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Funeral Home Happenings — February 2021

by | Mar 8, 2021 | Funeral Home Happenings

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Funeral directors and funeral home owners constantly strive to improve themselves for their community and the families they serve. 

Unfortunately, they don’t often get the recognition they deserve. That’s why Frazer Consultants regularly features the accomplishments of funeral directors and funeral homes in our Funeral Home Happenings blog. See what your peers and colleagues have been up to lately! 

If you or someone you know deserves recognition, email us at We’d love to feature you or them in our next installment of Funeral Home Happenings! 

Funeral Home Has a Long History in Their Community 

J.S. Williams Funeral Home has been a part of the Shreveport, Louisiana community for 123 years. It’s still owned by the same family who first opened the funeral home back in 1898. 

Read more at KSLA12 News

Funeral Director Apprentice Helps at California Funeral Home 

Funeral director apprentice Marcus McClellan worked as a crematory operator at Evans-Brown Mortuary in Sun City, California for two weeks as a part of their COVID-19 relief team. 

Read more at Marion Star

Family’s Seventh Generation Joins Their Funeral Home 

Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home in Corbin, Kentucky welcomed Evan Grisell to their team, making him the seventh generation to join their family-owned funeral home. The business has been in their family for more than 150 years. 

Read more at News Journal

Iowa Cemetery Adds Pet Section 

Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City, Iowa added a pet section to their cemetery, so families can properly honor their beloved pets

Read more at Globe Gazette

Alabama Funeral Home Is Their Community’s Oldest Black-Owned Business 

Royal Funeral Home, Inc. In Huntsville, Alabama in the city’s oldest black-owned business, which dates all the way back to 1918. 

Read more at WZDX Fox

Pennsylvania Funeral Home Plans to Be More Green 

Duster Funeral Home in Tarentum, Pennsylvania has a five-year plan in place to make their business more environmentally friendly, such as getting electric vehicles and adding solar panels to their facility. 

Read more at Trib Live

Virginia Funeral Home Remains Family Business for 125 Years 

A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in Pearisburg, Virginia was purchased by the great-granddaughter of the funeral home’s founder. 

Read more at swva today

Tennessee Funeral Home Is Their City’s Oldest Black-Owned Business 

Jarnigan & Son Mortuary in Knoxville, Tennessee is their community’s oldest black-owned business, with their funeral home first opening in 1886. 

Read more at The Tennessee Tribune

Schulte & Mahon-Murphy Funeral Home Has Grief Library 

Schulte & Mahon-Murphy Funeral Home in Lyndhurst, Ohio has a bereavement library filled with books for both children and adults who are coping with the loss of a loved one. Families can visit the library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays or make an appointment. 

Read more at News 5 Cleveland

Wisconsin Funeral Directors Start Partnership 

Funeral directors Robert G. Betzer and Steven R. Lazarczyk have joined together to serve the Delvan, Darien, and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin communities. Their funeral homes are now called Betzer-Lazarczyk Funeral Home and Steinke-Lazarczyk Family Funeral Home. 

Read more at Lake Geneva Regional News


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