Workers are busy renovating buildings on Caraway's main street to complete the future site of Gregg Funeral Home's fourth addition. Since the original funeral service opened in Jonesboro, in 1877, they have established services in Harrisburg and Monette.
Owner Buddy Hebert was on hand last Wednesday to inspect the construction and make plans for Gregg Funeral Home open house in August.
"Caraway people have expressed to us that they wanted their own funeral home," Hebert said. "We were able to locate structures that would provide ample space for us to build a chapel, visitation rooms, kitchenette and office. Our electricians, carpenters and painters are renovating two former Stubblefield business structures into a very spacious funeral home."
"Our large chapel has a vaulted ceiling and will seat 150 people," he said. "We have three visitation rooms, as well as a lounge and full service kitchen. A private partition is provided for the family of the deceased. This will allow customers to use the multipurpose rooms before and after services, as needed.
"A flower receiving room has been placed at the south entrance for delivery convenience. We have a casket selection room with staff on hand to facilitate the needs of our customers when making funeral arrangements and burial needs."
When Gregg opens it will be a full-service funeral home, from start to finish.
"We were pleased that Gregg Funeral Home decided to locate in Caraway," said Mayor Barry Riley. "Our residents have wanted a funeral home in their own town for quite some time. Now they won't have to go outside of town for services when they have a loss in the family. When people go through a death in the family, they prefer to be close to home. I look forward to them opening their business here next month."
Parking will be available at the north and south entrances and on the east side of the building.
For more information persons may visit online at www.gregg funerals.com.
Gregg Funeral Home owner Buddy Hebert surveys work being done by carpenter Jack Clark. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)