EARLE FUNERAL HOMES

 

 

 

 

From A History of Crittenden County By Margaret Woolfolk

 

 

J. C. Turner and Ed Matthews were Cartwright Street store owners and their merchandise included caskets and coffins. Turner later sold his interests to Ed Matthews' brother, Dr. J. H. Matthews, and these two then operated as Matthews Bros. Ben Norvell, Jr., Bert Brown, Charles Patterson, Bob Terrell, Ben F. Rush and a Mr. Ragland were grocers there. Remains of the Patterson store, which was on Bay Ferry Road where it turns westward toward the Tyronza River, were standing as late as 1987. L. L. Ziegenhorn was a later Norvell Merchant.

 

 

Boone & Graham Undertakers, C. E. Matthews Undertaker, and Holt Funeral Home once provided undertaking services for whites,and similar services were provided for blacks by Earle Undertaking Co. (Rosetta Donnigan, the Henry Brothers, and Jim and Emma Heilig). The W. H. Johnson Funeral Home purchased Earle Undertaking Co. The Arthur Sims Funeral Home, later Sims & Woodard Funeral Home, was formed in 1929 to serve blacks.

 

 

 

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Deborah Lunsford Yates, 2000 2005

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