Hewitt McDougald graduated from Gupton-Jones School of Embalming in Nashville, Tennessee in 1935. He returned home and married Priscilla Sanderson in 1937.
Hewitt McDougald in 1938 also saw a few major changes; a daughter, Priscilla was born, John gave Hewitt management of the funeral home, and a new funeral home facility was constructed on Biggs Street – one block from the town center.
On Hewitt’s 40th birthday, July 24, 1951, his son, Beacham was born.
John McDougald continued to assist Hewitt and Christine at the funeral home until less than a month before his death at the age of 85 on October 13, 1955. Shortly afterwards, in 1958, McDougald Funeral Home moved into its present facility – the former home of James Lytch McNair on East Church Street.
In 1975, Beacham McDougald, became the fourth generation in the family business upon his graduation from mortuary college.