forest Cove and attend the First Baptist Church of Atascocita.  He is a Past Master of Culberson Lodge, l232 A. F. & A. M., member of Houston Scottish Rite bodies and Arabia Temple Shrine.  He is an active member of the Humble Intercontinental Rotary Club, has served on the board of directors and is a Paul Harris fellow.  He is a Past President of the Houston Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association and a Past President of the Southeast Texas Funeral Directors Association, and has served on the Legislative Committee and board of directors of the Texas Funeral Directors Association. 

He is a graduate of Commonwealth College of Sciences and served on the scholarship committee for several years.

He is currently a member of the board of directors of the North Houston Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce and has served as Vice Chair of the membership division.  He has been selected as chair-elect for the chamber for 2004 and was Volunteer of the Year for 2002. 

He is a member of the Aldine-Greenspoint Y. M. C. A. board of directors and a chairman’s round table member, member of the Aldine Scholarship Foundation board of directors, Aldine Improvement District,  and currently serves on the board of governors of the Greenspoint Club.
In addition to serving the local community, Ray served his country in the U. S. Army in the war in Vietnam and is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.