Under New Ownership and Management of
Veasley Funeral Home
& Cremations, Inc.
The first African American funeral home in this area was the Johnson Funeral Home, located in the 600 block of North 9th Street, and owned and operated by Andy and J.B. Johnson. Records indicate they had burials between 1913-1925.
During the years of 1913-1928, records indicate there was a Josenburger Funeral Home located in the 600 block of North 9th Street....
Some people think that choosing a modest celebration of life means sacrificing service. Our commitment to excellent service allows us to say that no matter what kind of celebration of life you have in mind, we'll provide you with the best service available. We will customize your service by personalizing every detail to fully honor and celebrate the life of your loved one. We take care of the arrangements so you don't have to, and we offer emotional support to you and your family. We will work within your financial budget, because the cost of a funeral should never be a burden to you or your family during that most difficult time of bereavement. We invite you to compare our facility, prices, and service. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices 24 hours a day, seven days a week to speak with one of our professional Funeral Directors at 479-782-9200 (Fort Smith) or 501-358-6300 (Conway) or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Death Occurs
When death occurs in your family, you will be faced with important task and decision making during a very difficult time. You may not know what to do or when to begin making arrangements. Bearing the responsibility can be overwhelming. Remember that you are not alone. Rowell-Parish Mortuary is available 24 hours a day to assist you with the details and offer our guidance. We have compiled the following list to help guide you through the steps you will need to take when a death has occurred. One of our well trained funeral directors will help coordinate all of the funeral details to complete funeral arrangements.
After a death has occurred, notify Rowell-Parish Mortuary by calling (479) 782-9200 (Fort Smith) or Veasley Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. (501) 358-6300 (Conway).
The following are some questions that we may ask when you call:
*What is the full name of the deceased?
*What is the location of the deceased? (Hospital, Nursing Facility, Residence, etc.)
*What is your name, address, and telephone number?
*What is the name, address, and telephone number of the next-of-kin?
*Is there a pre-arranged funeral plan, life insurance, or burial policy?
We will then set an appointment time for you to come to the funeral home or we will come to the comfort of your home to complete the details of the funeral arrangements. We will also ask you to provide some items and information that will be necessary to complete the arrangements.
These items will include:
*Clothing for the deceased
*Social security card or number of the deceased
*The deceased birth date
*The deceased birth place
*The deceased parents names, including mother's maiden name
*The deceased highest level of education
*Marital status of the deceased
*Veteran's discharge papers (DD214)
*Photographs of the decease
*Cemetery information (if applicable)
*Any life insurance policy or paperwork (if applicable)
When I call, will someone come right away?
If you request immediate assistance, yes. If the family wishes to spend a short time with the deceased to say good-bye, that’s perfectly acceptable. Your funeral director will come when your time is right.
What does a Funeral Director Do?
Pick up the deceased and transport the body to the funeral home (anytime day or night)
Notify proper authorities, family and/or relatives
Arrange and prepare death certificates
Arrange and prepare certified copies of death certificates for insurance and benefit processing
Work with the insurance agent, Social Security or Veterans Administration to ensure that necessary paperwork is filed for receipt of benefits
Prepare and submit obituary to the newspapers of your choice
Bathe and embalm the deceased body, if necessary
Prepare the body for viewing including dress, casket, and cosmetics
Assist the family with funeral arrangements and purchase of casket, urn, burial vault and cemetery plot
Schedule the opening and closing of the grave with cemetery personnel, if a burial is to be performed
Coordinate with clergy if a funeral or memorial service is to be held
Arrange escort and transportation to the funeral and/or cemetery for the family
Order funeral sprays and other flower arrangements as the family wishes
Provide Aftercare, or grief assistance, to the bereaved