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Undertaking Service
Grayson County
1880s & 1900s

The development of Funeral Directing derived from three specific needs:
  • A special working laboratory constructed and equipped for embalming by chemical injection
  • The growth development of cities with small living quarters and buildings created a need for the establishment of a funeral home or 'parlor'
  • In urban communities, transportation of both the dead and the living to places of worship added the need for building a chapel.


Services for the dead were conducted by family, friends or neighbors. The "laying-out" and funeral were conducted in the home. The majority of deaths occurred at home, so most lying-in-state and the funeral service occurred at home.
A wooden box or casket was built at home. In some cases, due to the isolation of a family or the lack of time to build a coffin, the body of the deceased was placed in the ground, although not a common practice.
Funeral service was provided from other business establishments, often a furniture store.
When funeral homes began to operate as a separate business, they provided personnel to serve, caskets, carriages into the late 1800s.


Hearse



"Undertaking"


COFFIN HOUSE
1840s

Whitesboro

J. NEVINS and Co.
1876
Denison


MILLS & BRADBEER
1877
Denison

HARRIMAN & BROWN
1885
Denison


HARRIMAN & MORRIS
1887
Denison

N. W. WELSH
1888
Denison


MRS. E.B. KNOX UNDERTAKING HOUSE

1892

LINDSEY COFFINS & EMBALMING
Denison
1891 - 1910

HALL FURNITURE
1893
Sherman


HALTON FUNERAL HOME
1890s
Denison

SHERLEY UNDERTAKERS
Van Alstyne


SMITH MEMORIAL CHAPEL MORTUARY
Denison

SUMMY & McMAHAN
Whitesboro


VAN ALSTYNE UNDERTAKING COMPANY
1925





Funeral Homes

BARRETT FUNERAL HOME
Sherman
1960s


BRATCHER-MOORE FUNERAL HOME

CHILDS FUNERAL HOME
Sherman

DANNEL FUNERAL HOME
John C. Dannel
1908
Sherman


DAVIS & NIMON FUNERAL DIRECTORS & EMBALMERS
Denison
1903

ROBERT R. DULLIN
Sherman


EARNHEART FUNERAL HOME
1960s
Whitewright


FLESHER FUNERAL HOME
Van Alstyne

HAYNES & SPORER
Also Upholsterer Business
Sherman


W. H HALTON
1903 - 1940

HUFF FUNERAL HOME


JOHNSON-MOORE FUNERAL HOME
(history)


A. J. MONDAY
1st Black Funeral Home
1908
Denison
Also owned & operated Magnolia Cemetery for African Americans

W. C. MORRIS and CO.

MULLICAN-LITTLE FUNERAL HOME

Bells
1976


NAYLOR BROS.
Collinsville

SHIELDS and SHORT and MURRAY

GEORGE L. H. SHIELDS
1907
Denison

RICHARDS FUNERAL HOME
Whitesboro


RICHARDS - BECK
Whitesboro


SHORT and SHIELDS
1907
Denison
evolved into present day BRATCHER FUNERAL HOME 1932

SMITH MEMORIAL CHAPEL

FRANK SMITH
Whitewright

TALLEY FUNERAL HOME

VAN DEREN FUNERAL HOME


WALDO FUNERAL HOME
1930s
Sherman

M. WELSH

WELSH BROTHERS
M. & H.B. Welsh
Denison
1878

WHITTON and HICKEY

W. J. WILLIAMS



Monument Companies

JOE CATHY

DENISON MARBLE WORKS

GATE CITY MARBLE WORKS

HARVEY & FOX




Sitting Up with the Dead

Funeral Dress & Customs

Families, including children, in mourning wore only deep black, gradually lightening to gray, lavender, and touches of white.

Black silk handkerchiefs or white handkerchiefs trimmed in black were used. Also worn in black were gloves, bonnets, umbrellas, fans and jewelry.

Black-edged mourning stationary was used by bereaved families. This custom inspired the song "The Letter Edged in Black".


Early Cemeteries

Friendship Cemetery opened in the 1830s

Old Cedar Cemetery opened ca 1848

Virginia Point Cemetery opened ca 1842

Hall Cemetery opened in January 1857 with two burials within a week

West Hill Cemetery opened ca 1858

Van Alstyne Cemetery opened ca 1860

Greenwood Cemetery opened before 1869

St. Mary's Cemetery opened ca 1869

Oakwood Cemetery (Denison) opened in 1872

Fairview Cemetery opened in 1882

Calvary Cemetery opened in 1882

Cedarlawn Cemetery opened after World War II






LAST STOP

Elaine Nall Bay
2013

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